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The Meaning of Humanities Learning among the Participants of the Self-supporting Programs

Young Hwan Lee 1 Sang Chong Ryel 1

1성공회대학교

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ABSTRACT

Humanities learning courses for the weak people in Korea is similar to the Clement course initiated by Earl Shorris in the US. This study aims to understand the in depth meaning of the course among the participants of the self-supporting programs in Korea. For this aim, data were collected mainly from the intensive interviews with 7 research participants who have finished both the general and in depth courses offered by Seoul Metropolitan government. Through the study, 4 substantial themes were drawn; ‘exploration and acceptance of the unfamiliar’, ‘new understanding of the self through reflection’, ‘reconstruction of the self with humanistic value’, ‘continuous seeking for humanistic life’. As a result,the meaning of humanities learning was found to be ‘recovering his/her own originality’ or ‘living like a decent human being’. Understanding both the results and difficulties that had to be overcome during the course, some practical and policy implications could be drawn.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.