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Title:Television as cosmopolitan education: a comparative case study of Face Me and Smile and Modern Family
Author(s):Seo, Hyeonah
Advisor(s):Dhillon, Pradeep
Contributor(s):Witt, Allison; McCarthy, Cameron
Department / Program:Educ Policy, Orgzn & Leadrshp
Discipline:Educ Policy, Orgzn & Leadrshp
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Cosmopolitan education
Aesthetic experience
Media education
Abstract:This study discusses the value and importance of cosmopolitanism in the modern globalized era, and how aesthetic experiences through television can contribute to promoting cosmopolitan education. Cosmopolitanism, an ambition to interact with and belong to the world by expanding one’s national or cultural borderlines, requests people to have an intuitive sense of a common humanity based on both rational and emotional engagement. This study argues that conventional multicultural education in formal schooling has limited impact in empowering cosmopolitanism, since this direction mainly focuses on offering detailed engagement with multiple cultures without adequate extending that engagement to develop a disposition that moves easily between and among varieties of traditions. This study suggests that aesthetic experience of daily lives can become a possible alternative to develop cosmopolitan dispositions. In this project, I propose that television, as a medium of aesthetic experience in daily life, can contribute to cosmopolitan education. I do this by examining theoretical research and conducting a comparative case study of two particular television series. Through the analysis of Face Me and Smile (2010), a family drama produced in Republic of Korea, Modern Family (2009), an American situation comedy, and this study shows how television creates aesthetic experience in its distinctive way and how such experience can promote cosmopolitanism. Differing concepts of cosmopolitanism in the United States and Republic of Korea is also contrasted to broaden the meaning of cosmopolitanism.
Issue Date:2017-04-27
Rights Information:Copyright 2017 Hyeonah Seo
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-08-10
Date Deposited:2017-05

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