Professor Jang relishes her dual role as lecturer and matchmaker.
Two couples who met in her class have gone on to wed, and she officiated one ceremony. The professor wanted to dispel the myth that students who end up dating score better grades.
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A large component is promoting romantic relationships as worthwhile, and combating perceptions that dating is expensive or emotionally toxic."It's a problem worldwide, but in Korean society, there's a misunderstanding that love is equivalent to obsession," Jang said.
"That if you love someone, you're obsessed with them, and that you want to keep them as a possession." A 2017 study released by the Korean Institute of Criminology found that nearly 80 per cent of the 2,000 South Korean male respondents were found to have exhibited physically or psychologically abusive behaviours to their dating partners.
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(Matt Kwong/CBC)Lee, Kang's boyfriend, had the same caveat.
In fact, it was part of a course at are sharing their first Valentine's Day as a couple — another match made in professor Jae Sook Jang's love, sex and healthy relationships course, which requires students to date each other in three randomly assigned pairings, over separate dating "missions."If that sounds forced, so be it, said professor Jang, who devised the curriculum 10 years ago amid concerns about plummeting marriage and birth rates in South Korea."The class is about dating and love, but it's not meant to encourage people to be in relationships.
There are lots of people against dating and against relationships these days in Korea," Jang said.
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