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Students from South Korea Universities Forced to Date to Lift Birth Rate

Unlike in other countries, dating in South Korea is not a priority. [Image Credit: Express UK]
Unlike in other countries, dating in South Korea is not a priority. [Image Credit: Express UK]

Students from two South Korean universities are pushing to put their offered courses mandatory for the students. These courses are urging them to date their classmates as the country is currently on top of the countries with the lowest birth rate in the world.

Courses on Dating and Relationship

The two universities, Dongguk and Kyung Hee, says that courses targeting dating, sex, love, and relationship should be taught to students. In a busy city like Seoul, relationships and raising children are set aside for people’s career.

A lot of younger people have given up on courtship, childbirth, and wedlock due to economic pressures such as unemployment, housing, and tuition fees. According to Express UK, there is also a growing decline in marriage in one of Asia’s top countries.

Professor Jang Jae-sook, the founder of the “Marriage and Family” course at Dongguk University, said that students are given lectures on how to find the right partner and how to sustain a healthy relationship.

Too Busy to Fall in Love

Korea’s fall in population has made dating and marriage important, but young Koreans are too busy these days and clumsy in making new acquaintances.

As part of the curriculum, students were encouraged to date at least three of their classmates for a month each. Homework includes going on dates as well as discussing certain scenarios such as conflict and jealousy.

Professor Jang designed the curriculum to include dating. She believes that learning from a real-life situation is an important part of studying.

More Universities are Adopting the Course

The course also expanded to Kyung Hee University, who is now offering “Love and Marriage” classes and to Inha University in Incheon, a specialist engineering university, where students can now sign-up for lessons where they can prioritize success and love together.

According to South Korea’s statistics, the country reached its lowest number of marriages in 2016. The marriage rate is 5.5 marriages per 1,000 people, compared to 295.1 back in 1970. The government of Seoul also spent $65 Million trying to boost the birth rate of the city.

How does a day go in the life of the student taking the course?

If you will be given a chance to take the courses, will you take it?


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