For many young South Koreans, dating is too expensive, or too dangerous

Seoul, South Korea (CNN)Kim Joon-hyup recently went on his first date in three years. But the 24-year-old student wasn’t looking for a girlfriend, he was completing a college assignment.

From picking the right partner to coping with breakups, the “Gender and Culture” course at Seoul’s Sejong University teaches students the various aspects of dating, love and sex. The class is particularly popular for its dating assignment, in which students are paired with random partners to go on four-hour-long dates.
“There are a fair number of students who come for the dating assignment,” said instructor Bae Jeong-weon. “There are students who have never dated before, and there are some who want to create opportunities by dating like this.”

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