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The objective of the Korean Studies programme is to bring participants to a high level of proficiency in the language and to provide them with a sound knowledge of Korea within the interdisciplinary framework of Area Studies to be able to discuss matters relating to Korea in a critical and analytical fashion.

The Major

A major in Korean Studies consists of three prerequisite courses (KORE1001, KORE1002 and KORE1021). In order to declare a major or a minor in Korean Studies, applicants must achieve at least grade C in KORE1002. In the subsequent years, students must take 54 credits which should consist of 18 credits of core courses and a further 30 credits of interdisciplinary elective courses listed below. KORE3022 and KORE3038 are the capstone courses designed to allow the application of disciplinary knowledge and principles learned in the first, second and third years. Finally, students will be strongly encouraged to participate in a 3 to 4-week linguistic stay in Korea during the summer either between their second and third year or third and fourth year of study.

The Minor

A minor in Korean Studies will provide students with a good command of the four different language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing.  A minor in Korean Studies will also allow students to gain a deeper insight into the core issues relating to Korea’s development, history and culture.  

In order to qualify for a Minor in Korean Studies, students must complete the junior year prerequisite courses (KORE1001 and KORE1002) and a total of 24 credits in subsequent years. These 24 credits must include KORE2001 and KORE2002 and at least one KORE2XXX or KORE3XXX non-language course. Minor students can also include KORE3001 and KORE3002 as electives.

BA Syllabus (2020-2021)

Learning Outcomes
Students who have completed a BA programme in Korean Studies should be able to:

• Analyze and think critically about Korean culture and society
• Demonstrate an interest in exploring specific topics in Korean society
• Demonstrate a critical understanding of Korean language, society, and culture.
• Understand and take an informed perspective with regard to the key traditions, changes, and sources of tension in Korean society and culture.
• Demonstrate a broad historical and cultural understanding of Korea internally as well as in its relation to the world
• Demonstrate skills of argument, debate and oral and written presentation
• Develop multicultural perspectives on Korea-related issues and dialogue cross-culturally with people from diverse background
• Demonstrate research skills in Korea-related topics
• Express informed opinions about Korea in academic, professional, and social settings.
• Communicate at both factual and abstract levels about issues in Korea culture and society
• Demonstrate clear and critical writings about Korea-related issues
• Use Korean appropriately in formal and informal context
• Demonstrate an understanding of how Korea and/or Korean language are connected with other societies and cultures.
• play a leadership role in Korea-related global interactions

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