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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. KORE4007, KORE4008 and KORE4009 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 content course. Minor students can also include KORE3001 or KORE3002 as electives.

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

• Demonstrate strong analytical ability through critical engagement with the discourses of Korean language, culture, and society and develop an interest in exploring specific topics in Korean society.
• critically and creatively appraise received ideas and knowledges on Korean language, culture, and society and demonstrate the ability to articulate their own perspectives and develop informed insights into issues on Korean language, culture, and society. 
• appreciate difference in language, culture, and society of their own and Korean, and develop a comparative understanding of different viewpoints and beliefs.
• demonstrate an appreciation of multicultural perspectives on Korea-related issues and dialogue cross-culturally with people from diverse background.
• present effective arguments in academic, professional and social settings, as well as show competency in communicating with various forms of interlocutors in the society.
• strong awareness of the interconnectedness of people and societies across time and advocacy for the improvement of the human condition in local and global context. 

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