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Korean Politics and Society (KORE30001)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5Off Campus

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeKORE30001
Availability(Quotas apply)
Winter Term - Off Campus
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The subject is offered during the Winter term as an overseas subject taught at one of the major universities in Seoul, South Korea. Topics include domestic party politics, national division, divided families, North Korean defectors, youth unemployment, gender-based violence, migrant workers and multicultural families. The subject includes visits to the Demilitarised Zone, the National Assembly, the National Museum, a multi-cultural centre, a K-pop school, and a North Korean human rights organisation. At the end of the semester, the students will present their papers at the partner university in Seoul.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • Explain the key issues in contemporary Korean politics and society;
  • Identify various potential factors for contentious social and political issues in Korea;
  • Evaluate major political or social events in contemporary Korea;
  • Suggest policy recommendations for political and social problems in Korea today.

Generic skills

  • Acquire written communication skills through essay writing and seminar discussion.
  • Show attention to detail through essay preparation and writing.
  • Acquire time management and planning skills through managing and organising workloads for recommended reading, essay and assignment completion.
  • Acquire public speaking skills through tutorial discussion

Eligibility and requirements


Permission of subject coordinator :

This subject has a quota, an application process applies. For further information on the application and selection process please use the link below:

Application Information



Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

Korean language

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • Mid-term essay (1,000 words) (20%), Due on 6th day of intensive teaching period.
  • Presentation (500 words with photos and/or videos) (30%), Due on 12th (final) day of intensive teaching period.
  • Final Essay (2,500 words) (50%), Due 2 weeks after completion of the intensive teaching period.

Hurdle requirements: Students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject. Regular participation in tutorials is required.

Quotas apply to this subject

Dates & times

  • Winter Term - Off Campus
    CoordinatorJay Song
    Mode of deliveryOff Campus
    Contact hours30 hours - 2.5 hours seminar per day conducted over 2 weeks
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 1 July 2019 to 13 July 2019
    Last self-enrol date 3 July 2019
    Census date12 July 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail19 July 2019
    Assessment period ends 2 August 2019

Time commitment details

170 hours

Additional delivery details

Location: Seoul, South Korea

Duration: 2 Weeks

Further information

Last updated: 12 July 2019