The Korean Studies minor is designed to build students’ knowledge and skills in understanding and analysing Korean language, contemporary Korean history, politics, and society as well as two Koreas in a global context. Korean language subjects are organised in a progressive sequence from Korean 1 to Korean 6. The minor is designed to maximise linguistic and cultural knowledge to develop intermediate communication skills in Korean. Non-language elective subjects cover topics such as modern Korean history, Cold-War politics, North Korea and regional security, economic development, social issues, gender studies, migration, and popular culture to broaden students' understanding of Korean society and Korea in a global context. The coursework includes a winter intensive study trip to Korea, where students work on a research project. It is an excellent preparation for students to enter foreign service, public international relations, business and trade, media and cultural industries.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of the Korean Studies minor, studies should:
- Demonstrate an understanding of culture, language and history of Korean society; Acquire a detailed knowledge of and identify past and current issues in contemporary Korea;
- Articulate and examine the complex relationship between social, cultural, linguistics, economic and political contexts in Korea;
- Develop analytical skills to approach diverse social phenomena and critical issues in Korea;
- Build communicative competence and use Korean effectively;
- Establish time management skills, capability to work independently and/or in groups and research skills.
Last updated: 10 November 2023