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Two Koreas in the World (KORE20001)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeKORE20001
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The subject covers both South and North Koreas’ international relations since the establishment of the governments in 1948 until today. It deals with two Koreas’ political and ideological divergence since the end of WWII and how two Koreas have formed two totally different diplomatic, economic and cultural relations with the rest of the world. While the focus is on two Koreas’ relations with Japan, China, the US and Russia, their respective relations with other Asian, European, African and American states will also be discussed. Two Koreas’ relations with Australia will have special attention.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • Explain the characteristics of two Koreas' relations with the world;
  • Identify different theories of international relations;
  • Evaluate contemporary diplomatic and military events in Korea;
  • Make policy decisions in accordance with international relations theories.

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





Non-allowed subjects


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 (1,200 words) (25%), Due in Week 6
  • Presentation (500 words with visual images) (20%), Chosen week
  • Model United Nations (300 words for a role play, representing a state at the UN General Assembly) (15%), Due in Week 12
  • Final Essay (2,000 words) (40%), Due during examination 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.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorJay Song
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours30 hours - 1.5-hour lectures and 1- hour tutorial per week
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

  • Breadth options
  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 3 April 2019