Korean Studies

Korean Studies

The rules below are for the introductory language acquisition pathway. Please see the Subject Area page on the left for information on how to achieve the major at a higher level.

Major

A major in Korean Studies requires 48 credit points from this table including:
(i) 12 credit points of 1000-level language units *
(ii) 12 credit points of 2000-level language units
(iii) 6 credit points of 2000-level culture units
(iv) 12 credit points of 3000-level language units
(v) 6 credit points of 3000-level Interdisciplinary Project units
* Appropriate language units are assessed either by language level and grade therein achieved in Higher School Certificate or International Baccalaureate, and/or by one-on-one interviews prior to commencement. If a student enters a higher level of language units they can make up the units with culture units.

Minor

A minor in Korean Studies requires 36 credit points from this table including:
(i) 12 credit points of 1000-level language units*
(ii) 6 credit points of 2000-level culture units
(iii) 12 credit points of 2000-level language units
(iv) 6 credit points of 3000-level culture units
* Appropriate language units are assessed either by language level and grade therein achieved in Higher School Certificate or International Baccalaureate, and/or by one-on-one interviews prior to commencement. If a student enters a higher level of language units they can make up the units with culture units.

1000 level units of study

KRNS1621 Korean 1

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive December,Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x2hr tutorial/week Prohibitions: KRNS1101 or KRNS1301 or KRNS1631 Assessment: 1x1-hr exam (30%), 2x5 minute Oral Presentations (30%), 3x30 minute quizzes (18%), 6x10wd vocabulary tests (12%), 6x30 minute homework assignments (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit is a comprehensive beginners course which will lay the foundation for acquiring oral, aural, reading and writing skills in Korean. Students will acquire oral communication skills based on the given grammar points and topics. Various communicative approaches will be employed for the class activities. Students are required to give group presentations during the semester. On the basis of grammar introduced, the reading and writing of short texts will be done in each week.
KRNS1622 Korean 2

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive February,Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x2hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: KRNS1621 or KRNS1101 Prohibitions: KRNS1102 or KRNS1302 or KRNS1632 Assessment: 1x1-hr exam (30%), 2x5 minute Oral Presentations (30%), 3x30 minute quizzes (18%), 6x10wd vocabulary tests (12%), 6x30 minute homework assignments (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit is a comprehensive beginners course which will lay the foundation for acquiring oral, aural, reading and writing skills in Korean. Students will acquire oral communication skills based on the given grammar points and topics. Various communicative approaches will be employed for class activities. Students are required to give group presentations during semester. On the basis of grammar introduced, the reading and writing of short texts will be done in each week.

2000 level units of study

Language
KRNS2621 Korean 3

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive July,Semester 1 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x2hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: KRNS1102 or KRNS1622 Prohibitions: KRNS2001 Assessment: 1x2-hr exam (30%), 2x10 minute Oral Presentations (40%), 2x100wd quizzes (10%), 6x20wd vocabulary tests (10%), 6x30 minute assignments (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
As an intermediate language unit, students are expected to gain extensive language skills in a diverse range of communicative settings. Interactive exercises and activities will provide students with opportunities to practice and improve their skills in speaking, reading and writing.
KRNS2622 Korean 4

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive December,Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x2hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: KRNS2001 or KRNS2621 Prohibitions: KRNS2002 Assessment: 1x2-hr exam (30%), 2x10 minute Oral Presentations (40%), 2x100wd quizzes (10%), 6x20wd vocabulary tests (10%), 6x30 minute assignments (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
As an intermediate language subject, students are expected to gain extensive language skills in a diverse range of communicative settings. Interactive exercises and activities will provide students with opportunities to practice and improve their skills in speaking, reading and writing.
Culture
KRNS2671 Translation and Interpretation

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: HSC Heritage Korean or HSC Korean Background or or near native competency Prohibitions: KRNS2400 Assessment: 1x2hr exam (30%), 1x15 minute Oral Presentation (15%), 10x250wd assignments (55%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit aims at providing students with useful skills in Korean language such as translation and interpretation from Korean into English and vice-versa. The unit is divided into three modules: Korean-English translation, English-Korean translation and interpretation. Students will learn how to translate and interpret texts chosen from both print and audio-visual media from a wide range of fields, including society, culture, politics, economics, science and technology.
KRNS2673 Korean Phonology

This unit of study is not available in 2019

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points in Korean Studies or Linguistics Prohibitions: KRNS2317 or KRNS2318 Assessment: 10xweekly assignments (equivalent to 200wds each) (60%), 1x2hr Final exam (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit introduces the sound system of the Korean language - Korean phonology. Some linguistics background is recommended, although it is not necessary. In addition to the two-hour lecture, there will be a one-hour seminar in which further detailed issues are discussed in depth. From the fifth week, there will be one or two weekly problem solving assignments.
KRNS2674 Korean Grammar

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points in Korean Studies or Linguistics Prohibitions: KRNS2319 or KRNS2320 Assessment: 1x15 minute presentation (equivalent to 1000wd) (20%), 5x200wd Written assignments (30%), 1x2hr Final exam (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study introduces the basics of Korean grammar - the word structure (morphology) and the sentence structure (syntax). In addition to a series of lectures on Korean grammar, selected papers on Korean grammar will be read and issues from the readings will be discussed in depth.
ASNS2641 Traditional Korea

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points in units of study listed in Table A Prohibitions: ASNS2501 Assessment: 1x2000wd Essay (40%), 1x1500wd Examination (40%), 4x Weekly posts equivalent to 600wd in total (10%), 1xOral Presentation equivalent to 400wd (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study aims to introduce Korea's historical experience from antiquity to the early phase of the Choson dynasty (1392-1910). Topics include sources and historiography of early Korea; foundation myths and legends of the Three Korean Kingdoms; process of state formation and subsequent political developments; religious ideology, focusing on Buddhism; and cultural and social traditions of Korea from the 4th to the 15th century. These topics will enable students to understand and appreciate the uniqueness of Korean identity.
ASNS2642 Modern Korea

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points in units of study listed in Table A Prohibitions: ASNS2502 Assessment: Tutorial presentation (20%), 1x2500wd Essay (40%), 1x2hr Final exam (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit aims to introduce some of the major issues in the history of Korea in the late 19th century and the last century. Topics include contradictions of the late Choson dynasty society; opening of Korea to the West and Japan and the attendant wave of reforms and rebellions; Japan's colonial rule; Korea's fight for freedom; liberation and division of Korea in 1945 and the subsequent process of nation-building in the two Koreas.
ICLS2111 Essentials of Language Learning

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 26hr online instruction and activities per semester. Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points or 12 credit points at 1000 level in ICLS Assessment: Online Participation (15%), 1x1000wd Guided Data Analysis and Report (15%), 1x1500wd Independent Data Collection and Presentation (30%), 1x2000wd Data Analysis and Report (40%) Mode of delivery: Online
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This online unit is for language learners. It explores issues of translatability, of moving between languages at a range of levels from words to discourse. It equips students to use language learning as a window on cultural concepts, and to develop communicative competence in their target language.
In Country
KRNS2681 Korean In-Country Study A

This unit of study is not available in 2019

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Prerequisites: KRNS1101 or KRNS1621 or KRNS1301 or KRNS1631 Assessment: As prescribed by the host institution. On successful completion of this unit of study, students will receive a "Satisfied Requirements" result at the University of Sydney. Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Approved course in an overseas tertiary level institution.
KRNS2682 Korean In-Country Study B

This unit of study is not available in 2019

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Prerequisites: KRNS1101 or KRNS1621 or KRNS1301 or KRNS1631 Corequisites: KRNS2681 Assessment: As prescribed by the host institution. On successful completion of this unit of study, students will receive a "Satisfied Requirements" result at the University of Sydney. Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Approved course in an overseas tertiary level institution.

3000 level units of study

Language
KRNS3621 Korean 5

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive January,Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: KRNS2002 or KRNS2622 Prohibitions: KRNS3001 Assessment: 1x2hr final examination (40%), 5x 40wd vocabulary tests (20%), 5x260wd short writing tasks (20%), 2x500wd oral presentations (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit aims to further develop oral and written communication skills beyond the intermediate level. Students will acquire fluency in oral communication, with particular emphasis on sophistication and formality of speech. Reading and writing skills are developed through the use of structured texts from the prescribed textbook and selections of authentic reading materials from a range of sources.
KRNS3622 Korean 6

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive February,Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: KRNS3001 or KRNS3621 Prohibitions: KRNS3002 Assessment: 1x2000wd final exam (40%), 5x260wd short writing task (20%), 5x40wd vocabulary tests (20%), 2x500wd oral presenations (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit follows on from KRNS3621 and is designed to extend the student's command of the Korean language beyond the level completed in the previous semester. Through readings of authentic works from Korean newspapers, magazines and academic texts, and structured discussions based on these materials, this unit will introduce students to a wide range of sentence patterns, enrich their vocabulary and enable them to read advanced texts independently.
Culture
ASNS3670 Mass Media in East Asia

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week. Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in Asian Studies or 12 credit points at 2000 level in Korean Studies Prohibitions: ASNS2670 or ASNS2600 Assessment: Tutorial participation (10%), 1x 1000wd presentation with written work (20%), 1x 1500wd essay (30%), 1x 2hr exam (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit explores the media industry, processes, policies and practices in selected countries in East Asia, namely Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. It takes a comparative approach to explore political, social, cultural and technological factors that affect the development of media in this dynamic region. The unit covers various aspects of old and new media in the region, such as the historical development of media, state-media and corporate-media relationships, the transformation of media industries, technological convergence and its implications.
KRNS3670 Korea in Literature and Popular Culture

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 26hrs online instruction and activities per semester Prerequisites: 12 Senior credit points in Korean Studies or (6 Senior credit points in Korean Studies and ICLS2111) or 12 credit points at 2000 level in Korean Studies Assessment: 6x Online Participation Tasks (1000wd in total) (20%), 1x 1000wd Oral Presentation (10%), 1x 2000wd Research Assignment (30%), 1x 2000wd Final Exam (40%) Mode of delivery: Online
This unit explores Korean culture through literature and popular media. It aims to familiarise students with some of the key literary works, journal essays, and films about the everyday life in Korea from the 1920s to the present. Through the surveys of literary and cinematic representations of diverse eras, students will also learn about different historical and social contexts underlying such works. Course materials include literatures and films about proletarian culture, urban life, wars, golden age melodrama, women's lives, and so on.
KRNS3675 Contemporary Korean Society and Culture

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: (12 Senior credit points in Korean Studies) or (6 Senior credit points in Korean Studies and 6 Senior credit points in Asian Studies) or 12 credit points at 2000 level in Korean Studies Prohibitions: KRNS2500 or KRNS2675 Assessment: 10xOnline assignments equivalent to 750wds total (10%), Tutorial participation (5%), 1x750wd Oral Presentation (15%), 1x2000wd major Essay (40%), 1x1000wd written test (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit provides broad and interdisciplinary introduction to contemporary Korean society and culture. The unit examines significant events - wars and violence, democratization, and economic reform - in contemporary Korea that have brought the major changes in the society, and explores how these events have affected Korean society and culture. Major topics to be covered include gender, multiculturalism, youth and pop culture, the Korean Wave, language change, and North Korea. In addressing the topics, the students will utilize authentic Korean language materials.

Interdisciplinary project unit of study

KRNS3998 Industry and Community Project

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive December,Intensive February,Intensive January,Intensive July,Semester 1,Semester 2 Prerequisites: Interdisciplinary Impact in any major Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit is designed for third year students to undertake a project that allows them to work with one of the University's industry and community partners. Students will work in teams on a real-world problem provided by the partner. This experience will allow students to apply their academic skills and disciplinary knowledge to a real-world issue in an authentic and meaningful way.
KRNS3999 Interdisciplinary Impact

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Prerequisites: 18 credit points at 2000 level in Korean Studies Prohibitions: Interdisciplinary Impact in another major Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Interdisciplinarity is a key skill in fostering agility in life and work. This unit provides learning experiences that build students' skills, knowledge and understanding of the application of their disciplinary background to interdisciplinary contexts. In this unit, students will work in teams and develop interdisciplinarity skills through problem-based learning projects responding to 'real world problems'.

Honours

Honours in Korean Studies requires 48 credit points from this table including:
(i) 12 credit points of 4000-level seminar units
(ii) 36 credit points of 4000-level core thesis units

Honours seminar units of study

ASNS4113 Theory and Methods in Asian Studies

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x 1500wd commentary piece (25%), 1x 1500wd presentation (25%), 1x 3000wd research paper (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit will examine how major shifts in research questions, directions, approaches and assumptions that have happened in social sciences during the twentieth century have played out in the field of Asian Studies. Students will critically analyse the circumstances and reasons for the emergence of the discipline of Area Studies, and its specific application to the study of Asian societies. In both seminar discussion and individual projects, students will engage in case studies from their respective areas of expertise, namely Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, and Korean studies.
ASNS4114 Engaging Asia

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Intensive over one month, equivalent to weekly 1x2hr seminar over a semester. Assessment: 1x 500wd annotated bibliography (10%), 1x 500wd magazine article (10%), 1x 10 minute video talk (20%), 1x 4500wd essay (50%), Participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The unit investigates the role of Asian Studies experts as public intellectuals in Australia and in the world. Students will reflect on issues of intellectual freedom and integrity, institutional pressures and public engagement as they relate to the communication of research findings to a range of academic and non academic audiences and across a range of different media. In both seminar discussion and individual projects, students will engage in case studies from their respective areas of expertise, namely Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, and Korean studies.

Honours thesis units of study

KRNS4111 Korean Studies Honours Thesis 1

Credit points: 18 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 7 x half-hour supervision meetings/semester, on average. Mode of delivery: Supervision
In this unit you begin a substantial, independent research project in Korean Studies. Regular meetings with a supervisor approved by the Korean Studies Honours Coordinator will guide your progress. You will develop a plan for researching and writing the thesis, submit an ethics application if appropriate, familiarize yourself with disciplinary conventions and standards, engage with relevant literature, theories and methodologies, and submit drafts at agreed times.
KRNS4112 Korean Studies Honours Thesis 2

Credit points: 18 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 7 x half-hour supervision meetings/semester, on average. Assessment: 1x 18-20000wd Thesis (100%) Mode of delivery: Supervision
In this unit you complete and submit your substantial, independent research project in Korean Studies. Regular meetings with a supervisor approved by the Korean Studies Honours Coordinator will guide your progress. You will continue to submit drafts at agreed times, and develop your expertise in relevant research methods and analytical skills as well as in the subject matter of your specialist topic.

Advanced coursework

The requirements for advanced coursework in Korean Studies are described in the degree resolutions for the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies.
24-36 credit points of advanced study will be included in the table for 2020.