Korean Studies major

The Korean Studies major provides students with high-quality learning opportunities and an outstanding student experience in learning Korean. With the rapid economic development of the Republic of Korea (South Korea), and its position as the third biggest trading partner for Western Australia, Korean Studies is an increasingly important area of study. Korean Studies equips students with solid language skills and a broad in-depth knowledge of Korea, its society and people. Students will graduate with an in-depth understanding of the increasingly globalising world, as well as a versatile portfolio of skills and aptitudes which enhance employability.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) demonstrate a good written and spoken linguistic competence in the Korean language; (2) understand how culturally specific social structures affect interpersonal communication, and determine how to apply this knowledge to their own interactions in a culturally sensitive manner; (3) identify key ethical, philosophical and social characteristics of Korean culture, society and history, and apply this knowledge in the context of future employment or postgraduate study; (4) engage effectively in the key debates on Korean history, society and culture in a professional manner and produce coherent and well-argued written work; (5) demonstrate competence in a set of transferable skills, including (but not limited to) digital literacy, information management, group working, research skills and critical thinking, as well as an ability to manage and take responsibility for their own learning processes with minimum guidance; and (6) apply their country-specific knowledge in the context of their second major (if applicable).

Degree-specific major

Korean Studies can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

BP001 Bachelor of Arts
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

Korean Studies is a degree-specific single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • three Level 2 units
  • three Level 3 units
  • one Level 1 complementary unit
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, NS KORE1401 Korean 1
S2, NS KORE1402 Korean 2
Prerequisites:
KORE1401 Korean 1
or
KORE1101 Korean 1
or
equivalent
Complementary units
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, NS ASIA1001 Asian Societies and Cultures
Incompatibility:
ASIA1101 Exploring Asian Identities
S2, NS ASIA1002 Asia from Colonial to Modern
Incompatibility:
ASIA1102 Creating Asian Modernities

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, NS KORE2403 Korean 3
Prerequisites:
KORE1402 Korean 2
or
equivalent
Incompatibility:
KORE2401 Korean 3
S2, NS KORE2404 Korean 4
Prerequisites:
KORE2403 Korean 3
or
KORE2401 Korean 3
or
equivalent
Incompatibility:
KORE2402 Korean 4
S1 KORE2811 Readings in Korean Culture
Prerequisites:
KORE1402 Korean 2
or
equivalent as determined by the unit convener

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2, NS ASIA3006 Contemporary Korean Society
Prerequisites:
any ASIA unit
or
any KORE unit
or
any Level 2 Humanities
or
Social Sciences unit
Incompatibility:
KORE3812 Contemporary Korean Society
S1 KORE3405 Korean 5
Prerequisites:
KORE2404 Korean 4
or
KORE2402 Korean 4
or
equivalent
S2 KORE3406 Korean 6
Prerequisites:
KORE3405 Korean 5
or
equivalent

Choosing your degree-specific major

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the Korean Studies degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Arts course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP001-KOREB

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

Choosing a second major

You also have the option to choose a second major from those available in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design Only available to re-enrolling students. or Bachelor of Science course, giving you the opportunity to pursue your interests no matter how different they are.

The following example illustrates how the Korean Studies degree-specific major can be combined with a second major in the Bachelor of Arts course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP001-KOREB-Generic

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Korean Studies can also be taken as a second major.

Second major

Korean Studies can be taken as a second major in the following degree courses:

Overview of unit sequence

The Korean Studies second major is a single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • three Level 2 units
  • three Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period

Level 1

Second major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, NS KORE1401 Korean 1
S2, NS KORE1402 Korean 2
Prerequisites:
KORE1401 Korean 1
or
KORE1101 Korean 1
or
equivalent

Level 2

Second major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, NS KORE2403 Korean 3
Prerequisites:
KORE1402 Korean 2
or
equivalent
Incompatibility:
KORE2401 Korean 3
S2, NS KORE2404 Korean 4
Prerequisites:
KORE2403 Korean 3
or
KORE2401 Korean 3
or
equivalent
Incompatibility:
KORE2402 Korean 4
S1 KORE2811 Readings in Korean Culture
Prerequisites:
KORE1402 Korean 2
or
equivalent as determined by the unit convener

Level 3

Second major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2, NS ASIA3006 Contemporary Korean Society
Prerequisites:
any ASIA unit
or
any KORE unit
or
any Level 2 Humanities
or
Social Sciences unit
Incompatibility:
KORE3812 Contemporary Korean Society
S1 KORE3405 Korean 5
Prerequisites:
KORE2404 Korean 4
or
KORE2402 Korean 4
or
equivalent
S2 KORE3406 Korean 6
Prerequisites:
KORE3405 Korean 5
or
equivalent

Choosing a second major

The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you the option of including a second major. You have the choice to either nominate your second major when you first enrol in the course or delay it until your second year. For a major to be recorded on your academic record it must be nominated before the requirements of the course are completed.

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how Korean Studies can be included as a second major in an undergraduate degree course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSPGeneric-DSMGeneric-KOREB

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Korean Studies can also be taken as a degree-specific major.