UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

KORE2811 Readings in Korean Culture

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Korean Studies major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Design students
  • Level 2 elective
Content This unit introduces students to selected topics and critical readings in Korean society and culture. It grounds students' language learning by encouraging students to develop a solid understanding of the broader context of what informs social structures and interactions between individuals in South Korea, and to a lesser degree, North Korea. Topics covered in the unit include key readings in Korean philosophical traditions, history, society, 'official' culture and popular culture.

The unit is intended to complement KORE2403 Korean 3, and introduces students to researching and reading a range of materials both in English and Korean (appropriate to this level of proficiency) on Korean culture, including visual media (such as films and TV dramas), literature, manhwa and music. Students are expected to engage critically with materials covered in the unit. The unit develops students' ability to identify, analyse and evaluate the significance of the discourses that underlie and inform cultural narratives, and to develop strategies to apply this critical awareness in their own personal situations that require intercultural sensitivity and cultural literacy. For assignments, students have opportunities to focus on topics in which they have a particular interest.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) develop a range of research skills relevant to conducting research in Korean Studies through analysing a variety of authentic Korean language materials appropriate for their level of Korean linguistic competence (sociolinguistic competence) as well as research and academic writing skills in English; (2) make the first steps towards Korean cultural literacy by having critically engaged with some of the fundamental issues and themes shaping contemporary South Korean society; (3) gain the ability to interpret accurately culture-specific social situations, thereby demonstrating intercultural sensitivity towards our 'globalised and culturally diverse environment in which graduates will be living and working'; (4) identify, analyse and evaluate the significance of discourses that underlie and inform cultural narratives, and understand and apply basic research methods including research design, data analysis and interpretation; (5) assess and identify relevant resources for a research project and prioritise conclusions reached from an analysis of a variety of cultural and academic texts, giving reasons; and (6) apply emergent theories and methods routinely applied in the field of Korean Studies and demonstrate intermediate research skills through critically engaging with a broad range of sources and latest available research to identify relevant materials for an enquiry-led research project.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) participation; (2) short essay; and (3) major essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Associate Professor Joanna Elfving-Hwang
Unit rules
Prerequisites: KORE1402 Korean 2 or equivalent as determined by the unit convener
Contact hours lectures: 1 hour per week (over 10 weeks); tutorials: 2 hours per week (over 9 weeks from week 2)
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.arts.uwa.edu.au/Units/KORE2811/SEM-1/2017

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