Major Overview

Description

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).

Broadening guidelines

All students studying towards a Bachelor's Degree at UWA are required to Broaden their studies by completing a minimum of four units (24 points) of study outside their degree specific major. Broadening is your opportunity to explore other areas of interest, investigate new disciplines and knowledge paradigms and to shape your degree to suit your own aspirations and interests. Many of you will be able to undertake more than this minimum amount of broadening study and we encourage you to do so if this suits your aspirations. Over the next few months you will find here some broadening suggestions related to your degree-specific major. While we know that many students value guidance of this sort, these are only suggestions and students should not lose sight of the opportunity to explore that is afforded by your Broadening Choices. Advice can also be sought from your Allocated Student Advising Office.

Courses

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

Example Study Plan

See study plans for more information.

Units

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 KORE1401 Korean 1
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S2 KORE1402 Korean 2
Prerequisites:
KORE1401 Korean 1
or
KORE1101 Korean 1
or
equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 KORE2403 Korean 3
Prerequisites:
KORE1402 Korean 2
or
equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
KORE2401 Korean 3
S2 KORE2404 Korean 4
Prerequisites:
KORE2403 Korean 3
or
KORE2401 Korean 3
or
equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
KORE2402 Korean 4
S1 KORE2811 Korean Culture from Koryo to K-pop
Prerequisites:
Any Level 1 KORE unit
or
equivalent as determined by the unit convener,
or
ASIA1001 Asian Societies and Cultures
or
ASIA1002 Asia from Colonial to Modern.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.

Level 3

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