• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, Translation Studies, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Language Studies More...
  • Major code KORE-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate


Korean is the official language of North and South Korea and is spoken by Korean communities around the world; altogether more than 80 million people worldwide speak Korean. Korean is distinguished by a unique indigenous alphabet developed in the fifteenth century by the sage King Sejong. Sophisticated yet easy to learn, the Korean alphabet or Hangeul is widely known as “the beautiful script”. At ANU, Korean is taught in a way that balances learning to communicate with developing student’s ability to access the rich cultural resources available in Korean literature, film, culture and society.

The study of Korean gives students unique access to South and North Korea and in depth knowledge of their cultures, histories and social change over time. In an era of rapidly increasing connections between Korea and Australia a knowledge of Korean offers students the possibility to participate in the growing ties between these countries. Studying Korean as a major can also lead to opportunities outside the classroom and students are encouraged to spend time studying in South Korea through a variety of in-country courses including semester and year abroad options.


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this major, students will have the knowledge and skills at an Intermediate level of Korean to:
1. Recognise and pronounce all consonants and vowel sounds of Korean.
2. Read and write the Korean alphabet and its consonant clusters with accuracy. 
3. Summarise, analyse, and evaluate texts, with limited use of a dictionary, in such authentic media as television and print news, magazines, films, and literature.  
4. Express ideas using grammatically and stylistically appropriate language to the situation to give explanations, make academic presentations, evaluate other’s opinions, and confidently engage in debates. 
5. Communicate confidently in speech and writing, in polite, neutral or informal registers, on such topics as interpersonal relationships, cultural events, popular culture, politics and history.
6. Demonstrate an understanding of cultural practices such as national festivals, customs and folk traditions; cultural and linguistic regional differences in Korea; cultural communication practices in interpersonal relationships in formal and informal settings. 

Other Information

A student may not take a course that is a prerequisite or a lower level than a course which they have already passed.

Students that are commencing language studies who have prior knowledge of the language will be required to take a placement test before enrolling for the first time. Students will not be permitted to enrol in a course at a lower than the level they achieve in the placement test, and may be exempted from compulsory courses.

Areas of Interest

  • Asian Languages
  • Translation Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Asia Pacific Studies
  • Language Studies
  • Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Linguistics
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This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

6 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
KORE3013 Korean 6 6

A minimum of 30 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
KORE1020 Korean 1 6
KORE1021 Korean 2 6
KORE2521 Korean 3 6
KORE2522 Korean 4 6
KORE3012 Korean 5 6
KORE3015 Advanced Korean: Film and Society 6
KORE3018 Advanced Korean: Literature and Media 6

A maximum of 12 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ASIA2103 Language in Asia and the Pacific (L) 6
ASIA2100 Linguistic Histories in Asia and the Pacific (L) 6
CHIN2019 Literary Chinese 1 6
CHIN2021 Literary Chinese 2 6
ASIA2098 Asian and Pacific Studies Internship 6-12
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