• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, History, Asian Studies More...
  • Major code KORS-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate

Korea has a long history with a rich cultural heritage and dynamic political and socioeconomic changes. Situated at the crossroads of East Asia, Korea has played a significant role in shaping pre-modern and modern transformations within the region and beyond. The division of the Korean peninsula into North and South Korea since 1945 has made Korea as a strategically important player in the politics of the Cold War whose impact still remains significant in driving geopolitical and security issues. The Korean Studies major provides students with a solid foundation for developing a sophisticated understanding of the dynamics that have shaped Korea and its relationship to the world. The major consists of a wide range of courses on history, politics, society and culture, offering an interdisciplinary and transnational perspective. Students will gain nuanced understanding of the past and the present of the peninsula and great insights into current affairs related to North and South Korea.

The Korean Studies major is designed to complement Korean language major, though knowledge of Korean is not required for courses in the Korea Studies major.


Learning Outcomes

Upon successfulcompletion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. Understand and evaluate historical and current events and developments that have shaped Korea,

2. Identify and critique the contemporary socio-cultural and political systems of Korea,

3. Analyse developments in Korea in their regional and global contexts,

4. Understand the processes and disciplinary approaches through which current knowledge about Korean studies has developed.

Areas of Interest

  • Anthropology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • History
  • Asian Studies
  • Asia Pacific Studies
  • Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Film
  • Politics
  • International Security
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This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must consist of:

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

Code Title Units
ASIA1025 Asia and the Pacific: Power, diversity and change 6
ASIA1030 Asia and the Pacific in Motion 6

A minimum of 6 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ASIA2040 The Making of Modern Korea 6
ASIA3031 Creative Industries in Korea 6

A minimum of 18 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ASIA2006 Gender in Korean History 6
ASIA2096 North Korea: History, Culture, Politics 6
WARS2003 The Korean War 6
ASIA2049 Politics and Society in Contemporary Korea 6
ASIA2074 Popular Culture in East Asia 6
INTR2020 (In)Stability on the Korean Peninsula 6

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

Code Title Units
ASIA2016 The Mongol Empire in World History 6
ASIA2017 History of International Relations in Northeast Asia 6
ASIA3021 Engaging Asia: Australia and the Asian Century 6
ASIA2304 What is Literature? Asian Perspectives 6
ASIA2067 Economies of Emerging Asia 6
ASIA2065 Asian Politics: From Concepts to Causes 6
ASIA2301 Human Migration and Expansion in the Rise of the Asia-Pacific 6
ASIA2302 Culture and Modernity in Asia: Anthropological Perspectives 6
ASIA2307 History of Empire in Asia 6
ASIA2001 Language in Asia and the Pacific 6
ASIA2311 Gender and Cultural Studies in Asia and the Pacific 6
INTR2012 Chinese Foreign and Security Policy 6
INTR2010 International Relations in the Asia-Pacific 6
INTR2016 US Foreign and Security Policy in Asia 6
KORE3015 Advanced Korean: Film and Society 6
KORE3018 Advanced Korean: Literature and Media 6
STST2001 Security Concepts in the Asia-Pacific 6
WARS2002 The Vietnam Wars: 1941-1989 6
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