• Class Number 7299
  • Term Code 3260
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Prof Kyung Moon Hwang
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/07/2022
  • Class End Date 28/10/2022
  • Census Date 31/08/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
    • Alison Darby
SELT Survey Results

This course is designed to give students an overview of contemporary South Korean politics snd society in the period from the 1960s to the present. The course reviews recent socio-political changes in Korea including Korea's rapid economic development in the 1960s and in the 1970s, democratisation and the resurrection of civil society in the 1980s, and globalisation and neoliberal reforms since the 1990s. This course will explore relevant theories and concepts in the social sciences (mainly political science and sociology) to analyse these changes in Korea. During the tutorials the students will be given an opportunity to discuss in depth some pressing political and social issues in Korea, seek parallels in other Asian and Western societies and consider possible solutions to these problems at structural, institutional and behavioral levels.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Upon successful completion of this unit, students will have gained an understanding of how contemporary South Korean society works and a broad knowledge of the major features of its politics, everyday life and culture.

Research-Led Teaching

Students will be expected to pursue individual research projects that result in papers, for the midterm and final essay, based considerably on primary sources (in translation).

Required Resources

A History of Korea

Author: Kyung Moon Hwang

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Edition: Third

Availability: Campus Bookstore and Amazon.com

Others TBD

Series of translated primary sources published by the Academy of Korean Studies, all in Menzies Library and put on reserve.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

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Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction to course and current circumstances Lectures
2 Historical overview of first half of the 20th century Readings, lectures/presentations, first response paper
3 Politics of South Korea 1 Readings, lectures, discussion
4 Politics of South Korea 2 Readings, lectures, discussion, first paper
5 Economics 1 Readings, lectures, discussion
6 Economics 2 Readings, lectures, discussion, midterm essay
7 External Relations 1 Readings, lectures, discussion
8 External Relations 2 Readings, lectures, discussion
9 Culture 1 Readings, lectures, discussion
10 Culture 2 Readings, lectures, discussion
11 Society 1 Readings, lectures, discussion
12 Society 2 Readings, lectures, discussion, final essay

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Class attendance and discussion participation 19 % 28/10/2022 11/11/2022 1
Weekly response paper 31 % 28/10/2022 11/11/2022 2
Presentation 5 % 21/10/2022 11/11/2022 3
Mid-term essay 20 % 05/09/2022 20/09/2022 4
Final essay 25 % 04/11/2022 11/11/2022 5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.





Assessment Task 1

Value: 19 %
Due Date: 28/10/2022
Return of Assessment: 11/11/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1

Class attendance and discussion participation

Class attendance and discussion participation

Assessment Task 2

Value: 31 %
Due Date: 28/10/2022
Return of Assessment: 11/11/2022
Learning Outcomes: 2

Weekly response paper

Short 300-word, two-paragraph essays answering a question about the week's readings and/or lectures.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 5 %
Due Date: 21/10/2022
Return of Assessment: 11/11/2022
Learning Outcomes: 3


A slide presentation, featuring audio/visual sources, on a topic to be further explored in either the midterm or final essay.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 05/09/2022
Return of Assessment: 20/09/2022
Learning Outcomes: 4

Mid-term essay

A research paper of 1200 words.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 04/11/2022
Return of Assessment: 11/11/2022
Learning Outcomes: 5

Final essay

Final essay on a topic or theme that is different from that of the midterm essay.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Graded written work to be returned online through Wattle.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Through Wattle.

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Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
Prof Kyung Moon Hwang
02 6125 3207

Research Interests

Prof Kyung Moon Hwang

By Appointment
Alison Darby

Research Interests

Alison Darby

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