• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Gender Studies, History, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies

This course introduces students to the gendered nature of Korean cultural history. Using primary sources from the archives, as well as short stories, documentary film and classic cinema, we will explore such topics as the fall of the Choson Dynasty through the eyes of kisaeng (courtesans), the emergence of New Women and Marxist Girls under Japanese colonial rule, collaboration with wartime Japan as a crisis of Korea’s male intellectual elite, North Korea’s early feminist constitution, lesbian subcultures of South Korea’s military dictatorship period, US military camptowns as a site of love, exploitation and migration, and the gender politics of the two Koreas today. Covering important flashpoints in modern Korean history, this course will introduce students to classic literature and film from the Koreas as we closely read the gender politics of historical change. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyse the gender dimensions of historical change and key canonical texts in Korea
  2. Relate the complex life experiences of sexual minorities to specific historical circumstances
  3. Account for the history of gender and social change in Korea within a broader regional and global context
  4. Develop and showcase analytical skills in examining the intersections of gender and class in Korean cultural history.

Other Information

This is a co-taught course. Any cap on enrolments in one course applies to both courses combined.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Presentation (15) [LO 1]
  2. Participation in class (10) [LO 1,2,4]
  3. Essay Abstract, Summary and Bibliography (1000 words) (15) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Research Essay (3,000 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  5. Final Exam (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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The total workload for the course is 130 hours including independent study.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

This course is incompatible with ASIA2006.

Prescribed Texts

Not required.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6000
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3002 17 Feb 2025 24 Feb 2025 31 Mar 2025 23 May 2025 In Person N/A

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