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KRNS3675: Contemporary Korean Society and Culture

This unit provides broad and interdisciplinary introduction to contemporary Korean society and culture. The unit examines significant events - wars and violence, democratization, and economic reform - in contemporary Korea that have brought the major changes in the society, and explores how these events have affected Korean society and culture. Major topics to be covered include gender, multiculturalism, youth and pop culture, the Korean Wave, language change, and North Korea. In addressing the topics, the students will utilize authentic Korean language materials.

Code KRNS3675
Academic unit Korean Studies
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 2000 or 3000 level in Korean Studies or (6 credit points at 2000 or 3000 level in Korean Studies and 6 credit points in 2000 or 3000 level in Asian Studies)
KRNS2500 or KRNS2675

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Understand crucial events and issues in contemporary North and South Korea
  • LO2. Learn new concepts and theoretical frameworks to analyze society, identities and power
  • LO3. Analyze the relationship between a cultural product and its social context
  • LO4. Conduct research, weigh evidence and work critically with primary and secondary sources
  • LO5. Structure an academic essay and write clearly and concisely to make persuasive arguments
  • LO6. Develop oral presentation skills and learn to communicate ideas effectively

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.