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KOS3020 - Korean Society and Culture

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Dr Young-A Cho


Not offered in 2007


This unit provides an introduction to traditional and modern Korean society and culture. It deals with key aspects of traditional Korea during the Choson period (1392-1910) of particular relevance to the understanding of the modern transformation of Korea. Over the past 100 years or so, Korea has passed through periods of social upheaval and foreign encroachment to its present status as a divided country. This subject deals with aspects of Korean society and culture since 1876, including intellectual history, the Japanese colonial experience, religion, rural-urban migration, gender issues, regionalism, the rise of the new middle class and cultural change.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to understand the main features of traditional Korean society and culture and major issues of modern Korea. The subject deals in the modern era primarily with South Korea although reference is also made to the modern transformation of North Korean society.


Essay (1000 words): 30%
Examination (1 hour): 20%
Seminar project (1500 words): 30%
Research project (1000 words): 20%

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week