ATS2160 - Language, culture and society on the Korean Peninsula - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Korean Studies

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Lucien Brown


Dr Lucien Brown

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units.


The unit critically examines language, culture and society on the Korean Peninsula. The first half of the unit adopts a socio-historical perspective to look at the emergence of linguistic and cultural practices in Korea against the backdrop of over 2,000 years of history, starting with the Three Kingdoms period (57BC-666AD) and culminating with the annexation of Korea by Japan (1910-1945). The second half of the unit focuses on language and culture in the post-war societies of North and South Korea. The unit introduces major developments in the formation, distribution and projection of languages on the Korean peninsula, as well as accompanying cultural and historical changes in historical and contemporary Korea. Through specially prepared online materials, students will also learn basic facts about Korean history. The unit will provide students with the tools to look objectively at how language reflects the society we live in, and how language itself becomes an important marker of cultural identity. An important goal in the unit will be to get away from a monolithic view of Korean language and culture and encourage students to engage in critical analysis of the inevitable variation and change that characterizes linguistic and cultural practices. Through a variety of reading materials, students will be exposed to different approaches for analyzing language, culture and society. The unit will be conducted in English and will be open to students without any specific competence in Korean.


Upon the successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. identify important linguistic, cultural, societal and historical facts about the Korean peninsula;
  2. critically examine the ways that linguistic practices on the Korean peninsula are connected to and indeed reflect society and culture;
  3. critically read a variety of different texts on Korean language, culture and society;
  4. engage in informed discussion of the different texts and contexts studied in the unit;
  5. use appropriate theoretical and research tools.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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