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  • Objectives
    Sheffield is one of only two universities in the UK to offer a single honours Korean Studies degree. In the Single Honours Korean Studies degree, you will take a balanced programme of both language and lecture-based modules to give a critical understanding of Korea. The School of East Asian Studies also offers dual degrees in Korean Studies with Japanese, Management, Music (see Music Department website) and Linguistics (see School of English website). In the first year, the language modules cover all skills, from reading and writing to speaking and listening. There is no need for any prior knowledge of the Korean language. Korean language classes are small, and you will use the Korean language and script (called Han'g?l) from day one. The core non-language modules for the programme are specific to Korea, but you are also able to take modules that cover East Asia as a region, highlighting the significance of Korean issues in a regional or global context. China-specific and Japan-specific option modules are also available. In your second year, you will take one year of intensive language study at Yonsei University in Seoul. The Year Abroad is a great opportunity to expand both your language skills and your understanding of Korean society and culture. Yonsei University has the best known institute of Korean language education for foreign students. Seoul has been the capital of Korea since the fourteenth century and is now at the centre of the radical socio-political changes sweeping East Asia. After your return from Korea, the focus of Korean language modules in the final two years shifts to more advanced and vocational skills in writing, summary, precision translation, debate and oral presentation. You will study Chinese characters as used in Korean in years three and four. The lecture-based core modules cover both traditional culture and contemporary Korean society. The lecture-based option modules cover a wide range of subjects, such as business and economics, film and cultural studies, politics, sociology, history, linguistics, literature, religion, and philosophy.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements -GCE/VCE A Levels - BBB -Two GCE A Levels plus two GCE AS Levels - BB+BB -Scottish Highers - AABB -Irish Leaving Cert. - ABBBB -International Baccalaureate - 32 points -Core Requirements - Non-native English speakers: minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent
  • Academic Title
    BA Korean Studies
  • Course description
    Our students usually select from a range of compulsory and optional modules to add up to 120 credits.
    Some departments offer courses that don't feature optional modules whereas other courses are fully flexible.

    Important notice :

    This is a list of modules that have been offered in the past. We expect similar modules to be offered for courses starting in 2009.

    This information is provided for illustration only and you should check with the department directly when applying to confirm module options.

    Find out how to contact the department

    Typical First Year Modules

    Module/Unit Credits

    Korean Language I  20
    Korean Language II  20
    The History of Korea  20
    East Asian Cinema  20
    Gender in East Asia  20
    Religion and Society in East Asia  20
    The Transformation of East Asia  20
    Typical Second Year Modules

    Module/Unit Credits

    Korean Year Abroad  120
    Typical Third Year Modules

    Module/Unit Credits

    Advanced Korean Language I  20
    Advanced Korean Language II  20
    Contemporary Korean Society  20
    Business and Management in Contemporary Korea  20
    Business and Society in East Asia  20
    Contemporary Korean Literature  20
    East Asian Women on the Move  20
    Empire and Culture in East Asia to 1945  20
    Language and Society in East Asia  20
    Modern Korean Literature  20
    Musical Culture in East Asia  20
    Philosophical Traditions of East Asia  20
    Political Development of East Asia  20
    The East Asian Economic Miracle  20
    Traditional Culture of Korea  20
    Typical Fourth Year Modules

    Module/Unit Credits

    Advanced Korean Language III  20
    Advanced Korean Language IV  20
    East Asian Dissertation  20

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