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  • Objectives
    Sheffield is one of only two universities in the UK that offer a dual degree programme in Korean Studies with Japanese. In this programme, you will take three years of Korean language modules and lecture-based modules on Korea and Japan in Sheffield, and one year of intensive Korean language study at Yonsei University in Seoul. You will also study the Japanese language for two years in years three and four. The School of East Asian Studies also offers a degree in Single Honours Korean Studies, and dual degrees with Management, Music (see Music Department website) and Linguistics (see School of English website). The core non-language modules for the programme are specific to Korea and Japan, but you are also able to take option modules that cover East Asia as a whole, or modules that are specific to Korea, Japan or China. These modules cover a wide range of subjects from business and economics, politics, sociology, history, linguistics, literature, religion and philosophy. 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 year 1 are specific to Korea and Japan, but you are also able to take modules that cover East Asia in general, highlighting the significance of Korean and Japanese issues in a regional or global context. 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 you return to Sheffield, the focus of the Korean language modules will shift in the final two years 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 core lecture-based modules cover 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. You will also begin your study of the Japanese language in Year 3 for the final two years of your programme. Japanese language classes are also small, and the pattern of teaching follows the same pattern as for Korean language tuition. Please note that this degree is not suitable for those who already have, or are taking, A-Level Japanese.
  • 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 with Japanese
  • 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
     
    Understanding Japan  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
     
    Japanese for Non-Specialists I  20
     
    Japanese for Non-Specialists II  20
     
    Typical Fourth Year Modules

    Module/Unit Credits

    Advanced Korean Language III  20
     
    Advanced Korean Language IV  20
     
    East Asian Dissertation  20
     
    Japanese for Non-Specialists III  20
     
    Japanese for Non-Specialists IV  20
     
    Traditional Culture of Korea  20

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