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Gender in Korea


Admission requirements

This course is only available to BA2 students in the Korean Studies program.


This course provides an introduction to gender in Korea, with a focus on South Korea but also including North Korea, encompassing both historical formations of gender relations and contemporary considerations. It examines, through historical, anthropological, and cultural studies scholarship, the centrality of gender in understandings of family, state, labor, religion, and ethnicity. The course is taught as a seminar and students should be prepared to manage a significant reading load and to discuss the readings actively. The schedule will be divided between mini-lectures, discussion of that week’s texts, in-class activities, media screenings, and workshopping student work.

Course objectives

Students will develop a nuanced interdisciplinary understanding of gender and the way it has developed as a concept and category in Korea. A major focus of the course is for students to develop their own historically and socially informed positions on gender politics and identity, and to practice persuasive, reflective, and analytical speaking and writing on gender. The final project, an online ethography, will develop critical thinking and reading, project planning, and academic writing skills.


The timetables are avalable through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture

  • Seminar

Assessment method


Attendance and classroom discussion: 15%
Perusall annotations: 15%
Reading quizzes: 20%
Final project (online ethnography): 40%
Final presentation: 10%


To pass the course students must receive an overall mark of 5.50 (=6) or higher and a passing grade for the Final Paper assignment (5.5 or higher).


If a pass mark is not obtained for this course (i.e. with a final mark of 5.49 [= 5] or less), the student is entitled to one resit. The resit consists of a research paper of 4500 words that counts for 100% of the final mark. Only one resit is possible.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

All readings will be available in Brightspace and also on Perusall (an annotation space) for collaborative reading.


Enrolment through My Studymap is mandatory.


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