nl en

Topical Readings in Korean


Admission requirements

Korean Language at TOPIK II-5 level. Open to MA Asian Studies students: Korea Studies (120 credits); East Asian Studies (60 credits) – Korea track;


The course is a close reading course in which students learn how to critically read and discuss materials on Korean politics and culture in Korean. In weekly tutorial meetings, students summarize and reflect on the reading assignment, with special attention to the writing style, sources used in the analysis, and the argumentation of the article.

Course objectives

This course has the following goals:

  • to improve the Korean reading skills;

  • to introduce the state of the field

  • to develop a research methodology;

  • to develop deep reading skills of written and visual materials;

  • to further develop writing skills;

  • to further develop presentation skills.


The timetable is available on the Asianstudies website

Mode of instruction


Course Load

Total course load for the course: 140 hours.

Assessment method

Continuous assessment through weekly assignments. Final grades will be determined by the following formula:

  • Attendance & active participation in class discussions (15%)

  • Presentations (15%)

  • Weekly reading reports (70%) (500 words max.- article summary)

Attendance policy: a strict attendance policy is imposed. Missing more than three sessions gets you barred from further attending the course and your papers may not be graded. Any absences must be notified in advance. Dispensation from the attendance rule is possible in consultation with the coordinator of studies and for valid reasons only. Weekly reading assignments cannot be missed.

Exam Review

Students may request an oral elucidation of the assessment within 30 days after publication of the grade.


Literature assignments will be announced on Blackboard will also be used for handing in the weekly reading assignments.

Reading list

A reading list will be included in the syllabus to be uploaded on Blackboard.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch


Dr. N. Choi