Students are expected to have read the introduction and fist chapter of Edward Said’s Orientalism prior to the first day of class. They should attend the first session with the following: a) the text for discussion (Orientalism) and b) a topic of interest that would be suitable for a research project.
This intensive course is mandatory for BA2 students studying abroad in Korea in the first semester as well as for students remaining in Leiden. The first semester of BA2 offers students an opportunity to develop necessary writing and research skills prior to commencing their BA2 seminars in semester 2; assignment structur is the same for everyone but content is adapted to the study abroad /home program.
The primary goal of this class is to have students explore the study of social and/or cultural issues in modern Korea and for students to produce their own literature review on a topic of their choice. In practice, this means that students observe and reflect on their experiences during visits to preselected locations or via self-designed assignments on an online or offline location with the condition that the assignment has a simulare structure to those presented in the course syllabus.
The secondary goal is a self-directed exploration and application of theoretical literature that aims to get familiar with and define a topic area of interest to be further pursued in the BA3 final thesis.
Deadlines and details for the assignemts are made available via a course syllabus on Brightspace before the start of the semester.
Introduce students to social and cultural research of Korea inside and outside of the country
Further develop critical thinking and analytical skills
Learn how to think about evaluating complex cultural encounters
Identifying qa concrete cultural or social phenomenon for study
Introduction to the fundamentals of thesis and research production
The timetables are available through My Timetable.
Mode of instruction
Observation and research
Assessment (all submitted via Brightspace):
Details of the field visits will be made available on Brightspace (2 x 30% = 60% of final grade).
Essay (one or more of: theoretical application, primary source analysis or fieldwork notes) (max. 200 words; 40% of final grade).
The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average of the assessment elements above. To pass the course, students must receive an overall mark of 6 or higher and a passing grade for the essay assignment (part 2, a mark of 5.5 or higher).
Students who fail the course (receiving an overall mark of 5 or lower) must take a resit. Only one resit is possible and it consists of a literature review of 4,000 words (100% of the grade). No supervision is provided in the case of a resit. Resits must be completed within 3 weeks from the instructor notifying the student. Thise course is an integrated whole. All categories must be completed in the same academic year. No partial marks can be carried over into following years.
The course is conducted mostly online, and as such there is no attendance requirement (although attending the discussion sessions is recommended). However, failure to submit assignments will result in a penalty. Late submission will also incur a less stringent penalty. The instructor reserves the right to require student submission of any notes, first drafts, outlines or preparatory work for any assignment.
Students may make an appointment with the instructor within 30 days of the announcement of the assessment grades in order to discuss their work.
Deadlines and extensions: if you foresee that you will not be able to keep a deadline because of extenuating circumstances, contact your instructor well in advance (at least one week before the deadline). For extensions beyond the end of the semester, please contact your instructor and the study coordinator and file a request with the Board of Examiners at least one week before the original deadline.
Said, Edward W. Orientalism. New York: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2014 (online beschikbaar via de UB-catalogus)
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