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Topical Reading: Korean Culture and Heritage


Admission requirements

This course is only available for BA3 students in Korean Studies who have successfully completed all the requirements for BA1 and BA2 and plan to write BA theses in Spring 2023.


This course explores (a) the theoretical approach to studying "(Korean) culture" (including heritage and museums) in a broad sense and (b) the critical reading and study of relevant source material in Korean and English. This starts with identifying what culture might be and in what contexts this concept is used by different parties. It then looks at texts on culture-related topics in Korean whose content should be reasonably familiar in Dutch or English, in order to build up specialised vocabulary that can be applied when using, in particular, Korean sources in the final paper. By offering a variety of texts, the student is encouraged to broaden and deepen her/his interest in Korean culture with the aim of being able to formulate a well-defined topic and research question from a variety of options.

Course objectives

By the end of the course, students are expected:

  • To have deep knowledge about the themes of the course and be familiar with related academic and social (media, etc.) debates;

  • To identify various research methodologies and their respective strengths/weaknesses;

  • To develop critical reading, academic writing, and group presentation skills; and

  • To find and formulate a research topic/question for a BA final paper (thesis).


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction


Assessment method


This course consists of three parts that are assessed as below. The final mark is determined by the weighted average of the three assessment criteria.


  1. Participation (15%)
  2. Group Project (25%)
  3. Final Paper (60%)


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). Students who failed the course (receiving an overall mark of 5.49 [=5] or lower) or who failed the final paper assignment (5.49 or lower) must take a resit. The resit, which is only open to students who meet the attendance criteria for the course as a whole, consists of a revised and expanded version of the final paper worth 100% of the grade.

Inspection and feedback

Students may make an individual appointment with the instructor within 30 days after the publication of their final grades in order to review the grades.

Reading list

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


Enrolment through MyStudyMap is mandatory.
General information about course and exam enrolment is available on the website.


  • For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.

  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: Vrieshof


A strict attendance policy is imposed. Missing more than three sessions during the semester may get 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 policy for extenuating circumstances can only be granted by the Board of Examiners after consultation with the teacher.