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Seminar 2: Perspectives on Korea


Admission requirements

This course is for students who stay and study in South Korea as part of their degree programme.


This course is for students who stay and study in South Korea as part of their degree programme. People are constituted through their own experiences; they are shaped, transformed and touched by par¬ticular experiences. Emotional or physical, and direct or indirect, experiences shape knowledge production. The point is not simply about adding or mentioning experience, but more about pursuing and focalising ‘the political’ of experience. This significance of experience leads to the question of situatedness. Depending on where one stands, things are different; experiences are varied. Knowledge is situated within a certain time and space.

Against this backdrop, the course seeks to explore the politics of experience in the context of Korean Studies. Students are invited to work on various assigned materials/themes. Examples include: among others, experience and knowledge, Hamel, European travellers, history, Dutch-Korean relations and current affairs. The eventual goal of the course is to help students make the most of their experience in Korea.

Course objectives

  • Obtaining a contextualised knowledge of the field of Korean Studies

  • Exploring situated scholarship in Asian Studies

  • Formulating independent agendas and ideas

  • Developing writing skills

Timetable Rooster

Mode of instruction - Online course

Course Load

Total course load: 140 hours

Assessment method

  • Papers 100%


Is Blackboard used in the course?

  • Yes

Reading list

The booktitles and / or syllabi to be used in the course, where it can be purchased and how this literature should be studied beforehand.


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Dhr. dr. Sungju Park-Kang