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Advanced Korean Language Training: Reading


Admission requirements

MA Asia Studies students: Korea Studies (120 credits); East Asian Studies (60 credits) – Korea track; and others with sufficient Korean language skills.


The purpose of this course is to develop advanced level of reading, writing, speaking and listening ability in various situations of society, politics, culture and history of Korea. This course will help students research and evaluate newspapers, magazines, literary works, academic articles and advertisements. This course aims to meet what students want and need to learn various genre of Korean.

Course objectives

To improve reading skills and strategies
To be familiar with the current scholarly issues in Korea


Wednesday 13:15-15:00

Mode of instruction


Course Load

Total workload 280 hours;
Contact hours: 2 hours per week * 13 weeks = 26 hours
Preparation: 8 hours per week * 13 weeks = 104 hours
Writing assignments: 100 hours
Preparation of final paper: 50 hours

Assessment method

Attendance: 5%
Participation and preparation: 5%
Individual presentation: 20%
Weekly writing assignments (critical review and article summary): 40%
Final paper: 30%


  • If your grade is below 6.0(5.49 and lower), you have 2 resit chances after the final.

  • Writing asignments and final paper submitted two or more weeks late will not be graded.

  • Students with insufficient achievement of the final paper need to resit.

  • If you make up all writing assignments and submit a revised final paper which meets lecturer’s feedback, you will be passed.


Blackboard will be used.

Reading list

To be announced on blackboard.


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As is the case for all Korean Studies courses, a strict attendance policy will be enforced. Attendance for all lectures and seminars is expected. Failure to attend results in a lower grade. If you do not attend more than three classes you will not be able to continue attending the classes and your exam and/or paper may not be graded by the instructor(s). If you have a valid reason not to attend, you may get dispensation from this rule, but you have to consult the coordinator of studies on this.