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Korean Language in Culture and Society


Admission requirements

The beginning level of proficiency in Korean is crucial.


This course investigates the intimate connection between language, culture and society in Korean context. The course provides students with a general overview and understanding of how native speakers’ cultural values and related activities are formulated and expressed through language and how the social relationships with others are practiced through language. In this course, students will be introduced to selected key concepts of sociolinguistics, such as hierarchy, solidarity, power and gender, next to the basic linguistic features in Korean language .

Course objectives

Objectives of this course are:

  • To develop an in-depth understanding of Korean culture and society in the analysis of spoken and written Korean discourse.

  • To critically engage with research findings in the field and present opinions and arguments in written and oral form.

  • To acquire an ability to use theoretical and analytical tools to discuss the socio-cultural nature of Korean.


The timetable is available on the [Name programme website](URL Roosterpagina opleiding)

Mode of instruction


Course Load

Total workload 140 hours;

  • Contact hour: 2 hours x 13 weeks = 26 hours

  • Preparation: 2 hours x 13 weeks = 26 hours

  • Oral presentations: 23 hours

  • Discussant: 5 hours

  • Written assignments: 60 hours

Assessment method

Assessment & Weighing

  1. Active class participation 40%
  • Attendance

  • Weekly postings (15%)

  • Written comments on presentations (5%)

  • Group Presentation (10%)

  • Individual Presentation (5%)

  • Discussant (5%)

  1. Written assignment 60%
  • Midterm: critical review (minimum 1,500 words, 20%)

  • Final Research Paper (minimum 3,000 words, 40%): Proposal (10%), outline and a key example (5%), abstract (5%), and final paper (20%)

In case of a resit, only written assignment (60 %) can be rewritten.

Exam review

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.


Blackboard will be used for:
Sharing all relevant information including syllabus, reading materials and grade;
Assignment submission

Reading list

  • Background text: Ho-min Sohn. 2006. Korean language in culture and society. USA: University of Hawai’i press.

  • Other reading materials: see Blackboard.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website


Jin Hee Park


  • Read the syllabus before the first session.

  • Attendance policy
    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.