SOAS University of London

Japan & Korea Section, Department of East Asian Languages & Culture

K402 Advanced Korean Readings II: Gender, Culture and Society

Module Code:
FHEQ Level:
Year of study:
Year 3 of 3 or Year 4 of 4
Taught in:
Term 1

This module examines cultural elements and formal features that characterise Korean literary modes and narratives, through close readings of selected texts from different historical periods. It is designed to help students develop their knowledge of Korean cultural words, literary language, form and content, and skills in close reading and comprehension of expressive text types. The syllabus combines informative presentations with practical exercises through lectures and seminars. In the lectures, the module convenor will introduce and discuss specific topics related to Korean literary genres and modes of expression. The seminar sessions are directed readings of Korean texts – students will be assigned different genres of Korean literary works(prose, poetry and fiction) and prepare reading grids to present for group discussion. Diligent coursework preparations and active seminar participation will also help students expand their knowledge of Korean grammatical structures, vocabulary and diverse idiomatic expressions.

This module is designed to complement other language use modules to help BA Korean students develop advanced reading comprehension skills and expand their knowledge of Korean literary language. Prior knowledge of Korean literature is not required, but students must have higher-intermediate level reading skills in Korean (see Prerequisites).


Higher Intermediate Readings in Modern Korean (155901392) (or equivalent level of Korean reading skills)

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

  • demonstrate competence in reading and understanding literary works in Korean;
  • demonstrate skills in analysing Korean literary works through close reading;
  • identify and discuss issues related to Korean literary language, style, genre and themes;
  • identify and use relevant reference materials, critical sources and methods in reading and understanding Korean literary texts from different time periods..


This module will be taught over 10 weeks with a 1 hour lecture and 1 hour seminar per week.

Scope and syllabus

There is no set syllabus for this module, but a list of texts and topics will be made available from the convenor at the beginning of the module each year. It will combine informative lectures with directed readings and seminar discussions of prescribed texts. Diverse genres of Korean literary works from different time periods will be assigned.

Method of assessment

A 2,000-2,500 word portfolio of up to five reading grids, due on the last day of the term in which the module is taught (40%); a 2,500-3,000 word essay due on day 1 (Monday), week 1 of the following term (50%); a 10-20 minute oral presentation on an assigned text or topic in groups of 2-3, with a hand-out summarising the main points (10%).

Suggested reading

The reading list and materials will be made available on BLE at the beginning of the module.


Important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules