Contemporary Korean Society

Key information

Start date
End date
Year of study
Year 2
Term 1
Module code
FHEQ Level
Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

Module overview

The module is designed to offer a critical overview of changes occurring in the late 20th century Korean culture and society. The module will prepare students for the year abroad, by providing an overview of issues facing contemporary Korean society.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

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

  • Demonstrate a clear knowledge about the discourses dominating present-day Korean culture and society.

  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of present-day Korean

  • Bibliographic research methods in relation to contemporary Korean

  • Successfully gain the cultural and societal knowledge for their year abroad


Total taught hours : 20 hours. 1 hours lecture and 1 hour seminar per week for 10 weeks.

Independent study : 130 hours

Total hours for module : 150 hours

Scope and syllabus

This module is designed to look at Korean culture and society. Specific topics to be dealt with include:

  • changes of gender roles
  • identity issues
  • North-South relations

Method of assessment

  • Outline with bibliography (1,200 words) OR narrated powerpoint presentation (5 mins) 30%
  • Essay OR research proposal with annotated bibliography (2,500 words) 70%

Suggested reading

Core Reading

  • John H. Koo & Andrew C. Nahm, An introduction to Korean culture. Elizabeth, NJ: Hollym, 1997.
  • DS Macdonald, The Koreans : contemporary politics and society, Westview: Boulder, 1988.


Important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules