SOAS University of London

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

MA Korean Studies and Intensive Language (2020 entry)

  • Combinations
  • Structure
  • Teaching and Learning

Overview

This two-year full-time (or four-year part-time) programme is designed to provide Intensive Language training at different proficiency levels - depending on entry level - within a Masters programme in Korean Studies.

It allows students:

  • to cultivate or further develop a basic expertise in particular aspects of Korean Studies.
  • to choose modules that meet their own needs, with respect to their interest in Korea and future career plans.
  • to develop their abilities to synthesize information, to think critically, to manage a complex research project and to present their results in verbal and written form.
  • to achieve a high level of language proficiency.
  • to master transferable language and analytical skills in order to prepare for a variety of potential future professional or research careers.

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

Entry requirements

  • We will consider all applications with 2:ii (or international equivalent) or higher. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application including supporting statement and references.

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Combinations

May be combined with:

The following Intensive Language pathways are available with the MA Korean Studies

Structure

Students must take 315 credits in total, comprised of 255 taught credits (45 of which are taught abroad as part of a Summer School) and a 60-credit dissertation as outlined below.

In their first year, students on the two-year Intensive Language programmes take 60 credits of intensive language instruction and 60 credits in the discipline. During the summer, they participate in a Summer School abroad. In the second year, they take another 30 language credits as well as 60 credits in the discipline; they also complete their dissertation in the discipline. 

Please note that on all Area Studies degrees, including Korean Studies:

  • a maximum of 60 credits can be taken in any one subject area
  • a minimum of three subject areas must be covered.

For information on the programme structure for the four-year part-time version of the programme, please see the pdf programme specification at the bottom of this page.

Please see the relevant web pages in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures for information on the Intensive Language part of the programme.

Year 1 (two years full time)
Discipline Component
Module Code Credits Term
Connections and Intersections: Core Aspects of East Asian Studies 15PJKH025 15 Term 1
Plus

Modules from the list below to the value of 45 credits.

Language Component

Students take 60 credits in the selected language.

Summer Abroad

Students participate in a Summer School abroad for the selected language.

Year 2 (two years full time)
Discipline Component

Modules from the list below to the value of 60 credits.

Language Component

Students take 30 credits in the selected language.

Dissertation
Module Code Credits Term
Dissertation in Korean Studies 15PJKC997 60 Full Year
List A: Guided Options

Choose modules to the minimum value of 45 credits

List B: Guided Options (East Asia)

Choose modules to the maximum value of 30 - 60 credits from the List B.

List C: Guided Options

Choose modules to the maximum value of 0 to 30 credits from List C or the central options list.

Module Code Credits Term
The Making of Modern Korea 15PJKH032 15 Term 1
Language
Module Code Credits Term
Trajectories of Modernity in Korean Literature and Film (PG) 15PJKH006 15 Term 1
Politics
Module Code Credits Term
Comparing Democracies in North East Asia 15PPOH050 15 Term 2
Political Economies of Northeast Asia: Japan, Korea and Taiwan 15PPOH061 15 Term 2
Art
Module Code Credits Term
Arts of Goryeo and Joseon Korea 15PARH059 15 Term 1
Modern and Contemporary Korean Art 15PARH060 15 Term 2
Music
Module Code Credits Term
Pop and Politics in East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH014 15 Term 1
Minors ONLY
Module Code Credits Term
Media Spectacle and Urban Space in East Asia 15PMSH026 15 Term 2
Language
Module Code Credits Term
Chinese 1 A (PG) 15PCHH031 15 Term 1
Chinese 1 B (PG) 15PCHH032 15 Term 2
Media

 

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

There are four key areas in which the programme allows students to develop:

Knowlegde

  • Students will acquire a comprehensive understanding of Korea’s past and present, within the parameters of the modules and disciplines chosen, and on her connections to the wider East Asian region through the core module.
  • Students will acquire an advanced understanding of the theoretical and methodological tools of the relevant disciplines.
  • Students who choose to take language will improve their knowledge of and ability to use Korean in their everyday life and, depending on the level achieved, professional career.

Intellectual (thinking) skills

  • Students will learn how to assess data and evidence critically from a variety of sources and how to resolve problems of conflicting sources and conflicting interpretations.
  • Students will learn the strengths and disciplines of particular disciplinary and theoretical approaches, cultivating their ability to draw on a variety of such approaches.
  • Students will learn how to design and manage an independent research project, formulating the problem to be addressed, identifying the data to be analyzed, and synthesizing the findings to present well-supported conclusions.

Subject-based practical skills

  • Students will learn how to read critically, to participate effectively in seminar discussions, and to present their work in both oral and written form.
  • More specific skills will depend on the particular modules taken.

Transferable skills

  • Students will learn how to access and evaluate electronic and other data effectively and efficiently.
  • Students will learn how to solve complex problems, for example concerning economic development, historical causation, literary interpretation, or political decision-making.
  • Students will learn how to communicate effectively in a variety of settings and formats.

Through their language study, students will:

  • acquire/develop skills in both written and spoken language.
  • develop a practical knowledge of rules governing both oral and written linguistic usages and multiple norms regulating intercultural communication, analytical skills (problem solving, formal operations), critical skills and creativity.
  • develop the ability to engage with people or texts from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds, understanding the role of different linguistic or cultural frames of reference.

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