SOAS University of London

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

MA Korean Studies (Literature Pathway) (2018 entry)

Select year of entry: 2019 2018

duration:
One calendar year (full-time); Two or three years (part-time, daytime only)

Fees 2018/19

UK/EU fees:
£9,225
Overseas fees:
£18,980

Fees for 2018/19 entrants. This is a Band 1 fee. The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

Entry requirements

  • Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent)

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Overview

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

Degree Profile

The MA Korean Studies (Literature Pathway) aims to:

  • provide extensive, critical knowledge of pre-modern and modern Korean literary traditions;
  • develop advanced competency in reading and understanding literary works in Korean, and literary translation skills into English;
  • develop advanced skills in research, analysis, and critical method in the study of Korean literature, with consideration to socio-historical context and comparative approaches;
  • serve as a foundation for students who wish to pursue further research or work in the fields of literary translation, writing and publishing.

The programme suits anyone interested in the literary cultures of Korea, as well as students of literature with no prior knowledge of Korean literature who are looking for new areas of inquiry.

Incoming students will be expected to have completed at least the equivalent of two years of undergraduate Korean language study.

The programme will benefit anyone wishing to pursue a research degree (MPhil/PhD) afterwards. It also provides a solid basis for anyone wishing to pursue a career in literary translation or publishing.

Convenors

Structure

Students take 180 credits, 60 of which are a dissertation, 30 credits of core modules, 30 credits of compulsory modules, and the remaining 30 credits can be from the list of optional modules.

All modules are subject to availability.

Compulsory Dissertation

The dissertation must be on a subject in Korean Literature.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Dissertation in Korea Studies 15PJKC997 60 Full Year
Core Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Literary Traditions and Culture of Korea (Masters) 15PJKH005 15 Term 1
Trajectories of Modernity in Korean Literature (Masters) 15PJKH006 15 Term 2
Compulsory Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Theory and techniques of Comparative Literature 15PCSC002 30 Full Year
Readings in Korean Literature (Masters) 15PJKH021 15 Term 1
Translating Korean Literature (Masters) 15PJKH018 15 Term 2
Optional Modules

Students must choose 30 credits from the lists below.

List A: Korean Related Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Connections and Intersections: Core Aspects of East Asian Studies 15PJKH025 15 Term 2
Directed readings in Korean Studies A 15PJKH010 15 Term 1
Directed readings in Korean Studies B 15PJKH011 15 Term 1
Advanced Korean Readings (PG) 15PEAC018 30 Full Year
Practical Translation: English into Korean 15PJKC002 15 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
The Making of Modern Korea, 1864-1953 15PJKH032 15 Term 1
The Two Koreas since 1953 (PG) 15PJKH033 15 Term 2
List B: Literature options from East Asia Department (please note that some modules are taught in original language)
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Modern Japanese Literature (Masters) 15PEAH012 15 Term 2
Japanese Traditional Drama (Masters) 15PEAH013 15 Term 1
Reading Pre-modern Japanese Texts 1 (PG) 15PJKH028 15 Term 2
Reading Pre-modern Japanese Texts 2 (PG) 15PJKH029 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Self, City and Sexuality in Modern Japanese Literature 1868-1945 (PG) 15PJKH030 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Writing from the Margins: Minority Voices in Modern Japanese Literature, 1945 to the Present (PG) 15PJKH031 15 Term 2
Traditional Chinese Literature in Translation 15PCHC004 30 Full Year
Modern Chinese Literature in Translation 15PCHC002 30 Full Year
Classical Documentary Texts 15PEAC006 30 Full Year
Modern Documentary Texts 15PEAC007 30 Full Year
Reading Seminar: Masterpieces of Modern Chinese Literature 15PCHH029 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Reading Seminar: Modern Chinese Literature and the World 15PCHH030 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
List C: Literature options from Languages, Cultures and Linguistics (please note that some modules are taught in original language)
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Literatures in African languages 15PAFC124 30 Full Year
Postcolonial Theory and Practice 15PCSC003 30 Full Year
Modern Arabic Literature and the West 15PNMC002 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Arabic Popular Literature: Themes, Genres & Theory 15PNMC045 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
A Modern Arabic Literary Genre: Themes and Techniques 15PNMC046 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Classical Arabic Prose Literature and Adab 15PNMC047 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Social and Political Dimensions of Modern Arabic Literature 15PNMC347 30 Full Year
Social and Political Trends in 19th Century Turkish Literature 15PNMC373 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Selected Topics in 20th Century Turkish Literature 15PNMC374 30 Full Year
Modern Palestinian Literature (PG) 15PNMC379 30 Full Year
Arabic Poetry and Criticism 15PNMC048 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Arabic Women's Writing: Theories and Practices 15PNMC411 30 Full Year
Identity and Language in Hebrew Literature (PG) 15PNMC412 30 Full Year
Classical Ottoman Literature (Masters) 15PNMC385 30 Full Year
Classical Persian Poetry: Texts and Traditions (PG) 15PNMC401 30 Full Year
Sanskrit Literature 15PSAC003 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Sanskrit Texts from the Hindu Tradition 15PSAC014 30 Full Year
Literatures of South Asia 15PSAC284 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Literature & Colonialism in North India (Masters) 15PSAH005 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
War, Revolution and Independence in South East Asia Literatures in Translation (Masters) 15PSEH009 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
The Urban/Rural Divide in South East Asian Literature 15PSEH012 15 Term 1
English Literatures of South East Asia 15PSEH013 15 Term 2
Under Western Eyes: European Writings on South East Asia (PG) 15PSEH017 15 Term 1
List D: Language modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Korean 1 A (PG) 15PJKH037 15 Term 1
Korean 1 B (PG) 15PJKH038 15 Term 2
Korean 2 (PG) 15PJKC024 30 Full Year
Intermediate Korean (PG) 15PJKC013 30 Full Year
Japanese 1 A (PG) 15PJKH035 15 Term 1
Japanese 1 B (PG) 15PJKH036 15 Term 2
Japanese 2 (PG) 15PJKC009 30 Full Year
Japanese 3 (PG 15PJKC010 30 Full Year
Japanese 4 (PG) 15PJKC011 30 Full Year
Japanese 5 (PG) 15PJKC012 30 Full Year
Practical Translation: Japanese into English 15PJKH003 15 Term 2
Practical Translation: English into Japanese 15PJKH002 15 Term 2
Chinese 1 A (PG) 15PCHH031 15 Term 1
Chinese 1 B (PG) 15PCHH032 15 Term 2
Chinese 2 (PG) 15PCHC011 30 Full Year
Chinese 3 (PG) 15PCHC009 30 Full Year
Practical Translation: Chinese to English 15PCHH004 15 Term 2
Practical Translation: English to Chinese 15PCHH005 15 Term 2
List E: Non literature modules (Korea/East Asia related)
Culture/Film/Media
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Modern Chinese Film and Theatre (PG) 15PCHH001 15 Term 1
Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora (PG) 15PCHH002 15 Term 2
Cinema, Nation and Transcultural Asia 15PJKC023 30 Full Year
Censoring Japan: A Socio-Cultural History of Japanese Television 15PJKH034 15 Term 2
Japanese Transnational Cinema: From Kurosawa to Asia Extreme and Studio Ghibli 15PJKH007 15 Term 1
Japanese Post-War Film Genres and the Avant-Garde 15PJKH008 15 Term 2
Politics
Module Code Credits Term Availability
International politics of East Asia 15PPOC251 30 Full Year
Northeast Asian politics: Japan, Korea and Taiwan 15PPOC253 30 Full Year
Media Spectacle and Urban Space in East Asia 15PMSH026 15 Term 2
Art
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Arts of Koryo and Chosen Korea 15PARH059 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Modern and Contemporary Korean Art 15PARH060 15 Term 1
Music
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Pop and Politics in East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH014 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Musical Traditions of East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH016 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019

 

This is the structure for applicants

If you are a current student you can find structure information on Moodle or through your Department.

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Contact Hours

All Masters programmes consist of 180 credits, made up of taught modules of 30 or 15 credits, taught over 10 or 20 weeks, and a dissertation of 60 credits. The programme structure shows which modules are compulsory and which optional.

As a rough guide, 1 credit equals approximately 10 hours of work. Most of this will be independent study, including reading and research, preparing coursework, revising for examinations and so on. It will also include class time, which may include lectures, seminars and other classes. Some subjects, such as learning a language, have more class time than others. At SOAS, most postgraduate modules have a one hour lecture and a one hour seminar every week, but this does vary.

More information is on the page for each module

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge
  • Students will acquire a comprehensive understanding of Korea’s past and present, within the parameters of the modules chosen.
  • 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.
Transferrable 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

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of postgraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Postgraduate Tuition Fees page.

This is a Band 1 tuition fee.

Fees for 2018/19 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Full-time Part-time 2 Years Part-time 3 Years
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
£9,225 £18,980 £4,613 £9,490 £3,075 £6,327
Scholarships

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section

Employment

A postgraduate degree in MA Korean Studies (Literature Pathway) from SOAS provides students with competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding. Familiarity with the region will have been developed through a combination of the study of language, history, cinema, politics, economics or law. Graduates of this programme will develop their ability to engage with and explore relationships between indigenous aesthetics of the region and contemporary literary theories. Some graduates leave SOAS to pursue careers directly related to their study area, while others have made use of the intellectual training for involvement in analysing and solving many of the problems that contemporary societies now face.  

Postgraduate students gain linguistic and cultural expertise enabling them to continue in the field of research or to seek professional and management careers in the business, public and charity sectors. They leave SOAS with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek, including written and oral communication skills; attention to detail; analytical and problem solving skills; and the ability to research, amass and order information from a variety of sources.  A postgraduate degree in Korean Literature is a valuable experience that provides students with a body of work and a diverse range of skills that they can use to market themselves with when they graduate.

For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.

A Student's Perspective

It’s a melting pot of languages and cultures where your eyes open to new things you might have never heard about on a daily basis.

Antoni Slodkowski

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