MA Korean Studies SOAS University of London
Mode of Attendance: Full-time or part-time
This degree is designed either to prepare the student for advanced graduate work in a wide range of subjects related to Korea or as an end/qualification in itself.
The programme explores the history, politics, art, music and literature of Korea, as well as providing opportunities to study the languages of the region.
The MA in Korean Studies consists of four components. Students choose one major course and two minor courses.
Students who plan to go on to further research can take a higher-level Korean language course as a minor.
Students take three taught courses and must also complete a 10,000-word dissertation on an approved topic.
Students take 180 credits, 60 of which are a dissertation and a 15 credit compulsory module. You must take a further 105 credits from taught modules. Of the taught modules, students select 30 credits which will be their major, a further 60-75 credits from the list of majors/minors. 30 credits may be taken from the approved open options list.
As the emphasis in the Regional Studies programmes is on interdisciplinary study, students are required to select their modules from a minimum of three different disciplines, and a maximum of 60 credits may be taken in any one discipline.
- Dissertation in Korea Studies
- Connections and Intersections: Core Aspects of East Asian Studies
Students choose modules to the value of 105 credits from the options below.
Of the 105 credits, students must select 30 credits from the same discipline as a major. Credits less than 30 credits will be considered minor only.
- The Two Koreas since 1953 (PG)
- The Making of Modern Korea, 1864-1953
- Readings in Korean Literature (PG)
- Translating Korean Literature (PG)
- Literary Traditions and Culture of Korea (PG)
- Trajectories of Modernity in Korean Literature (PG)
- Fieldwork methods in language and culture (PG)
- International politics of East Asia
- Northeast Asian politics: Japan, Korea and Taiwan
- Arts of Koryo and Chosen Korea
- Modern and Contemporary Korean Art
- Pop and Politics in East Asia (Masters)
- Musical Traditions of East Asia (Masters)
- Directed readings in Korean Studies A
- Directed readings in Korean Studies B
- Structure of the Korean Language (PG)
- Advanced Korean Readings (PG)
- Media Spectacle and Urban Space in East Asia
- Practical Translation: English into Korean
- Korean 1 A (PG)
- Korean 1 B (PG)
- Korean 2 (PG)
- Intermediate Korean (PG)
- Introduction to Mixed Script Korean (PG)
- Korean Readings (PG)
- History of the Korean Language (PG)
- Structure of the Korean Language (PG)
- Chinese 1 A (PG)
- Chinese 1 B (PG)
- Reading Classical and Literary Chinese (PG)
- Japanese 1 A (PG)
- Japanese 1 B (PG)
Learn a language as part of this programme
Degree programmes at SOAS - including this one - can include language courses in more than forty African and Asian languages. It is SOAS students’ command of an African or Asian language which sets SOAS apart from other universities.
The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session.
As a student specialising in Korean, you will gain 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, literature and culture (which can include literature, film, music, art and religion) of various parts of Korea.
Graduates leave SOAS not only with linguistic and cultural expertise but also with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek in many professional and management careers in both business and the public sector. These include 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.
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