Korean Studies Courses

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Language Courses

Korean 1100 Elementary Korean I (6)

Korean 1200 Elementary Korean II (6)

Korean 2160 Korean Language III. Korean III continues to build on the skills students acquired in the first-year series with increasing work in authentic materials and situations in conversation and reading that encourage students to understand the use of language in its social and cultural context. Prerequisite: KOREAN 1200

Korean 3160—Intermediate Korean Language (3). 
Continuation of Korean 2160. Introduces complex grammatical constructions and extends ability to use those constructions for written and oral communication. Successful completion of course will enable students to communicate in Korean regarding everyday topics, with a vocabulary of just over 1900 words, and about 380 sentence patterns. Prerequisite: C- or better in Korean 2160 or equivalent.

Language Course Placement

Students who have no prior knowledge of Korean will take Korean 1100. Students who have studied Korean at another university or college, will typically be placed according to the number of credits earned at the previous institution. For students whose credits would put them between classes at MU, and for students who earned Korean credit in high school, a placement test will likely be necessary. Please see the Korean Program Coordinator for more information.

Heritage Speakers

University policy does not allow native speakers to earn credit for introductory foreign language classes (i.e. Korean 1100 and 1200). Heritage speakers who may have grown up in the U.S., speak Korean at home, but cannot read and write, are also not permitted to take Korean 1100 as it is a course reserved for beginners with no prior knowledge of both written and oral Korean. Heritage speakers who are interested in furthering their ability to read and write Korean should meet with the Korean Program Coordinator to determine their options for learning Korean at MU.

Culture Courses

Korean 2310 Korean Civilization (3). 
Survey of Korean culture and arts. No knowledge of Korean required. No foreign language credit. Humanities credit. Prerequisite: none.

Korean 2320 Korean Civilization II (3). Considers the situation and culture in Korea at the end of the Chosun Kingdom, and the period of modernization beginning about 1876. Investigates how modernization has changed Korea. May be taken independently of Korean 2310. Humanities credit. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or instructor's consent.

Korean 2330 Study Tour of Korea (3). Study tour allows students to experience firsthand important cultural, historical, and education aspects of Korea. Visit key landmarks, museums, and other sites. Provides information and insight needed to cultivate greater understanding of Korea. Graded on A-F basis only.

Korean 3800 Korean Economic Development and US-Korean Free Trade Agreement (3). Covers introductory theories of economic development and overviews Korean historical economic development plans. Aids with understanding how South Korean achieved high levels of economic development and what policies the South Korean Government implemented to spur growth. US -Korea Free Trade Agreement is a good example of how trade promotes the achievement of development goals.

Korean 3850 Religion and Culture in Modern Korea (3). Survey of religious traditions and culture in Korea within a broader context of world religions: Shamanism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Christianity, as well as new religions that have sprouted since the late nineteenth century. Intended to help students understand how religious values, ideas and practices have been integrated into the modern contemporary Korean society and culture. Discussion of how religious traditions in Korea have interacted with each other and culture. No knowledge of Korean language or culture or history required. Prerequisites: sophomore standing or instructor's consent.

Korean 3890: Korean Society Through Cinema. Examines the way in which Korean film reveals the cultural, political, and ideological orientation of the society in which it is created and circulated. Compares films from North and South Korea, considering modernity, gender, nation-hood, and class. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. Graded on A/F basis only.

Korean 4220 Korean Unification (3). Explores many different topics related to Korean Unification. Studies North Korean ideology, political system, economic system, military, and negotiating behavior. Examines Unification policies of Koreas as well as past efforts toward Unification. Considers various scenarios of unification. Studies unification attitudes and values of Korean people including anti-American values, and the roles of neighboring countries. Prerequisites: junior standing required.

Korean 4260 The Korean Diaspora in the U.S., Japan and China (3). Interdisciplinary course related to the phenomenon of migration and settlement from Korea. Course seeks to deepen understanding of the ways in which Korean immigrants have shaped and continue to shape social thought as well as institutions in the United States, Japan and China. Draws upon literature, history and cultural studies to examine experiences of Koreans living in the U.S., Japan and China. Through reading critical literatures, students address issues such as immigration history, race/ethnicity, racism and resistance, gender and sexuality, culture and identity, labor, migration and globalization, class, education, religion. Prerequisites: sophomore standing or instructor's consent required.

Additional Courses of Interest

PoliSci 4680: Chinese Politics and Foreign Policy

PoliSci 4690: North and South Korea

PoliSci 4700: America's War in Asia

PoliSci 4780: Democracy and Dictatorship

Hist 1830: Survey of East Asian History (same as Korean 1830)

Hist 2810: History of Korea - Premodern to Hypermodern (same as Korean 2810)

Hist 4867: North Korea - History, Political Economy, Culture (same as Korean 4867)

Hist 4865: Buying Desire - History of Consumption