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Course outline for Korean Studies

Introduction of Korean Studies

Korea, The Land of Morning Calm, is transforming itself into Dynamic Korea, successfully penetrating international markets with high quality products and an increasing international presence through foreign direct investments, among others. Fast becoming the Hub of North-East Asia, the country has been host to the 1988 Olympics and the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup, and has become one center of attention that the world is paying close attention to, due to its dramatic economic growth and industrial development. The Korean Studies major at AJOU GSIS seeks to provide a deep understanding of the country, its achievements, and its rich culture. For this purpose, Korean Studies offers various courses from Ancient Korean History to Modern Korean Society, its relationship with Asia, and its role in the modern world. Korean Studies offers three broad categories of courses: Language and Literature, Korean History and Culture, and General Issues such as Politics, Education and Business. Students who want to acquire language proficiency and a deep knowledge about Korea, and know how it has transformed into a leading economy, will find fulfillment from the comprehensive syllabus of this field of study at AJOU GSIS.

Recommended Sequence of subject

Recommended Sequence of subject
Semester Required Elective Korean Studies/
Reseach Credits
# of Credits Recommended
1st Semester 2 Subjects ( 6 Credits ) 1-2 Subjects   9-12 Credits
2nd Semester 2 Subjects ( 6 Credits ) 1-2 Subjects   9-12 Credits
3rd Semester   1-2 Subjects Research 6-9 Credits
4th Semester   1-2 Subjects Research 6-9 Credits
Total 4 Subjects
(12 Credits)
5 Subjects
(15 Credits)
6 Credits (Research) 33 Credits

※ Non-Thesis Track Students MUST take 21 credits from the Elective courses

※ Graduation Credit Requirements: 33 Credits or 27 Credits + Thesis

Korean Studies Course Description is available at the GSIS Website at

1. Courses in Korean Studies
1. Courses in Korean Studies
Course Title Credits Description
Beginning Korean Language 3 This course is designed to help beginners of Korean language to read and write Hangeul, understand basic Korean grammar and to learn essential vocabulary. In the class, students will learn how to speak and listen in daily life (buying something in the store, ordering food in the restaurant etc.)
Intermediate Korean Language 3  
Advanced Korean Language I 3  
Advanced Korean Language II 3  
2. Required Courses
2. Required courses
Course Title Credits Description
Korean History 3 The purpose of this lecture is to understand Korean history systematically from the viewpoints of universal development and struggle for national independence in East Asian and world history.
Korean Economic Development 3 This course will overview Korea's economic development and achievement, and examine the backgrounds and major factors of Korea's economic growth. To explain major characteristics and issues, this course will provide students with analysis and reviews of the Korean economy from various perspectives such as general economics, finance, and the like. Additionally, this course is aimed at preparing students to better understand and obtain insights into the future of the Korean economy in terms of localization and globalization of the world economy.
Contemporary Korean Society 3 This course is designed to give students an overview of contemporary Korean society. We will examine the process and cultural backgrounds of economic development, and some of the social outcomes and new challenges coming from the transition.
Korean Politics 3 This course will explore contemporary Korean politics. Among the themes covered by the class will be Liberation, ideological conflict, Korean War, the rise of authoritarian rule, modernization drive and democratic transition. Our inquiry into Korean politics will not be limited to mere chronological description. At each critical juncture of political change, a variety of political theories are geared to justifying political restructuring. For a better understanding of Korean political reality, Korean politics will be analyzed in light of political theories.
3. Elective Courses
Elective Courses
Course Title Credits Description
Modern Korean History 3 TBA
Readings in Social Sciences 3 TBA
Classical Korean Literature 3 TBA
Modern Korean Literature 3 TBA
Ancient and Medieval History of Korea 3 TBA
History of the Chosun Dynasty 3 TBA
Introduction to Korean Thought 3 TBA
Korean Culture and Arts 3 TBA
Social Movements in Modern Korean 3 TBA
Women in Korean Society 3 TBA
International Relations 3 Contemporary and post-modern approaches, and examines their assumptions and key concepts. The relevant issues such as international security, political economy, foreign policy-making, diplomacy and negotiation, and so forth are introduced and discussed.
North Korean Politics and Economy 3 TBA
Geography of Korea 3 TBA
Legal Systems in Korea 3 TBA
International Communication Skills 3 The purpose of this course is to help students understand the complexity and dynamics of doing business across national borders. Cross-national management is quite a challenge because of cultural differences that affect business and management practices. Successful cross-national management, therefore, requires a good understanding of cultural differences. Effective global (or cross-national) managers should have the global mind-set, perspectives and attitudes. Furthermore, they should be trained with important cross-cultural management skills such as: (1) cultural awareness and sensitivity, (2) cross-cultural communication and interaction, (3) managing diversity, (4) cross-cultural negotiation, and (5) cross-cultural adaptation. This course is designed around these five cross-cultural skills.
Business and Management in Korea 3 Korea has achieved remarkable economic growth for the past few decades. Forty years ago, South Korea was one of the poorest countries in the world. Today it is world’s 12th largest economy and a member of OECD. How did a land of poor peasants, devastated by the cruel 36-year Japanese occupation and then a civil war with their Communist cousins to the north, grow to be a textbook Asian Tiger This course seeks to find answers to this question by examining and analyzing the dynamics and the complexities of Korean business and management systems with a focus on ‘chaebols (or large business conglomerates).’
Seminar in Korean Firms 3 TBA
Korea’s New Generation and Sociak Change 3 TBA
Korean Civil Society and Local Autonomy 3 TBA
Understanding the East Asia 3 TBA
Research Methods 3 This course is an introduction to research methods in the area of social sciences. The purposes of this course are 1) to provide students with a comprehensive introduction to research methods; and 2) to enable them to conduct research on their own. The major topics covered by the course include: 1) scientific methods; 2) correlation and causation; 3) research designs; 4) conceptualization and measurement; 5) quantitative and qualitative research; 6) the logic of sampling; 7) analysis of data; and 8) the ethics of research.

The specific courses that any student takes are individually chosen, in consultation with advisors depending on each student’s interests and course availability.


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