BA Korean Studies (dual degree options)

General

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Program Description

Mode of Attendance: Full-time


We are unique in the breadth and depth of our regional specialisation and are home to the largest concentration of Korean specialists in Europe. The BA Korean Studies single-subject degree does not include a period of study abroad. The degree aims to serve both students with minimal Korean language expertise and also students who already have more advanced Korean language skills. Students have the opportunity to study Korean culture in-depth, along with the study of the Korean language.

Our rich and diversified expertise allows you to gain focused knowledge in the regions of your interest, both in their classical traditions as well as their contemporary developments, together with more or less intensive study of their languages.

Additionally, the nature of the Combined Honours Degree enables you to develop a specialist niche for yourself by studying another subject.

The Combined Honours degree may be combined with:

  • Chinese (Modern and Classical)
  • Development Studies
  • Economics
  • History
  • History of Art/Archaeology
  • International Relations
  • Japanese
  • Japanese Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Music
  • Politics
  • Social Anthropology
  • Study of Religions
  • World Philosophies

Why study Korean Studies at SOAS?

  • We are home to the largest concentration of Korean specialists in Europe.
  • You will receive an appropriate level of training in the Korean language. We are specialists in the delivery of languages, your command of which will set you apart from graduates of other universities.
  • You will not only learn the essential language skills but also an in-depth understanding of the region’s culture covering subjects from literature, history, cinema, and politics.

In the BA Korean Studies single-subject degree you will be able to flexibly structure your programme using our Open Options modules to take advantage of the expertise of our other departments.

The combined honours programme allows you to develop a specialist niche alongside your Korean Studies degree by utilising the global expertise of one of our other departments.

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Studying this programme will provide students with competency in Korean language skills as well as intercultural awareness and understanding.

Choosing to study a joint degree programme will increase the breadth of your knowledge, and will develop additional skills with which to further your studies of Korean, or to make a comparative study with other areas.

Skills gained include:

  • familiarity with the region through a combination of the study of language and culture,
  • understanding of the region’s culture covering subjects from literature, history, cinema or politics,
  • communication and presentation skills,
  • analytical skills,
  • the ability to research, amass and order information from a variety of sources.

Graduates from the Department leave SOAS not only with language and cultural expertise, but also with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek in many professional and management careers, both in business and in the public sector.

Graduates have gone on to work for a range of organisations including:

  • Bloomberg L.P
  • British High Commission
  • British Council Tokyo
  • Deloitte Management Consulting Ltd.
  • Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • Mitsubishi UFJ Securities International
  • NHK-Japan Broadcasting Corporation
  • Oxford University
  • The British Embassy
  • The British Museum
  • Wall Street Associates

Types of roles that graduates have gone on to do include:

  • Financial Analyst
  • Head of Production
  • US Marketing Executive
  • Senior Research Executive
  • Director of Development and Alumni Relations
  • Project Leader, Strategic Planning
  • Solicitor
  • Architect
  • Interactive Designer
  • HM Ambassador to Japan
  • Freelance Japanese Translator

Structure

Students take 120 credits per year composed of a core and optional modules, which allows students to design their own intellectual journey while maintaining a strong grasp of the fundamentals.

This is a three-year degree and requires less intensive study of the Korean language than the BA Korean degree. A smaller number of language classes can be taken at various levels of proficiency from pure beginner to very advanced.

The degree provides wide-ranging coverage of disciplines taught by specialists in the Korean section including pre-modern and modern literature, theoretical and applied linguistics, history, religion, media studies and popular culture.

In the final year of BA Korean Studies, the students write an Independent Study Project based on an in-depth study in one of many possible fields using Korean language sources.

Year 1

Core Modules

  • Modern Korea: Culture and Society
  • H120 Introduction to the History of East Asia
  • Reading and Writing East Asian Studies

Compulsory Module

Choose a Korean Language module(s) from List A below to the value of 30 credits (60- and 45-credit modules are also permitted.

and

Guided Options

Choose a module(s) from List B at an appropriate level below to the value of 30 credits.

or

Open Options

Choose related Language or Non-Language open option modules to the value of 30 credits at Level 5.

  • Language Open Option Modules
  • Non-Language Open Option Modules

Year 1 (Combined Honours Degree)

Core Modules

  • Modern Korea: Culture and Society
  • Reading and Writing East Asian Studies

Compulsory Module

Choose a module(s) from List A below to the value of 30 credits.

and

Second Subject

Students take 60 credits from the second subject.

Year 2

Compulsory Module

Choose a module(s) from List A below to the value of 30 credits.

and

Choose a module(s) from List A or List B below to the value of 30 credits.

and

Choose a module(s) from List B below to the value of 30 credits.

and

Choose a module(s) from List B below to the value of 30 credits.

or

Open Options

Choose related Language or Non-Language open option modules to the value of 30 credits at Level 5.

  • Language Open Option Modules
  • Non-Language Open Option Modules

Year 2 (Combined Honours Degree)

Core Module

Choose a module(s) from List A below to the value of 30 credits.

and

Optional Module

Choose a module(s) from List A or List B below to the value of 30 credits.

and

Second Subject

Students take 60 credits from the second subject.

Year 3

Compulsory Module

  • Independent Study Project in Korean Language and Culture

and

Choose a module(s) from List A below to the value of 30 credits.

or

Choose a module(s) from List B below to the value of 30 credits.

and

Choose a module(s) from List B and/or List A below to the value of 30 credits.

and

Guided Options

Choose a module(s) from List B below to the value of 30 credits

or

Open Options

Choose related Language or Non-Language open option modules to the value of 30 credits at Level 5.

  • Language Open Option Modules
  • Non-Language Open Option Modules

Year 3 (Combined Honours Degree)

Optional Module

Choose a module(s) from List A or List B below to the value of 30 credits.

and

Choose a module(s) from List A and /or List B below to the value of 30 credits.

and

Second Subject

Students take 60 credits from the second subject.

List of modules BA Korean Studies (subject to availability)

  • List A (Language Modules)
    • Level 5
      • K100: Elementary Korean
      • K100: Accelerated Elementary Korean
      • Korean 1 A
      • Korean 1 B
      • Korean 2
      • K200: Intermediate Korean
    • Level 6
      • K304: Introduction to Mixed Script Korean
      • K301: Korean Readings
      • K302: Korean Composition
      • K303: Korean Conversation
      • K401: Advanced Korean Readings
      • K402: Advanced Korean Composition
      • K403: Advanced Korean Conversation
      • K404: Korean-English Translation
      • Readings in Korean Literature
      • Readings in Modern Korean Society
  • List B (Non-language based disciplinary modules)
    • Cultural History of Tibet
    • R110 Introduction to Buddhism
    • R170 Introduction to the Religions of East and Central Asia
    • Themes in the Art and Archaeology of East Asia
    • Management in Japan and Korea: Domestic and International Developments
    • History of Korea to the late 19th Century
    • Trajectories of Modernity in Korean Literature
    • Literary Traditions and Culture of Korea
    • The Other Korea: North Korea since 1945
    • 1990's South Korean cinema: A critical Survey
    • Extended Essay in Korean Language and Culture
    • Cool Japan: Manga, Anime, Sushi
    • Music and Japanese Identities
    • Fieldwork methods in language and culture
    • Early Modern Japan
    • Modern and Contemporary Japan
    • Royal Arts of Korea
    • Contemporary Korean Arts in East Asia
    • Musical Traditions of East Asia
    • International Relations of East Asia
    • Pop and Politics in East Asia
    • Queer Cinema in Asia
    • History of the Korean Language
    • Structure of the Korean Language
    • State and Society in Traditional Korea
    • History and Memory in East Asian Cultures
    • Identity and social relations in Japanese
    • Japanese Cinema: a Critical Survey
    • Japanese New Wave Cinema: Youth, Sex and Protest
    • Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora
    • Cinema and Performance in China: Critical and Historical Approaches
    • Culture and Society of Taiwan
    • Contemporary Issues in the Japanese and Korean Economies
    • Gender and Society in Contemporary Japan
    • Nation and Identity in Contemporary Japan

List of modules BA Korean Studies Combined Honours Degree (subject to availability)

  • List A (Language Modules)
    Available to students depending on their language ability and subject to prerequisites (if any).
    • Korean 1 A
    • Korean 1 B
    • Korean 2
    • K200: Intermediate Korean
    • K304: Introduction to Mixed Script Korean
    • K301: Korean Readings
    • K302: Korean Composition
    • K303: Korean Conversation
    • K401: Advanced Korean Readings
    • K402: Advanced Korean Composition
    • K404: Korean-English Translation
    • K403: Advanced Korean Conversation
    • Readings in Korean Literature
    • Readings in Modern Korean Society
    • History of the Korean Language
    • Structure of the Korean Language
  • List B (Non-Language based modules)
    Before selecting a module, students must first check that the module is at the correct level. They must also ensure that they meet any prerequisites.
    • Cultural History of Tibet
    • H120 Introduction to the History of East Asia
    • R110 Introduction to Buddhism
    • R170 Introduction to the Religions of East and Central Asia
    • History of Korea to the late 19th Century
    • Trajectories of Modernity in Korean Literature
    • Literary Traditions and Culture of Korea
    • The Other Korea: North Korea since 1945
    • 1990's South Korean cinema: A critical Survey
    • Extended Essay in Korean Language and Culture
    • Music and Japanese Identities
    • Fieldwork methods in language and culture
    • Royal Arts of Korea
    • Contemporary Korean Arts in East Asia
    • Musical Traditions of East Asia
    • International Relations of East Asia
    • Pop and Politics in East Asia
    • Queer Cinema in Asia
    • State and Society in Traditional Korea
    • History and Memory in East Asian Cultures
    • Identity and social relations in Japanese
    • Japanese Cinema: a Critical Survey
    • Japanese New Wave Cinema: Youth, Sex and Protest
    • Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora
    • Cinema and Performance in China: Critical and Historical Approaches
    • Contemporary Issues in the Japanese and Korean Economies
    • Finance in Japan and Korea

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session.

Admissions and Applications

To apply for an undergraduate degree at SOAS (including students wishing to transfer from another university) you must apply through the UK's central universities application organization, UCAS. An application form and details of courses can be found on their website. UCAS charges an applicant's fee for handling the application.

You can apply to up to five choices of higher education institutions or course on the UCAS form. How you utilise the choice is up to you. In other words, you could apply to do the same subject, for example, economics, at five different universities, or five different courses at the same university, or any combination of subject and institution. Nor do you have to use up all five choices. Whatever you choose you should list your choices in the order they appear in the UCAS handbook.

Entry Requirements

No preliminary knowledge of the language is required.

  • Subjects Preferred: A foreign language at GCSE, A level, or equivalent, is desirable but not essential.
  • A-Levels: AAB-ABB
    IB: 35 (665 at HL)
  • Interview Policy: Mature students, candidates with non-standard qualifications, Korean nationals, and heritage speakers (i.e., Korean raised abroad) who meet the academic requirements may be invited for an interview.

Alternative entry requirements

  • BTEC: DDM
  • Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
  • Scottish Highers: AAABB
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: AAB
  • Irish LC: 340 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above
  • Advanced Placement: 4 5 5 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0
  • Euro Bacc: 80%
  • French Bacc: 14/20
  • German Abitur: 2.0
  • Italy DES: 80/100
  • Austria Mat: 2.0
  • Polish Mat: Overall 75% including 3 extended level subjects

English Language Entry Requirements

You must be able to show that your English is of a high enough standard to successfully engage with and complete your course at SOAS. Please note that we take our English language requirements seriously and failure to meet them exactly may well result in your application to SOAS being rejected. It is not possible to negotiate if your scores are below our required levels, with the expectation that because they are 'close enough' they will be accepted. It is important that you plan appropriately, well in advance, so that your English language test comes in good time and so that you have time to retake the test if necessary. We do not accept reasons of inconvenience or financial hardship for not submitting or retaking an English test.

International students

For EU and International students who need a visa, if unconditional entry scores are achieved we accept qualifications from several countries, as well as a range of international qualifications and tests.

If a Tier 4 entry visa is required then a SELT, such as UKVI IELTS may be needed. For this reason, we recommend all Tier 4 visa students to choose the UKVI IELTS Academic test as the test of first resort.

Last updated Oct 2019

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