Asian Languages and Cultures



Note: The Department Waitlist policy for all courses is 2 Go to the department office to get on a waitlist, and then attend the first class meeting. Policies and procedures for handling the waitlist will be explained there.

Students wanting to begin language study, at a level other than first year, must take a placement exam to be held on January 6.

Courses in Korean (Division 409)


Culture Courses

249/Hist. 249. Introduction to Korean Civilization. (3). (HU).
This course provides the opportunity to become acquainted with Korea and Korean through a study of the history, thought, religion, and literature. Each lecture will discuss themes in Korean civilization, with emphasis on the history and culture from pre-historic to modern times. We will consider the unique shape of Korean civilization as it has been impacted by its larger neighbors: China, in traditional times, and Japan, in the twentieth century. Along the way, we will examine literature materials illustrative of Korean elite values, popular religion, and family structure. Course will consist of four parts: Korean history; thought and religion; literature; contemporary society. WL:2 (Cho)
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Language Courses

102. Beginning Korean. Korean 101. (5). (LR).
This first-year course is for those who have no or minimal proficiency in Korean. This course will introduce the basic structure of Korean while focusing on the development of reading, writing, and speaking skills. Class regularly meets five times a week - two hours of lecture and three hours of aural/oral practice - and daily attendance is expected. In addition, students are required to do additional hours of work for practice on their own in the computer lab. Through lectures, students will learn Korean characters, be able to read sentences with considerable fluency, and understand the basic grammatical structures of Korean. Based on the knowledge obtained through lectures, recitation classes will help the students develop an ability to use basic conversational expressions freely. The checkpoints for evaluation include homework assignments, weekly quizzes, reading aloud, and oral interviews. The textbook for the course is College Korean by Clare You (University of California Press). Those who successfully finish the course will gain sustained control of basic conversation. Those interested in taking this course should see the instructor for an interview before registration. WL:2 (Kim)
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202. Second Year Korean. Korean 201. (5). (LR).
This is an intermediate course in spoken and written Korean. It will emphasize the aural/oral skill, but attention will also be given to grammatical structure. Class regularly meets five times a week two hours of lectures and three hours of aural/oral practice and daily attendance is expected. Through lectures, students will learn relatively complex structural patterns of Korean, build up their vocabulary, and get acquainted with various aspects of Korean culture and society. Based on the knowledge obtained through lectures, recitation classes will help the students develop an ability to carry on survival-level conversation. In evaluation, weight will be placed on homework assignments, biweekly quizzes, and oral interviews. Those interested in taking this course should see the instructor for an interview before registration. WL:2 (Lee)
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402. Third Year Korean. Korean 401. (5). (Excl).
Third-year Korean will help students improve their skills, both spoken and written, up to intermediate-high level. Class meets five hours per week two hours of lecture and three hours of recitation. In lecture classes, the students will learn Chinese characters, and thereby build up their vocabulary and heighten reading ability. The reading materials will inform the students of various cultural aspects of Korea. Through weekly writing assignments, the students will also learn more accurate syntax, pragmatic ways of expression, and logical ways of thinking in Korean. In recitation classes, strengthened aural/oral training will be given. The students will tell a short story, have free group-discussion, and learn songs. Evaluation will be based on attendance, homework assignments, exams, class activities, and various oral performances. WL:2 (Lee)
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