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Korean through Literature


Admission requirements

BA3 students in Korean Studies who successfully completed BA2 language courses can enroll.


The aim of this course is to enable students to read works containing various literary expressions and cultures of Korea. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to understand the linguistic expressions contained in Korean literature and take their cultural understanding of Korea to the next level.

Course objectives

By the end of this course, students are expected to (or will be able to):

  • Understand various vocabulary used in Korean literature and use them appropriately in context.

  • Figure out the effects of various expressions (metaphor, symbol, paradox, irony, etc.) used in Korean literature.

  • Understand various expressions that contain Korea's unique historical and cultural context.

  • Understand the Korean sentiment contained in Korean literary works.

  • Express the feelings about the linguistic and cultural characteristics of Korean literary works.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction


Assessment method

Assessment and Weighing

To successfully complete the course, students must submit assignments and a final project. The final rating is then determined according to the formula:

  • Assignment 1: P/A

  • Assignment 2: 10%

  • Final project: 25%

  • Final exam: 65%


  • If you receive a score below 5.5 for the final exam, you should resit.

  • If you fail the assignment1, you must submit a new assignment and pass.

  • If you fail to submit the assignment2 on time, you may submit it in a later date but there is a penalty for late submission.

Inspection and feedback

Within two weeks after an exam, date and time for exam debriefing session will be announced via Brightspace in order for students to review their exam.

Reading list

Relevant course materials will be provided via Brightspace.


Enrolment through MyStudyMap is mandatory.
General information about course and exam enrolment is available on the website


  • For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.

  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: Vrieshof


As is the case for all Korean Studies courses, a strict attendance policy will be enforced. Attendance in all lectures and seminars is expected. Failure to attend results in a lower grade. If you do not attend more than three classes (per 5EC), you will not be able to continue attending the classes and your exam and/or paper may not be graded by the instructor(s). If you have a valid reason for absence, you may get dispensation from this rule, but this requires that you consult the coordinator of studies.

Dispensation from the attendance policy for extenuating circumstances can only be granted by the Board of Examiners.