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Topical Readings in Korean


Admission requirements

Korean language at TOPIK II-5 level. Open to MA Asian Studies students: Korea Studies (120 credits); East Asian Studies (60 credits) – Korea track;


Critical reading of Korean language research articles dealing with contemporary debates on national history writing. In weekly tutorial meetings, students discuss and critically engage the reading assignment, with special attention to the writing and argumentation style of the article.

Course objectives

This course has the following goals:

  • to improve the Korean reading skills;

  • to introduce the state of the field

  • to develop a research methodology;

  • to develop deep reading skills of written and visual materials;

  • to further develop writing skills;

  • to further develop presentation skills.



Mode of instruction


Course Load

•Total course load for the course: 280 hours.

Assessment method

Continuous assessment through weekly assignments. Final grades will be determined by the following formula:

  • Attendance & active participation in class discussions (15%)

  • Presentations (15%)

  • Weekly reading reports (70%) (1,500 words max. – critical article summary)

Attendance policy: a strict attendance policy is imposed. Missing more than three sessions gets you barred from further attending the course and your papers may not be graded. Any absences must be notified in advance. Dispensation from the attendance rule is possible in consultation with the coordinator of studies and for valid reasons only. Weekly reading assignments cannot be missed.


Literature assignments will be announced on blackboard. Blackboard will also be used for handing in the weekly reading assignments.

Reading list

A reading list will be included in the syllabus to be uploaded on blackboard.


Registration through uSis

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs



Email: Dhr Dr. K. de Ceuster