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Study abroad in Korea: Perspectieven op Korea


Admission requirements

This course is only available for Korean studies students who obtained the propaedeutic diploma and successfully completed all courses of the first semester of BA2.

Students are expected to have read Edward Said’s Orientalism prior to the first day of class. They should arrive on the first day with the following: a) the text for discussion (Orientalism) and b) a topic of interest that would be suitable for a research project.


This redesigned intensive course is mandatory for BA2 students studying abroad in Korea in the second semester. The second semester offers the last opportunity for students to develop necessary writing and research skills prior to commencing their BA thesis in the third year; at the same time, they will spend much of their second semester studying abroad. Hence, this hybrid course is a response to the varied curricular and experiential demands of the curriculum.
The primary goal of this class is to introduce students to the historiography of modern Korea and for students to produce their own literature review/historiography on a topic of their choice. The secondary goal, covered by the module in Korea, is a self-directed exploration and application of theoretical literature.
This course starts in late January.

Course objectives

  • Introduce students to the historiography of Korea

  • Further develop critical thinking and analytical skills through research-focused methods

  • Practice multi-scalar, complex empirical and theoretical analysis

  • Learn how to think about evaluating complex cultural encounters

  • Introduction to the fundamentals of thesis and research production


For more information, see Rooster

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar and online

Course Load

Total workload: 140 hours

Assessment method

1. Paper 1: Literature Review/Historiography (5,000-6,000 words, involving the analysis of 10-15 appropriate sources) (80% of the grade, submitted in Leiden)
2. Paper 2: Essay (Theoretical Application, Primary Source Analysis or Fieldwork notes) (3000-words) (20% of the grade, submitted in Korea)

Course Policies:

Regarding attendance: missing more than three sessions means your papers may not be graded. Notice of absences must be submitted in advance. Dispensation from the attendance rule is possible in consultation with the coordinator of studies and for valid reasons only. Work is accepted ahead of time but no late assignments are accepted. First make arrangements with instructor if work will be submitted more than 1 week ahead of a deadline.

Other policies: The instructor reserves the right to require student submission of any notes, first drafts, outlines or preparatory work for any assignment.

To pass the course students must receive an overall mark of 5.50 [=6] or higher and a passing grade for the paper assignment (Paper 1, a mark of 5.5 or higher). Students who fail the course (receiving an overall mark of 5.49 [=5] or lower) must take a resit. Only one resit is possible and it consists of a literature review of 8,000 words (100% of the grade). No supervision is provided in the case of a resit. Resits must be completed within 3 weeks from the instructor notifying the student. The course is an integrated whole. All categories must be completed in the same academic year. No partial marks can be carried over into following years.

Additional course policies are available in Dr. Park’s “Addendum to the Syllabus” which is available on Blackboard.


This course uses Blackboard in addition to other modes of communication in order to disseminate critical information. For Dr. S. Park’s version of this course, the latest syllabus will be available on Blackboard; students are expected to check Blackboard frequently.

Reading list

Representative texts include but are not limited to the following:

Deuchler, Martina. The Confucian Transformation of Korea: A Study of Society and Ideology. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Asia Center, 1992.

Haboush, JaHyun Kim, and Martina Deuchler, eds. Culture and the State in Late Chosŏn Korea. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Asia Center, 1999.

Green, Anna, and Kathleen Troup, eds. The Houses of History: A Critical Reader in Twentieth-Century History and Theory. Manchester University Press, 1999.

Rampolla, Mary Lynn. A Pocket Guide to Writing in History. 8th ed. New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2015.

Said, Edward W. Orientalism [25th anniversary edition]. New York: Vintage Books, 1979. (The “Preface to the 25th Anniversary Edition” and the afterword are required reading, so earlier editions are not applicable).

See the syllabus for a full list of course readings.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch


Dr. Saeyoung Park