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Korean Studies with Japanese BA

School of East Asian Studies

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Course description

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This balanced programme of language study and lecture-based modules helps you develop a critical understanding of Korea while gaining additional Japanese language skills.

You'll learn Korean and Japanese language from scratch, which will be complemented by modules about Korean society such as history, culture or politics, and you'll spend a year studying in Seoul at one of our partner universities.

Through optional modules you'll get the opportunity to study East Asia as a region, exploring Korean issues in a regional or global context. Modules on contemporary Japan are also available and cover issues relating to history, society and politics.

Dual and combined honours degrees

Modules

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department directly.

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Title: Korean Studies with Japanese BA course structure
UCAS code: T4T2
Years: 2021

In your first year you will begin your language learning by focusing on reading, writing, listening and speaking, working with qualified native-speaker language teachers, using specially designed course material. 

Through our Exploring East Asia module you will be provided with essential knowledge of the East Asia region, its history, politics, geography and culture. This will give you a greater understanding of Korea and Japan, what shaped them and how they may develop in the future.

Core modules:

Exploring East Asia

This module introduces students to the study of modern East Asia. Beginning by encouraging consideration of what the subject of East Asian Studies is, it then introduces the following key topics: East Asian Geography and Environment, History, Culture and Media, Economics and Business, and Political Relations. In parallel with this content, the module also introduces core academic skills as follows: independent, lecture and seminar study; reflective practice; critical information, digital and visual literacy; evidence and argument in academic writing, and appropriate examination techniques. These two elements provide a firm foundation of knowledge and abilities for higher level study.

20 credits
Korean Language 1A

This module is focusing on receptive activities and written productive activities in Korean language. It aims to enable students to acquire basic competence in grammar, reading, writing and translation both from and into Korean. Every week carefully designed grammar structures and vocabulary will be introduced so that students will be able to do something practical in Korean. The target level at the end of this level is roughly equivalent to TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean) beginners level/L1 or CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) A1.

20 credits
Korean Language 2A

This module is focusing on receptive activities and written productive activities in Korean language. This module builds on the achievement of EAS101A and introduces further grammatical structures of the Korean language with a view to further developing reading, writing and translation skills. Every week carefully designed grammar structures and vocabulary will be introduced so that students will be able to do something practical in Korean. At the end of this level students should complete the beginner¿s level which is roughly equivalent to TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean) upper beginners level/L2 or CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) A2.

20 credits
Japanese for Non-Specialists 1

This module aims to enable students with no prior knowledge of Japanese to acquire basic practical language skills, in listening, reading, speaking and writing. Japanese scripts will be introduced at the start and used throughout. On successful completion of the module students will; have a vocabulary of about 300 words related to daily life, understand simple sentences and classroom expressions related to daily activities, be able to obtain specific information from written and audio materials, be able to hold simple conversations; and be able to write about the topics covered in class in simple sentences or forms.

10 credits
Japanese for Non-Specialists 2

This module aims to enable students with some elementary knowledge of Japanese to acquire further practical language skills, in listening, reading, speaking and writing. On successful completion of the module students will; have a further vocabulary of about 400 words related to daily life; understand and use the written forms of all the introduced core grammar patterns; and understand selected simple spoken and written structures and be able to use them as spoken and written communication. .

10 credits
Korean Language 1B

This module is focusing on interactive activities in Korean. It aims to enable students to acquire basic competence in speaking and listening skills. Every week carefully designed grammar structures and vocabulary will be introduced so that students will be able to communicate in Korean through a variety of activities. The target level at the end of this level is roughly equivalent to TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean) beginners level/L1 or CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) A1.

10 credits
Korean Language 2B

This module is focusing on interactive activities in Korean. This module is built on the achievement of EAS101B and develop speaking and listening skills further to provide the grounding necessary for intermediate study. Every week carefully designed grammar structures and vocabulary will be introduced so that students will be able to communicate in Korean through a variety of activities. At the end of this level students should complete the beginner¿s level which is roughly equivalent to TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean) upper beginners level/L2 or CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) A2.

10 credits

Optional modules:
You will take one of the following Understanding Korea modules. Each module has a humanities or social sciences focus and will look at a core text, which has played a significant role in developing an intricate, understanding of Korea. The content of these modules change regularly to ensure they are topical and make the best use of our staff expertise.

Understanding Korea 1

TThis module explores what it means to study Korea at university level, and considers how `area studies' research on Korea fits within a discipline such as history or cultural studies. We will work on a combination of new and established research to explore one core topic in depth, in this year, the division of the peninsula and inter-Korean relation. We will consider how research on Korea has changed over time, how researchers use primary evidence in text and/or images to understand change and practice; how to navigate key debates in a field and evaluate competing arguments. You will finish this module with a deep understanding of our core topic and research, critical and writing skills that you can apply and develop in further study

20 credits
Understanding Korea 2

This module explores what it means to study Korea at university level, and considers how ¿area studies¿ research on Korea fits within a discipline such as history or cultural studies. We will work on a combination of new and established research to explore one core topic in depth ¿ in this year, the history of colonial Korea. We will consider how research on colonial Korea has changed over time, how researchers use primary evidence in text and/or images to understand change and practice; how to navigate key debates in a field and evaluate competing arguments. You will finish this module with a deep understanding of our core topic and research, critical and writing skills that you can apply and develop in further study.

20 credits


The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Learning and assessment

Learning

You will undertake intensive Korean language training in small group classes making use of specially designed learning materials. To complement your language learning and ensure you gain a comprehensive understand of Korea, you will also learn about Korean culture and society through, what we call, studies modules which are taught via lectures, seminars and workshops.

You will get the chance to learn about Korean politics, history, media and popular culture among other topics that complement the current expertise and research interests of our staff.

You will also take Japanese language classes with native speaking tutors at a less intense pace to your Korean language study and have the opportunity to take some Japanese culture and society modules in the second and final year.

We invest to create the right environment for you. That means outstanding facilities, study spaces and support, including 24/7 online access to our online library service.

Study spaces and computers are available to offer you choice and flexibility for your study. Our five library sites give you access to over 1.3 million books and periodicals. You can access your library account and our rich digital collections from anywhere on or off campus. Other library services include study skills training to improve your grades, and tailored advice from experts in your subject.

Learning support facilities and library opening hours

The School of East Asian Studies has over 50 years' experience of researching contemporary East Asia and pioneering new methods for teaching East Asian Languages.

SEAS staff, many of whom are fluent in at least one East Asian language, are internationally-renowned specialists in East Asia, and bring their expertise in various fields such as history, culture and politics, to the wide range of courses on offer at SEAS. Right from the start, you'll be working with expert researchers and native speakers, who will help you to reach your potential.

Assessment

We use a range of assessment methods during your course. In the language programme you will be given regular homework assignments and take exams at the end of each semester. You will be assessed on the core skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Our assessment methods vary across our studies modules and could include taking exams, developing a portfolio, writing essays, taking part in group projects and presentations.

Programme specification

This tells you the aims and learning outcomes of this course and how these will be achieved and assessed.

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Entry requirements

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Standard offer
Access Sheffield offer

The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
ABB

The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
BBB

A Levels + additional qualifications | BBB + B in relevant EPQ BBB + B in relevant EPQ

International Baccalaureate | 33 32

BTEC | DDD in a relevant subject DDM in a relevant subject

Scottish Highers | AAABB AABBB

Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels | B + AB B + BB

Access to HE Diploma | 60 credits overall with Distinctions in 30 Level 3 credits and Merits in 15 Level 3 credits 60 credits overall with Distinctions in 24 Level 3 credits and Merits in 21 Level 3 credits

Mature students - explore other routes for mature students

English language requirements

You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade 4/C; IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification

Equivalent English language qualifications

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Other requirements
  • No prior knowledge of Korean or Japanese required (up to A Level Korean and GCSE Japanese acceptable)

We also accept a range of other UK qualifications and other EU/international qualifications.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

School of East Asian Studies

Our courses are designed to immerse you in the languages and cultures of East Asian countries. You will be taught by native speakers in Chinese, Japanese and Korean in regular small group classes using custom made course material. To enhance your learning, we also have a modern virtual language lab, which enables you to learn using visual and audio aids.

Our courses are based on world-leading research and taught by experts whose work influences policy and informs public debate. Most of our staff publish in their specialist field and many of them have written books for major publishers such as Oxford University Press, Routledge and Macmillan.

Take one of our Chinese, Japanese or Korean studies degrees and spend a year studying at a leading university in your chosen country. Our partners are Nanjing University in China, six high ranking universities in South Korea including Yonsei University in Seoul and more than 25 Japanese universities including Tokyo, Kyoto and Waseda University.

The School of East Asian Studies is located in the Jessop West building, right in the heart of campus and close to the Sheffield University tram stop. You will visit the department to meet with your tutors and gain any support you need. Your lectures, seminars and language classes will take place in various locations across the University of Sheffield campus.

Facilities

To enhance your learning, the School of East Asian Studies has a modern virtual language lab, which enables you to learn using visual and audio aids.

School of East Asian Studies

Why choose Sheffield?

The University of Sheffield

  A Top 100 university 2021
QS World University Rankings

  Top 10% of all UK universities
Research Excellence Framework 2014

  No 1 Students' Union in the UK
Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019, 2018, 2017

  No 1 in the north for graduate employment
The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020


School of East Asian Studies

1st for overall student satisfaction in the Russell Group for East Asian Studies

National Student Survey 2020


Graduate careers

School of East Asian Studies

Studying China, Japan or Korea prepares you for a career in the world's most dynamic region. There are also many opportunities across Europe for people with skills in Asian languages and cultures.

Our graduates work in government and diplomacy, media and the arts, non-government organisations and international business - in professions as diverse as management consultancy, accountancy, marketing, research, language teaching and translation.

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My exchange year in Korea at Yonsei University was such an experience for a country boy like me

Patrick Ellen Korean Studies BA graduate

Patrick picked up skills during his degree which he still uses every day in his work at Unilever.

Year abroad

As part of this degree you'll spend a year studying in Seoul, South Korea at one of our six partner institutions including Yonsei University and Sungkyunkwan University.

All of our partner universities in Seoul are high quality institutions which will provide you with the same, high level of teaching and support that is available in Sheffield.

During your year in Korea you'll immerse yourself in this fascinating country. You'll continue to take intensive Korean language courses as well as choosing from a range of other modules.

Fees and funding

Fees

Additional costs

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Examples of what’s included and excluded

Funding your study

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