Asian Languages and Cultures

Korean Upper-Division Courses

100A-100B-100C. Advanced Modern Korean. (4-4-4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, two hours. Requisite: course 6, 6A, or 10 with grade of C or better or Korean placement test. Course 100A with grade of C or better or Korean placement test is enforced requisite to 100B; course 100B with grade of C or better or Korean placement test is enforced requisite to 100C. Not open to students who have learned, from whatever source, enough Korean to qualify for more advanced courses. Continuation of courses 6/6A. Readings of modern prose and poetry, with emphasis on grammar and Sino-Korean. P/NP (undergraduates), S/U (graduates), or letter grading.

101A-101B-101C. Advanced Readings in Modern Korean. (4-4-4) Lecture, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 100C or Korean placement test. Course 101A or Korean placement test is enforced requisite to 101B; course 101B or Korean placement test is enforced requisite to 101C. Advanced readings and discussion for students planning to do advanced coursework or research on Korea. Topics selected from magazines, journals, and books related to humanities and social sciences. P/NP (undergraduates), S/U (graduates), or letter grading.

101I. Advanced Readings in Modern Korean: Intensive. (12) Lecture, 15 hours. Enforced requisite: course 100C or Korean placement test. Intensive course equivalent to courses 101A, 101B, and 101C. Learning advanced Korean language with emphasis on pop culture and social issues of contemporary Korean society. Expansion of Korean literacy and cultural knowledge by examining Korean films/drama, newspapers, and other contemporary publications. Offered in summer only. P/NP or letter grading.

102A-102B-102C. Advanced Korean Conversation. (4-4-4) Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 6 or 6A or 10 or Korean placement test. Not open to students who attended elementary school in Korea for more than two years or who have learned, from whatever source, enough Korean to qualify for more advanced courses. Designed to improve spoken proficiency. Each course may be taken independently for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

103A-103B-103C. Readings in Sino-Korean Characters. (4-4-4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, two hours. Requisite: course 100C or Korean placement test. Course 103A or Korean placement test is requisite to 103B; course 103B or Korean placement test is requisite to 103C. Sino-Korean vocabulary and characters necessary for advanced and superior level of knowledge in Korean. Sino-Korean characters are used differently from same Chinese characters used in contemporary China in terms of pronunciation, meaning, and word formation. Professional-level Korean speakers need to be able to read at least 1,800 Sino-Korean characters. Reinforcement of collocation patterns and semantic association of Sino-Korean vocabulary. P/NP or letter grading.

104A-104B-104C. Korean Writing for Advanced Learners. (4-4-4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Enforced requisite: course 101C or Korean placement test. Emphasis on academic writing in Korean, including rhetorical conventions, argument construction and coherence, and development of prose style. Readings include representative examples of diverse genres selected from magazines, journals, and books. Each course may be taken independently for credit. P/NP (undergraduates), S/U (graduates), or letter grading.

C105A-C105B-C105C. Reading Korean Academic Texts. (4-4-4) Lecture, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 101C or Korean placement test. Intended to improve reading skills for students who have studied Korean to advanced level, with coverage in Korean of materials on Korean history, culture, and society. Each course may be taken independently for credit. Concurrently scheduled with courses C205A-C205B-C205C. P/NP or letter grading.

106A-106B-106C. Superior Korean. (4-4-4) Lecture, three hours. Recommended preparation: course 101C. May not be taken concurrently with course 102A, 102B, or 102C. Use of speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills to participate effectively, or understand without difficulty any practical, social, and professional topics, whether those topics are familiar or not. Each course may be taken independently for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

106SL. Superior Korean with Service Learning. (4) Lecture, three hours; fieldwork, two hours. Recommended preparation: course 101C. May not be taken concurrently with course 102A, 102B, 102C, 106A, or 107SL. Use of speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills to participate effectively, or understand without difficulty any practical, social, and professional topics, whether those topics are familiar or not. Opportunity for students to communicate in Korean in authentic contexts while providing useful service to community. P/NP or letter grading.

107A-107B-107C. Professional/Academic Korean. (4-4-4) Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 101C or Korean placement test. Course 107A or Korean placement test is requisite to 107B; course 107B or Korean placement test is requisite to 107C. May not be taken concurrently with course 102A, 102B, or 102C. Development of professional and academic proficiency in oral and written Korean to understand many sociolinguistic and cultural references as well as variety of styles and forms pertinent to professional needs, meet demands of professional interactions, and carry out professional-level tasks in student specialization areas. Special attention to vocabulary development on professional level. Development of both interactive and noninteractive listening. Research projects to be assigned according to student interests. P/NP or letter grading.

107SL. Professional/Academic Korean and Community-Based Learning. (4) Lecture, three hours; fieldwork, two hours. Requisite: course 101C or Korean placement test. May not be taken concurrently with course 102A, 102B, 102C, 106A, 106SL, or 107A. Development of professional and academic proficiency in oral and written Korean to understand many sociolinguistic and cultural references as well as variety of styles and forms pertinent to professional needs, meet demands of professional interactions, and carry out professional-level tasks in student specialization areas. Special attention to vocabulary development on professional level. Research projects to be assigned according to student interests. Opportunity for students to communicate in Korean in authentic and professional contexts while providing useful service to community. P/NP or letter grading.

108FL. Special Studies: Readings in Korean. (2) Seminar, two hours. Enforced requisite: course 100C or Korean placement test. Students must be concurrently enrolled in affiliated main course. Additional work in Korean to augment work assigned in main course, including reading, writing, and other exercises. May be repeated for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

109. Advanced Tutorial Instruction in Korean. (2) Tutorial, two hours. Requisite: course 100C or Korean placement test. Tutorial and guided independent study to help students develop advanced to superior proficiency in oral and written Korean. May be repeated for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

CM120. Structure of Korean. (4) (Same as Linguistics M177.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Recommended preparation: two years of Korean, or one year of Korean and some knowledge of linguistics. Discussion of major syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic characteristics of Korean in light of linguistic universals, with brief introduction to formation, typological features, and phonological structure of Korean. Concurrently scheduled with course C220. Letter grading.

CM127. Contrastive Analysis of Japanese and Korean. (4) (Same as Japanese CM127 and Linguistics M178.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Recommended preparation: two years of Japanese and knowledge of Hangul, or two years of Korean and knowledge of Hiragana. Prior linguistic background also recommended. Critical reading and discussion of selected current research papers in syntax, pragmatics, discourse, and sociolinguistics from perspective of contrastive study of Japanese and Korean. Concurrently scheduled with course CM227. Letter grading.

130A-130B. Readings in Modern Korean Literature. (4-4) Lecture, three hours. Enforced requisites: course 100C or Korean placement test, English Composition 3 or 3H or one course from Comparative Literature 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D. Readings and discussion of major modern Korean literary texts. Each course may be taken independently for credit. Letter grading.

C149. Readings of Sino-Korean and Korean Sources of Modern Korea. (4) Seminar, three hours. Recommended preparation: reading knowledge of Korean and basic classical Chinese. Readings and discussions of Sino-Korean and Korean texts published in modern Korean newspapers, magazines, and books from 1885 to 1970. Concurrently scheduled with course C249. Letter grading.

150. Korean Literature in Translation: Classical. (4) Lecture, three hours. Requisite: English Composition 3 or 3H or one course from Comparative Literature 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D. Knowledge of Korean not required. Survey of premodern Korean literature from beginning to 19th century. P/NP or letter grading.

C151. Korean Literature in Translation: Modern. (4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Requisite: English Composition 3 or 3H or one course from Comparative Literature 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D. Knowledge of Korean not required. Survey of modern and contemporary Korean literature. Concurrently scheduled with course C251. P/NP or letter grading.

153. Korea West Encounters. (4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Knowledge of Korean not required. Exploration of major cross-cultural encounters between Korea and West from late 16th to early 20th century and writings of leading historical figures. Letter grading.

154. Contemporary Korean Culture through Literature and Film. (4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Requisite: English Composition 3 or one course from Comparative Literature 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D. Knowledge of Korean not required. Use of fiction and film to explore contemporary Korean culture in cross-cultural context. P/NP or letter grading.

155. Topics in Korean Cinema. (4) Lecture, one hour; discussion, one hour; film viewing, three hours. Knowledge of Korean not required. Historical and critical survey of Korean cinema, examining intersection between 20th-century Korean history, politics, and filmmaking. P/NP or letter grading.

CM160. Korean Buddhism. (4) (Same as Religion M161C.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Knowledge of Korean not required. Introduction and development of Buddhism in Korea, interactions between indigenous Korean culture and Sinitic traditions of Buddhism, Korean syntheses of imported Buddhist theological systems and meditative techniques, and independent Son (Zen) schools of Korea. Concurrently scheduled with course C260. Letter grading.

165. Introduction to Korean Buddhist Texts. (4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Recommended requisite: course 100A or Chinese 110C or Korean placement test. Introduction to reading premodern Korean Buddhist texts written in Sino-Korean and taken from indigenous doxographic materials and philosophical writings, Korean Buddhist apocryphal scriptures, native exegetical commentaries, and Son (Zen) texts. Coverage varies. Texts may be read in either Sino-Korean or literary Chinese. May be repeated with consent of instructor. Letter grading.

172. Topics in Korean Christianity. (4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Knowledge of Korean not required. Historical development of Christianity in Korea, beliefs and practices, impact of Christianity on modern Korean culture and society. Coverage varies. May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor. Letter grading.

175. Intellectual History of Premodern Korea. (4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Knowledge of Korean not required. General survey of Korean thought from earliest records to 19th century, including shamanism, Taoism, Buddhism, Christianity, and neo-Confucianism. Korean traditions and those found in India, China, Japan, and West. P/NP or letter grading.

176. Introduction to Korean Confucian Texts. (4) Lecture, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 100C or Chinese 110C or Korean placement test. Reading in premodern Koryo and Choson texts on politics, society, and culture. Coverage varies. Texts may be read in either Sino-Korean or literary Chinese. May be repeated with consent of instructor. P/NP or letter grading.

177. Intellectual History of Modern Korea. (4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Requisite: course 50. Knowledge of Korean not required. Survey of Korean thought in late 19th and 20th centuries, including religious thought, political thought, feminism, nationalism, and economic thinking and practice. P/NP or letter grading.

178. Introduction to Modern Korean Historiography. (4) Seminar, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 101A or C105A or Korean placement test. Introduction to major Korean language historiographical works on Korean history in modern period. Coverage varies. May be repeated with consent of instructor. P/NP or letter grading.

180A-180B-180C. History of Korea. (4-4-4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Knowledge of Korean not required. Examination of evolution of Korean culture and society within context of political and institutional industry. Consideration of both higher and popular culture. P/NP or letter grading. 180A. Through 1259; 180B. 1260 through 1876; 180C. Since 1876.

181. Reading Korean Cultural Landscape. (4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Knowledge of Korean not required. Introduction to Korean culture from historical/geographical perspective. Examination of human cultural imprint on land in religious, linguistic, rural, and urban landscapes. Letter grading.

182. 1894 Kabo Reforms: History at Crossroads of Civilizations. (4) Seminar, three hours. Knowledge of Korean not required. Examination of modernizing reforms adopted in Korea in 1894. Consideration of conflict among radical Westernizers who had studied in Japan and U.S., moderate reformers who followed Chinese model of adopting Western technology to defend Confucian order, and orthodox Confucians who strongly opposed any changes. Focus on historical and intellectual background in first half, with debates among students who assume roles in Deliberative Council that was responsible for designing reforms in second half. Letter grading.

183. Korean Folklore. (4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Survey of Korean folklore and its perspectives and methods — oral literature, performing folk arts, social folk custom, and material culture. P/NP or letter grading.

184A. Women in History: Premodern Korea. (4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Knowledge of Korean not required. Examination of premodern Korean history from perspective of women. Consideration of how gender roles and identities were socially (re)constructed over time, with focus on continual negotiation by women and men within larger processes of political, social, and cultural changes such as formation of centralized bureaucratic systems, rise of aristocratic social order, and propagation of Confucian social values. Letter grading.

184B. Women in History: Modern Korea. (4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Knowledge of Korean not required. Examination of modern Korean history from perspective of women since mid-19th century. Consideration of how gender roles and identities were socially (re)constructed over time, with focus on continual negotiation by women and men within larger processes of political, social, and cultural transformations. Discussion of issues such as changes in women’s education, employment, social/legal status, especially in context of colonialism, war, democratization, and economic development. P/NP or letter grading.

185. Education and Society in Korea. (4) Lecture, three hours. Knowledge of Korean not required. Coverage of historical legacies and current realities of education in Korea. Topics include Confucian background, colonial education, role of education in rapid economic development, views on education as vehicle for social mobility, and problems related to excessive emphasis on education. P/NP or letter grading.

M186. Korea and Vietnam: Comparative Modern Histories. (4) (Same as Vietnamese M186.) Seminar, three hours. Comparative survey of intertwined and parallel histories of Korea and Vietnam, organized chronologically, but structured around key themes that serve as basis for comparison. Modern experiences of colonized Vietnam and Korea have many significant parallels, including imposition of colonial control, transition to modernized societies within context of colonialism, and shared experiences of World War II. Both were also divided after war between communist regimes in north and strongly anticommunist regimes in south. Each also experienced warfare after division and direct involvement of U.S. during height of cold war between 1950s and 1970s. P/NP or letter grading.

187. Popular and Folk Religion in Korea. (4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Knowledge of Korean not required. Introduction to history, forms, and scholarship concerning folk religion in Korea. Exploration of forms of popular and folk religion in Korea, including shamanism, ancestor worship, and contemporary religions. Consideration of fortune-telling, geomancy, and spirit belief. P/NP (undergraduates), S/U (graduates), or letter grading.

189. Advanced Honors Seminars. (1) Seminar, three hours. Limited to 20 students. Designed as adjunct to undergraduate lecture course. Exploration of topics in greater depth through supplemental readings, papers, or other activities and led by lecture course instructor. May be applied toward honors credit for eligible students. Honors content noted on transcript. P/NP or letter grading.

189HC. Honors Contracts. (1) Tutorial, three hours. Limited to students in College Honors Program. Designed as adjunct to upper-division lecture course. Individual study with lecture course instructor to explore topics in greater depth through supplemental readings, papers, or other activities. May be repeated for maximum of 4 units. Individual honors contract required. Honors content noted on transcript. Letter grading.

191A. Variable Topics Research Seminars: Premodern or Early Modern Korean History. (4) Seminar, three hours. Research seminar on selected topics of interpretation in Korean history from earliest times through mid-19th century. Coverage varies from term to term and includes such topics as state formation, international relations, or sprouts of capitalism thesis. Reading, discussion, and development of culminating project. May be repeated for credit. Letter grading.

191B. Variable Topics Research Seminars: Contemporary Korean History. (4) Seminar, three hours. Research seminar on selected topics in modern Korean history. Reading, discussion, and development of culminating project. May be repeated for credit. Letter grading.

197. Individual Studies in Korean. (4) Tutorial, to be arranged. Limited to juniors/seniors and graduate students who desire more advanced or specialized instruction in Korean. Individual intensive study, with scheduled meetings to be arranged between faculty member and student. Assigned reading and tangible evidence of mastery of subject matter required. May be repeated for credit. Individual contract required; see undergraduate adviser. P/NP or letter grading.