Asian Languages and Cultures

Korean Graduate Courses

200. Bibliography and Methods of Research in Korean. (4) Lecture, three hours. Requisites: course 101C, Chinese 110C. Review of basic Western and modern Korean reference books, with concentration on Korean literature and language, and survey of basic bibliographical material. In addition, introduction to most important primary sources in student’s field of specialization. Letter grading.

203. Variable Topics in Korean Culture. (4) Seminar, three hours. Advanced course that explores Korean culture through in-depth reading of Korean-language texts and/or visual documents. Topics include literature, religion, folklore, cultural history, language, and society. May be repeated for credit. S/U or letter grading.

C205A-C205B. Reading Korean Academic Texts. (4-4) Lecture, three hours. 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 C105A-C105B. S/U or letter grading.

C205C. Reading Korean Academic Texts. (4) Lecture, three hours. 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. May be taken independently for credit. Concurrently scheduled with course C105C. S/U or letter grading.

210. Thought and Society in Korea. (4) Readings/discussion, three hours. Preparation: reading knowledge of Korean. Designed for graduate students. Readings in Korean intellectual history and its social, political, and economic background from rise of neo-Confucianism in 14th century to 20th century. Letter grading.

211. Thought and Society in Modern Korea. (4) Discussion, three hours. Preparation: reading knowledge of Korean. Designed for graduate students. Critical examination of list of books central to field of modern Korean history, including such topics as Korean capitalism and communism, intellectual history, social movements, and Korean War. Letter grading.

212. 19th-Century Korea. (4) Seminar, three hours; discussion, one hour. Requisite: course 180B or 180C. Proseminar covering crucial period from coronation of Sunjo in 1800 to annexation of Korea by Japan in 1910, including major historical scholarship on political, diplomatic, social, economic, intellectual, and cultural history. Letter grading.

215. Korean Literary History. (4) Lecture, three hours. Designed for graduate students. Critical history of development of traditional Korean literature, with emphasis on canon and ideology, literary systems, hierarchy of genres, rise of literary kinds and forms, periodization, and critical issues in literary history. One particular area of focus to be nationalist canon that governs literary studies in Korea and West. Letter grading.

C220. Structure of Korean. (4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, two hours. 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 CM120. Letter grading.

224A-224B. Seminars: Selected Topics in Korean Linguistics. (4-4) Seminar, three hours. Critical reading and discussion of selected topics in Korean functional linguistics (grammaticalization, discourse, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, syntax, morphology) and pedagogy. In Progress (224A) and letter (224B) grading.

225. Korean Corpus Linguistics and Language Pedagogy. (4) Seminar, three hours. Introduction to corpus-based discourse and grammatical analysis using Korean corpora and concordancing programs. Special emphasis on development of corpus-based activities for language teaching and curriculum design. S/U or letter grading.

CM227. Contrastive Analysis of Japanese and Korean. (4) (Same as Japanese CM227.) 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 CM127. Letter grading.

230A-230B. Seminars: Literary Translation from Korean. (4-4) Seminar, three hours. Preparation: reading knowledge of Korean. In consultation with instructor, students select works to be translated. Devoted to skill of producing accurate and readable translations, with emphasis on problems and techniques unique to poetry and prose. At end of term, students expected to produce publishable translations. May be repeated once with consent of instructor. In Progress (230A) and letter (230B) grading.

235A-235B. Seminars: Topics in Modern Korean Literature. (4-4) Seminar, three hours. Preparation: at least five years of Korean. Recommended: reading knowledge of Chinese or Japanese. Limited to graduate students. Study of selected period, movement, theme, or author of 20th-century Korean literature, with critical review of secondary works in Western and Korean languages. May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor. In Progress (235A) and letter (235B) grading.

240A-240B. Seminars: Classical Korean Fiction. (4-4) Seminar, three hours. Preparation: reading knowledge of Korean. Formal and thematic study of tales of marvelous, romance, satirical stories, diaries, and p’ansori fiction. Status of fiction in society and culture, fiction as imaginative representation of writer’s relationship to real conditions of existence. Latest Western theory of narratology applied in analysis. In Progress (240A) and letter (240B) grading.

243. Translation Workshop: Premodern Korean Texts. (2) Seminar, two hours. Requisite: course 200. Translation, grammatical analysis, and discussion of selections from premodern Korean texts. S/U grading.

245A-245B. Seminars: Classical Korean Poetry. (4-4) Seminar, three hours. Preparation: reading knowledge of Korean. Critical reading and analysis of classical Korean poetry, including discussion of literary and cultural contexts of poetic genres. Nature of codes, conventions that make meaning possible. Review of latest Korean scholarship. May be repeated once with consent of instructor. In Progress (245A) and letter (245B) grading.

248. Reading Korean Scholarly Journals: Social and Cultural Change as Reflected in Academic Discourse. (4) Seminar, three hours. Recommended preparation: basic reading knowledge of Korean. Reading of recently published academic journal articles in Korean language. Coverage of rapidly changing multiple Korean identities and related issues in family, marriage, gender, urban poverty, and religious culture in context of globalization and neoliberalism. Special attention to minority groups. S/U or letter grading.

C249. 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 C149. Letter grading.

C251. Korean Literature in Translation: Modern. (4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Knowledge of Korean not required. Survey of modern and contemporary Korean literature. Concurrently scheduled with course C151. S/U or letter grading.

C260. Korean Buddhism. (4) 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 CM160. Letter grading.

265A-265B. Seminars: Korean Buddhist Texts. (4-4) Seminar, three hours. Selected topics in Korean Buddhist texts. Coverage varies. In Progress (265A) and letter (265B) grading.

272. Seminar: Korean Christianity. (4) Seminar, three hours. Coverage of representative scholars’ writings on history of Korean Christianity, with focus on Protestantism. Issues include politics, identities of Korean Christians and Western missionaries, church growth and decline, medical, educational, literary, and woman’s work, and Christianity’s encounters with Korean religions, and foreign missions. S/U or letter grading.

274. Seminar: Readings in Korean Christianity. (4) Seminar, three hours. Reading of recent secondary sources of Christianity in Korea, covering doctoral dissertations, journal articles, book chapters, and books in English and Korean to help graduate students understand recent scholarship on diverse topics in Korean Christianity. Letter grading.

295A-295B. Seminars: Topics in Traditional Korean Cultural History. (4-4) Seminar, three hours. Preparation: reading knowledge of Korean or literary Chinese. Discussion and research on major topics in Korean cultural history, such as Confucianization of Korean society, Practical Learning movement of late Choson dynasty, or Korean reactions to West in Eastern learning and enlightenment movements of 19th century. May be repeated for credit. In Progress (295A) and letter (295B) grading.

296A-296B. Seminars: Topics in Modern Korean Cultural History. (4-4) Seminar, three hours. Preparation: reading knowledge of Korean. Designed for graduate students. Graduate research seminar on selected topics in modern Korean history. In Progress (296A) and letter (296B) grading.