The new Korean Studies major combines learning the language with the study of Korean related  subjects in various disciplines.

Introduction

You will learn to speak and write Korean as well as learning about Korean societies, politics, and culture, developing an understanding of the two Koreas' place in the world. As South Korea (Republic of Korea) is an increasingly important trading partner of Western Australia, graduates with good Korean linguistic and socio-cultural skills are highly sought after in the Australian job market.

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Course description, features and facilities

Korean Studies is an interdisciplinary area of research and critical analysis of the culture, society, philosophical thought and language of the Korean peninsula and its diaspora. The course structure includes a strong element of Korean language studies, as well as social sciences study units which give students opportunities to pursue topics that they find personaly interesting, from literature and popular culture to politics and history. Students also have the choice of undertaking part of their major at a partner institution in Korea.

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Student profile – Cameron Gilchrist

Taking Korean Studies at UWA has been an awesome experience that has given me an understanding of the country that goes far beyond simply learning the language. The ‘Korean Wave’ may give the illusion that Korea is all about pop music and TV drama, but the country has a rich history (particularly during the last half-century) which I’ve been captivated by and been able to explore in the course.

The opportunity to take a summer course at a Korean university definitely didn’t hurt my interest, either. Korean Studies at UWA has opened my eyes to possibilities outside of Australia, and I look forward to being able to work or study there in the future.

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Structure

UWA's streamlined course structure allows you to pursue studies in a wide range of areas and to take one or two majors in your degree. Your second major can be from a similar field to your first (degree-specific) major, or from a different area or degree entirely.

As well as the units specified in your major, you will study broadening units outside your main area of study and may be able to take a number of elective subjects as well.

You can explore the structure of this major in detail in the University Handbooks.

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Career opportunities

Korean Studies graduates are increasingly sought after in many professional and management careers in both business and the public sector, in positions where language and cultural expertise is required.

Graduates are also employed by state and federal government departments (including Defence, Immigration and Citizenship, Foreign Affairs and Trade), commercial enterprises investing in Korea (especially in the resources sector), tourism, public sector, cultural organisations, NGOs and media industries, as well as providing opportunities to pursue a career in academia or teaching.

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Further study opportunities

This major lays the foundation for further study options at honours and postgraduate level.

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. Prerequisites and minimum scores
  2. Additional information
  3. English competency
  4. Advanced standing

Prerequisites and minimum scores

Qualification and prerequisite subjectsCourse entry score
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-1580
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards80
International Baccalaureate29

Additional information

Please note: to study this major within the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) will require a minimum ATAR of 98 (or equivalent).

English competency

University study demands strong English language competency. To be eligible for admission to an undergraduate program at UWA, you must demonstrate satisfactory performance in a UWA-approved test of English. This is the case even if English is your first language.

The minimum requirement is a scaled score of 50 or more in WACE English, Literature or English as an Additional Language/Dialect achieved at Stage 2 or Stage 3 – or an equivalent level of achievement in an interstate or international qualification.

Advanced standing

If you have undertaken prior tertiary study within the last five years, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit and/or exemption).

Applications for advanced standing are assessed upon acceptance of any offer of admission made by the University.

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. How to apply
  2. Semester one entry
  3. Semester two entry
  4. Fees
  5. Information for…
  6. Contact us

How to apply

We have two intakes of undergraduate students each year: Semester One (commencing in late February) and Semester Two (commencing in late July/early August).

Semester one entry

Australian citizens or permanent residents, including humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens apply online via the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC).

Applications open mid-August, with the on-time deadline in late September the year prior. Submissions are available after this date, but a late fee applies

Refer to the TISC website or contact Future Students for further details.

Semester two entry

Apply through the University's Online Application System (OASys) for mid-year entry to a range of courses at UWA.

Applications generally open early May and close in late June.

Contact Future Students for advice.

Fees

As some units vary in cost, the actual student fee will depend on the mix of units you choose. The domestic student fees page has further details.

Information for

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Future Students

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First Floor, Ken and Julie Michael Building
7 Fairway (corner Cooper Street)
Crawley, Perth
Western Australia 6009
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Monday – Friday, 8.30am–5pm (Western Standard Time)

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Korean Studies: the details

Status
Available 2017
Locations offered
Crawley
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Internal
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
12-15 hours plus own study time
Standard full-time completion
3 years (BA), 4 years (BPhil(Hons))
Maximum time to complete
10 years
Degrees (available in)
This major is available in:Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)All majors (except Economics and Biomedical Science double majors, Architecture, Specialist Music Studies and Science Communication) can also be taken as second majors in any of our undergraduate degrees
Honours available
No
Contact details: course information
Arts Student Office
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studentoffice-arts@uwa.edu.au
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