KOR, Korean Religions (Korean Studies Content Course 1) (E21)

Course content

This course examines Korean religious and spiritual thought from the earliest written records to the present day, in their historical context and contemporary representations. We examine the tension between unique aspects of Korean culture and universal values in these traditions and ask about their contribution to “Korean-ness”. We will pay special attention to the various academic definitions of the terms “religion” and “ritual”, and inspect the problems which arise from using those definitions.  
The course is organized into five study units, with the opening and closing of the semester making up the sixth unit. In each unit, we will focus on one spiritual tradition. We will survey the history of that tradition as well as its unique terminology. Each unit will also focus on a different branch of scholarship as the main methodological framework. The larger Korean context will allow us to utilize this knowledge to analyze and understand concrete cases.

  • Curriculum for the BA programme in Korean Studies, The 2019 Curriculum
  • Curriculum for the Elective Studies in Korean studies The 2019 Curriculum
  • Curriculum for MA Elective Studies in Cross Cultural Studies The 2019 Curriculum


Learning outcome

Korean BA 2019-Curriculum:
Korean Content Course 1 (activity code HKOB00941E)

Korean BA Elective 2019-Curriculum:
Korean Studies content B (activity code HKOB10161E)

Cross Cultural Studies MA Elective 2019-Curriculum:
Regional Specialisation topic A (activity code HTÆK13061E)
Regional Specialisation topic B (activity code HTÆK13062E)
Regional Specialisation with language A (activity code HTÆK13071E)
Regional Specialisation with language B (activity code  HTÆK13072E)

Workshop, Team teaching, group work, guidance and lectures

Will be available in Absalon

It is recommended that students have passed the course: Introduction to Korean Studies, Modern: Korean History, Society, and Culture after the Opening of Korea.
For elective students there are no recommendations

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
Type of assessment
Criteria for exam assessment

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 56
  • Preparation
  • 328,5
  • Practical exercises
  • 28
  • English
  • 412,5