KOR,Korean politics and international relations (Korean Studies Content Course 3)

Course content

This course introduces students to the politics of Korea and its multi-dimensional effects on contemporary international relations. The course is divided into two parts; the first addresses the Korean war, state institutions, economic development, civil societies, democratization and political cultures. The second half of this course delves into the multi-level and cross-border interactions between the two Koreas and the four major powers, China, Japan, United States and Russia, as well as India and the ASEAN.

Special attention is also given to other important subjects shaping discourse surrounding Korean politics and the international system, namely new world order, globalization, populism and polarization, to facilitate comparative and global approaches to the study of Korean politics. At the end of this course, students will be able to contextualise the Korean peninsula’s socio-economic and political transformations within regional contexts, using China, Japan and Taiwan as case studies.

In addition, students will critically evaluate North and South Korea’s place and their distinct role in the international system, increasingly dominated by the two superpowers, China and the United States.


Udbydes til:

Bacheloruddannelsen i asienstudier (koreastudier) 2019

Bachelortilvalg i japanstudier, kinastudier, koreastudier (asienstudier) og moderne Indien og sydasienstudier 2019


Learning outcome

Bacheloruddannelsen i asienstudier (koreastudier) 2019

Koreastudier realia 1 (Aktivitetskode: HKOB00941E)

Koreastudier realia 2 (Aktivitetskode: HKOB00981E)

Koreastudier realia 3 (Aktivitetskode: HKOB01001E)


Bachelortilvalg i japanstudier, kinastudier, koreastudier (asienstudier) og moderne Indien og sydasienstudier 2019

Koreastudier realia 3 (Aktivitetskode: HKOB10141E)

Koreastudier realia A: (Aktivitetskode: HKOB10151E)

Koreastudier realia B: (Aktivitetskode: HKOB10161E)

Exchange students:

Korean studies content B: (Activity code: HKOB10161E)

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

Under studieordningen Bachelortilvalg i japanstudier, kinastudier, koreastudier (asienstudier) og moderne Indien og sydasienstudier 2019 udbydes Koreastudier realia 3 (Aktivitetskode: HKOB10141E) kun som en del af et studiemønster, mens Koreastudier realia A (Aktivitetskode: HKOB10151E) og Koreastudier realia B (Aktivitetskode: HKOB10161E) er enkeltstående tilvalg.

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
Type of assessment
Criteria for exam assessment

Academic targets


At the examination, the student can demonstrate:

Knowledge and understanding of

important processes or significant problems in specific periods of the history, society or culture of the country/region studied.

the position of studied country/region in a historical and contemporary context in interaction with the outside world.

important institutions and structures of importance to history, society and culture in the area studied. 


Skills in

identifying, delimiting and applying relevant academic literature and other source material.

correctly using notes, references and bibliography.

critically assessing scientific literature and the empirical material in their research context.


Competencies in

navigating sources for understanding the history, society or culture of the country/area studied.

adopting a critical, reflective and analytical approach to a specific topic.

applying research methods and theories relevant for a specific topic to analyse the topic in a critical way

Written communication.



The take-home assignment is written on the basis of 1,200 standard pages of academic literature. A bibliography of pages read and a specification of the topic must be enclosed with the synopsis. 

The bibliography and topic/problem formulation must be approved by the examiner and enclosed with the take-home assignment. The examiner may decide that the literature used in the instruction must be included in whole or in part.

The time of the signing of the bibliography is to be agreed between the student and the examiner.

For group exams with two participants, a minimum of 1,800 standard pages are required, and with three participants, at least 2,400 standard pages of academic literature.


Teaching and working methods

The teaching and working methods may include both combinations of lectures and exercises with the active involvement of the students, e.g. in the form of a student presentation or a paper on a delimited assignment, as independent study combined with individual supervision.


Exam provisions


Form of exam: Take-home assignment, optional subject.

Scope: 16-20 standard pages.

Assessment: Internal exam with a single examiner with assessment based on the 7-point grading scale.

Regulations for group exams: The exam can be taken individually or as a group (max. 3 students) with individual assessment. If several students work together on an assignment, each participant’s contribution must constitute a distinct unit that can be identified and assessed separately. The joint part must not exceed 50% of the total.

Take-home assignments for group exams are: 24-30 standard pages (2 students) or 32-40 standard pages (3 students).

Exam language(s): Danish or English.

Permitted exam aids: All.

Make-up exam/resit: Conducted in the same manner as the ordinary exam.

Special provisions: The topic of the take-home assignment must be approved by the examiner and differ from topics covered by other realia subjects.



Single subject courses (day)

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


Course number
See exam description
Programme level
Bachelor choice

1 semester


Dette er et kursus via tompladsordningen med betaling på Åbent Universitet. Tilmeld dig og se aktuel prisoversigt på denne side.

See link below
Study Board of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies
Contracting department
  • Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator
  • Sang Pil Jin   (7-8674817a837c7f537b8880417e8841777e)

Sang Pil Jin, sangpil@hum.ku.dk
Amos Farooqi, amos.farooqi@hum.ku.dk
Karin Jakobsen, cmt457@hum.ku.dk

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