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AP/KOR 1000 6.0 Elementary Modern Standard Korean*

This course provides students with the fundamentals of modern standard Korean in basic conversational & grammatical patterns, assuming that the students have no or little previous background knowledge of Korean. The objective of the course is to equip students with basic spoken and written communicative skills in the interpersonal mode in most essential daily life situations.

The course starts with the sounds of spoken Korean, the writing system Hangul, and greetings, and proceeds to basic communication, fundamentals of grammar, and elementary reading skills for simple sentences. Students will learn how to communicate about everyday activities, time, numbers, and location and as well as how to combine simple ideas in various ways. Students will also learn to communicate past experiences and future plans and needs, and to express personal preferences, interests, and concerns.

KOR1000 is offered in either face-to-face and/or online mode. For the face-to-face class, each class is divided into two parts: one hour of lectures and one hour of practice sections. Lectures will include explanations of conversational patterns in grammatical and pragmatic terms. Practice sections will provide the students with opportunities to practice in communicative situations with various tasks and activities. For the online mode, all the class activities including lecture, activities, quizzes will be performed online.

AP/KOR 2000 6.0 Intermediate Modern Standard Korean

The objectives of the course is to develop Korean language proficiency at the intermediate level which includes 1) expressing various stances of the speaker's stance--e.g. judgment, inference, and evaluation or subjective assessment of ideas--and 2) expressing more complex relations between events such as cause, reason, purpose, condition, concession, intention, and background. Skills for simple narration and written report will be enhanced.
Students are expected to command a lengthy narrative discourse on personal experience. Each class is divided into two parts: one hour of lectures and one hour of practice sections. Lectures will include explanations of conversational patterns in grammatical and pragmatic terms.

Practice sections will provide the students with opportunities to practice in communicative situations with various tasks and activities, utilizing authentic materials such as TV or newspaper commercials, drama clips, picture books, cartoons, songs, and movies. It focuses on listening and speaking in various social settings, and developing sociolinguistic appropriateness in communication.

AP/KOR 2100 6.0 Accelerated Modern Standard Korean Language

The course is designed for students with previous knowledge in communicative Korean from family background and/or prior studies, and students with appreciation for fast-paced language learning. Students are expected to learn important grammatical structures from the first- and second-year Korean and to reach the intermediate level in Korean by the end of the semester.

AP/KOR 3000 6.0 Advanced Modern Standard Korean

This course continues the work of AP/KOR 2000 6.0 to the level at which the students can function independently using everyday continuous texts in various fields. The main focus is on discourse structure in all four-skill areas. Original and edited texts are read, summarized, translated and discussed. Socio-cultural aspects are particularly emphasized to deepen the understanding of Korean society and culture.

AP/KOR 3150 3.0 Korean Linguistics *

This course introduces students to the major phonological, morphological and grammatical characteristics of the Korean language and provides a working knowledge of the fundamental principles of linguistic analysis.

We will also discuss variation among social/regional dialects in Korean and the influence of foreign languages including English and Chinese on the language throughout its history.

AP/KOR 3600 3.0 Contemporary Korea: Identity, Society and Culture

This course introduces students to contemporary Korean culture, identity, and society. It seeks to help students develop a dynamic understanding of contemporary Korea by taking an interdisciplinary approach to cultural and socio-political issues of Korean society. Course credit exclusions: None.

AP/KOR 3610 6.0 Contemporary Korea: Korean Popular Culture and Korean Wave

The course introduces contemporary Korean popular culture by exploring the hybridized transnational nature of their production, distribution, and consumption. This course examines the recent phenomenal success of Korean popular cultures (also called Korean Wave) in terms of the impact of emerging Korean pop cultures, global consumers, and their transnational practices. It also examines the impact of the development of new media technologies on transnational cultural flows and consumption of Korean popular culture. In particular, this course explores the ways in which television drama series, K pop (Korean popular music), and Korean cinema are produced, circulated, and consumed because of their popularity not only in Korea bust also with global audiences. Some of the specific topics we will consider are: origin and development of the Korean Wave; Korean trendy dramas; innovation and limitation in K pop; and Korean cinema.

Course Credit Exclusion: AP/KOR3610 3.0

AP/KOR 3650 3.0 Understanding Korea through Korean Films *

This course aims to enhance students' understanding of a variety of historical, social and cultural issues of Korean society by analyzing relevant Korean films. It examines close relationships between cinematic representations and modern Korean history and society. Following the historical trajectory of Korean cinema from 1990's to the present, the course provides opportunities to engage a critical thinking of the dynamics between nation, history, society and cinema.

AP/KOR 3800 3.0 Language and Society in Korea *

This course provides students from diverse majors with a general overview of the connections between language and society in Korea and investigates how the language has reflected the dynamics of Korean society throughout its history. In particular, we examine language use in broad social, cultural and historical contexts and discuss how the language interacts with recognized social variables, including age, class, educational background, gender, socio-economic status, and occupational/familial roles. We also compare and contrast the range of sociolinguistic practices in Korea with other linguistic communities, such as Canada, Japan, US, etc. The course combines lectures with group discussions on assigned readings from the textbook and supplemental materials provided electronically, along with various genres of resources, such as TV/newspaper commercials, serialized television programming (“drama”) clips, movies, songs and so forth.

AP/KOR 4050 6.0Advanced Korean for Business

This course provides students with linguistic proficiency at a level that allows them to conduct business activities as well as practical information they need in coping with Korean business settings. In particular, we introduce specialized vocabulary and expressions used in a wide range of business settings in Korea while covering current topics of business and financial markets of Korea at the same time. In addition, Korean business etiquette, Korean customs, and culture will also be discussed via various resources such as TV or newspaper commercials, serialized television programming (or “drama”) clips, picture books, magazines, songs, movies, etc. in order for students to acquire the practical knowledge of major aspects of Korean business practice. Students are expected to understand the communication patterns and pragmatics in Korean business environment and develop critical thinking and cultural awareness through different responses in situational dialogues. Some Hanja (Sino-Korean characters) will also be introduced to improve students’ understanding of the Korean language used in everyday conversations as well as in professional business settings.

AP/KOR 4500 3.0 A Taste of Korea: Korean Foodways and Culture *

This course examines Korean foodways, this is, the language, history, society, traditions, and economics of Korean (and Korean-Canadian) food culture. Topics include the relationships between Korean food and globalism/localisation, national identities and socio-economic status in Korean food culture, the role of food media in the contemporary Korean foodways, and the cultural beliefs encapsulated in food language.

*These courses are offered in face-to-face, blended, or online mode.

Fall/Winter 2019-2020 Course Schedule