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Culture and Society in Contemporary South Korea

The course deals with the cultural and social changes that have taken place in South Korea, such as urbanization, industrialization and modernization, as well as the increased role of the middle class in political processes.

Based on knowledge of societal change, we also discuss how important parts of traditional Korean culture that remain unchanged or modified in contemporary South Korea.

  • Course structure

    The course consists of 7.5 credits and deals with South Korea's contemporary culture and society.

    Teaching format

    Teaching takes the form of lectures, as well as a film screening with a following seminar. For more detailed information, see the course description.

    Course details and resources

    Course details and resources can be found in the learning platform Athena.

    Please note that only registred students have access to downloadable documents in Athena.


    The course is examined by a written exam. For more detailed information, see the course description.


    Sonja Häussler

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    The course literature is being updated and will be accessable closer to the course start.

  • Contact

    Do you have questions about the courses in Korean Lanugage and Culture?

    Student Councelor:

    Director of Studies:
    Hanna Kritz
    Phone: 08-16 27 22