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KOR 307
Readings in Chinese Characters I (3)
 
Training intermediate and advanced learners of Korean to master the reading, writing and usage of some 250 basic Chinese characters as they are used in a wide variety of Korean reading texts. Pre: 202, or departmental approval.   
KOR 308
Readings in Chinese Characters II (3)
 
Continuation of 307, covering an additional 250 basic Chinese characters. Pre: 307 or consent.   
KOR 401
Fourth-Level Korean (3)   
KOR 402
Fourth-Level Korean (3)   
KOR 403
High-Advanced Korean I (3)
 
Continuation of 402. Emphasis on highest level of listening, speaking, reading and writing, with application to Korean culture, using authentic materials. Pre: 402 or consent. Fall only. [view KOR 403 syllabus]   
KOR 404
High-Advanced Korean II (3)
 
Continuation of 403. Emphasis on highest level of listening, speaking, reading and writing, with application to Korean culture using authentic materials. Pre: 403 or consent. Spring only.   
KOR 425
Selected Readings in Korean (3)
 
This course elicits further research from students in various topics on a weekly basis. This course offers methods so that students can increase their reading speed and achieve higher proficiency in researching Korean articles. Not only will students learn how to gather information more quickly, but they will also learn to disseminate and share that information more effectively with others. Doing so requires the ability to express oneself while thinking critically in the Korean language.   
KOR 470
Language and Culutre of Korea (3)
 
Relation of Korean language to literature, history, philosophy, social structure, values, and interpersonal relationships; social and regional varieties. Pre: 402 or consent. DH.   
KOR 480
Korean Oral Proficiency Through Film (3)
 
Designed to increase proficiency level from advanced to superior and to deepen cultural awareness. Pre: 402 (or concurrent) with 470, or consent.   
KOR 485
(Alpha) Korean for Career Professionals (V)
 
This course focuses on domain-specific technical terminology which is required for professionals in a chosen field. Separate courses are offered for each domain of (B) Economics; (C) Political Science; (D) Computer Science; (E) Engineering; (F) Travel Industry Management; (G) Business; (H) Law; (I) Medicine; (J) Nursing and Public Health; and (K) others. Only one or two courses that meet the needs of the majority of the students are offered per semester. KOR 485 (C) Political Science has been the most frequently offered one. This course is closely related to KOR 623 in that it covers advanced vocabulary, mostly Sino-Korean words, that were introduced in KOR 623. The purpose of this course is to explore and expand Sino-Korean words and their usage. In particular, Using corpus linguistics, this course focuses on collocational characteristics of an individual word and a word’s semantic association.   
KOR 486
(Alpha) Korean for Academic Purposes (V)
 
This course consist of two components each week: (1) attendance at a special seventy-five-minute section of a content course in the student’s chosen academic or career field, taught in Korean especially for Flagship students by a Korean visiting scholar or Korean faculty member in the relevant department or professional school at Manoa; and (2) a seventy-five-minute adjunct class taught by a Flagship Instructor, who will also attend the content course, in which students are provided with detailed preparatory and follow-up language support and reading materials for the content sessions. Separate courses are offered for each domain of (B) Economics; (C) Political Science; (D) Computer Science; (E) Engineering; (F) Travel Industry Management; (G) Business; (H) Law; (I) Medicine; (J) Nursing and Public Health; and (K) others. Only one or two courses that meet the needs of the majority of the students are offered per semester. KOR 486 (C) Political Science has been the most frequently offered one.   
KOR 496
Korean Abroad (V)
 
Supervised internship with Korean professional hosts in Korea. Students also undergo a one-week training module designed to prepare them to maximize the benefits of the overseas internship. Repeatable up to 9 credits. CR/NC only. Pre: 495, diagnostic assessment procedures; or consent.   
KOR 499
Directed Fourth-Level Reading (V)
 
For those who need special assistance, e.g., in reading texts in area of specialization or at a pace more rapid than those of standard courses. Primarily for graduate students from other departments. CR/NC only. Repeatable three times. Pre: consent of department chair.   
KOR 621
Media Research in Korean (3)
 
This course provides students with the opportunity to improve their listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills in Korean. Furthermore, this course will enable students to better comprehend not only the languages of Korea, but also the current events and social issues related to Korea. This course provides students with individual feedback not only from the instructor but also from peer students and oneself as well. This course will also involve some formal speaking.   
KOR 622
Comparative Studies of Contemporary South and North Korean Language (3)
 
This course provides students with the opportunity to further improve their listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills in Korean. Furthermore, this course will enable students to better comprehend not only the languages of, but also the current events and social issues related to, both South and North Koreas. The course is designed to provide each student with individual feedback not only from the instructor but also from peer students and oneself as well. This course will also involve some formal speaking.   
KOR 623
Interdisciplinary Research in Korean (3)
 
As a preparatory step toward in-depth research in the domain of students’ specialization, this course introduces students to areas which are of direct or indirect relevance to students’ future professions. Through this course, students are expected to improve their understanding of Korea by reading academic papers and articles, checking for content comprehension, and exchanging opinions through various activities.  In the class, the content of certain articles will be highlighted as background knowledge, and the course will also emphasize peer explanations as well as the expression of personal opinions.  Students will practice advanced speaking and listening through persuasive and argumentative speaking.   
KOR 624
(Alpha) Analysis of Korean Academic Discourse (3)
 
The purpose of this course is to describe and analyze the characteristics of Korean for Academic Purposes (KAP) at various levels ranging from lexis to syntax to discourse. Since KAP is closely related to particular disciplines, separate courses will be offered for each domain of (B) Economics; (C) Political Science; (D) Computer Science; (E) Engineering; (F) Travel Industry Management; (G) Business; (H) Law; (I) Medicine; (J) Nursing and Public Health; and (K) others. Only one or two courses that meet the needs of the majority of the students are offered per semester. KOR 624 (C) Political Science has been the most frequently offered one. Through this course, students are expected to grasp the characteristics of KAP and thereby enhance their ability to understand and use KAP.  
KOR 730
Research Seminar in Korean Language (3)
 
KOR 730 enables students to assess their Korean language skills through the performance of real tasks. Every week, all the pedagogic tasks on Monday through Thursday are preparation for Friday’s target task performance. This course will address individually-researched topics through diverse formats including individual presentations, group presentations, discussions, and negotiations. In order to perform these tasks, students will be required to utilize various means such as library materials research, media and internet research, interviews, and surveys. Each week’s target task performance is videotaped, and each student is given individual feedback later that day.   


For more information on non-Flagship Korean courses offered at UH Manoa, please visit UHM 2008-2009 CATALOG.