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Undergraduate course

Korean, Intercultural Communication and Linguistics BA (Hons)

Immerse yourself in our multilingual world by learning Korean and exploring how language is structured and shaped by culture and identity.

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You will gain the skills you need to work in Korea or an international professional context. It's a 4 year degree that includes a year studying in Korea. You will learn communicative Korean skills and gain a deep understanding of Korean culture. You will gain insight into different language structures and sociocultural practices as well as learning to communicate interculturally.

York campus

  • UCAS Code – TTX3
  • Duration – 4 years full time
  • Start date – September 2021
  • School – School of Education, Language and Psychology

Minimum Entry Requirements

    96 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2021 entry £12,750 per year full time

The York St John Experience

Course overview

This course is suitable if you are a beginner, or have prior knowledge of Korean. We will place you at an appropriate level. By the end of the course, you will have gained the ability to have conversations and discussions in Korean. You will be able to give presentations and write coherently. Learn to use Korean for academic, social and professional purposes, reaching upper B2/C1 level on the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR).

Immerse yourself in Korean culture with a year studying abroad in Korea. While studying abroad, you will take Korean language classes at your host university. You will also take courses, either taught in English or in Korean, that are relevant to your degree.

Our approach to teaching Intercultural Communication will give you both theoretical expertise and experience of communicating with people from different cultures. You will explore how language relates to speakers' intentions and purposes in social interaction and examine how language choices can express identities and cultural values.

The Linguistics part of the course gives you a working knowledge of linguistics, how we use language and how it's structured. You will explore how we articulate speech and look at how English differs around the world. You will also examine how language is processed in the mind.

Take a look at our other Korean degree if teaching English in Korea interests you:

Korean, TESOL and Linguistics BA (Hons)

Course structure

Year 1 

Our academic year is split into 2 semesters. This course can only be taken full time.

In your first year, if you are a full time student, you will study: 

  • 3 compulsory modules in semester 1 
  • 2 compulsory modules and 1 optional module in semester 2.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.

Modules

Credits: 20

Optional module

This intensive course is for students with no prior knowledge of Korean language. With a focus on practical communication skills and self-expression the course covers the language needed to communicate in Korean on routine and familiar topics.

Credits: 20

Optional module

If you have studied Korean before, this is the module you will take. It is designed to build on your previous knowledge. With a focus on self-expression, narrative and description the course covers the language needed to communicate socially in Korean.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

This module explores key aspects of language variation and the relationship between language and society. You will learn about language as a social phenomenon and explore how social and cultural contexts play a role in language variation.

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

On this module we will introduce you to key linguistic areas of study that you will build on throughout your degree. This includes the basics of phonetics and grammar. You will study:

  • Contemporary issues and debates about language use
  • The historical development of language and of English
  • Different approaches to studying languages.

Credits: 20

Optional module

Build on your knowledge from semester one and improve your confidence in Korean. Successful students will be able to read and understand simple written texts and express themselves on everyday matters both orally and in writing.

Credits: 20

Optional module

Build on your knowledge from semester 1 and further improve your confidence in Korean. By the end of the module, you will be able to read and understand written texts and express a wide range of ideas both verbally and in writing.

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

On this module you will examine the grammatical framework of linguistic structures. You will consider how the elements of this framework relate to meaning. Where possible, you will explore these issues in relation to real texts.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

This module will examine complex ideas and theories about Deaf cultures and how Deaf people perceive their place in the world. You will study the tensions between Deafhood philosophies and the perception of deafness as a disability. We will also look at different deaf communities around the world.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module, you will address the worlds linguistic diversity and variation. The module situates the English language within the context of our multilingual world. You will consider Language variation and multilingualism from linguistic, psychological, sociocultural and educational perspectives.

Credits: 20

Optional Module

This module introduces the principles of articulatory phonetics. You will explore the description, recognition and production of the sounds and symbols of the International Phonetic Association.

Year 2

In your second year, if you are a full time student, you will study:

  • 1 compulsory module and 2 optional modules in semester 1
  • 2 compulsory modules and 1 optional module in semester 2.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.

Optional modules will run if they receive enough interest. It is not guaranteed that all modules will run every year.

Modules

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

You will learn Korean through engaging and stimulating activities covering a wide range of topics relating to Korea. You will develop a critical understanding of aspects of Korean cultures, communities and societies.

Credits: 20

Optional module

This module builds on the key concepts introduced in your first year. You will address the development, structure and use of international varieties of English. Trace the origins and history of the language to its current role as a global language and gain a theoretical framework for the dissertation module in your final year.

Credits: 20

Optional module

Language, gender and sexuality is a diverse and often controversial field. It gives rise to varying and sometimes contradictory theories. This module will provide you with a grounding in the main areas of feminist and queer linguistic enquiry. The module aims to empower you to argue for your own position and to give you the grounding to develop your own work and ideas.

Credits: 20

Optional module

This module builds on and applies phonetics teaching from your first year. We will introduce you to aspects of phonetics and phonology which support the analysis of varieties of language. These include child phonology and languages other than English.

Credits: 20

Optional module

Develop advanced skills in reading and analysing texts. You will explore how to apply genre, ideology structure, critical reading and discourse when reading. Your broad linguistic perspective will provide insights into how we create and debate meaning in texts.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

Build on your skills from the first semester as you learn Korean through a range of stimulating tasks. We will guide you as you learn to describe new experiences in Korean both through speech, and writing and give reasons and explanations for opinions.

Credits: 20

Optional module

This module will help you develop your awareness of the sociocultural dimensions of language in use. You will investigate issues which make a difference to the way language is used in various aspects of everyday social life. Consider “user factors” by looking at who is involved in the language use and explore “situational factors” like where, when and why the language is used. This module will provide you with theoretical constructs, methodological procedures, analytical tools and research skills that you can use in your other modules, and your dissertation. 

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

Incorporating examples and case studies from around the world, this module prepares you to understand ‘culture’ beyond the essentialist stereotyping. You will reflect on and improve your own communication skills, while gaining theoretical knowledge in the area of intercultural communication. 

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will learn how to analyse language as forensic evidence across different crime scenarios. Using case studies, you will examine where forensic linguistics has played a key role in making convictions and overturning miscarriages of justice.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module, you will develop the ability to apply your linguistic knowledge to literacy acquisition. You will examine how oral language development feeds into reading and writing development. We will teach you how to analyse reading and writing performance at various stages of literacy development. 

Credits: 20

Optional module

This module helps you develop an awareness of the psychological dimensions of language knowledge and use. It will provide you with a broad map of the concepts, issues, phenomena and research methods associated with the field of psycholinguistics.

Study Abroad year

While studying abroad you will take Korean language classes at your host university. You will also take courses, either taught in English or in Korean, that are relevant to your degree.

You are expected to fully engage with the tuition and assessment, but your grades will not count towards your degree. You will take a distance-learning work placement module during your year abroad.

At the end of your year abroad you will complete a reflective report. This will allow you to evaluate how your experience relates to both the modules you have studied so far and the ones you will study in your final year. As part of this, you will also carry out 10 days of work experience.

Year 4

In your final year, if you are a full time student, you will study:

  • 3 compulsory modules in semester 1
  • 1 compulsory module and a dissertation module in semester 2.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.

Optional modules will run if they receive enough interest. It is not guaranteed that all modules will run every year.

Modules

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

Classes are content-based so you will communicate in Korean to discuss a range of topics. At the end of the module you will be able to communicate in Korean, both orally and in writing, for a range of purposes.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will examine publicly held views of language covering topics such as Standard English and correctness. With reference to education you will investigate the social, political and ideological issues associated with these views.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

This module explores how language can function as an indicator of a range of social and cultural identities. You will examine how language plays an active role in constructing identities. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, you will analyse the relationship between language, identity and culture.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

Building on your knowledge from semester one, you will communicate in Korean to discuss a range of topics. At the end of the module you will be able to communicate in Korean, both orally and in writing, for a range of purposes.

Credits: 40

Compulsory module

Carry out independent research on a topic of your choice. You will receive one to one support from a designated dissertation tutor throughout the module. This is your opportunity to bring all your learning together into an extended piece of work.

Teaching and assessment

We deliver our Korean classes in small groups of up to 25 students. Lectures, workshops and seminars make up the delivery of your intercultural communication and linguistics modules. Seminar groups have up to 30 students.

In first, second and fourth year, you will take 3 modules per semester. Each has 2 to 4 hours of contact time. We schedule our taught sessions between 9am and 8pm, Monday to Friday. While you are studying in Korea you are likely to have more contact time. Details will depend on the university you are studying at.

In addition to taught sessions you will have academic tutorials throughout the semester. You can set up tutorials with your module tutors, and you will be able to attend events such as the Colloquium Lectures. You will also be expected to conduct independent study outside of contact time.

For your Korean modules, assessment methods include oral exams, videos, class tests and written work. The assessment for intercultural communication and linguistics modules varies from module to module. Assessment methods include:

  • Blog posts
  • Data analysis
  • Exams
  • Essays
  • Peer reviews
  • Presentations
  • Research proposals
  • Reports.

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

Minimum Entry Requirements

    96 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

INTERNATIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

This course is not suitable if:

  • Korean is your first language
  • You have an A level in Korean
  • You have B2 level or above of the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR) in Korean.

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. You can read them on our Admissions page.

Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay depends on whether you live inside the UK or EU, or internationally (outside the UK/EU). Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

UK and EU 2021 entry

The tuition fee for 2021 entry onto this course is £9,250 per year for full time study.

This price applies to all UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

You can find out more about funding your degree by visiting our funding opportunities page.

Funding Opportunities

Placement year funding

If you choose to take a placement year, and your course offers it, you can apply for the Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loan for your placement year. How much you are awarded is based on the type of placement being undertaken and whether it is a paid or unpaid placement. The tuition fee for your placement year will be reduced.

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2021 entry £12,750 per year full time

International 2021 entry

The tuition fee for 2021 entry to this course is £12,750 per year for full time study.

This price applies to all students living outside the UK/EU.

Due to immigration laws, if you are an international student on a Tier 4 visa, you must study full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

Find out more about funding your degree.

International Fees and Funding

Additional costs and financial support

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Course-related costs

While studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

Study Abroad

For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad pages.

Accommodation and living costs

View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Financial help and support

Our Funding Advice team are here to help you with your finances throughout your degree. They offer a personal service that can help you with funding your studies and budgeting for living expenses. 

All undergraduates receive financial support through the York St John Aspire card. Find out more about the Aspire scheme and how it can be used to help you purchase equipment you need for your course. 

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