The ANU Dept of Korean Studies offers systematic Korean language training and courses on Korean history, gender, and cultural studies. It also offers other non-language courses that introduce aspects of Korea from a broader perspective. Our aim is to equip students with the linguistic and cultural competence needed to function effectively in Korea and the education to enable them to understand the country in depth. Korean studies courses are open to students taking Asian studies degrees as well as to students enrolled in other schools.
The department was first established as a Centre in 1994 in order to draw together the many academic units involved in teaching and research related to Korea and to give the Korean program a clear mandate and voice inside and outside the ANU. With support from the Korea Foundation and the University, the College established a Chair of Korean Studies at ANU's Dept of Korean Studies. The Chair significantly enhances the University's capacity to deliver outstanding programs focused on the two Koreas, in both the language and the non-language areas, and adds significant support for post-graduate research on Korea. The first to fill the position was Prof. Kenneth Wells. He was succeeded in 2010 by Prof. Hyaeweol Choi.
Head: Ruth Barraclough