Korean Cinema and Modernization

Course Details

Title Korean Cinema and Modernization
Field of Study Korean language, Korean studies
Professor hanyang (summerschool@hanyang.ac.kr)
Type Academic course
Credits 3
Contact hours 45
Schedule Evening
Course code PER2035
Course number 18042
Description This course examines major events and shifts in Korean history, politics, culture, and society, as well as the historical background of contemporary Korean cinema, through engaging with five important Korean films made by four prominent film-makers from the 1990s to the present. You will learn about aesthetics, genres, and movements in the Korean film industry, and participate in discussion about national culture and identity to understand Korean society and culture in greater depth. Throughout the written assignments and the discussion, you will be encouraged to develop critical insights into various topics and issues and to analyze texts from evolutionary and dynamic perspectives. In addition, you will have an opportunity to meet a guest speaker, who will introduce the background of the Korean traditional music used in Sopyonje (1993) and the concept of han as an essential and unique Korean emotion and identity. She will also perform several songs from the film Sopyonje (1993) and teach one of them to you. Students should be aware that the films in this class contain sexual and violent content. It is not necessary for students to have prior knowledge of Korean language, culture, or cinema. All films will be screened with English subtitles.
Objective By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • understand salient unique values and sociocultural characteristics of Korea
  • bring critical thinking skills and cross-cultural insights to your viewing of films
  • analyze and interpret texts on issues related to Korean historical, political, and cultural events
  • demonstrate enhanced academic writing, communication, and presentation skills gained through analysis and discussion of films and texts
Preparations None. Students are not expected to be deeply familiar with Korea or Korean cinema. Materials:
  • Textbook: New Korean Cinema: Breaking the Waves, by Darcy Paquet, 2009, Wallflower Press, London.
  • Additional reading materials will be provided by the professor.
Materials Korean Cinema and Modernization_David Andrew Tizzard
Lesson Plan
Last Updated April 25, 2024
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