Postgraduate Course: Unwritten Korea: Understanding Korean Society and Culture through Contemporary Arts and Films (ASST11108)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This innovative course introduces students to Korean culture, history, politics and socio-economic issues through the engagement of non-written text and non-textual material. The course uses arts, films, dramas, music to lead students through a journey of how colonial rule, the Korea war, economic development, the financial crisis and the rise of inequality and polarisation, the emergence of a multicultural society in South Korea, and relations between the two Koreas can be narrated and understood in new and non-traditional ways.
The course aims to familiarise students with Korean society and culture through an analysis of films, dramas, and music. The course is structured chronologically, beginning with films and dramas set in the Chosun era, colonial rule, the Korea war, authoritarian rule and social contention, and, lastly, the more contemporary period, where inequality, urban culture and multi-culturalism will be examined. In this course students will learn to review and interpret arts and popular culture and connect those with social science debates.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
Mid term assignments 40% (800 words) - students can choose various forms of assignments from blog posts, Wikipedia entries (2-3 group work possible), podcast (2-3 group work possible-15 minutes) video essay (2-3 group work possible- 10 minutes), contrast two review articles or editorials
Final paper (Essay) 60% (3000 words)
Mid term assignments 40% (500 words) - students can choose various forms of assignments from blog posts, Wikipedia entries (2-3 group work possible), podcast (2-3 group work possible-15 minutes) video essay (2-3 group work possible- 10 minutes), contrast two review articles or editorials
Final paper (Essay) 60% (2000 words)
||* formative assessment with associated feedback for the final paper by week 7.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- develop critical thinking skills and employing them in their research.
- equip students with knowledge and concepts for comprehensive understanding of contemporary Korean society and cinema / visual cultures.
- understand and explain the re-shaping of class, gender, and identity roles.
- examine a reflection of major social and political changes in Korean society through visual culture.
Jung, S. (2011) Korean Masculinity and Trans-cultural Consumption: Yonsama, Rain, Old boy, K-Pop Idols, Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.
Kim, K. H. (2011) Virtual Hallyu: Korean cinema of the global era, Durham: Duke University Press.
Lee, H. (2006) South Korea: Film on the Global Stage, in Ciecko, T. Ed., Contemporary Asian Cinema: Popular Culture in a Global Frame, New York: Berg, 182-192.
Howard, C. (2008) Contemporary South Korean Cinema: National Conjunction and Diversity, in Hunt, L. and Leung, W.F. Eds., East Asian Cinemas: Exploring Transnational Connections on Film, London: IB Tauris, 88-102.
Jin, D. Y. (2006) Cultural Politics in Korea's Contemporary Films Under Neoliberal Globalization, Media, Culture & Society, 28(1):5-23.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||*Think critically and produce Masters-level work under pressure.
*Work independently, seeking relevant advice and support when necessary.
*Understand, interpret, and use scholarly resources.
*Gain global perspectives on the subject.
*Work on digital product development with confidence.
||Jointly taught with UG
|Keywords||Chosun dynasty,wars,authoritarian legacy,urban culture,Korean Noir,multiculturalsim
|Course organiser||Dr Youngmi Kim
Tel: (0131 6)51 1363
|Course secretary||Miss Charlotte McLean
Tel: (0131 6)50 4114