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Postgraduate Course: Unwritten Korea: Understanding Korean Society and Culture through Contemporary Arts and Films (ASST11108)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis 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.
Course description 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 Joseon 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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Class participation and attendance 10% - Class participation includes active participation in discussion, presentation and Q&A assignments

Mid-term assignment 40% (800 words) - Students can choose one type of assignment from various options of assignments, including video essays (2-3 group work possible, 1mins), policy briefs, blogs, Wikipedia entries (2-3 group work possible), podcasts (2-3 group work possible, 5mins), contrast two journal articles or editorials

Essay: 50% (3000 words)

Feedback * formative assessment with associated feedback for the final paper by week 7.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Develop critical thinking skills and employing them in their research.
  2. Equip students with knowledge and concepts for comprehensive understanding of contemporary Korean society and cinema / visual cultures.
  3. Understand and explain the re-shaping of class, gender, and identity roles.
  4. Examine a reflection of major social and political changes in Korean society through visual culture.
Reading List
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.

Additional Information
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.
Special Arrangements Jointly taught with UG
KeywordsChosun dynasty,wars,authoritarian legacy,urban culture,Korean Noir,multiculturalsim
Course organiserDr Youngmi Kim
Tel: (0131 6)51 1363
Course secretaryMr Iain Harrison
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