Course on South Korean Society Through Film Added to Spring Schedule

image: Taegukgi posterAn explo­ration of mod­ern South Kore­an Soci­ety through film will be offered in a new course added to the spring 2014 sched­ule at UH Mānoa. “South Kore­an Soci­ety Through Film” (ASAN 491K) will be taught by Prof. Young-a Park of the Asian Stud­ies Pro­gram and will meet on Wednes­days from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.

This course exam­ines mod­ern Kore­an soci­ety and cin­e­ma. The goal is to devel­op an under­stand­ing of Kore­an soci­ety through the polit­i­cal, social, and cul­tur­al issues rep­re­sent­ed in Kore­an films. The course is a mul­ti-dis­ci­pli­nary explo­ration draw­ing on schol­ar­ly lit­er­a­ture in anthro­pol­o­gy, film stud­ies, soci­ol­o­gy, polit­i­cal sci­ence, and his­to­ry of mod­ern Korea.

The first part of the class will be devot­ed to exam­in­ing par­tic­u­lar the­mat­ic issues includ­ing the Kore­an War, post­war pol­i­tics, com­pressed moder­ni­ty, author­i­tar­i­an­ism, and post-author­i­tar­i­an trans­for­ma­tion. The sec­ond part of the class will explore sev­er­al film gen­res that recent­ly emerged as a suc­cess­ful, local alter­na­tive to Hol­ly­wood films. The genre films will be exam­ined with spe­cial atten­tion to the larg­er social and cul­tur­al con­texts that made the spe­cif­ic gen­res appeal­ing to the pub­lic. The last part of the course will fea­ture activist and inde­pen­dent films.

Ques­tions about the course may be set to Prof. Park by e-mail: yapark@hawaii.edu.