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Cinema in Korea


Admission requirements

This course is only available for BA2 Korean studies students who obtained the propaedeutic diploma and successfully completed all courses of BA1.


This undergraduate seminar, “Cinema in Korea: Technology and Aesthetics” explores major Korean cinematic works produced in South Korea or North Korea from the late 1950s to the present. Students thoroughly examine basic concepts of film analysis, which are discussed through films from different genres, auteurs, modes, and historical time periods. Along with questions of film form and style, they also consider the notion of the cinema as an institution comprised of an industrial system of production, distribution, and exhibition, social and aesthetic norms and codes, and particular modes of reception. The course consists of mini-lectures, class discussions, student presentations, and film viewings.

Course objectives

This course has three main goals.
Students will be able to 1) discuss specific film form and film style explored in each film, considering historical, sociocultural, and aesthetic factors related to the production, distribution, and exhibition of cinema, 2) analyze film text by deploying critical terms or major film vocabularies, and 3) practice and develop their analytical and critical thinking skills through oral and written argumentation.


For more information, see Timetable

Mode of instruction

Seminar, Research

Course Load

Total course load for the course: 5 EC = 140 Hours •Hours spent on attending lectures: 2 hours per week x 12 weeks = 24 hours •Time for studying the compulsory literature and course materials and preparation for the lectures: 6 hours per week x 12 weeks = 72 hours •Preparation for papers: 44 hours

Assessment method


Final grades will be determined by the following formula:
Active Class Participation----------------------------------------------------------------30% •Attendance and Active Participation (10%) •Individual Presentation (10%) •Group Presentation (10%)
Formal Writing Assignments------------------------------------------------------------70% •Weekly Postings (10%) •Midterm Paper and Final Paper (60%)

Debriefing exam: Students may make an individual appointment with the instructor after the announcement of the exam grades in order to view their exam results.


The resit for the final paper is given to students whose mark of the final paper is below 5.5 and fulfil all other requirements.


Yes. Blackboard ( will be used for delivery of relevant reading materials and submission of assignments.

Reading list

Readings and DVDs are available at the University Library.
Required Texts
Hye Seung Chung and David S. Diffrient, Movie Migrations
Steven Chung, Split Screen Korea
Frances Gateward, ed., Seoul Searching
Kathleen McHugh and Nancy Abelmann, eds., South Korean Golden Age Melodrama
Alison Peire and Daniel Martin, eds., Korean Horror Cinema
Chi-Yun Shin and Julian Stringer, eds. New Korean Cinema
Chi-Yun Shin and Mark Gallagher, eds., East Asian Film Noir *
Brian Yecies and Aegyung Shim, *The Changing Face of Korean Cinema

David Bordwell, Film Art: Introduction
Amy Villarejo, Film Studies: The Basics
Timothy Corrigan, A Short Guide to Writing about Film


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Registration Studeren à la carte
Registration Contractonderwijs
Not applicable


Dr. Namhee Han


Students who are absent more than three times during the semester will fail.