Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

South Korean Cinema FTV4088

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

Course exploring a range of films (popular genre movies and art cinema) from South Korea, in relation to their historical background (national and international). Examines in particular the international circulation and understanding of South Korean cinema since the 1980s.


Ten weekly five hour sessions

Requirements of Entry

Available to all students fulfilling requirements for Honours entry into Film and Television Studies, and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programmes.

Excluded Courses






One 2000-2500 word essay, 40%

One 2500-3000 word essay, 60%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ introduce students to a range of popular and art films from South Korea.

■ provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to analyse South Korean films in relation to their historical context.

■ develop the skills of critical reflection necessary to understand how global processes of circulation and reception shape popular and critical understandings of South Korea Cinema since the 1980s.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of South Korean cinema

■ Demonstrate the skills required to analyse South Korean films in relationship to the historical context from which they emerged

■ Demonstrate the ability to critically reflect on how global processes of circulation and reception shape popular and critical understandings of South Korea Cinema since the 1980s.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.