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SPCM 370C - Study Abroad--South Korea:Cinema, Culture, and History

  • 3 credits

This CSU faculty-led summer program takes students to Seoul, South Korea, in partnership with a US-based, non-profit study abroad provider CIEE’s Seoul branch located at Yonsei University. Prior to departure, students will study contemporary South Korean genre films with a focus on Bong Joon-ho’s and Park Chan-wook’s cinema (Memories of Murder, The Host, Parasite, Joint Security Area, etc.) in relation to various historical, sociopolitical, and cultural contexts of postcolonial South Korea (national division, civil war, U.S. neocolonialism, military dictatorships, the democratic minjung movement, and globalization). In Seoul, students will visit location sites of famous Korean films and dramas (the Demilitarized Zone, the Han River, the Seoul Tower, the Gyeongbok Palace, etc.) and develop independent study projects exploring history, culture, and national identity in South Korean cinema or television. There will several activities which allow CSU participants to meet local students and navigate Seoul with them through a walking tour, visits to cultural sites, and a riverside picnic.