Course Info

3 Credits per Course

*= 1 Credit Courses

Please be aware that the program could be switched into online fully or canceled by COVID-19 issues

Doing Business in Korea


Course Description

The sensational economic growth for past few decades has positioned Korea as an increasingly important market for foreign individual and companies. However, Korea is still considered one of the most challenging market for foreign parties to achieve a good outcome. This course aims to offer guidance to better understand the context, strategies, and adapt to the local practices to conduct business successfully in Korea.

Required Textbooks/Materials

  • N/A

Method of Instruction/Lecturing

  • The course will include a combination of lectures, case studies, presentation and class discussions.

Field of Lecture

  • Business


Korean Cinema: An International Success (S2202/Off-line/Mon-Thu/10am-12pm)

  • Dr. Antoine Coppola


Course Description

Korean Cinema Workshop

Korean Cinema : the best films to study and the most enjoyable practice! In this workshop, we will talk about the Korean cinema its history and its style from the beginning to the Hallyu (Korean Wave) and nowadays. After this first overview of the most famous Korean movies, we will remake some outstanding scenes. The students will choose some sequences and then we will draw the storyboard and remake and shoot (and edit) the scenes (supervised by the professor).


1- The beginning of Korean Cinema : the silent era and films under the Japanese colonization. Films : “Sweet Dream”, “Hurrah For Freedom”, ...

2- North Korean Cinema and South Korean cinema in the 1950's and 1960's (and extended period for North-Korean cinema to nowadays) : Films “On the railway”, “The Flower girl”, “Madam Freedom”, “The Housemaid”...

3- "Sex, Screen and Sport" policy in South Korea, "quotaquickies" movies and melodrama aesthetic under military control from the 1960's until the end of the 1980's. Overview of famous film directors such as Yu Hyun-mok (“Obaltan”), Kim Ki-young, Im Kwon-taek and Shin Sang-ok and others. The beginning of Korean genre films (erotics, horror, etc).

4- The first New Wave of the Korean cinema : Introduction of new-realism in film, modernity in style and social issues. Directors : Park Kwang-su, Jang Sun-woo,

Hwang Kiu-dok, Lee Myong-se, Bae Young-gyun, etc.

+ new generation of actors : Moon Sung-hoon, Ahn Son-gi, Kang-soo-yeon, etc.

5- Turning moment 1995 : New deal in the industry (Busan Film Festival, CJ entertainment, CGV, etc) the boom of a new market (the Hallyu – Korean Wave) : Blockbusters and genre movies (from JSA, to Taeguki)

+ a new generation of actors : Moon-sori, Lee Byung-hoon, Shin Hye-jin, Song Kang-ho, Sol Gyung-hu, Bae Yong-joon, etc.)

6- The second New Wave and the boom of the Hallyu in the 2000's

The international masters : Kim Ki-duk (“Summer, Spring, Winter...”, “Moebius”, “Pieta”), Lee Chang-dong (“Secret Sunshine”, “Poetry”, “Burning”), Hong Sang-soo (“Women at the Beach”, “The Day After”), Bong Joon-ho (“The Host”, “Snowpiercer”, “Okja”), Im Sang-soo (“The Housemaid”, “Taste of Money”), Park Chan-wook (“Old Boy”, “Sympathy for Mister Vengeance”, “The Hanmaiden”)

Blockbusters, action and comedy : “Roaring Currents”, “Veteran”, “The Thieves”, “Masquerade”, “Sunny”, “Karaoke Crazies”, etc,

Actors : Ha Jung-woo, Bae Doon-a, Son ye-jin, Park Hae-il, Ryoo Seung-bum, Hyun Bin, Cho Jae-hyun, Kim Min-hee, etc.

7- The situation today and the new tendancies (cinema and Korean society):

New ennemies in action movies : The japanese (Rurring Currents), North Korea (The Northern Limit line) Inside men (The Throne, War of arrows) the heir (chaebols) (Veteran, Gangnam blues)

Genres films gets darker and the new SF films : “Train to Busan”, “The Flu”, “Deranged”, “Doomsday Book”, etc.

Animation gets stronger ( Webtoon's adaptations) : “The Fakes”, “Seoul Station” etc

Celebrating the democratic movement : (“May 18”, “1987”, “A taxi Driver”, etc.)

Comedies and North-Koreans : (Secretly greatly, My Dictator...)

Minorities : Satirical comedies (“Cheer up mister Lee”); Factions (“Cart”); LGTB films (“No regrets”, etc)

Cinema into OTT and TV Series : “Squid Game” and “Hellbound”

The workshop process :

1. Understanding some great Korean movies.

2. Making synergistic groups.

3. A Choice (3, 4,... 10) of famous scenes available to remake (provided by students themselves and by the professor. Democratic final decision.)

4. A short but efficient introduction to cinema techniques and vocabulary (Story-telling, script-writing, storyboarding, camera work, digital editing, sound recording, lighting, etc.)

5. Preparation of the shooting (cast, locations, etc.) Discovering Korea and Korean people reactions while making a movie.

6. Each group shoot their own remake (a sequence of a famous Korean movie)

7. Editing session (editing the film itself and some of the most funny, poetic or meaningful out-takes

8. Screening (The short movies of each group will be screened during the closing ceremony of the Summer session).

Notes :

Students do not need any cinematographic knowledge. The workshop (the professor) will provide them the basic surviving techniques they have to know.

Equipments will be provided by the HUFS ISS

Up on the scenes to shoot, be ready to some (few) extra times put of standard class schedule.


10% Attendance - 40% Participation Q&A during the class - 50% Workshop

Required Textbooks/Materials

  • Recommendations for optional reading and viewing The Korean Film Archive launched a YouTube channel at Their website is at

Method of Instruction/Lecturing

  • Main ideas of the class in PPT / Analysis of films, films directors, genre / Q&A

Field of Lecture

  • International studies - Cinema


Understanding Korean Economy: Growth and Development


Course Description

Understanding the Korean economy from a global perspective.

Field of Lecture

  • Business

Orientation_EunbyulLee(Korean popular culture and media).mp4

Introduction to Korean popular culture and media


  • Dr. Eunbyul Lee


Course Description

  • This course leads students to understand contemporary Korean popular culture along with Hallyu and its global fandom. The topics to be discussed including K-pop, K-drama, film, media industry, Korean language, etc. Students will have an opportunity to learn theoretical concepts and critical issues that enable them to better understand Korean culture in academic field.

Method of Instruction/Lecturing

  • Lecture, Presentation, Discussion

Field of Lecture

  • Korean Culture

Jiseon Kim.mp4

Cultural Phenomena of Contemporary Korea in Korean Wave


  • Dr. Jiseon Kim


Course Description

This class aims to provide general ideas of Hallyu focusing on multi-faceted aspects of current trends of cultural phenomenon. Through this class, students are expected to enhance appreciation of contemporary Korean culture while developing their critical reading of society though popular media.

Required Textbooks/Materials

  • N/A

Method of Instruction/Lecturing

  • Lecture, Watching audio/visual material, Discussion

Field of Lecture

  • Korean Culture

Korea I - short.mp4

Survival Korean: Beginner Level (S2206/Online/Recorded Lecture)*

  • Instructor: Yuni Hong

  • Mentor Facilitated

[기초한국어_OT] 박서현.avi

Survival Korean: Intermediate Level (S2207/Online/Recorded Lecture)*

  • Instructor: SeoHyun Park

  • Mentor Facilitated