Korean Popular Culture
Undergraduate | CUR-KOR320 | 2024
- Study method
- 100% online
- 100% online
- Enrol by
- 18 Aug 2024
- Entry requirements
- Prior study needed
- 13 weeks
- Start dates
- 26 Aug 2024
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Korean Popular Culture
About this subject
At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- evaluate the political impacts and influence that shape cultural discourses and the production of culture, and apply analytical skills to producing a culturally suitable policy recommendation or action plan
- develop an advanced understanding of how popular culture in the two Koreas has been shaped by and continues to shape social, cultural and economic trends in the peninsula and apply this knowledge in real life work contexts
- assess and identify relevant resources and develop an advanced research project with a coherent and convincing line of argument applying key social sciences theoretical frameworks utilised in the field of Korean Studies
- demonstrate cultural confidence to engage across diverse global contexts, work effectively in teams and to apply these skills in producing a digital presentation applicable to the contemporary world of work
- Korean popular culture in context
- Korean popular music past and present
- Celebrities and global idol cultures
- Korean Cinema
- TV dramas and Netflix
- Korean literature
- Popular culture as protest
- North Korean culture
- North Korean popular culture
- Culture as diplomacy
- Popularising heritage and tradition
This subject offers students an opportunity to gain a deep understanding of South Korean society and history through the study of Korean popular culture, music and film. From trot to K-pop, this subject traces the development of Korean popular music, cinema and other creative industries in Korea. The focus will be on examining the political, cultural, economic and social significance of creative industries in modern Korea, through examining global idol cultures, gaming and fandom communities, the world of South Korean cinema, TV dramas and webtoons, and the role screen cultures have played in Korean society in the past. This subject will also cover North Korean public and popular culture, focusing on the political and social importance of culture in North Korea. Through a range of interactive assessments, students gain advanced skills of critical cultural analysis, as well as an understanding of how culture intersects with national identity and international relations.
This subject is taught in English, no prior knowledge of Korean language is required.
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In order to achieve the learning outcomes of this unit, each week students are expected to study for at least five hours as follows:
(a) Prior to joining the simultaneous face to face sessions, students should listen to the online lecture grammatical points, and engage with the set preparation materials for the week as outlined in Blackboard.
(b) Spend at least 30 minutes to go over new vocabulary.
(c) Participate in 2x45 minute sessions via simultaneous online class environment.
(d) Complete and submit weekly online exercises to support memorisation of learning materials, and to engage with the feedback provided.
- Online-class debates (30%)
- Research essay with annotated bibliography (50%)
- Video group presentation and critical analysis (20%)
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Credit Point Requisite - students must have successfully completed 200 credit points of study in a Curtin Undergraduate course.
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- 0.125 EFTSL
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