This course helps students to become familiar with a number of critical issues about contemporary popular culture in Korea. A primary emphasis will be placed on the ways in which the media express and mediate Korean popular culture. Students will learn theoretical concepts and ideas that enable them to “read” Korean popular culture from academic perspectives. The topics to be examined include gender, race, sexuality, multiculturalism, collective memory, K-pop, Korean wave, film, journalism, broadcasting, etc. Student will undertake group research projects and discuss their work in class.
Attendance: 5% Midterm Exam: 40% Final Exam: 40% Presentation:15%
Fairness is the most important aspect in academic learning. This class has important course policies in order to maintain “fairness” in course evaluation. Students will enjoy maximum educational benefits if all can be assured that standard policies are consistently applied. The following general policies will thus be in effect. Exceptions will be made only in the most extreme of circumstances and, in any event, only by the professor. Your decision to stay in the course is your acceptance of the following policies written in this syllabus. The deadline for online application is 23 November 2018 and the finalizing application deadline for paying the fees and the submitting required documents is 30 November 2018.