Pop Culture in North and South Korea, Hallyu and East Asian Cultural flows

Course content

This course critically examines the recent increasing popularity of Korean pop culture in East Asia and beyond. The focus is on South Korean popular music, gaming culture and TV dramas. However, we will also be considering North and South Korean comics and cinema. The course also situates the recent Hallyu (Korean Wave) phenomenon within the history of cultural flows in East Asia and we examine the processes that have contributed to the increased consumption of Korean cultural product inside and outside the Korean peninsula. One primary focus will be the state centered promotion policies that are tied up with notions of cultural nationalism. The lessons will be based on the home reading of relevant academic materials and classroom discussions, presentations, mini-lectures and screenings. The classes will be held in English and this course is suitable for students taking the class as an elective.

In Spring 2017, this course will be taught intensively over the first four weeks of February. Classes will be held in day long workshop format over four Mondays in February. The main text will be Korean Screen Cultures: Interrogating Cinema, TV, Music and Online Games by Andrew David Jackson and Colette Balmain (2016, Peter Lang) – which is available in the University bookshop. Students should read the introduction, chapters 3, 5, 6, 8, 12,13,14.

Education

Curriculum for the BA programme in Asian Studies with specialisations in Indology, Japanese Studies, China Studies, Korean Studies, Southeast Asian Studies and Tibetology, The 2015 Curriculum

Curriculum for the BA programme in Asian Studies with specialisations in Indology, Japanese Studies, China Studies, Korean Studies, Southeast Asian Studies and Tibetology, The 2010 Curriculum

Curriculum for the Elective Studies in Korean studies The 2007 Curriculum

Learning outcome

BA 2015-Curriculum:
Korean Content Course 1 (HKOB00831E)

BA 2010-Curriculum:
Korean Content Course 1 (HKOB00671E)
Korean Content Course 2 (HKOB00731E)
Korean Content Course 3 (HKOB00761E)

BA 2007-Elective:
Korean Content Course A (HKOB10041E)
Korean Content Course B (HKOB10071E)

Cross-Cultural Studies MA 2015-Curriculum:
Regional Specialisation with language (HTÆK03261E)

Team teaching, group work and guidance

Suggested pre-course reading: Youna Kim, The Korean Wave: Korean Media Go Global, Routledge: 2013 OR Kyung Hyun Kim & Youngmin Choe, The Korean Popular Culture Reader, Duke University Press: 2014.

Students must have passed the course: Introduction to Korean History and Cultural History before 1945

For non-Korean Studies students, there are NO pre-course formal requirements.

For studerende på dette kursus udbydes der også et kursus i Projektstyring og eksamensforberedelse, se her: http:/​/​kurser.ku.dk/​course/​htor00027u/​2016-2017

ECTS
15 ECTS
Type of assessment
Other
Criteria for exam assessment

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 384,5
  • Lectures
  • 28
  • English
  • 412,5