Preview Workflow

Viewing: EALC 086 C1: Korean Popular Culture

Last approved: Tue, 02 Oct 2018 15:51:56 GMT

Last edit: Fri, 28 Sep 2018 20:25:23 GMT

First Name Last Name Userid Title Home School Org Short Name
Diane Moderski moderski ADMIN COORDINATOR School of Arts and Sciences Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations
Spring 2019
Fall 2018
Korean Popular Culture
"Korean Wave" (Hallyu) is currently raging throughout non-Western parts of the world, especially Asia, and may be making its way to the West. From South Korean tele-dramas and K-pop music to their respective celebrity icons, these popular cultural forms from Korea are increasingly becoming part of the everyday landscape and vocabulary. We will attempt to understand and evaluate this cultural phenomenon-its promises and limitations as well as its popularity and backlash against it. More specifically, this course explores the ways in which television, music, manhwa (comic books), and the internet participate in the transnational production and circulation of culture, modernity, tradition, ideology, and politics. Some of the more specific topics covered may include: Korean emotions and melodramas; imitation versus innovation in K-pop; fictions of history in period dramas; the marketing of new masculinity; revival of folk culture; preservation of traditional values in postmodern times; repatriation of Korean American pop stars to Korea; and youth culture. Requires outside viewing and listening.

Foundational Approach

Course not offered every year
Cross Cultural Analysis
Part Time Lecturer

Methods of Assessment


Cross Cultural Analysis

In this course we read a variety of articles related to Korean popular culture. We will also watch visual materials such as news, documentaries, and youtube clips.
We will explore the transnational history of Korean popular culture in connection with Japanese colonialism, cold war and western influences, and (anti) Korean wave phenomena from China.
We will compare different views on each cultural topics and learn how to read texts critically based on academic concepts.

Cultural Diversity in the US


Quantitative Data Analysis


Formal Reasoning


Administrative Fields

Key: 822