Korean Wave and Korean Popular Culture

Course Details

Title Korean Wave and Korean Popular Culture
Field of Study Korean language, Korean studies
Professor hanyang (summerschool@hanyang.ac.kr)
Type Academic course
Credits 3
Contact hours 45
Schedule Afternoon
Course code PER2037
Course number 18043
As a post-colonial and post-authoritarian democracy, Korea has risen from a war-torn country to a cultural and economic powerhouse in a relatively short period of time. Undoubtedly one of the reasons for its success has been the Korean Wave (Hallyu). This course charts its origins, its growth, and the sudden explosion in the 21st century with acts such as BTS, BLACKPINK, and the film-making of Bong Joon-ho.
Objective The course is designed to achieve the following fundamental objectives:
  1. Understand the origins and development of the Korean Wave
  2. Examine how the Korean Wave has shaped the identity and image of Koreans both domestically and abroad
  3. Analyze the role of capitalism and consumerism in the Korean Wave
  4. Determine how issues of sexuality and gender in a bourgeoning post-authoritarian democracy shape the music and movies
  5. Critically assess the symbolism and messages in a variety of K-pop videos and movies vis-à-vis the concept of modernity
Preparations Students are not required to have a great deal of knowledge before starting the class. Providing they have an open-mind and a desire to learn, they will be ready to begin. Of course, an interest in culture and sociology will be of some benefit. All materials will be supplied by the professor. They will be a combination of academic articles, newspaper articles, documentaries, and YouTube videos.
Materials Korean Wave and Korean Pplular Culture_David Andrew Tizzard
Lesson Plan
Last Updated April 25, 2024
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