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Fall 2017-2018
* EAS 365 (SA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Contemporary Korean Media Cultures

Steven Chung

Whether we look at its speed, connectivity and convergence, the geographic reach of its exports, or the contradictions that characterize its relationship to social reality, contemporary Korean media poses provocative questions about conditions of life in Korea and the mechanisms of communications and cultural technologies globally. Through examination of a range of practices across the mediascape (TV dramas, music, webtoons, films, advertisements, etc.) and phenomenon that have arisen from them (the Korean Wave, the rise of national sports heroes, etc.) the class will consider the force of contemporary media in shaping the very idea of Korea.

Sample reading list:
Kyung Hyun Kim and Youngmin Choe eds,, The Korean Popular Culture Reader
John Lie, K-POP: Music, Cultural Amnesia, and Economic Innovation
Henry Jenkins, Convergence Culture
Running Man
Missing (webtoon)
AfreecaTV

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly short critical responses. A shorter mid-term essay (5-7 pages) and a longer final essay (12-15 pages).

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Other Exam - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22278 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm T   Frist Campus Center   206   Enrolled:18 Limit:18 Closed