• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies

This course aims to introduce students to the amazing world of pop culture in East Asia, covering Korea, Japan, China and Taiwan. Working through a number of topics, students will be shown the various ways in which they can look at pop culture, and use it to learn about East Asian cultures and societies. Topics will include: magazines, advertising, movies, manga/anime, TV dramas, games & gadgets, fashion, pop music/entertainment, and online communities. Some of the topics will take the students back to the early twentieth century, to the early years of modernity, though most lectures will deal with the present.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

By the end of the course, the successful learner will have gained:

  • an understanding of the defining characteristics of East Asian popular cultures
  • experience in discussing popular practical and theoretical paradigms that apply in cultural studies
  • learned how to examine the historical, social and cultural environments that produce pop products and use this knowledge to develop their critical thinking, and analytic and research skills
  • an understanding of the many fan communities and their relationship to popular culture
  • experience in publically presenting their ideas and defending their position

Indicative Assessment

  1. Attendance and participation in class discussions (15%);
  2. 4 (weekly) literature reviews (15%);
  3. Essay 1 (mini-essay, 1750 words, 25%);   
  4. Essay 2 presentation (10%);
  5. Essay 2 (2500 words, 35%).

NB: Plagiarism in any form will result in deduction of all percentage points for that particular section of the assessment, so for example, if the student plagiarises part of the final essay, the mark given for that essay will be 0% (which will then make up 30% of the final mark). Needless to say: students should be extremely careful NOT to commit plagiarism throughout this course.  

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Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed 36 units of any courses.

Preliminary Reading





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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1164
2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2178
2008 $2286
2007 $2286
2006 $2190
2005 $2190
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2014 $3246
2013 $3240
2012 $3240
2011 $3240
2010 $3240
2009 $3090
2008 $3240
2007 $3240
2006 $3240
2005 $3234
2004 $2916
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3517 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

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