• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

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. 8 (weekly) literature reviews (20%);
  3. Essay 1 (mini-essay, 2500 words, 25%);   
  4. Essay 2 presentation (10%);
  5. Essay 2 (3500 words, 30%).

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

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ASIA2074.

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6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1218
2014 $2808
2013 $2808
2012 $2808
2011 $2778
2010 $2718
2009 $2670
2008 $2592
2007 $2298
2006 $2190
2005 $2190
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3402
2014 $3942
2013 $3942
2012 $3942
2011 $3942
2010 $3942
2009 $3816
2008 $3816
2007 $3816
2006 $3816
2005 $3816
2004 $3816
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