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

This 6-unit course looks into the history of Korean pop music from the early twentieth century to the present. It relates the way in which the performance and reception of Korean popular music have reflected important changes in Korean society and politics. In a chronological fashion, lectures focus on the many different forces that have affected the development of different types of Korean pop music. Special attention will be paid to the role of nationalism, government propaganda and censorship, the enthusiasm over Western culture in the fifties and early sixties, the emergence of pop idols in the 1990s, and the factors underpinning the Korean Wave. By way of a multi-disciplinary (mostly anthropological and at times sociological) approach to music, students are encouraged to explore the boundaries of their discipline and learn much about the intricacies of popular music and Korean society in the process. It is intended for later-year undergraduate and graduate students of music, Asian studies majors, and those specifically interested in Korean society and history.

Indicative Assessment

Student participation (15%), literature reviews (35%), a presentation (10%), and an essay on a topic of the student’s choice (40%)

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42 contact hours per semester

Requisite and Incompatibility

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

Prescribed Texts

eBrick + materials (Powerpoints and snippets of AV media) will be available on Wattle




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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3576
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