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

This course introduces students to the realm of activities that comprise popular culture in East Asia. Students are introduced to a number of major theoretical paradigms in cultural studies, as well as deliberations over what drives developments in contemporary popular culture. Case studies are drawn from, among others, advertising, movies, gadgets, fashion, pop music and social media from around East Asia, with a slight emphasis on Korea overall.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand the roots and outcomes of some of the primary idiosyncrasies of East Asian popular culture;
  2. Discuss and question popular practical and theoretical paradigms that apply in cultural studies, and evaluate their merits and shortcomings;
  3. Examine the historical, social and cultural environments that produce pop products and apply this knowledge to produce critical analyses;
  4. Construct persuasive hypotheses regarding the root causes of fan behavior and consumption patterns;
  5. Publicly present and defend ideas and positions.

Other Information

This is a co-taught course. Any cap on enrolments in one course applies to both courses combined.

Indicative Assessment

  1. i-feature (10) [LO 1,3,4,5]
  2. Mini exam (10) [LO 1,2]
  3. Critical reviews (2, of 1,250 words each) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Final essay presentation (10) [LO 1,2,4,5]
  5. Final essay (3,500 words) (40) [LO 1,2,4]

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The total workload for the course is 130 hours including in class time and independent study. 

This course will be delivered entirely online over the course of an intensive (!) two-week period. Except for the first day, all lectures will be pre-recorded and shared via Wattle roughly a day in advance. Students are advised that their Zoom activity may be recorded for training purposes. The class meets daily at 12 AEDT for 1.5 hours. There is no class on the weekend. 

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

This course is incompatible with ASIA2074.

Prescribed Texts



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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $5700
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