- Code ASIA2074
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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, Cultural Studies
This course introduces students to aspects of popular culture in East Asia. Students learn about major theoretical paradigms in cultural studies, and how they may apply to developments in East Asian popular culture in the past and present. Students explore what drives the consumption of popular culture, and whether that consumption can be argued to represent resistance. Case studies are drawn from, among others, advertising, cinema, gadgets, fashion, pop music, and social media in mainland China, Taiwan, Japan, and Korea, with a slight emphasis on the latter.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand the socio-cultural conditions that have nurtured pop culture in East Asia;
- Apply popular theoretical concepts in cultural studies;
- Demonstrate an understanding of what nurtures consumption and fandom;
- Develop coherent analytical arguments both orally and in writing;
- Discuss key features of East Asian popular culture.
This is a co-taught course. Any cap on enrolments in one course applies to both courses combined.
The course starts on 9 January. All course materials and instructions will be provided through the course Wattle site shortly before the start of the course. Students should familiarise themselves with the course plan, watch the lectures of Day 1, and read the two articles ahead of the first meeting on 9 January.
There will be:
- 10 days of lectures (daily duration up to ± 1.5 hours combined), all pre-recorded, starting on 9 January.
- 10 days of tutorials (1.5 hours daily), live, starting on 9 January at noon (AEST).
- No class on the weekend, but students must continue to work and review readings and lecture/tutorial notes and write a critical review due in the second week.
The course ends on 20 January when the final exam takes place.
- i-feature (10) [LO 3,4]
- Mini exam (10) [LO 1,3,5]
- Critical reviews (2, of 1,250 words each) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Final exam (40) [LO 1,3,5]
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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.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Assumed KnowledgeBasic tertiary-level training in the humanities is essential.
Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.
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