• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Asian Studies, Literature, Film
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
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The Korean Wave currently sweeping over the globe continues to raise considerable interest in contemporary South Korean popular culture. This course seeks to examine core components of this culture as they reflect and shape contemporary Korean society and its recent past. Topics include the original triptych of K-pop, television drama, and film, as well as creative industries behind the production and marketing of mass culture, language as a mirror of society, derivative consumer products, and transmission channels such as advertising and online media. Together these facets of South Korean culture facilitate understanding of the country as a whole. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critically engage in discussion of aspects of contemporary Korean culture and society.
  2. Relate developments in the cultural products and industries to changes in consumer patterns;
  3. Evaluate major paradigms in understanding contemporary culture in both written and oral assessment;
  4. Engage in analysis of an aspect of Korean popular culture that considers local or global developments, or both; and
  5. Identify patterns in the development of Korean entertainment, or in how industries or policymakers have responded to such developments.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Selfie-ture (short video assignment) (10) [LO 1,2]
  3. Critical Review (20) [LO 2,3,4]
  4. Presentation of Final Essay (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  5. Final Essay (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  6. Reflec-ture (short video assignment) (10) [LO 5]

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Total contact 36 hours, total workload for the course is 130 hours including independent study. In general 120 mins lecture, 60 mins seminar/tutorial per week. Activity may include excursions and relevant films or similar material.

Inherent Requirements


Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed at least 48 units of university courses.

Prescribed Texts

All required readings will be made available online through Wattle.

Preliminary Reading


Assumed Knowledge

Students enrolling in this course should have completed a 1st year course in humanities or social sciences and should have basic familiarity with library research and academic writing. Basic familiarity with Asian history and/or politics is an advantage.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $5280
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
3196 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

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