• Class Number 3196
  • Term Code 3430
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 19/02/2024
  • Class End Date 24/05/2024
  • Census Date 05/04/2024
  • Last Date to Enrol 26/02/2024
SELT Survey Results

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.

Required Resources

There is no textbook for this course. Weekly readings will be available/linked from the course Wattle site.

Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for frmative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment. ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Other Information

The penalty for exceeding the maximum word limit for assignments is 2% for every 5% (or part thereof) by which the assignment exceeds 110% of the specified limit. For example: if the word limit is 3,000 words, then 110% = 3,300 words (x 5% = 165 words), so a 3,400-word essay — which exceeds this number by 100 words — will incur a penalty of 2%, while a 3,500-word essay — which exceeds this number by 200 words — will incur a penalty of 4%, etcetera.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Course introduction
  • Sign up for discussion group presentation on Wattle.
  • Create an e-portfolio document and email it to the lecturer.
2 Theme 1 - Literary Chinese and Vernacular Korean
  • Sign up for Team Project working groups on Wattle.
3 Theme 2 - Korean Language the Rise of Modern Nation-State
  • Quiz #1 (Thur 7 March)
4 Theme 3 - Language and Politics in Colonial Korea
  • Submission: Team Project progress report (Wed 13 March)
5 Theme 4 - Language and Politics in Postcolonial Korea
6 Team Project - Presentations & Discussions
  • Submission: Team Project feature essay (Fri 5 Arill)
7 Theme 5 - Language Standardisation in South Korea
  • Quiz #2 (Wed 17 April)
8 Theme 6 - Dialect in South Korea
  • Submission: Final assignment proposal (Fri 26 April)
9 Theme 7- Multi-ethnic Migrant, Diaspora, and Korean Language
  • Thursday 25 April (ANZAC DAY): No classes. Make-up activities will be uploaded onto Wattle
10 Theme 8 - Korean Honorifics and linguistic politeness
11 Theme 9 - Globalization and Korean Language
  • Quiz #3 (Thur 16 May)
12 Final Project - Presentations (mini conference) & Discussions
  • Submission: Final assignment research essay or video (Fri 31 May)

Tutorial Registration

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Class participation 15% 15 % 23/05/2024 21/06/2024 1, 2
Reading reflection and discussion questions 20% 20 % * * 1,2,4
Quizzes 15% 15 % * * 1,2,3,4,5
Team project: Feature article 20% 20 % 05/04/2024 21/05/2024 1,3,4,5
Final assignment 30%: Research project 30 % 31/05/2024 21/06/2024 1,2,3,4,5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 23/05/2024
Return of Assessment: 21/06/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2

Class participation 15%

Each 1.5-hour seminar session consists of a lecture and discussions. Students will need to spend 6-7 hours a week engaging with the reading/resources and preparing for class/assessments. Overall, Students should spend about 10 hours each week on the course. To obtain a passing mark in participation, students should participate in in the following core activities:

1) General class participation (5%):

Students are expected to attend each session and engage critically in discussions. Students are allowed to have three unexplained absences. Any further absence from class will require you to outline the circumstances that prevent your attendance and the appropriate documentation. Exceptional circumstances that may warrant approval may include, but are not limited to:

  • medical reasons (student injury, illness or medical condition, including COVID illness or isolation);
  • family/personal reasons (family injury or illness, bereavement);
  • cultural or religious commitments; where a cultural or religious event conflicts with the scheduled tutorials.

Please note that approval will not be given for work related reasons. Failure to participate in 4 or more session without documented special circumstances will result in 5% deduction from students' class participation mark for the course. If you cannot be present in class on time, contact your instructor at least 12 hours in advance.

2) Discussion starter (10%):

Each student must prepare and take part in a group discussion starter (no less than 3 minutes and no more than 5 minutes per person) in accordance with the roster established in the first week of semester. Discussion starter group will present on the reading reflection and discussion questions (See Assessment Task 2 for details), including the key points from the optional readings. A non-attempt will result in a grade of zero for this assessment. Each student must sign up to the week and topic they wish to present by 5 pm 23 February 2024 via Wattle. Criteria include: preparation (thorough understanding of the topic and discussion of relevant issues), communication (effective communication and delivery); promotion of audience discussion with clear but thought-provoking questions); and collaboration (ability to work as group to make cohesive presentation).

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4

Reading reflection and discussion questions 20%

Each student is required to submit their e-portfolio every Tuesday before 9pm with your response to basic questions about each reading of the week, as well as two questions you had per required reading. eflections and questions should be single-spaced 100-200 words. There are no additional points for writing more. Questions can be due to your confusion as you were reading, or the questions you were left with even though you read and understood the reading/viewing.

  • Basic Questions about Readings: What is the main argument of this reading? How does the author/authors claim to be providing new information or analysis for the reader? What research method is used for this research?
  • Basic Questions about Viewings: How does this viewing connect to things we read in class? What was the creator's purpose in creating this viewing?

Each student must create an e-portfolio document (e.g. OneDrive, GoogleDoc, etc) and email the link to the lecturer (Eunseon.Kim@anu.edu.au) by 5 pm 23 February 2024.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Quizzes 15%

There are three quizzes in total (5% each) throughout the semester (W3, W7 and W11) to assess your understanding of basic information discussed in the course. Quizzes will include multiple choice and/or short answer questions.They will be open-book quizzes on Wattle, timed and will take no longer than 20 minutes.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 05/04/2024
Return of Assessment: 21/05/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,4,5

Team project: Feature article 20%

Each student write and present a report analysis and synthesis of different perspectives on language use or socio-cultural issues or phenomena related to the Korean language represented in media (e.g. TV programs, news report, newspaper articles in English or in other languages) and/or qualitative interview analysis. The purpose of this project is to understand and critically evaluate relevant real-world examples. Students in pair will work together to help each other to develop their own research and deliver presentation. Each student must read or watch and cite minimum 2 primary sources and minimum 2 secondary sources, and write a report analysis featuring: What is the main issue? What do people think it matters? What are potential counterarguments or alternative perspectives? Etc. Your analysis must apply one of the theoretical frameworks used in the following books to their report essay: Signs of Difference (Gal and Irvine 2019), Verbal Hygiene (Cameron 2012/1995), or Language and Politics (Joseph 2006).

  • Tasks: 1) Progress report along with your partner's feedback (2%); 2) 10 minutes podcast debate or discussion followed by leading discussions (8%) and; 3) appx. 1000-word (+/-200) feature article excluding refs and footnotes (10%)
  • Submission requirements (feature article): Your submission must be double-spaced and be made in a word processing file format (.doc, or .docx). PDF files will not be accepted
  • Assessment criteria:
  1. Organisation: logical and coherent narrative/discussion; smooth connection/transition of ideas; effective communication and delivery
  2. Content: thorough understanding of the topic and discussion of relevant issues, description and assessment of data/articles, supporting evidence),
  3. Quality of analysis (creativity and originality of approach, convincing discussion, critical review of texts, synthesis, relevance to understanding language in Korean culture)
  4. Referencing (quantity and quality of primary and secondary sources in use; complete and accurate details for each source; appropriate use of referencing conventions)

Assessment Task 5

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 31/05/2024
Return of Assessment: 21/06/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Final assignment 30%: Research project

You must submit a research video essay or paper by the end of Week 13. The purpose of this assignment to present a critical analysis of the issue or phenomenon in focus from a language ideology perspective. You can follow your own interest, and the essay topic should be related to any issue or phenomenon related to Korean language and writing that can illustrate either:

1) The role of language (use and/or change) in the production of Koreaness; OR

2) The use or change of the Korean language and its relation to language ideology.

Your research project must engage with primary resources (including as well as quantitative or qualitative data) and at least 7 secondary scholarly sources. You may lose points for using and citing few references. You may follow one of the major style guides such as Chicago or APA for in-text citation or bibliographic entries in written and oral assignment. This assignment consists of the following tasks: 1) Proposal (2%); 2) 10 minutes presentation followed by 5-min peer review discussions (8%) and; 3) research video essay or paper (20%).

  • Submission requirement (final work): 1) Research essay: appx. 1,500-word (+/-300 words without spaces; excluding refs and footnotes). Your submission must be double-spaced and be made in a word processing file format (.doc, or .docx). PDF files will not be accepted; 2) Video essay: Uploaded to YouTube (10 minutes) with citations on the screen. in the YouTube info box.
  • Assessment criteria:
  1. Organisation: logical and coherent narrative/discussion; smooth connection/transition of ideas; effective communication and delivery
  2. Content: thorough understanding of the topic and discussion of relevant issues, description and assessment of data/articles, supporting evidence),
  3. Quality of analysis (creativity and originality of approach, convincing discussion, critical review of texts, synthesis, relevance to understanding language in Korean culture)
  4. Referencing (quantity and quality of primary and secondary sources in use; complete and accurate details for each source; appropriate use of referencing conventions)

NB: All late submissions will get demerits, which will amount to 5% of the maximum score per 24 hours. You are free to choose your topic, but 1) please check with me (by email or in person) whether the topic is suitable, and 2) make sure it follows the following guidelines: 

  • Is not an essay you submitted for another course. 
  • Does not more or less repeat a lecture given. 
  • Focuses on a single research question. 
  • Strongly relates to Korean creative industries. 
  • Follows a cultural studies approach. 
  • Relates to theory discussed during the course, in particular popular practical and theoretical paradigms in cultural studies.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

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language and culture, Korean language, linguistic politeness, language ideology


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Research Interests

language and culture, Korean language, linguistic politeness, language ideology


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