• 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, Asian Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Roald Maliangkay
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2024
    See Future Offerings

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. 

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. Apply major paradigms in cultural studies, and evaluate their merits and shortcomings;
  3. Examine the historical, social and cultural environments that lead to developments in popular culture;
  4. Analyse the root causes of fan behaviour and consumption patterns;
  5. Orally 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.

This online intensive starts in the second half of the winter session. 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, and read the two articles ahead of the first meeting.

There will be:

  • 10 days of online lectures (daily duration up to ± 1.5 hours combined), all pre-recorded.
  • 10 days of online tutorials (1.5 hours daily), live, unrecorded.
  • 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 the 10th day after the final exam.

Indicative Assessment

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

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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

To enrol in this course you must be enrolled in a Masters program and have successfully completed 24 units of university courses, including 6 units in the humanities (ASIA, ANTH, ARCH, DIPL, EMDV, GEND, HIST, INTR, PASI, POLS, POGO, NSPO, SOCY, HUMN, ARTH, ENGL, SCRN, or PHIL) or with convenor approval. This course is incompatible with ASIA2074.

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2024 $4080
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2024 $6000
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Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5500 17 Jun 2024 19 Jun 2024 21 Jun 2024 28 Jun 2024 Online View

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