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KoreanPopCulture-S.NOH_syllabus - Temple University College...

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1 Temple University College of Liberal Arts Asian Studies 2000/BTMM 2890: Korean Media & Popular Culture Spring 2011 Instructor : Sueen Noh, Ph.D. E-mail : [email protected] Office Hours : Tuesdays & Thursdays 2:00-3:00 p.m. in Anderson Hall 849 and by appointment Class Meetings: Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:30-4:50 p.m. (3 credits) in Anderson Hall 721 Diamond Peer Teacher: Joyce Kang ([email protected]) Contacting Me: I am available to meet with students during office hours or by appointment. You are welcome to stop by during office hours without an appointment. If you wish to meet with me outside of office hours, I will be happy to schedule a time. If you e-mail me, please include your name and course title in the e-mail. I respond to e-mails during business hours only. Allow two business days for responses to e-mail. Syllabus: This syllabus is a roadmap for the course and a contract defining the responsibilities of the students and the instructor. I will try to follow the syllabus closely, and expect you to also you should be prepared for each class and aware of the schedule of assignments and exams. If you need clarification of anything on the syllabus, please ask. Any modifications of the syllabus will be posted on Blackboard and announced in class. Course Description: What do you know about Korean media and pop culture? Rain, Wonder Girls, TVXQ, 2PM, BoA, Big Bang, Yon-sama does any of these names sound familiar to you? Deeply rooted in cultural heritage and accelerated by digital technologies, Korean popular culture is evolving quickly and spreading worldwide from Asia to the Middle East, Africa, and America. In this class, you will learn to appreciate, analyze, and assess Korean media and pop culture from an insider‘s perspective. You will be a virtual ethnographer who explores and understands Korean pop culture through pop music, films, TV dramas, celebrities, the Internet, and comic books. Course Objectives: 1. Students will become more reflective and aware the intersectionality of their multiple identities. 2. Students will gain knowledge about historical background and current trends in Korean media and pop culture situated in local as well as global contexts. 3. Students will develop analytical skills and critical thinking concerning Korean media and pop culture by appreciating and critically analyzing Korean popular cultural texts. 4. Students will understand that mediated reality does not represent the timeless, objective truth, but only conveys a partial, subjective perspective within a particular context. 5. Students will build and apply sound academic habits. Required Texts: Russell, M. J. (2008). Pop goes Korea: Behind the revolution in movies, music, and Internet culture. Berkeley, CA: Stone Bridge Press. (* available from online booksellers and on the Paley course reserves) Additional readings will be posted online on the course Blackboard site. Go under Content and click Readings. You are required to print out every reading, put it all in a binder, and bring to class.
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2 Course Structure: This course will consist of lectures, discussions, and analyses of Korean popular cultural texts. I expect you to
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