SemesterFall Semester, 2019
DepartmentFreshman Class of Department of Korean Language and Culture
Course NameKorean Cultural Studies
Course TypeElective
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule

Week 1 : Introduction to Course

                                          Introduction to Culture and Society in 20th Century Korea




Week 2 : Introduction to Cultural Studies and Korean Cultural Studies


Lee, Keehyeung. “Detraditionalization of Society and the Rise of Cultural Studies in South

Korea,” Inter-Asia Cultural Studies 1, no. 3 (2000): 477-490.


 Week 3: Print and Broadcasting Culture


Robinson, Michael. “Broadcasting, Cultural Hegemony, and Colonial Modernity in Korea, 1924-

1945.” In Colonial Modernity in Korea, eds. Gi-wook Shin and Michael Robinson, 52-69. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1999.






Week 4: Gender and Culture


  • Film Screening – National Chengchi University



Week 5 : Seeing is Believing” I: Visual Culture – Politics of Advertising


Park, Jin-kyung, “Picturing Empire and Illness: Biomedicine, Venereal Disease, and the Modern Girl in Korea under Japanese Colonial Rule,” Cultural Studies 28, no. 1 (2014): 108-141.


QUIZ 1 conducted in class



Week 6: Seeing is Believing” II: Visual Culture – Politics of Picture



Pai, Hyung Il, “Staging ‘Koreana’ for the Tourist Gaze: Imperialist Nostalgia and the Circulation of Picture Postcards, History of Photography Journal 37, no. 3 (2013): 301-311.


Week 7: In-class Midterm Examination (open-book test)



Week 8: “Audible Past”: The Culture of Sound


Lee Pak, Gloria. “On the Mimetic Faculty: A Critical Study of the 1984 Ppongtchak Debate and

Post-Colonial Mimesis.” In Korean Pop Music: Riding the Wave, ed. Keith Howard, 62-71. Kent, UK: Global Oriental, 2006.



Week 9: New Information and Communication Technologies I


Jin, Dal Yong. “Reinterpretation of Cultural Imperialism: Emerging Domestic Market vs.

Continuing U.S. Dominance.” Media, Culture, and Society 29, no. 5 (2007): 753-771.



Week 10: New Information and Communication Technologies II


Jin, Dal Yong and Florence Chee. “Age of New Media Empire: A Critical Interpretation of the

       Korean Online Game Industry.” Games and Culture: A Journal of Interactive Media 3, no. 1       

       (2008): 38-58.




Week 11: Global Popular Culture: The Korean Wave


Shim, Doobo. “Hybridity and the Rise of Korean Popular Culture in Asia.” Media, Culture & Society 28, no. 1 (2006): 25-44.


QUIZ 2 conducted in class



Week 12: Gender and Culture




Week 13 - 16: TBA  

Week 17: Course Fianl Review

Week 18: Final Test



Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant


  1. Two short quizzes (20%; each 10%): You will be asked to identity key terms and concepts from assigned readings. These quizzes will be in-class and open-book tests.

Dates for quizzes: Quiz 1  and Quiz 2 


  1. Mid-Term Exam (30%) and Final Exam (50%): You will be asked to identify key terms, explain important concepts, and answer short essay questions, displaying your understanding of lecture and course materials, including assigned readings and films. The final examination is cumulative. These exams will be open-book tests.

Dates for Exams: Midterm  and Final Exam (TBA)


Textbook & Reference

Articles in pdf form will be available

Urls about Course