AP/KOR 4700 3.00
Korean popular music as transnational cultural phenomenon
This course develops an informed perspective on K-pop as a tool for more critical understanding of contemporary South Korean society and its place in the global context. It explores elements of K-pop in relation to social, cultural, political, and technological developments in contemporary South Korea as well as in transnational contexts. This course also examines the global dissemination and prominence of K-pop and the rise of K-pop fandom. Especially, social media's role will be examined in the global dissemination of K-pop and the K-pop fandom. Utilizing various music and video clips, this course will incorporate discussions based on academic articles and chapters and requires students to critically analyze the key features and various aspects of K-pop in national, regional, and global contexts.