K-pop as transnational phenomenon

Hanyang University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    K-pop as transnational phenomenon

  • Host University

    Hanyang University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study

    Art, Asian Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview


    This course develops an informed perspective on K-pop (Korean popular music) 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 transitional contexts. This course also examines the global dissemination and prominence of K-pop and the rise of K-pop fandom. Utilizing various music and video clips, this course will incorporate discussions based on academic articles and chapters and requires student to critically analyze the key features and various aspects of K-pop in national, regional, and global contexts.


    This course is designed to develop an understanding of key features of K-pop and its place within contemporary Korean society and to develop analytical tools for understanding contemporary South Korean society through K-pop. Assignments are designed to improve critical thinking and analytical skills in understanding K-pop as transnational cultural phenomenon.


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