The Rise of the Korean Wave

Hanyang University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The Rise of the Korean Wave

  • Host University

    Hanyang University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study

    Asian Studies, Economics, Media Studies, Popular Culture Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

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

    Description: As a post-colonial and post-authoritarian democracy, Korea has risen from a war-torn country to a cultural and economic powerhouse in a relatively short period of time. Undoubtedly one of the reasons for its success has been the Korean Wave (Hallyu). This course charts its origins, its growth, and the sudden explosion in the 21st century with acts such as BTS, BLACKPINK, and the film-making of Bong Joon-ho.

    Objective:The course is designed to achieve the following fundamental objectives: 1. Understand the origins and development of the Korean Wave 2. Examine how the Korean Wave has shaped the identity and image of Koreans both domestically and abroad 3. Analyze the role of capitalism and consumerism in the Korean Wave 4. Determine how issues of sexuality and gender in a bourgeoning post-authoritarian democracy shape the music and movies 5. Critically assess the symbolism and messages in a variety of K-pop videos and movies vis-à-vis the concept of modernity


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