CMN 596 (04) - Special Topics in Media Studies

SpcTop/East Asian Popular Cult

Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2023 - Full Term (01/24/2023 - 05/08/2023)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   25  
CRN: 56066
Selected topics not covered by existing courses in media studies. Topics vary; course descriptions are available in department office during preregistration. May be repeated for credit if topics differ. Prereq: CMN 455 with C or better, or by permission.
Instructor Approval Required. Contact Instructor for permission then register through Webcat.
Equivalent(s): CMN 595
Only listed campus in section: Durham
Classes not allowed in section: Freshman
Only listed majors in section: CMN:BUSAPPL, CMN:MEDIA, COMMUNICATION
Instructors: Lin Zhang

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
1/24/2023 5/8/2023 TR 3:40pm - 5:00pm HORT 115
Additional Course Details: 

Special Topics Title: East Asian Pop Culture & Media - From K-pop to Pokémon, from TV drama to video games, this course introduces you to the media and popular cultural scene in one of the most dynamic regions of the world economy today. It gives you the theoretical tool to understand and analyze these media and cultural phenomena. While acknowledging some common defining characteristics of East Asian societies, we will pay attention to the internal diversities, differences and transcultural flows within the region as well as East Asian nations’ connections to the world. The class is divided into three big sections with each focusing one East Asian region: Greater China, Japan, and Korea (South and North). In each section, we will start with a brief introduction to the modern history of the region. Then we will examine case studies selected from the region’s media and pop culture realm. Some of the topics include cyber culture and video games in China; night market and food culture Taiwan; Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement; Japan’s anime culture and cat café; Korean popular music and its global fans; and everyday life in North Korea depicted in comic book. By the end of the semester, you should be able to have a basic understanding of East Asian societies and cultures, critically analyze cultural trends and media events using the theories learnt in this class,  and be able to engage in productive conversations with people from these societies.