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KOREAN 2X03 Korean Pop-Culture (C01)

Academic Year: Fall 2019

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. Ariel Kim


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 512

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 26972

Office Hours: Monday 12:00-2:00 pm

Course Objectives:

Upon completion, students should be able to:

  1. Describe the modern cultural phenomenon Hallyu (the Korean Wave) and analyze its popularity.
  2. Explain the role and impact of Korean popular culture within and beyond Korean society.
  3. Evaluate Korean popular culture from differing viewpoints and perspectives.
  4. Identify examples of ethnic, racial and other stereotypes in Korean popular culture.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

  1. No required textbook.
  2. Recommended books:
  • Dal Yong. 2016. New Korean Wave: Transnational Cultural Power in the Age of Social Media. Chicago: University of Illinois Press.
  • Kim, Youna. 2013. The Korean Wave: Korean Media Go Global. New York: Routledge.

Method of Assessment:

  1. Reading Notes (20%)
  2. Participation (10%)
  3. Quizzes (15%)
  4. Midterm (20%)
  5. Final Exam (35%)

Reading Notes (20%)

Students must complete reading notes for five of the nine readings assigned. Individual reading notes are due the week following the assigned reading.

Participation (10%)

Students are expected to attend all class sessions and participate actively in all classroom activities.

Quizzes (15%)

Quizzes will be assigned at random times throughout the semester with questions drawn from the previous lecture(s). Quizzes will require an iClicker; you must purchase an iClicker unless you already own one. The lowest score will be dropped from the final grade calculation.

Midterm (20%) and Final Exams (35%)

The midterm and the final exams will consist of multiple-choice questions only.

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Assignments must be submitted to Avenue by the assigned deadline. Students who file the MSAF are required to submit their work within 4 days of the assignment deadline. Assignments will not be accepted after this time without accommodation from the Faculty Office.

Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

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Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

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McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

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Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

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