Media, Art, Culture and Society
Seoul, South Korea
Area of Study
Communication, Media Studies, Multicultural Studies
Taught In English
Host University Units3
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
Course Description and Objectives
Cultures and societies stand at the intersection of diverse traditions, ethnicities, race, value systems and other categories of identification. Among the many nodes that constellate this colorful landscape, members of certain communities who bear social markers that stand apart from the perceived mainstream or the upper strata of the social hierarchy are labeled “minority,” and are often represented in ways that frame their presence as alien— strangers in their home land. Whether it be outright discrimination, unsavory stereotypes, or their satiric appropriations that seemingly subvert but also insidiously reinforce deeply ingrained prejudices, mechanisms of alienation permeate our society on countless fronts. Situating the contemporary mediascape in this broader context of minority discourse, this class invites students to problematize accepted metrics of normalcy and investigate their modes of delivery across different mediums, asking questions such as the following: could the use of racial, ethnic, and cultural stereotypes be justified when framed as critical commentary? How are we to demarcate the thin line between appropriation and inordinate reproduction? What happens when “otherness” as concept becomes translated (in other words, technologized) across mediums such as from written text to visual media, and how may we understand the gaps and misalignments that constitute this process? How does technology, in communicating indexes of otherness or as a source of power in the age of global capital, serves as a double-edged sword in addressing the issues of alienation when specifically applied to the Asian context? The course will provide an introduction to theories and critical reflections that pertain to key concepts in postcolonial/colonial discourse, including the ‘other,’ hybridity, identity, and ethnicity through works by scholars such as Homi K. Bhabha, Edward Said, Gayathri Spivak, and explore contemporary media productions that represent the multivalent facets of otherness across TV, film, written fiction, and more. Students will engage in group presentations, in-class writing, plenary/small group discussions, and media projects.
All readings and materials will be made available online
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.