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Korean Popular Culture in a Global Context

The course provides an overview of the history of South Korean popular music (or K-pop as the genre is often referred to) and how the style of music has developed and been shaped over the past two decades.

It also examines the factors that have contributed to the global growth of South Korean popular culture, which gained momentum in the late 1990s and has now spread over large parts of the world. This phenomenon, also known as the Korean wave, hallyu, has been able to flourish and expand greatly due to the South Korean state's active role and investment in soft power, where the export of culture and entertainment in the form of music, TV series, film has been a important part of nation branding.

A further aspect that will be touched on is the way in which the South Korean government has used soft power and the global popularity of Korean popular culture to position itself geopolitically and what challenges but also opportunities this may bring in relation to neighboring countries such as China and Japan.

  • Course structure

    The course consists of one module of 7.5 credits.

    Teaching format

    Lectures and seminars. The teaching is conducted in Swedish.

    Course planning and resources

    Course planning and resources for spring 2024 can found in the learning platform Athena closer to the start of the semester.


    The course is examined through a written assignment in the form of a home exam.


    Eunah Kim

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
  • Contact

    Do you have questions about the courses in Korea's Language and Culture?

    Student Councelor:

    Director of Studies:
    Johan Fresk