HKOB0110EU KOR, Space, Mobility, and Music Cultures in Contemporary South Korea

Volume 2023/2024
  • Bacheloruddannelsen i asienstudier (koreastudier) 2019


  • Bachelortilvalg i japanstudier, kinastudier, koreastudier (asienstudier) og moderne Indien og sydasienstudier 2019


  • Kandidattilvalg i tværkulturelle studier 2019

This course aims to help students better understand various societal phenomena in contemporary South Korea through an analysis of the country’s music cultures in relation to concepts regarding space and mobility. The course will begin with a week-long overview of the trajectory of Korean popular music from the colonial era (1910-1945) to democratization (1987), before moving focus to a wide variety of music genres and subcultures present in the country today. This includes not only K-Pop, but hip-hop, indie rock, techno, and trot. In focusing on these genres, we seek to explore the following: 1) How international movement, both tangible and intangible, effect Korean media trends and national identity; 2) How the hyper-centralization of institutions in Seoul spurs regional inequality; 3) How urban regeneration policies effect localist sentiment; and 4) How disciplining institutions (hagwon, military, etc.) effect the development of youth cultures.

Learning Outcome

Bacheloruddannelsen i asienstudier (koreastudier) 2019
Koreastudier realia 1 (Aktivitetskode: HKOB00941E)
Koreastudier realia 2 (Aktivitetskode: HKOB00981E)

Bachelortilvalg i japanstudier, kinastudier, koreastudier (asienstudier) og moderne Indien og sydasienstudier 2019
Koreastudier realia 1 (Aktivitetskode: HKOB10121E)
Koreastudier realia B: (Aktivitetskode: HKOB10161E)

Exchange students BA level 
(Aktivitetskode: HKOB10161E)

Will be available in Absalon

Under studieordningen Bachelortilvalg i japanstudier, kinastudier, koreastudier (asienstudier) og moderne Indien og sydasienstudier 2019 udbydes Koreastudier realia 1 (Aktivitetskode: HKOB10121E) kun som en del af et studiemønster, mens Koreastudier realia B: (Aktivitetskode: HKOB10161E) er et enkeltstående tilvalg.
It is recommended that students have passed the course: Introduction to Korean Studies, Modern: Korean History, Society, and Culture after the Opening of Korea. For elective students there are no recommendations. Most readings are in English, with a handful of optional readings in Korean.
Workshop, Team teaching, group work, guidance and lectures
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 56
  • Preparation
  • 328,5
  • Practical exercises
  • 28
  • Total
  • 412,5
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
Type of assessment
Criteria for exam assesment
Type of assessment
Criteria for exam assesment

Academic targets


At the examination, the student can demonstrate:


  • Knowledge and understanding of

important processes or significant problems in specific periods of the history, society or culture of the country/region studied.

the position of studied country/region in a historical and contemporary context in interaction with the outside world.

important institutions and structures of importance to history, society and culture in the area studied. 


  • Skills in

identifying, delimiting and applying relevant academic literature and other source material.

correctly using notes, references and bibliography.

critically assessing scientific literature and the empirical material in their research context.


  • Competencies in

navigating sources for understanding the history, society or culture of the country/area studied.

adopting a critical, reflective and analytical approach to a specific topic.

applying research methods and theories relevant for a specific topic to analyse the topic in a critical way

Written communication.



The take-home assignment is written on the basis of 1,200 standard pages of academic literature. A bibliography of pages read and a specification of the topic must be enclosed with the synopsis. 

The bibliography and topic/problem formulation must be approved by the examiner and enclosed with the take-home assignment. The examiner may decide that the literature used in the instruction must be included in whole or in part.

The time of the signing of the bibliography is to be agreed between the student and the examiner.

For group exams with two participants, a minimum of 1,800 standard pages are required, and with three participants, at least 2,400 standard pages of academic literature.


Teaching and working methods

The teaching and working methods may include both combinations of lectures and exercises with the active involvement of the students, e.g. in the form of a student presentation or a paper on a delimited assignment, as independent study combined with individual supervision.


Exam provisions


Form of exam: Take-home assignment, optional subject.

Scope: 16-20 standard pages.

Assessment: Internal exam with a single examiner with assessment based on the 7-point grading scale.

Regulations for group exams: The exam can be taken individually or as a group (max. 3 students) with individual assessment. If several students work together on an assignment, each participant’s contribution must constitute a distinct unit that can be identified and assessed separately. The joint part must not exceed 50% of the total.

Take-home assignments for group exams are: 24-30 standard pages (2 students) or 32-40 standard pages (3 students).

Exam language(s): Danish or English.

Permitted exam aids: All.

Make-up exam/resit: Conducted in the same manner as the ordinary exam.

Special provisions: The topic of the take-home assignment must be approved by the examiner and differ from topics covered by other realia subjects.