Course Title: Asian Popular Culture

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Asian Popular Culture

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


335H Applied Communication


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 2 2010

Course Coordinator: Mr Ashley Perry

Course Coordinator Phone: contact via email

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment, via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course introduces a range of critical approaches within media and cultural studies frameworks to examine contemporary Asian popular culture. During the course you will consider how popular cultures are constructed, marketed and then consumed by their audiences and look at the everyday practices for culture using lived experiences.  You will explore forms of popular culture in public discourse and in broader cultural forms such as cinema, television, music and the internet.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program capabilities:

  • critically analyse and respond to questions and debates around culture and popular culture, in particular terms of how popular culture is constructed, marketed and consumed;
  • reflect on complex issues in popular culture studies, using a range of theoretical and historical perspectives;
  • evaluate the local and global intersections and flows of culture with reference to social, economic and political contexts;

 Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • compare and contrast significant debates in the academic study of popular culture;
  • apply the critical skills necessary to carry out your own small-scale studies of examples;
  • identify and explain the complexities of culture, as well as its relationship to the practice of the everyday and ordinary; and
  • reflect on the discursive significance of popular culture. 

Overview of Learning Activities

The course will take a blended approach in its delivery with learning activities that involves a range of activities including lectures, tutorials, group and online class discussion, group activities, peer review and individual research.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources.You will be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.

Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice.

Assessment will occur during the course and at the end of the course. Methods may include any combination of assessment tasks such as reports, reflective papers, group work and presentations.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document.