This course aims to introduce undergraduate students to modern Korean society and culture in relation to media and cultural studies scholarship, and its socio-cultural contexts. In particular, we will examine the meaning of media and culture and its socio-cultural changes in modern and contemporary Korea through various emerging trends and methodologies with sociocultural issues of Korea. Thus, this course has two primary objectives: to prepare students; (1) to analyze Korean society and culture in relation to various sociological theories; and (2) to examine the implication of cultural text and its history with students’ own critical perspective. The course will combine lectures with intensive discussions of reading materials and with individual/group presentations. We also actively discuss various audio-visual artifacts including news, films, TV dramas, and pop songs in each class within the historical and sociocultural paradigm of recent media/communication and cultural studies scholarship.