K-Pop: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Globalizing Asian Media
Fall 2023 - As a K-pop fanatic that lands in the top 0.1% of listeners of both ITZY and Le Sserafim, I absolutely loved this class. This class's grade breakdown is 30% Mini-terms (15% Mini-term 1 due week 5, 15% Mini-term 2 due week 10), 30% Perusall entries (two lecture videos a week that you view on Perusall, just leave two 50+ word annotations per lecture on what you watched so far in the lecture), and 40% weekly discussion posts (20% written response of at least 300 words where you respond to at least 1 of the given questions, 20% of a video response to a classmate's discussion post that is at least 1.5 minutes). Grading on Perusall entries was generous as you get 2/2 on them as long as you complete two annotations per lecture and don't completely BS them. Grading was very fair on the discussion posts; most people got between 18/20 and 20/20 on those as long as you meet the word requirement, cite two sources in your written response (one from that week's lecture with a time stamp and one from an assigned reading that covers what is covered in the lecture), and give proper commentary on your peer's discussion posts in the video responses. The discussion posts always pertained to the lecture videos and most got you to utilize your previous knowledge in K-pop songs and groups and tie into the concepts taught in the lecture. Mini-terms consisted of either a 1000+ word essay or a 5+ minute video presentation. Topics of Mini-terms were creating your own K-pop group that will have social impact and another was connecting your knowledge of your current major to a topic in K-pop of your own creation. Extra credit was given where you get 1% added to your overall grade for attending her specialized office hours that revolve around the Mini-terms. The late policy is very generous; late discussion boards and mini-terms will be marked down 5% per day late, and late Perusall annotations will be marked down 10% per day late. Overall, the class workload was manageable as long as you don't wait three hours before the deadline to submit. This was the first class that I actually took seriously and was passionate about at UCLA, and I am currently a third year. My only criticism with the class was that there were no lecture slides provided, which forced me to type out notes on everything the professor was saying while the lecture was running. But 10/10 would take it again and another class with this professor.