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Choose one of the following question and answer with reference to specific case studies from one or two countries or regions. Your essay should be about 3500 words long, should include a list of references, and will count for 50% of the overall mark. You may write on a similar topic to your presentation and report.
- What is the role of popular culture in creating identification and connections between peoples of different countries or parts of Asia? How is this sense of connection affected by social, economic and/or political conditions and forces? Illustrate your answer by using examples from at least two different countries/cultural regions and two popular culture forms.
- In what ways does Asian popular culture have a political function; does it subvert or reinforce existing power structures? Is ‘soft power’ a relevant concept for understanding the functions of popular culture? Is pop culture a product of the mainstream elite exploited to pacify the masses and contain dissent, as the Frankfurt School would argue, or do the masses have agency? Your answer should include at least two examples.
- How does audience reception and fandom produce popular culture? What aspects of Asian popular culture blur boundaries between production and consumption? What are the social and cultural implications of consumer participation
- Essays do not use headings/subheadings and are written in continuous prose. The essay will be evaluated on the following criteria:
- has a consistent argument or thesis
- has an original argument
- addresses the question
- uses sound evidence to support the argument
- demonstrates good knowledge of the subject through detailed research
- uses the scholarship critically
- written clearly, that is it has:
- an introduction that includes background, statement of argument and outline
- a conclusion that illustrates how the evidence presented supports the thesis
- paragraphs which are coherent and well-structured and make or illustrate a point
- sentences which are clear, well-structured and written in academic register
- referencing that is thorough and accurate.
FAIL (less than 50%): The response demonstrates insufficient engagement with the topic or is off-topic, is unclear or confused, badly structured, and the reason for choices is poorly explained or not explained. English expression is not clear.PASS (50–64%): The response demonstrates reasonable engagement with the topic, is clear and coherent in structure, demonstrates use of examples and basic understanding of concepts.CREDIT (65–74%): The response demonstrates strong engagement with the topic, is clear and coherent, demonstrates good use of examples, provides a well-structured discussion, going into some depth.DISTINCTION (75–84%): The response demonstrates creative engagement with the topic, provides a clear, well-structured and in-depth discussion that is clearly informed by examples and reflection.HIGH DISTINCTION (85% or above): The response demonstrates creative engagement with the topic, provides a clear, well-structured and in-depth discussion that is clearly informed by a range of examples and a high level of critical analysis.
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