Diversifying the Use of Pop Culture in the Classroom: Using K-pop to Teach Principles of Economics

14 Pages Posted: 23 Nov 2020 Last revised: 25 Feb 2021

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Jadrian Wooten

Pennsylvania State University - Department of Economics

Wayne Geerling

Monash University - Department of Economics

Angelito Calma

The University of Melbourne

Date Written: November 17, 2020

Abstract

Economic educators have been teaching with pop culture for decades, but no primary work has identified media from foreign-language sources. We provide three teaching guides that capitalize on the growth of Korean popular music and can be integrated into the principles curriculum. The three artists chosen – BTS, BLACKPINK and EXOCBX – have huge global followings. Each online music video provides English subtitles and economic content. We provide summaries and discussion questions for educators wishing to use the music videos in their classrooms.

Keywords: Inclusive teaching, media, music, teaching economics

JEL Classification: A20, A21

Suggested Citation

Wooten, Jadrian and Geerling, Wayne and Calma, Angelito, Diversifying the Use of Pop Culture in the Classroom: Using K-pop to Teach Principles of Economics (November 17, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3732471 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3732471

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Angelito Calma

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