Korea University School of Media & Commuication Graduate School of Journalism & Mass Communication

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2023 Media Dept., List of Major Courses

New Curriculum (From Sep. 2019) Old Curriculum (~ Aug. 2019)
Course Code Classification Course Name Reorganization
(Abolished, New, Similar)
Course Code Course Name


Major Common

Communication Theories

<Mandatory Course for Master/PhD Program>

Similar JMC501

Communication Theory

<Mandatory Course for Master/PhD Program>


Major Common

Communication Research Methods

<Mandatory Course for Master/PhD Program>

Similar JMC503

Research Method in Communication

<Mandatory Course for Master/PhD Program>


Major Common

Media Philosophy Similar JMC509 Philosophy of the Press
JMC577 Postmodernism and Media
JMC511 Critical Studies in Communication


Major Common

Media History Similar JMC509 Philosophy of the Press
JMC577 Research of Media History


Major Common

Media Laws Similar JMC511 Communications Law and Ethics


Major Common

Qualitative Research

Methods in Media Studies

Similar JMC907 Cultural Contents and Storytelling


Major Common

Media Research Paper Writing Similar JMC825 Social Science Inquiry


Major Common

Communication Theories Seminar

<Mandatory Course for PhD Program>

Similar JMC821

Communication Theories Seminar

<Mandatory Course for PhD Program>

MAC524 Major Common

Communication Research Methods Seminar

<Mandatory Course for PhD Program>

Similar JMC822

Communication Methodology Seminar

<Mandatory Course for PhD Program>

MAC531 Major Media and Gender Similar JMC552 Women and Media
MAC532 Major Media and Multicultural Society Similar JMC553 Multicultural Society and Audio-Visual Media
MAC538 Major Media and Democracy Similar JMC583 Media and Social Change
JMC618 Media and Public Opinion
MAC539 Major Political Communication Similar JMC703 Political Communication
MAC545 Major Digital Journalism Similar JMC555 Theories and Practices of Broadcasting News
JMC556 Online Journalism
MAC546 Major Literature in Journalism Similar JMC580 Research of Journalism Literature
MAC552 Major Media & Politics Seminar Similar JMC812 Seminar in Journalism and Telecommunication
MAC553 Major Journalism Seminar Similar JMC554 Journalism Seminar
MAC561 Major Theories of Media Effects Similar JMC581 Media Effect Theories
MAC562 Major Persuasive Communication Similar JMC619 Persuasive Communication
MAC563 Major Interpersonal Communication Similar JMC616 Human Communication
MAC564 Major Intercultural Communication Similar JMC824 Intercultural Communication
MAC568 Major Theories of Advertising Similar JMC585 Theories of Advertising
MAC569 Major Consumer Behavior Similar JMC586 Consumer Behavior and Strategic Communication
MAC570 Major Advertising Media Planning Similar JMC589 Advertising and Media Planning
MAC571 Major Entertainment and Strategic Communication Similar JMC571 Entertainment and Strategic Communication
MAC575 Major Public Relations Theories Similar JMC614 Public Relations
MAC576 Major Health Communication  Similar JMC574 Health Communication
MAC577 Major Issues Management and Crisis Communication Similar JMC573 Issues Management and Crisis Communication
MAC582 Major Advertising Seminar Similar JMC595 Advertising Seminar
MAC583 Major Public Relations Seminar Similar JMC572 Public Relations Seminar
MAC601 Major Media Economics Similar JMC558 Media Economics
MAC602 Major Media Business Similar JMC557 Media Business
MAC608 Major New Media Similar JMC617 New Media
MAC609 Major Emerging Media Similar JMC560 Mobile Media
MAC610 Major Entertainment Industry  Similar JMC902 Entertainment Industry
MAC615 Major Media Entrepreneurship New    
MAC616 Major Media Policy and Regulation Similar JMC587 Media Policy and Regulation
MAC622 Major Media Industries Seminar Similar JMC559 Seminar of Information and Telecommunication
MAC631 Major History and Theories of Cultural Studies Similar JMC593 Introduction to Critical Cultural Studies
MAC632 Major Topics in Cultural Studies Similar JMC582 Media and Cultural Theories
MAC633 Major Cultural Studies’ Approaches to Media Production Similar JMC622 Media Production Theory
MAC634 Major Cultural Studies’ Approaches to the Audience Theories Similar JMC568 Cultural Studies Approaches to the Audience Theories
MAC638 Major Film Theories Similar JMC561 Popular Film Theories
MAC639 Major Documentary Studies Similar JMC564 Cultural Studies Approaches to Documentary Film
MAC640 Major Broadcasting Media Theories Similar JMC578 Theories of Broadcasting
MAC641 Major Criticism of Visual Culture Contents Similar JMC588 Film/TV Production Theories and Aesthetics
MAC645 Major Entertainment and Media Similar JMC901 Entertainment and Media
MAC646 Major Sports and Media New    
MAC647 Major Global Communication and Hallyu Similar JMC602 International Communication
MAC652 Major Visual Media Seminar Similar JMC566 Seminar in Film Theory
JMC594 Studies in Television Culture
MAC653 Major Entertainment Media Seminar Similar JMC910 Special Topics in Entertainment I
MAC661 Major Statistical Analysis of Communication Data I Similar JMC579 Data Analysis Method in Communication I
MAC662 Major Statistical Analysis of Communication Data II Similar JMC551 Data Analysis Method in Communication II
MAC668 Major Understanding of Big-Data & Applications Similar JMC827 Big Data, Understanding and Application
MAC669 Major Media Data Science New    
MAC670 Major Media Analytics Programming New    
MAC675 Major Media Data-Mining New    
MAC682 Major Media Data Analysis Seminar Similar JMC826 Special Topics on Data Analysis


※ Courses that are reorganized as similar courses cannot be taken again due to their course codes are assigned together, Therefore, the credits one gets for such courses will not be recognized. 

Ex) If a student who took JMC501 Communication Theory in 2019's spring semester took MAC501 Communication Theories in 2019's fall semester, since the two courses are techincally assigned together, the credits for MAC501 Communication Theories will not be recognized. 



Major Common Courses


MAC 501

Communication Theories


This course provides basic concepts, methods of hypothesis testing, and theory construction of various journalism and communication phenomena in the 21st century modern society. The course also discusses functions and roles that mass media have played and will go in-depth on the cross-cultural influence that mass media have had on individuals, groups, communities, nations, and overall global society. In addition, the class will look into the impact mass media have had over diverse political and economic systems. 

MAC 503


Research Methods


Introducing the fundamentals of social research, this course helps students understand how philosophical paradigms, theories and research methods interact with each other. Students will be able to conduct empirical research by learning the basic principles and procedures of quantitative methods, such as survey, experiment and content analysis, and qualitative methods, such as ethnography, phenomenology, grounded theory and case studies. 

MAC 508

Media Philosophy


Discussion on both ontological and epistemological foundation of human communication and the media is the principal focus of this course. The departures of discussion are: Marshall McLuhan and re-mediation theories for the media ontology; and the Frankfurt School and critical social philosophy for the media epistemology. Discussions reach an inquiry of critical social theories and their ‘value’ debates on human being, communication and the media in modern and post-modern contexts.

MAC 509

Media History


Diverse areas of the media and communication are critically reviewed from the perspective of historical studies. Essential point of departure is the development of media technologies seen in social history. The course ends with the case studies of media history from institutional history and/or micro-history approaches.

MAC 510

Media Laws


This course analyzes legal cases and ethical issues in the media industry from the perspective of laws. In particular, topics include freedom of press, defamation, privacy, copyrights, rights to know, rights to be forgotten, and other issues related to day-to-day journalism.

MAC 515

Qualitative Research

Methods in Media Studies


Epistemological foundations and methodological guidelines of such qualitative research methods as philosophical, historical, literature, and anthropological approaches will be discussed in this course. Deep understanding of historical document studies, micro-historical studies, textual analysis, discourse analysis, ethnography, in-depth interview and focus group interview will empower the students to be equipped with a capability for any qualitative data-based academic writing.

MAC 516

Media Research Paper Writing


This class is designed to provide a general overview of how to research in Communication and related fields. With detailed discussion on the types and plans of research, students will learn 1) how to choose research topics and develop ideas, 2) various ways to examine the topics and ideas, 3) types of research that can be applicable to their chosen fields, and 4) how to prepare manuscripts.

MAC 522

Communication Theories Seminar


This course provides an in-depth discussion of various communication theories and elaborates their theoretical and methodological applications on specific research problems. Class participants must explicate their major research concepts and test their theoretical models by innovatively using analytical tool boxes. This course is required for doctoral students. Advanced master students are able to participate in the class for new theory development. This class requires advanced conceptual thinking and pragmatic theory building efforts.

MAC 524 Communication Research Methods Seminar 3

Students learn advanced quantitative research designs and methods, thereby producing a research paper that can be published in an academic journal. As a requirement for doctoral students, this course may focus on content analysis method for one semester, survey research method for another and so on.



Major Courses

   [ Media & Society ]

MAC 531

Media and Gender


This course discusses important theoretical approaches to media and gender and enables students to analyze critical issues of media and gender in contemporary Korean society.

MAC 532

Media and Multicultural Society


This course examines how media perpetuate differences and discusses the role of media that can contribute to equality of diverse groups of people in multicultural society.

MAC 538

Media and Democracy


Based upon diverse theories and models of democracy, this course discusses the normative roles of the media in depth. Particularly, students will understand the philosophical foundations and principles of deliberative and participatory democracy and explore how to utilize various media platforms to improve the democratic qualities of a society.

MAC 539

Political Communication


This course is a comprehensive overview of key theoretical and methodological approaches and main research foci in the field of political communication. Particularly, students will understand the mechanisms underlying individuals’ political behavior and analyze how the media come into play in the process from interdisciplinary perspectives.

MAC 545

Digital Journalism


This class encourages students to discuss how traditional journalism has been transformed in the digital era. Students explore prominent cases of news either digital or mobile and reinterpret the role and meaning of journalism.

MAC 546

Literature in Journalism


Reading a diversity of literature related to the journalist and news, students learn the principles and norms of journalism and explore theories of the function and role of journalism. The class is also focused on how to theorize the relationship between news and society as well as journalism and democracy.

MAC 552

Media & Politics Seminar


This course overviews most up-to-date theoretical and practical issues with regard to the media’s political roles and their influence at various levels. Students will implement an original research project regarding an important phenomenon of media and politics, using a quantitative, qualitative or mixed-methods approach.

MAC 553

Journalism Seminar

3 Students explore new trends and experiments in journalism and discuss the meanings they have for a society. Students can either conduct her/his own case study individually or perform a team project.


   [ Media & Individual ]


MAC 561

Theories of Media Effects

3 This course is designed to address a diverse range of topics relevant to media effects occurring at various levels. While understanding the concept of effects as a conclusive and multifaceted one, this course will review a variety of theories from different academic fields, such as journalism & communication, psychology, sociology, political science, and so on. This course will also discuss the most important and controversial topics directly or indirectly related to the phenomena of media effects in the continuously evolving media landscape.

MAC 562

Persuasive Communication


Students learn the classic and contemporary theories related to source, message, medium, and audience factors that influence persuasion outcomes. Based on theoretical knowledge, students understand persuasion in interpersonal and mass-mediated contexts, which have practical implications for persuasion.

MAC 563

Interpersonal Communication

3 This course examines theory and research on the role of communication in the development, maintenance, and termination of interpersonal relationships. The course consists of an overview of the major (meta-) theoretical approaches to understanding interpersonal communication. Then, the course will take on a topical organization, roughly tracking the progression of relationships from initiation through termination. Several topics relevant to communication and relationships (e.g., love, conflict, and message production and interpretation) will be explored in depth. 

MAC 564

Intercultural Communication

3 Intercultural communication pertains to interactions among people with different cultural backgrounds. This course is designed to increase students’ familiarity with current theory and research in the area of intercultural communication. We will discuss various topics relevant to intercultural communication including culture, identity, verbal/nonverbal communication, language barrier, conflict and stereotypes/prejudices.

MAC 568

Theories of Advertising


This course covers the basic concepts, the major theories, and the practice of advertising in the economic, social, cultural, and media environments of modern society. Students will gain basic knowledge about advertising by understanding the basic principles of advertising study and the entire process of advertising planning, production, research and media strategies. Especially, this course focuses on the theoretical approach to understanding the mechanism underlying advertising effects and the factors influencing them and looks into the social and cultural influences of advertising.

MAC 569

Consumer Behavior


This course is designed to comprehend the systematic and comprehensive concepts and frameworks for understanding and analyzing consumer behavior. Students will learn key concepts and theories from a psychological perspective with focus consumer's decision-making process, such as motivation, information processing, family, group and cultural influences, and word of mouth communication. Furthermore, this course investigates the factors that influence consumer behavior by integrating various knowledge of adjacent studies, such as sociology, and discusses the way that apply them in real-life situations.

MAC 570

Advertising Media Planning


As the media environment changes, advertising effectively approaches target consumers via a diverse range of media, including the Internet, mobile and other digital media, as well as legacy media such as TV, newspapers, magazines, and radio. This course covers the key concepts and theories necessary to understand the nature of various advertising media, the relationship between advertising and media, the planning and execution of media strategy, and the assessment of the effectiveness of advertising in various media. Practical implications of such practices are also discussed.

MAC 571

Entertainment and Strategic Communication


This course focuses on the causes and consequences of consuming and producing entertainment contents. Specifically, students will learn the cultural, social, and psychological factors related to using entertainment contents, and the effects.We will discuss practical strategies to apply entertainment contents in strategic campaigns.

MAC 575

Public Relations Theories


Students strengthen their theoretical base of public relations by learning basic concepts, perspectives and recent research findings. The acquired theoretical knowledge combined with practical knowledge derived from in-depth case studies enables students to better understand and solve communication problems of organizations in private and public sectors. Students will contribute to theoretical development of public relations by designing and completing a research project.

MAC 576

Health Communication 


This course focuses on how health issues are shown in the media such as news, advertising, and entertainment contents, and how these media messages affect users’ health-related cognitions, attitudes, and behaviors. Based on an understanding of constructed reality in the media and the users’ subjective reality, practical strategies for health campaigns are discussed.

MAC 577

Issues Management and Crisis Communication


This course introduces theories and research findings of crisis communication and issues management. Examples of class discussion topics include actual cases of crises, conflicts, and issues of both private and public organizations, those organizations’ communication strategies and their possible effects on the public’s cognition, attitude, and behavior. Students will learn to design a research project to propose effective public-centered communication solutions to organizational problems.

MAC 582

Advertising Seminar


The rapidly changing social and media environments create new themes and the need for new theories about advertising. With focus on a specific topic related to advertising, this course examines and discuss relevant phenomena and theories in depth. Especially, this course is designed to develop academic and practical understanding of the selected topic area through in-depth discussions of the latest theories.

MAC 583

Public Relations Seminar


This is a special topics course designed to investigate new theoretical developments in public relations and to timely address a variety of public relations issues that may emerge with social, cultural, technological, and organizational changes.


   [ Media & Industry ]


MAC 601

Media Economics


This course examines the media industries from an economic point of view. It provides microeconomic foundations, industrial organization models and antitrust tools needed to understand media firms, industries and policies.

MAC 602

Media Business


This course introduces fundamental concepts and theories of management as well as recent business cases in media field. Through the course, students will not only be able to analyze media business cases, but also have insights in the media industry.

MAC 608

New Media


This course introduces concepts of new media as well as its impact on society as exploring diverse cases and studies of digital technology-driven innovation in media field. Students will learn how digital communication technologies are affecting individuals’ daily life and are transforming businesses and society.

MAC 609

Emerging Media


This course gives an systematic understanding of emerging media, including virtual reality, artificial intelligence algorithm, robot, smart car and smart home, which will bring not only technological innovation but also business potentials and social, cultural and legal challenges.

MAC 610

Entertainment Industry 


This course provides an opportunity for studying global entertainment industry, including music, movie, game and broadcasting, and developing new research agenda. In particular, this course focuses on so-called interdisciplinary approach to understand the evolution and convergence of entertainment industry.

MAC 615

Media Entrepreneurship


This course will focus on the role of entrepreneurship in the new global digital media ecosystem. In addition, this course will explore the roles and examples of entrepreneurs in finding and developing new businesses from existing but untapped market opportunities by responding to changing technology, markets, and user needs.

MAC 616

Media Policy and Regulation


This course examines the law, institution, regulation, and policy issues in various media sectors. Topics may include media diversity and ownership/entry regulation, contents/advertising regulation, access regulation, re-transmission policies, competition policies, etc.

MAC 622

Media Industries Seminar


This is a specialized seminar-format class designed to discuss specific frontier topics related to media industries. The topics may vary semester by semester.



  [ Media Cultural Content ]

MAC 631

History and Theories of Cultural Studies


This course starts from the discussion on historical origin and development, and essential key words of Cultural Studies, since the 1960s. Some significant subjects of Cultural Studies will be elaborated in conjunction with their conceptual and theoretical implications.

MAC 632

Topics in Cultural Studies


The course introduces important topics in the study of media and cultural studies and encourages students to investigate various media and cultural phenomena.

MAC 633

Cultural Studies’ Approaches to Media Production


This is an advanced course to contemplate the role of media producers in culture. With social, cultural, and economic backgrounds, it aims to understand the places media producers claim and the implication they have in the current society. The subjects of theoretical discussion in class include producers in the broadcasting sector in the traditional sense as well as prosumers emerging in the digital era.

MAC 634

Cultural Studies’ Approaches to the Audience Theories


This course explores media and audience from cultural studies perspectives. Through various research methods, students explore audiences who consume, use, and read media and popular culture.

MAC 638

Film Theories


This course provides a complete overview on film history and theories. Discussion on the history of film technologies, and of commercial and independent films will be followed by theoretical arguments on film industry, narrative, author, genre, star, post-modern theories and so on.

MAC 639

Documentary Studies


Through theory and production, the course examines how documentary constructs reality and discusses the role of documentary as alternative media.

MAC 640

Broadcasting Media Theories


This is an introductory course, surveying various theories related to broadcasting. It purports to understand social and cultural implication of broadcasting, while examining broadcasting from the past to those of contemporary society including various forms of the Internet-distribution services.

MAC 641

Criticism of Visual Culture Contents


Basic concepts and theories essential for the critique or meta-critique of diverse visual cultures will be discussed. On the basis of key concepts and theories, an individual or group case study of visual culture criticism will be conducted.

MAC 645

Entertainment and Media


This is a seminar course to understand the relationship between media and entertainment, as it emerges one of the most critical phenomena nowadays in media. To critically approach the relationship, the subjects include various content such as reality shows, talk shows and drama, to name a few.

MAC 646

Sports and Media


This course analyses the main features and future prospective of media that perform various functions in the areas of contents, technology, narrative, and users of sports/e-sports industries.

MAC 647

Global Communication and Hallyu


This course is to survey theories of globalization and media, especially focusing on the popularity of content from Korea. By examining so-called Hallyu, the class is to understand critically the phenomena and importance of global communication.

MAC 652

Visual Media Seminar


This is a topic seminar geared toward updating the theories of broadcasting and visual contents reflecting the interests of each semester. The topic dealt in each semester can vary.

MAC 653

Entertainment Media Seminar


This is a topic seminar geared toward updating the theories of media and entertainment reflecting the interests of each semester. The topic dealt in each semester can vary.



 [ Media Data Science ]

MAC 661

Statistical Analysis of Communication Data I


This class is designed to provide a general overview of data management and analysis, basic statistics, and reports of results. Students will learn statistical techniques popularly used in Media and Communication field. When students have completed this course, they will be able to read and understand empirical research, analyze data, and report findings.

MAC 662

Statistical Analysis of Communication Data II


This course provides an overview of intermediate statistical techniques for communication research. For example, statistical techniques examining moderators or mediators will be discussed in depth. Additionally, other statistical techniques will be introduced as needs arise.

MAC 668

Understanding of Big-Data & Applications


This course will focus on Big-Data, one of important forces for future society, and historical, technological, industrial impacts will be discussed. Also, for students’ research works, specific big-data applications and research studies will be analyzed.

MAC 669

Media Data Science


This introductory course of data science aims to understand important concepts and various issues in the field of emerging data-based industries and sciences. It also includes a comprehensive review of literature and research.

MAC 670

Media Analytics Programming


Designed to study the basic grammar of programming language, for its particular use for web data collection and analysis (Pre-required: Media Data Science).

MAC 675

Media Data-Mining


This course introduces various multivariate and data mining techniques to extract meaning from data related to media. It covers a variety of data mining problems, such as classification, prediction, clustering, and data visualization. Students will learn how to apply diverse analytical techniques in media research.

MAC 682

Media Data Analysis Seminar


This course aims to discuss various issues of media-related data domains, and tackles to apply data scientific methods to analyze (big) media data and then makes students to write their own research papers.