Korean Sport Media and Culture

Go behind the scenes of the aftermath of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games and learn the method behind the production and media coverage of a global sporting event. Korean Sport Media and Culture is a four-credit, semester-long course during spring semester that examines the global sports media industry through the lens of the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. This class includes spring break travel to Seoul.

Taught by assistant professor Lauren Smith, the course introduces students to the integration of sports into Korean culture and the consumption and production of Korean sports media. Students will gain this insight through course readings and meetings on-site with Korean-based journalists, sport executives and scholars. With a fast-growing media market and the country’s strong traditions in soccer, baseball and Taekwondo, sports have influenced Korean culture even before the Winter Olympics and will continue to do so afterward.

Students will produce multimedia content based on their experiences abroad.

Availability of this course is pending approval by the Office of Overseas Study.


To apply for the course, you must:

  • be on track to be a sophomore by credit hours (30 hours completed) by the end of fall 2017 semester.
  • have a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • be on track to be admitted to The Media School by the end of the fall 2017 semester.
  • be on track to have completed either MSCH-C218 (Sports, Media and Society) or MSCH-C227 (Introduction to Sports Media) by the end of the fall 2017 semester.

Master’s degree students also may be eligible to take the class for graduate credit. Contact Amy Cornell, director of student services, for more information.


The full cost for this program is $3,550.

The course fee covers round-trip transportation from Bloomington, lodging, all required activities, health insurance and some meals. We recommend students have at least $400 available during the trip to cover meals and personal expenses. These expenses can be reduced through other scholarships and grants, such as the Hutton International Experiences grant.