CCCH9017

People, propaganda and profit: Understanding media in China

Offer semester
1st semester

Lecture time
Wednesday 16:30 - 18:20

Lecture venue
CPD-3.28

Course description

This course utilizes media studies and sociology theories and engages students in a cross-disciplinary investigation on the social implications of the changing media environment in China. By analyzing various forms of media and communication, including newspapers, television, film, advertising, the arts, and new media, this course examines the subtleties and dynamic interplay of evolving political, economic, and social forces and their prospects for the transformation of mass media and culture in China.

Course learning outcomes

  1. Identify and describe major factors that transformed China’s media from a vehicle of mass propaganda to mass communication.
  2. Assess the limitations of unfettered media commercialization and profit making within continued Party ideological domination.
  3. Describe the emerging of the people’s voice via the rise of new media, other diverse media and popular culture forms and analyze its contribution to the development of China’s nascent civil society.
  4. Critically analyze the on-going debate concerning media autonomy and Party control by applying various media studies and sociology theories covered.

Assessment

TasksWeighting
Group project30%
Individual assignment40%
Tutorial Facilitation/presentation and participation30%

Required reading

De Burgh, H. (2020). Chapter 1 China Comes Out. In China’s media in the emerging world order (Second ed.)(pp 8-37). London, England: University of Buckingham Press. http://find.lib.hku.hk/record=HKU_IZ51633325550003414

Dong, T., Liang, C., & He, X. (2017). Social media and internet public events. Telematics and Informatics, 34(3), 726-739. https://www-sciencedirect- com.eproxy.lib.hku.hk/science/article/pii/S0736585316302933?via%3Dihub

Edwards, D., & Svensson, M. (2017). Show us life and make us think: engagement, witnessing and activism in independent Chinese documentary today. Studies in Documentary Film, 11(3), 161-169. https://doi-org.eproxy.lib.hku.hk/10.1080/17503280.2017.1354504

Fu, J. (2021). Chapter 2 Citizenship in China. In Digital Citizenship in China – Everyday Online Practices of Chinese Young People (pp. 39-63)(1st ed. 2021.. ed., Perspectives on Children and Young People, 12). https://link-springer-com.eproxy.lib.hku.hk/book/10.1007%2F978-981-16-5532-6

Harwit, E. (2017). WeChat: Social and political development of China’s dominant messaging app. Chinese Journal of Communication, 10(3), 312-327. https://doi- org.eproxy.lib.hku.hk/10.1080/17544750.2016.1213757

Lei, Y. W. (2016). Freeing the press: How field environment explains critical news reporting in China. American Journal of Sociology, 122(1), 1-48. https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/pdfplus/10.1086/686697

Luo, A. J. (2015). Media system in China: A Chinese perspective. International Communication of Chinese Culture, 2(1), 49-67. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40636-015-0012-3

Lou, S., & Cheng, H. (2017). Advertising in China: global implications and impacts. In China’s Media

Go Global (pp. 259-273). Routledge. http://find.lib.hku.hk/record=HKU_IZ51633635480003414

Meng, B. (2018). The Cultural Politics of the Entertainment Media In The politics of Chinese media: consensus and contestation (pp. 105-125). Springer. https://link-springer- com.eproxy.lib.hku.hk/book/10.1057%2F978-1-137-46214-5

Shao, G., Lu, J., & Hao, Y. (2016). Assessing China’s media reform. Asian Perspective, 40(1), 27-50.

https://search-proquest-com.eproxy.lib.hku.hk/docview/1766245405?accountid=14548

Wang, M. (2017). The socially engaged practices of artists in contemporary China. Journal of Visual Art Practice, 16(1), 15-38. https://doi-org.eproxy.lib.hku.hk/10.1080/14702029.2016.1179443

Xu, J., & Sun, W. (2018). Media since 1949: Changes and continuities. The Sage Handbook of Contemporary China. https://opus.lib.uts.edu.au/bitstream/10453/133149/1/Published%20version%20Chapter%2055.pdf

Zhao, Y. (2013). China’s Quest for “Soft Power”: Imperatives, Impediments and Irreconcilable Tensions?. Javnost-The Public20(4), 17-29.

Recommended reading

Cheek, T. (2006). Living with reform: China since 1989. Zed Books. https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/HKUHK/detail.action?docID=332941

Fu, J. (2021). Digital Citizenship in China – Everyday Online Practices of Chinese Young People (pp. 39-63)(1st ed. 2021.. ed., Perspectives on Children and Young People, 12). https://link-springer-com.eproxy.lib.hku.hk/book/10.1007%2F978-981-16-5532-6

Course co-ordinator and teachers