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Hong Kong: Community and cultural policy in the global context

This course is not offered for study in the current academic year.

Course description

Hong Kong is culturally vibrant. Its popular culture and cultural industry is one of a kind. There is a strong ethos in spontaneous creativity and freedom of expression, as seen on the Internet and in social movements. Beyond the spectacles and the flares and glares, there are also well-established performing arts, literary arts and visual arts, long-term dedicated efforts in community cultural development and other fringe, experimental arts and cultural practices. The government has also been ambitiously constructing venues and infrastructures in recent years. Nonetheless, all these have been happening without a coherent and elaborate overall cultural policy, and one may find this dilemma quite perplexing.

This course, therefore, introduces a comprehensive survey of key aspects of cultural policy, historical origins of relevant concepts and discourses, and existing justifications of policy formulation and administrative decisions. A special emphasis will be put on relating a body of international academic literature on the subject to the local conditions of Hong Kong. In fact, cultural policy is becoming a subject of growing interest in Hong Kong’s public arena, due to a global spread of cultural emphasis in contemporary societies, and public debates on issues related to the subject are proliferating. To equip students to make sense and participate in those debates, students will meet veteran as well as emerging art administrators, artists and cultural workers, who will be invited to lectures as guest speakers.

Course learning outcomes

  1. Acquire the capability to comprehend meaningfully current public debates on cultural policy.
  2. Obtain in-depth knowledge on Hong Kong’s cultural policy in relation to its political mode.
  3. Engage with arts and culture practitioners in productive dialogues.
  4. Construct original and educated arguments on cultural policy.
  5. Enable students to reflect on their own arts and culture experience through creative work.


Attendance and Participation10%
Tutorial Group Presentation20%
Creative Work25%
Final Paper Outline5%
Final Paper40%

Required reading

A list of additional required and recommended readings for for each lecture topic will be made available on the Moodle

Course co-ordinator and teachers

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