Critical issues of media, culture and creative cities

Offer semester
2nd semester

Lecture time
Tuesday 19:00 – 21:50

Lecture venue

Course description

This course will provide an overview of some critical issues of media, culture, and creative cities. The purpose is to shed light on specific expressions of far-reaching concerns in our media-driven world. We do so by drawing on key concepts and empirical findings from the social sciences and related disciplines. We also use a comparative approach, in part to clarify local and regional dynamics. Topics include cultural identity and representation, soft power, narrative, media industries, creativity and the imagination, and fandom. Through various case studies and with guest speakers, we will evaluate issues that face professionals in urban media and creative industries. Class discussion is an important part of this course.

Course learning outcomes

  • Identify critical issues of media, culture, and creative cities.
  • Acquire the capability to meaningfully analyze theoretical and public discourse on media, culture and creative cities. Identify arguments and evidence in readings.
  • Critically evaluate comparisons between the local, regional, and global expression of course issues.
  • Engage with media and creative practitioners in productive dialogues.


Group Presentation15%
Final Paper50%

Required reading

Nye, Joseph. 2011. Soft Power. The Future of Power.

Yoshiko, Nakano. Shared Memories: Japanese Pop Culture in China. Soft Power Superpowers: Cultural and National Assets of Japan and the United States.

Anthony YH Fung. 2019. Fandomization of Online Video or Television in China. Media, Culture & Society.

Hesmondhalgh, David and Sarah Baker. 2013. Creative Labor: Media Work in Three Cultural Industries. Selected Chapters.

Recommended reading

Lindtner, Silvia. 2020. Prototype Nation: China and the Contested Promise of Innovation.

Inda, Jonathan Xavier and Renato Rosaldo. 2007. Tracking Global Flows. The Anthropology of Globalization: A Reader.

Course co-ordinator and teachers