This course aims to facilitate students to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills they acquired through the MCCC programme. In collaboration with community partners (CPs) in the field of media and culture, students have to conduct a research project in two semesters in a group of three students under the supervision of an academic supervisor assigned by the department. Each group has to develop a research topic relating to the field of media, culture and creative cities with its supervisor or to select one research topic suggested by its CP. Each group is required to prepare a research proposal, two progress reports, one presentation of its project and a research report.
A curated collection of past students’ final capstone reports is available on the HKU Scholars’ Hub.
A comprehensive list of titles of past student projects is also available.
We have excellent connections to the practitioners and non-governmental bodies in the fields of media, culture, and creative cities, providing exceptionally strong external links for research and teaching input, especially in the capstone project. Below are the community partners who have agreed to participate in our programme:
- AIDS Concern 關懷愛滋
- Craft Beer Association of Hong Kong
- Gay Games
- Green Monday 綠色星期一
- Grey and Pride 晚同牽
- HKU Centre for Sports and Exercise
- Hong Kong Ceramics Research Society 香港陶瓷研究會
- Hong Kong Children’s Musical Theatre 香港兒童音樂劇團
- Spicy Fish Cultural Production (Fleurs des lettres) 字花
- St. James’ Creation 藝想
- Utopia Cantonese Opera Workshop 桃花源粵劇工作舍
- Vision Sai Kung 貢想
- West Kowloon Cultural District Authority 西九文化區管理局 – Freespace 自由空間
- West Kowloon Cultural District Authority 西九文化區管理局 – Performing Arts
- WOW Music 維高文化
- Young Master Brewery 少爺啤
Please note the availability of community partners varies from year-to-year.
Course learning outcomes
Upon completion of the capstone project, students should be able to:
- Conduct academic research in collaboration with a community partner;
- Integrate and apply the knowledge acquired from the programme to collect and analyze data;
- Demonstrate a thorough understanding of theories related to media, culture and creative cities through presenting their research findings;
- Develop analytical skills and critical thinking through producing a research report.
Course co-ordinator and teachers
Travis S K KongAssociate ProfessorResearch interests: Gender and sexuality studies, Cultural and media studies, Contemporary social theory, Qualitative research methods
Carmen K M TongLecturerResearch interests: Education and schooling, Gender and sexualities, Self and identity, Media and cultural studies, Human-animal relationships
Gary P F WongLecturerResearch interests: Contemporary China, Cultural history of Hong Kong, Henri Lefebvre, Media studies and popular culture in Asia, Public housing, Social mobility
Victor K W ShinAssistant ProfessorResearch interests: Cultural sociology, Economic sociology, Comparative capitalism, Organization and institution
Tom McDonaldAssociate ProfessorResearch interests: Anthropology, China, Credit/debt, Communications, Digital money, Internet, Social media, Technology
Tsang Ling TungDemonstratorResearch interests: Identity, Race and ethnicity, Gender, Sociology of sport
The best part of this course is that students were granted freedom to explore any topic that we are interested in using mainly qualitative research methods. The data collection process provides a journey to truly experience the cultural aspects and discourses of a particular topic within the context of Hong Kong and Asia.
– Elizabeth Wang, year 2 MSocSc Media, Culture & Creative Cities student