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[pic] Course Description

This course aims to provide students with a critical introduction to popular culture in Hong Kong. Students will learn to assess for themselves the form, meaning and significance of popular culture, as well as to analyse the formation of cultural and social identity of Hong Kong people through concrete case studies. Students will study popular culture as something more than leisurely entertainment: it is a cultural process already inscribed in relations of power. Students will be asked to analyse the politics of Hong Kong popular culture in its particular historical and geopolitical conditions: marginal, postcolonial, postmodern, cosmopolitan, transnational and perpetually transiting. The course will draw on, but not limited to these critical perspectives: postcolonial criticism, postmodernist reading, gender theory, media and cinema studies. Specific topics will be selected from such areas as: the changing cultural status of Hong Kong through the post-war decades, Western and Asian influences and the transformation of indigenous culture, cinema as mass entertainment, the consumption and politics of popular music, electronic media, and the printed media, etc.

[pic] Intended Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to reason about for themselves the significance of Hong Kong popular culture in everyday life in the local, as well as broadly in the East-Asian and Euro-American contexts. Specifically students will be able to:

1. discuss various aspects of popular culture in conceptual terms; 2. use a set of critical tools to delineate and discuss the forms, themes and meanings of Hong Kong popular culture; and to describe and debate in a theoretically and historically informed manner the formation of cultural and social identity in contemporary Hong Kong society, with an awareness and understanding of the cosmopolitan characteristics of the city; 3. demonstrate a reflective, critical attitude toward their everyday cultural encounters that are predominated by popular forms that are more often than not globally popular.

[pic] Assessment

Students will be graded on the basis of 100% Continuous Assessment.

|1 |Tutorial |Outcomes 1 |30% | |2 |Mid-term assignment: Cultural history project |Outcomes 3 |30% | |3 |Final examination |Outcomes 2 |30% | |4 |Active Class Participation (including Attendance) |Outcomes 1, 2, 3 |10% | | |TOTAL | |100% |

[pic] Important Dates

15 FebSubmit group lists
15 MarMid-term assignment: Cultural history project due

[pic] Attendance Policy

Your regular attendance and punctuality are obviously important for your learning. Attendance will be taken RANDOMLY FROM TIME TO TIME, including during tutorials. Each ‘unexcused’ absence will cost you 4 points! An absence is ‘unexcused’ when it is not due to illness, official engagement in university functions (e.g. sports competition), or family duties. If you have any questions at all about whether an absence is excused or unexcused, please talk to me.

[pic] Plagiarism Policy

As in all classes at Lingnan, PLAGIARISM WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. “Plagiarism” refers to “the stealing of writings of another as one’s own without crediting the source.”

The Department’s Plagiarism Policy is as follows:

(1) PLAGIARISM IS AN UNACCEPTABLE MISCONDUCT WITH GRAVE CONSEQUENCES. According to the University “Regulations Governing Discipline of students”, “collusion, falsification of data, and plagiarism in written assignment” is a misconduct which may...
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