Faculty of Arts


Contemporary Chinese Media


How has the rapid economic growth of the past three decades transformed Chinese society in general and Chinese media in particular? How has the increasing commercialisation of Chinese media reconfigured the relationship between the state and the media? What are the media interactions inside the Greater China Area of Hong Kong, Taiwan and the Mainland? What is the role that contemporary Chinese media play in the global communication system? This course sets to consider these questions and beyond.

Through investigating a range of media formats in relation to media policies and media production, media circulation and media consumption, the course examines the development and transformation of media and communication practices in the contemporary Chinese context. Study topics include culture and tourism, reception of Jin Yong and Qiong Yao, advertising and environmental issues, cyberculture and youth media consumption, rock ’n’ roll music and reality TV, blockbuster movie and live performance of light-and-sound spectacles.

Course Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the course are expected to

  • Develop a comprehensive knowledge about the largest national media system in the world
  • Better understand the conceptual and theoretical elements of Media Studies
  • Increase awareness of the significance of creative cultural industry
  • Have the capacity to use databases to support independent research on set topics
  • Increase the ability to apply information to develop a distinctive critical voice
  • Enhance communication skills in a globalised context


Coursework only

Availability 2021

Summer School


Coordinator(s) Dr Xuelin Zhou


MEDIA 301: 15.0 points


30 points at stage II in Media, Film and Television or Communication



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