UGEC2634 Media and Social Development in Mainland China

Course UGEC2634 Media and Social Development in Mainland China







Dr. Kevin Latham
University of London

Seasoned lecturer specialized in social anthropology and anthropology of media

Teacher Dr. Kevin Latham
Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology,
Department of Anthropology and Sociology, SOAS,
University of London
Visiting Scholar, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Course Description The course is designed around two major themes, namely media and social development in Mainland China since the founding of the People’s Republic in 1949. Using key concepts and theories from the political economy of media and developmental communication studies, it introduces students to different periods of media reform and social change from the era of Chairman Mao to the period of “harmonious society”. Emphasis is attached to post-1989 media regulatory systems, media industrialization, and their influence on the meeting of such developmental goals as poverty alleviation, democratization, and communication empowerment.The course will examine Mainland China’s key media sectors including the printing press (newspapers and magazines), film and broadcasting media (radio and TV), and new networked communication tools (Internet and mobile phone) as well as alternative social formations through Internet activism, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and transnational developmental projects. The course will identify and discuss several ongoing debates, and the ensuing actions, held by different stakeholders, including governmental officials, media producers, educators, activists, international agencies, and the general audiences. Wider implications to public policy will be identified. There will also be discussions of current affairs related to media and social development in the country.

Students will be able to describe the key characteristics of contemporary Mainland Chinese media and their roles in facilitating or obstructing development towards the ideals of a “new China”.

Remark(s) Not for Journalism and Communication Majors and CUHK students who have taken COMM2140.
Co-requisite: UGFH1000 or UGFN1000 (only applicable to CUHK students admitted to the 4-year curriculum).