COMM2140 Media and Social Development in Mainland China

Course COMM2140 Media and Social Development in Mainland China  




Class Time Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 16:30 – 19:15 (GMT+8)
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Teacher Professor Kecheng FANG
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”.

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COMM2140 is double-coded with UGEC2634. Not for CUHK students who have taken UGEC2634.


Professor Kecheng FANG is an Assistant Professor at the CUHK School of Journalism and Communication. His research interests include journalism, political communication, and digital media. He received his PhD from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. He was also a political journalist at the Chinese newspaper Southern Weekly. Professor FANG is a YouTuber and writes frequently on media and politics for newspapers and websites.