Spring 2023 - CMNS 445 D100
Media and Popular Culture in China (4)
Class Number: 1418
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Fr 12:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 6125, Burnaby
Prerequisites:75 units. Recommended: CMNS 201W (201 or 260), CMNS 202 (or 262), CMNS 230, CMNS 240, CMNS 310, CMNS 331 and CMNS 346.
An exploration of the media and popular culture scene in reform-era China. A wide range of media and popular culture forms and practices are analyzed in their concrete institutional settings and dynamic relationships with official ideologies, market imperatives, and the everyday struggles and cultural sensitivities of various social groups during a period of epochal transformation in China.
This course will contribute to students positioning their selves as critical producers and consumers of knowledge on China. Beginning with challenges to the privileging of technology in analyses of ‘media’ and critiques of the market definition of “popular culture” the course will engage both how popular China is commonly received, as well as engaging the power dynamics involved in the recognition and remaking of popular culture within China. A wide range of media and popular culture forms and practices will be analyzed in their concrete institutional settings and dynamic relationships with official ideologies, market imperatives, and the everyday struggles and cultural sensibilities of various Chinese social groups, during a period of epochal transformation in the country. Emphasis will be placed on the continuities and changes, both in the political economic structure and ideological orientations of Chinese media, and in popular culture processes and practices. The global dimension of China’s rapidly evolving media and popular culture scene will also be explored in relation to the country’s accelerated integration with the global market system, on the one hand, and the continuation of socialist practices, which have, in part, inspired a ‘rural turn’ in global communication studies, on the other.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
- Awareness of self as a producer of knowledge on popular culture and media from China.
- Familiarity with the institutions and dynamics of China’s media systems as they have contributed to China’s nation-building.
- Ability to discuss the role of commercialized media and cultural industries in the process of legitimation in post-Maoist market reforms.
- Ability to debate cultural politics, social conflicts, and resistance in concrete historical, political, cultural, and socio-economic contexts in reform-era China.
- Seminar Participation 20%
- Popular Media Contribution and Theoretical Justification (approx. 5 pages) - Feb 17 20%
- Class Presentation 20%
- Final Research Paper (10-12 pages) - Dec 9 40%
Weekly readings will be made available on Canvas.
REQUIRED READING NOTES:
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