Social Sciences Media & Communication
This programme will focus on key debates on popular culture and cultural consumption in relation to the media. Issues of pleasure, politics, meaning and value will be raised in connection with a range of cultural forms. Situated historically in the twentieth century, the programme analyses the development of mass culture as a socio-economic form, and as a term emerging in relation to other media forms, such as Hollywood movies, television programmes, music, art, print and new media. A range of theoretical perspectives will inform the analysis. The consumption of popular culture is addressed through recent ethnographic and qualitative work on audiences.
QF Level: 6
QR Registration No.: 19/000088/L6
Validity Period: from 01 Feb 2019 to on-going
Intended Learning Outcomes
On completion of the certificate for module, students should be able to
- critically analyse the ways in which popular culture contributes to experiences and perceptions of daily life;
- critically review the processes in the production and consumption of popular culture texts;
- identify politicised and ideological constructions within popular culture texts;
- critically review and apply a range of scholarly debates and theoretical approaches in the analysis of popular cultural texts.
1. Studying and Theorising Popular Culture
- Introduction: Approaches to the Study of Popular Culture
- Globalisation and Popular Culture
- Postmodernism: Theory and its relation to Popular Culture and late capitalism
- Tabloid Culture
- Advertising and Consumer Culture
- Cyberculture and Social Media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat
2. Representations in Popular Culture
- (Post)Feminism and Popular Culture
- Popular Culture and representations of ‘difference’ - Sexuality
- Popular Culture and representations of ‘difference’ – Race, Culture and Ethnicity
- Popular Culture and Representations in New Media: Netflix, YouTube, online games
- Popular Culture and Leisure – Hollywood, Sports and Music
- Conclusion: Critical Media Literacy
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To complete the programme, students are required to achieve 80% attendance of the programme and pass all the assignment. A Certificate for Module (Media and Popular Culture) will be awarded within the HKU system through HKU SPACE to those who have successfully completed the programme.
Lectures (24 hours):
As a critique-based programme, a lecture-preview reading assignment is given for each lecture. It consists of a small portion of the reading that will serve as a quick yet crucial introduction to the lecture. Students are required to do the reading before the lecture.
Tutorial Discussions (12 hours):
In tutorial, students will be asked to form small groups to discuss, critically examine and present an assigned topic, as well as working on an extended research project. Before each tutorial, students are required to finish assigned readings (usually two book chapters and/or a journal article) and to do extensive individual research after class. The tutorial allows students to engage in peer discussions, to develop critical and analytical skills. Students will explore a variety of skills in analysing images and media texts.
Written assignment (40%) + Group oral presentation (60%)
1. (a) hold a bachelor’s degree in areas of Humanities, Social Sciences, IT or Business, or equivalent,
awarded by a recognised institution;
(b) (i) hold a sub-degree or higher diploma awarded by a recognised institution; and
(ii) have two years of recognised professional experience;
2. obtain a score of 6.5 in IELTS (no band less than 6.0), or equivalent (for those graduated from institutions where English is not the medium of instruction).
Applicants with other qualifications will be considered on individual merit.
HK$150 (Non-refundable)Course Fee
- Course Fee : HK$10,000
- The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100
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|Continuing Education Fund
This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.
Certificate for Module (Media and Popular Culture)
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