This course provides an overview of the Chinese media and communication system, with a focus on current issues and controversies surrounding the changing Chinese media landscape. Combining political economic and cultural approaches, this course surveys a broad range of topics regarding Chinese media, culture and society, including the history, development, and organization of Chinese media system, the debate over the political implications of media commercialization, the democratic potentials and limitations of the Internet, and the development of social media and Internet culture, such as online activism, cyber-nationalism, online gender politics, fan subtitle groups, the “counterfeits” of media technologies. Students are encouraged to explore the richness and complexity of Chinese media and communication in their political, economic, and sociocultural contexts.
Locations: Beijing, Tsinghua
Semesters: Fall, Spring