Course Code

CHES3004/ CCSS3101

Course Name

Media China: Feeling Digital in Contemporary China

Time

Tuesday 10:30-13:15

Instructor

Prof. Jacqueline Zhenru Lin

Course Description

This course will introduce students to the digital transformation of China. The phrase “digital transformation” refers to an array of changes in infrastructures, devices, practices and cultures brough by technologies including but not limited to mobile phones, laptops, tablets, and other computers; websites, online games, virtual worlds, social network sites, apps, and blogs; and governments, corporations, nonprofits, activists, users, makers, hackers, players, and friends.

This course is designed to give you ideas, methods, and experience in understanding how these digital technologies in China change people’s lives, career, and the future of humanity in the broadest sense. You will explore different facets of digital China: e-commerce innovation, online civil society, virtual arts, platform labour, and geopolitics. A choice of readings will provide opportunities to discuss various methods used to “feel” digital, from ethnographic observation and interviews to digital humanities.

Course Outline

WEEKLY TOPICS

Week 1: Introduction: Digital Transformation and the Chinese Experience

 

Week 2: Understanding the Digital

 

Week 3: Infrastructure Policy and the Creation of the Chinese Digital Landscape

 

Week 4: Innovation, E-commerce and Development

 

Week 5: Forms of the digital divide in China

 

Week 6: Love, Intimacy, and Family in Digital China

 

Week 7: Platforms and Labour

 

Week 8: So Hot Right Now: Digital Culture in China

 

Week 9: The Digitization of Power

 

Week 10: Public Sphere and Civic Engagement in Digital China

 

Week 11: Dreaming of Money in Digital China

 

Week 12: Chinese Literature, Film, and Art in Digital Time

 

Week 13: Internship in Chinese Media Industry

 

Week 14: Technonationalism and globalization

Assessment & Assignments

Participation & Mapping Exercise (20%)

Pop-up Quizzes (15%)

Midterm Exam (20%)

Research Project (45%)