Course Code

CHES3004/ CCSS3101

Course Name

Media China


Wednesday 8:30-11:15am




Jacqueline Zhenru LIN

Teaching Assistant

Liu Yiling

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

Detailed Course Outline is available on Blackboard.

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: Love, Intimacy, and Family in Digital China

Week 6: Platforms and Labour

Week 7: So Hot Right Now: Digital Culture in China

Week 8: The Digitization of Power

Week 9: Public Sphere and Civic Engagement in Digital China

Week 10: Dreaming of Money in Digital China

Week 11: Chinese Literature, Film, and Art in Digital Time

Week 12: Technonationalism and globalization

Assessment & Assignments

Participation & Mapping Exercise (20%)

Pop-up Quizzes (15%)

Midterm Exam (20%)

Research Project (45%)

Honesty in Academic Work

Attention is drawn to University policy and regulations on honesty in academic work, and to the disciplinary guidelines and procedures applicable to breaches of such policy and regulations. Details may be found at

With each assignment, students will be required to submit a signed declaration that they are aware of these policies, regulations, guidelines and procedures.

  • In the case of group projects, all members of the group should be asked to sign the declaration, each of whom is responsible and liable to disciplinary actions, irrespective of whether he/she has signed the declaration and whether he/she has contributed, directly or indirectly, to the problematic contents.
  • For assignments in the form of a computer-generated document that is principally text-based and submitted via VeriGuide, the statement, in the form of a receipt, will be issued by the system upon students’ uploading of the soft copy of the assignment.

Assignments without the properly signed declaration will not be graded by teachers.

Only the final version of the assignment should be submitted via VeriGuide.

The submission of a piece of work, or a part of a piece of work, for more than one purpose (e.g. to satisfy the requirements in two different courses) without declaration to this effect shall be regarded as having committed undeclared multiple submissions. It is common and acceptable to reuse a turn of phrase or a sentence or two from one’s own work; but wholesale reuse is problematic. In any case, agreement from the course teacher(s) concerned should be obtained prior to the submission of the piece of work.