Course Code


Course Name

Selected Themes on Chinese Media


Tuesdays 10:30-13:15


ELB 203


Prof. Jacqueline Lin Zhenru

Teaching Assistant

Ka Wai Wu

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

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%)

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