GEN2010 - Chinese Society: Changes and Transformation

學分: 3
時間: 45小時
先修單元: Nil
The module comprehensively examines the various socio-economic and socio-cultural issues of China from sociological perspectives.

The module introduces students to the societal characteristics of Chinese society, both past and present, through the analysis of the political, social, and economic changes that have affected China since 1949.

At the core of the module is a critical examination of institutional changes in today’s Chinese society, which include various socioeconomic changes in family and kinship, women and education, class formation, the emergence of the new Chinese middle class, working girls and sex workers, and guanxi networks. The module also focuses on the newly emerged socio-cultural changes such as consumerism, the beauty myth and medical tourism, popular culture as well as the mass media in post-reform China. The studies on these issues provide an understanding of the business culture in mainland China.

Remark: All students are required to attend a self-financed field trip to Guangdong province.
Upon completion of this module, students should be able to:

  1. Understand China’s socio-economic and socio-cultural changes that have taken place since 1949;

  2. Analyze the critical societal issues in present-day China under reforms; and

  3. Use the knowledge gained from the study of the critical issues to reflect on their lives in Chinese and Hong Kong societies.