syllabus313 - SOSC313/2005F Agnes Ku(O Email [email protected]

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SOSC313/2005F Agnes Ku (O ) Email: [email protected] Office hrs: Tue, Thu 3:00-4:00pm (Rm#: 3369) http:// TA: Yvonne Liang (Email: [email protected]) HONG KONG CULTURE I. AIM (1) To enable students to understand the cultural and social processes underlying the formation of Hong Kong identity; (2) To enable students to analyze the multiple symbolic and cultural meanings embedded in local social structures, institutions and relations; and (3) To sensitize students to the interplay between culture and politics in various domains of social life in Hong Kong. II. The course, which consists of a series of lectures and seminars, is organized around four thematic clusters: Hong Kong Identity Space and Community Popular Culture and Gender Culture, Politics and Democracy Each thematic cluster contains a few substantive topics and conceptual concerns. The “Hong Kong Identity” cluster focuses on the historical emergence and formation of local identity through the local/ national/ global nexus. It looks into the roles of popular culture (market), the state and civil society in shaping the local culture since the 1960s. "Space and Community" extends the discussion of culture and identity into the domains of urban space and development, exploring the issues of memory & heritage, globalism and localism, community and development, home & social hierarchy and so on. “Popular Culture” deciphers the gendered elements in our culture, especially with regard to the patriarchal ideology. It looks into the interplay between capitalism and patriarchy in the domains of mass culture and everyday life, as a platform for discussing the issue of cultural pluralism. Finally, “culture, Politics and Democracy” takes issue with the problem of political apathy from different perspectives with a view to exploring the possibility of democratic change in Hong Kong. 1
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SOSC313/2005F III. ASSESSMENT 15% Short Assignment 10% Long Essay 35% Final Exam 40% In the seminars, students will be divided into two groups for class presentations and discussion. During the semester, one short assignment will be required from each student, which is due on 18 October (Tuesday) . At the end of the semester, students are required to write a long essay, on an individual basis , on any question out of the seminar set (alternatively, a different question approved by the instructor) – 2,500-3,000 words in English or Chinese. The essay is to be submitted to our General Office (# 3372) on or before 23 December (Friday), 5pm . A final examination in the form of essays will be arranged assessing students’ understanding of the subject matter, analytical competence and the ability to integrate the course materials. IV. SCHEDULE FOR LECTURES AND SEMINARS
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