Chinese Popular Music: Its Cultural and Musical Meanings

Course Code Offering Department(s) Units & Hours
GCHC1057 MUS (3,3,0)
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What is the course about?

GCHC1057 introduces students to the history, style characteristics, and sociopolitical meanings of Chinese popular music from the Mainland, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, with Cantopop as its focus. Its aims are three-fold: 1/ help students develop the listening skills to differentiate the musical/ style characteristics of different types of Chinese popular music from different eras; 2/ provide students an overview of the trends and developments of Chinese popular music in the context of the PRC, Taiwan, and Hong Kong’s sociopolitical history; 3/ foster students’ critical abilities through examining the various meanings of popular music in the larger context of popular culture and in relationship to issues of identity, gender, politics, and globalization, etc.

What do the students say about this course?

……老師花了很多時間預備課堂內容,詳細並深入的介紹流行歌曲,當中所選的歌曲有新有舊。同學不用怕課堂沉悶……對流行歌有興趣的同學,很應該修讀這科目……功課量看起來挺多,但這科不用考試 😉 重要的是,完成了以上的功課,學到的知識比考試得著還要多……

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Notes for all GE courses

  • You can take a maximum of 6 additional units of GE courses from any categories as electives.