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?

The professor is very engaging. She always asks different students questions and encourages us to express our opinions… She uses that video to test us on musical knowledge and to relate it to musical history. It gives me more incentives to write what I feel about the performance.

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Year 4 student from COMM


Notes for all GE courses

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