GCHC1057
Chinese Popular Music: Its Cultural and Musical Meanings

GCHC1057
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?

課程最有趣的地方莫過於大家能在課上一起聽歌,所以即使是連續三個小時的課堂,輕輕鬆鬆拍拍手就過了……我在此課程中接觸到許多不同類型的流行音樂,主要為中港台三地,舊的新的、流行的或少眾的都有,同學或可藉此找到自己喜歡的音樂,同時又能學會欣賞其他音樂,非常有意思。

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Shan Kao

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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.