Moral Challenges in Chinese Popular Culture

Course Code Offering Department(s) Units & Hours
GCVM1046 REL (3,2,1)
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What is the course about?

The reform and opening-up in the past 30 years has released China from Maoist austerity and Communism is difficult to be held as one single official ideology any longer, which have produced a huge explosion in popular culture. GCVM1046 will address the problem of the increasing tension among traditional Chinese value systems (Confucianism and Daoism), Communist moral codes, and new ideas and values generated from mass-mediated popular culture in contemporary China in the light of a globalized world, and analyze how such critical factors as self-identity, gender, age, sexuality, class, region, and state are shaped by and reshaped in consumerism and popular culture as seen in fashion, fads, entertainment, religion, art, and literature. The course will offer a critical reflection on contemporary China which is confronting with ethical challenges and urgent moral renewals. Relevant moral theories such as utilitarianism, deontological principles, and virtue ethics are discussed in preparing students to analyze critical issues they face in their daily experience of popular culture. Students are encouraged to apply those theories and principles in attempting to facilitate morally acceptable solutions.

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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.