When West Meets East: Modernity in the Arts


What is the course about?

GDAR1837/GDCV1837 aims to extend students’ knowledge and experience beyond their major study by exploring the Modernist art forms in Western culture. By examining key concepts and works of arts, students will be able to understand the current world condition with references to what had happened and had been happening in the past. The case study on Chinoiserie, including visual arts and opera, invite students to look closer to modernity and cultural influence in varying perspectives. Opera, once a popular art form, invites fresh insight of students of the 21st century as well as spectatorship and directorship like Zheng Yi-mou. It is expected that the course would allow students to link the past to the present, and learn to re-contextualise the existing art forms of Hong Kong and the Anglophone, as the former is often considered at the crossroads of East and West.

Course Code Offering Department(s) Area of Learning Units & Hours
GDAR1837 AVA ARTS (3,3,0)
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IGEThis is an interdisciplinary GE (IGE) course.
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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.