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HKGS1001 Hong Kong’s long twentieth century 6 credits
This is a topical course that adopts multi-disciplinary perspectives to examine significant and complex issues in Hong Kong’s modern century. It serves as a gateway course that introduces students to the interdisciplinary approach to Hong Kong studies.
We examine both popular and scholarly materials that deal with the historical, political, social, and artistic aspects of Hong Kong and phenomenon in order to understand modern Hong Kong at its politico-cultural core, in its relations with Britain and the People’s Republic of China, and its symbolic function in the new global order.
The purpose of this course is to give students a good grounding in the key symbolic sites of Hong Kong in a global context. It provides you with the analytical tools for thinking more deeply about the way such sites are infused with diverse, competing and evolving political and cultural meanings.
Topics to be covered include the following sites and discussion revolves around their symbolic significance and their meanings to Hong Kong’s evolving identity: Peninsula Hotel, Kowloon Walled City, Public Housing Estates, Statue Square, Historic Mansions, Country Parks and Sitting Out Areas, MTR & Peak Tram, the Old Star Ferry terminal and Victoria Harbour, and Street Stalls and Markets.
Notice: https://hkstudy.hku.hk/course/files/HKGS1001_Notice.pdf
Prerequisite: Nil
Assessment:100% coursework
(Offered in 201/2020, 2nd semester)

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