HUM-278 / 2 credits
Teacher: Lam Ngan Ting Katy
Hong Kong and Taiwan have experienced significant social changes in the last decades. This course aims to provide students a broad knowledge foundation to understand the two East Asian societies from their historical origins to current situations in multiple dimensions.
The course will explore several dimensions of the societies of Hong Kong and Taiwan, namely in historical evolution, economic development, social transformation, cultural changes and political modernization.
The following lecture themes (tentative) will be discussed:
- "Borrowed Place, Borrowed Time" - Hong Kong's political history and development with United Kingdom and China
- Negotiating democracy: Political and electoral transformation and social movements in post-handover Hong Kong
- Financializaton, economic development, inequality and poverty in Hong Kong
- Culture and power relations: Films, languages and consumerism in Hong Kong
- Becoming Taiwan: Historical overview of the Formosa island
- Taiwan's democratic transition: Political parties, electoral politics and social movements
- Emerging diversities and equalities: Inclusive welfare reform in Taiwan
- Gender politics: Same-sex marriage legalization in Taiwan
- Indigenous people, ethnicity and migration in Taiwan
- E-Taiwan: Technological innovation, economic development, digital democracy and transformation
- Culture, cinema and identities of Taiwan
By the end of the course, the student must be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of major developments of Hong Kong and Taiwan in historical, social, economic and cultural dimensions
- Analyze the current social situations of Hong Kong and Taiwan and their causes and significances
- Communicate effectively, being understood, including across different languages and cultures.
- Give feedback (critique) in an appropriate fashion.
- Make an oral presentation.
- Summarize an article or a technical report.
- Plan and carry out activities in a way which makes optimal use of available time and other resources.
- Access and evaluate appropriate sources of information.
Lecture, class discussion, group work
Expected student activities
Pre-class readings, class participation, group debates
1. A group presentation
2. An individual written report on a book/ an article/ a film related to Hong Kong or Taiwan of the student's choice
In the programs
- Semester: Spring
- Number of places: 80
- Exam form: During the semester (summer session)
- Subject examined: Social changes in Hong Kong and Taiwan
- Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks