This course examines the complex and dynamic interplay of media and politics in contemporary China and the role of the government in this process. We will focus on the reform era (1978-present) of the People’s Republic of China, but also pay attention to the global interconnectedness of media systems. We will examine changes in technology—from analogue to digital; broadcast to broadband; television monitors to mobile screens—to uncover the complex and interdependent nature of Chinese media today. Different perspectives such as those of the state, the market, and society will inform our analysis of emerging media practices, consumptions, and censorship. Special attention will be paid to media controls after Xi Jinping came to power in 2012.
Research media and rationale 10%
Annotated bibliography and draft of project plan for group project 15%
Final Presentation Draft 20%
Final Group Presentation 25%
Group Member Peer Evaluations 10%
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