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GEC3402 Visualizing China: Culture Modernity and social transformation (1860-2010): Home

Course Description

This course aims to explore the cultural developments and social practice in Modern China from perspective of visual culture. Visual materials, including photographs, films, lithographs, advertisements will take you on “field trips” where you will engage with intellectual and art trends, political culture, the local diversity and the national unity. This course have dual themes: firstly, visual materials will be focused to represent the transformation in political, social and cultural environments of China from late Qing to the twenty- first century, and they will provide stimulating and powerful venues for you to understand China’s significant transitions though modernization. Secondly, visual material will not merely be treated as the reflection of the political and historical situation. The complex relationships among the arts, political developments and historical backgrounds will be discussed in order to address the dynamic reactions during the process of knowledge production.

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