Did you know the theme of Shanghai World Expo 2010 is “Better City, Better Life”? Does a (better) city naturally bring out a (better) life? What was the impact of the city on human life in Chinese history? How can we best describe and analyze the interactions involved?
This course seeks answers to these questions through critical examination of a rich array of themes, including art, trade, gender, religions, diasporas, colonialism, popular culture, literary representation etc.It makes use of a variety of primary sources, e.g.historical documents, literary writings, paintings, maps, and movies to illustrate how cities could be comprehended in different forms of texts and to survey the changing ways in which cities have been depicted and represented.
The aims of this course are threefold.It aims to:
Starting from Semester B 2015/16, the medium of instruction (MOI) and medium of assessment (MOA) of this course will change to English only.
Last updated: 30 October 2015