84503 - Laboratory of Chinese Culture and Arts Management

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

Students are expected to have a preliminary understanding of Chinese culture and its evolution over the long period. Furthermore, they will get the opportunity to acquire basic elements characterizing the change processes affecting arts, culture, policies and management in a holistic way.

Course contents

Course Overview
This Course covers a variety of topics about Chinese cultures and how it relates to its modernity, how to understand a common Chinese from his background and the basic cognition of Chinese history, art, museums, cultural heritage, creative industries and social life, fit the global prospective component of this introductory and cross-country comparison course.

Course Description
This course is an introduction to four of the major parts of contemporary Chinese cultural system — art history, museums, creative industries & design, and cultural diplomacy. We will also examine the interrelationships between these parts. This course will provide a live presentation of Today’s Chinese cultures. It discusses major issues, concepts, and viewpoints about above four parts, and including, not limited to, fundamental philosophy in the history of China, the geographical distinction in modern society, diversified identities and habits of local cultures, combining theories of traditional Chinese values. The course tries to achieve four broad teaching aims:

1. to understand major Chinese values in their life, and how the values differentiate them from the rest of the world.
2. to be acquainted with major Chinese cultural images and understand the representative artworks and art organizations in China.
3. to understand the contemporary Chinese society in regards of its geographic distinction and cultural features.
4. These aims align with the requisite objectives for the globalization period to view the world from the multiple cultural perspectives.


References :

Clunas, Craig, Art in China. New York: Oxford University Press, introduction.

Clifford, Paul G., The China Paradox, De|G Press, 2017.

Fraser, Stewart E., China's International, Cultural, and Educational Relations: With Selected Bibliography. Comparative Education Review, Vol. 13, No. 1 (Feb., 1969), pp. 60-87.

Finn, Helena K., The Case for Cultural Diplomacy: Engaging Foreign Audiences. Foreign Affairs, Vol. 82, No. 6 (Nov. - Dec., 2003), pp. 15-20.

Gao, Minglu. Total Modernity and the Avant-Garde in Twentieth-Century Chinese Art, MIT Press, 2011.

Hang, Jian & Guo, Qiuhui, Chinese Arts & Crafts. China Intercontinental Press, 2006.

He, Shenjing, New-Build Gentrification in Central Shanghai: Demographic Changes and Socioeconomic Implications, in Population Space and Place, 16(5):345-361, 01.2009.

Hearn, Maxwell K. How to read Chinese Paintings. NY: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2008.

Justice, Lorraine, China’s Design Revolution, MIT Press, 2012. J

Jeffri, Joan & Yu, Ding, Respect for Art: Visual Arts administration and Management in China and the United States, Beijing: Intellectual Property Publishing House, 2007.

Jacobson, Clare, New Museums in China, Princeton Architectural Press, 2013. Keane, Michael, Creative Industries in China: Art, Design and Media, Cambridge, UK: Polity, 2013.

Keane, Mchael (ed.), Handbook of Cultural and Creative Industries in China, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016.

Lin, Ye, Urban regeneration in China: Policy, Development, and Issues, in Local Economy, 2011, 26(5):337-347

Lu, Tracey Lie Dan, Museums in China: Power, Politics and Identities, London and New York: Routledge Press, 2015.

Melissa, Chiu, Chinese Contemporary Art: 7 Things You Should Know, New York: AW Asia, 2008.

Paradise, James F., China and International Harmony: The Role of Confucius Institutes in Bolstering Beijing's Soft Power, Asian Survey, Vol. 49, No. 4 (July/August 2009), pp. 647-669.

Sullivan, Michael. The Arts of China, 5th revised & enlarged edition, University of California Press, 2009.

Sullivan, Michael. Art and Artists of Twentieth-Century China, University of California Press, 1st edition, 1996.

Schmidt, Heather, China's Confucius Institutes and the “Necessary White Body”, The Canadian Journal of Sociology, Vol. 38, No. 4, Park/Santos special issue (2013), pp. 647-668.

Su, Wendy, China's Encounter with Global Hollywood: Cultural Policy and the Film Industry, 1994-2013, University Press of Kentucky, 2016.

Thorp, Robert L. and Vinograd, Richard Ellis. Chinese Art and Culture. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2006.

Wu, Wei-Hua, Chinese Animation, Creative Industries, and Digital Culture. London and New York: Routledge, 2017.

Wu, Fulong, The Global and Local Dimension of Place-making: Remaking Shanghai as a World City, in Urban Studies, Vol.37, No.8, 1359-1377, 2000.

Zan, Luca, Managing Cultural Heritage in China: A View from the Outside, in: The China Quarterly, Issue 210, 02.2011

Zan, Luca, Cultural Heritage in China: Between Policies, Development, Professional Discourse, and the Issue of Managing, in Public Archaeology, 2014, 13 (1-3): 99-112

Teaching methods

1. Lecture and Interpretation.

2. Interactive discussion.

3. Case analysis and study.

4. Assigned Readings.

5. Supporting materials: academic records and video works.

Assessment methods

Requirement and Grading

In this course, assessment will be based on your attendance, individual research paper, and the final representation. Grading method and requirement are as follows:

Attendance 40%
Individual research paper 45%
Presentation of research paper 15%

  1. Attendance (40%):
    In principle, attendance of student will be graded as follows:

    No absences


    Two absences


    Three absences


    Four or more absences


  2. Final research paper(45%):

    6-8 pages in length. Each student is required to conduct a literature-based study to explore a topic based on the full course content. Please see me first to discuss your topic. Doing some researches beyond course materials are advised.

  3. Presentation of research paper (15%)

        Preparing an oral presentation (20-25 mins) for your final            research paper,which will be presented in the last class.

Office hours

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