Understanding News About China (CHNS2614)


This unit introduces the institutions, theories and methods for students to understand the news media in present-day China, inclusive of mainland China, Hong Kong, and regional sites. The media system, regulations, and the major news outlets in Chinese societies are introduced. Global theories of news production provide the conceptual tool, and elementary content analysis methods provide the research tool for analyzing and comparing news reports produced in English by the Chinese and other news media.

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1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x1000wd in-class comparative news analysis (25%), 1x800wd presentation of news analysis (15%), 1x1700wd indepth research report (40%), 1x500wd sharing of resource online (10%), Tutorial participation (10%)

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(12 Junior credit points of Chinese Studies) or (12 Junior credit points of Asian Studies)



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