Celebrities and Media: Contemporary issues in Hong Kong Popular CultureMedia
2 - Study of Societies, Social and Business Organisations
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Related GE Programme Intended Learning Outcome
PILO 1:Demonstrate the capacity for self-directed learning
PILO 2:Explain the basic methodologies and techniques of inquiry of the arts and humanities, social sciences, business, and science and technology
PILO 3:Demonstrate critical thinking skills
PILO 4:Interpret information and numerical data
PILO 5:Produce structured, well-organised and fluent text
PILO 6:Demonstrate effective oral communication skills
PILO 7:Demonstrate an ability to work effectively in a team
PILO 8:Recognise important characteristics of their own culture(s) and at least one other culture, and their impact on global issues
PILO 9:Value ethical and socially responsible actions
PILO 10:Demonstrate the attitude and/or ability to accomplish discovery and/or innovation
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Media in Hong Kong are obsessed with stories about celebrities and scandals, which has serious implications for journalistic integrity, protection of privacy, and citizen trust in public life. This course examines these issues from various perspectives. Starting with a sociological approach, students will first learn concepts and theoretical perspectives of celebrities and scandals as well as the processes of their production and distribution. The discussion will then turn to a psychological approach. Students will explore the uses and consequences of media representation of celebrities and scandals in terms of gratification, social learning, and framing and priming effects. Finally, the course will take legal and ethical perspectives to address issues involving journalistic professionalism, social responsibility, and the decline of citizens’ trust in public institutions.
Media in Hong Kong are obsessed with stories about celebrities, political and social scandals, and private lives of public figures. The notorious paparazzi have stalked celebrities and taken their photos for years, forming a significant part of the landscape of popular culture in Hong Kong. Such practices have serious implications for journalistic integrity, protection of privacy, moral standards, and citizen trust in public life. This course aims to examine the interplay among media, celebrities and scandals from various perspectives. Its theoretical implications and social impacts will be closely discussed and evaluated. Specifically, this course will start with examining the concept of celebrities from a sociological approach. Students will learn the concepts, issues and theoretical perspectives of celebrities and scandals, the processes and structure of their production and distribution, and their manifest and latent functions. The discussion will then turn to a psychological approach. Students will explore the uses and consequences of media representation of celebrities and scandals in terms of perceptions, gratifications, social learning, and framing as well priming effects. Finally, the course will take legal and ethical perspectives to address issues involving journalistic professionalism, social responsibility, decline of citizens’ trust in public institutions, market-driven consumerism, and quality of public enlightenment and entertainment. Through class discussion, case study, class debates, role playing, and other learning activities, students will get to extensively investigate a variety of topics, including public figures and privacy, political and social scandals, media coverage, the culture of paparazzi, pseudo-events, and the role and functions of communication.
CRN Section Semester Type Capacity Day Time Building Room Instructor 37982 37982C01 2015-16 Sem B Lecture 120 Tue 12:00-14:50 AC1 LT-2 Dr. CHIA Chih Yun StellaLast Updated Time: 28-Jul-2015 08:45