About the programme

Programme Uniqueness

With our intellectual and professional expertise, track record and exceptional local and international connections in the field, MSocSc-MCCC delivers an exciting and solid programme. The “edge” of our proposed programme is that:

  1. we are unique in offering a multi-level approach to studying media, culture, and creative cities from an inter-disciplinary approach drawn from the social sciences.
  2. we are distinctive in understanding media, culture, and creativity within different urban milieu, as well as trends of social development.
  3. we have recognized leading expertise in the study of media and culture not only in Hong Kong, but throughout the Asian region in the context of the globalized world.
  4. we have excellent connections to the practitioners, organizations, government, and non-governmental bodies in related fields, providing exceptionally strong external links for research and teaching input, especially in the capstone project.
  5. we are experienced in offering related undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. This provides us with a solid intellectual foundation, as well as knowledge in innovative pedagogical methods like public seminars, field exposure, participatory learning, and dissertation writing which are very important for teaching and learning in this field.
  6. we are taking in some of the best efforts of the Department in tackling the issues of media, culture, and creative cities. The programme will feed into and be nourished by an intellectual hub at the University for vibrant teaching, research, and public dissemination on pressing cultural issues.

Programme Structure

MSocSc-MCCC offers a part-time 2 year mode, following the new TPG curriculum structure of having 10 courses: 8 taught courses plus a capstone project (equivalent to a dissertation, which is counted as 2 courses).

Aims

There are two main aims we would like to achieve.

  1. To make good use of the unique position of Hong Kong:
    As a unique window to Greater China and as a hub for international constellations of ideas and cultural utterance, Hong Kong is well placed to bring international experiences of cultural and media issues to practitioners and decision-makers in China and Asia. We aim to contribute to an expanding dialogue involving internationally interested parties through our programme. It will examine the Hong Kong and Asian experience in close connection with the shifting global context.
  2. To provide knowledge and skills at multiple levels, which include:
    • a macro analytical understanding of media, culture, and creative cities in the modern world, and knowledge of concrete practices of cultural industries and policies
    • practical skills in planning, managing, and utilizing creative resources in various subfields
    • intensive exposure to in-field practices at levels ranging from government, to industry, to NGOs and community bodies, both local and international
    • the ability to grasp and assess the terms of policy debates.

Learning Outcomes

On completing the programme, students will be able to:

  1. understand theoretical debates and empirical studies concerning media, culture, and creative cities in the global world today
  2. master the methods and instruments for conducting and evaluating research on media, culture, and creative cities
  3. comprehend the related policy discussions and evaluate different policy preferences
  4. critically assess the roles of government, industry, and civil society
  5. strengthen exposure, connections, and career prospects in related fields
  6. nurture a sense of cultural citizenship