SYLLABUS FOR THE DEGREE OF
MASTER OF SOCIAL SCIENCES
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To receive the award of Master of Social Sciences degree in the field of Media, Culture and Creative Cities, candidates have to complete 8 courses (6 credits each) and a capstone project (12 credits), with a total of 60 credits. The first year programme provides candidates with a broad, integrated understanding of the social science approach to the study of media, culture, and creative cities. The second year, building upon that foundation, introduces the candidates to a variety of contemporary developments in creative industries and related media and cultural issues.
In the first year candidates are required to satisfy the examiners by written examination and coursework in each of the following compulsory courses:
SOCI7005. Theories of media, culture and creative cities (6 credits)
SOCI7006. Research methods in media, culture and creative cities (6 credits)
SOCI7007. Globalization and the cultural mosaic: an Asian perspective (6 credits)
SOCI7008. Critical issues of media, culture and creative cities (6 credits)
and in the second year candidates are required to satisfy the examiners by coursework in 4 of the following elective courses:
SOCI8011. Media and Crime (6 credits)
SOCI8023. Media and popular culture in Asian cities (6 credits)
SOCI8024. Digital media, moralities and cultures (6 credits)
SOCI8025. Consumer cultures and everyday life (6 credits)
SOCI8026. Self-identity and late-modern society (6 credits)
SOCI8027. Body, intimacy and sexuality (6 credits)
SOCI8028. Cultural policies and global cities (6 credits)
SOCI8029. Creative industries and creative cities (6 credits)
SOCI8031. Special topics in media, culture and creative cities (6 credits)
and to complete the following capstone experience course:
SOCI8030. Capstone project (12 credits)
Candidates should consult the Department of Sociology to find out what courses are being offered in any given year.
Candidates may apply to substitute for a listed course or courses in the syllabus of this programme with a course or courses offered by other departments in the University. Candidates may: (a) select courses from a list of pre-approved courses issued by the Department of Sociology; or (b) apply to be granted permission to take other postgraduate courses which are not listed as pre-approved courses. In both cases, the courses will have been approved by the Curriculum Development Committee as being of equivalent standard to that of those listed for the syllabus of this programme. Candidates shall normally be permitted to take not more than two courses from other departments in the University. Permission normally will be granted only to take postgraduate courses, and only for those courses which can be shown to have relevance to the candidates’ overall course of study.