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Gender and Sexuality in Modern China and Hong Kong

Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

About This Course

This course is designed to explain how marriage and sexuality evolved in modern China and Hong Kong during the 19 th and 20 th centuries. The module is structured to provide a global background on how marital and sexual relations used to serve socio-economy as well as other purposes before modern values carried these institutions increasingly for individual satisfaction. At the end of the module, students are expected to be able to comprehend the socio-economic as well as the politico-cultural multiplications of marriage and sexuality at both the macro- and micro-levels. As a GE module in the Common Core, it also aims at helping students to develop a sensible understanding of such issues of personable importance.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Develop a solid understanding of marriage as an social institution historically;
  2. Enter into an educated discussion on various marital arrangements world-wide with an open mind, as a cultural and personal choice in modern societies such as China and Hong Kong.
  3. Appreciate sexuality as both a bio-physical and socio-cultural phenomenon, allowing broad diversity in practice;
  4. Nurture his/her own vocabulary regarding marriage and sexuality as a modern global citizen with sophistication and confidence.

Course Staff

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Prof. Hsiung Ping-chen 熊秉真教授
Distinguished Professor in Residence
Director, Global Humanities Initiative