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Semester 1
Total credits: 12 Credits

  • 3 foundation courses (9 credits)
  • 1 elective (3 credits) from domain 1 or 2

Semester 2
Total credits: 15 credits

  • 3 electives from domain 1 or 2 (9 credits)
  • Graduate Seminar (6 credits)

Total Credits: 27 credits

Foundation (Compulsory)
(9 Credits)

Courses Titles Credits
SOC 501 Theorizing Market and State 3
SOC 502 Critical Research Methodologies 3
SOC 503 Contemporary China in Transition 3


(12 Credits)

Domain 1:
Changing Social Values and Morality

Domain 2:
Politicizing and
Commoditizing Cultures

SOC 504 Individualization and the Family 3 SOC 508 Collective Memories in Chinese Societies 3
SOC 505 Religion and Market Economy 3 SOC 509 Heritage, Governance and Nationalism 3
SOC 506 Mobility, Migration, and Inequality 3 SOC 510 Taste and Consumption 3
SOC 507 Civil Society and Citizenship 3 SOC 511 Tourism in Chinese Societies 3
SOC 512 Special Topics 3
SOC 513 Graduate Seminar 6


Foundation Courses:

  1. Offer a conceptual and methodological framework for analyzing social transformation in contemporary Chinese societies.
  2. Evaluate various theoretical perspectives through examining the impact of market and state on social structures.
  3. Equip the students with sociological and anthropological knowledge on social, economic, and political changes in Chinese societies.

Objectives of Domain 1 (Changing Social Values and Morality)

  1. To explain how social values are shaped by institutional transformations brought about by the state and market.
  2. To analyze how individual citizens re-orientate themselves within the social structure amid rapid and radical social changes.
  3. To explore the possibility and conditions for the emergence of new systems of social values in the family, community, and state.
  4. To compare and contrast the different transformation paths of social values and morality in various Chinese societies.

Objectives of Domain 2 (Politicizing and Commoditizing Cultures)

  1. To investigate how the ideologies of market economy and nationalism influence, preserve, and transform social and cultural practices.
  2. To explain why and how cultural practices, memories and heritage are increasingly used for economic and political purposes in Chinese societies.
  3. To investigate the possibility of striking a balance between economic development and the preservation of cultural practices.
  4. To compare and contrast the different transformation paths in social and cultural practices in various Chinese societies.

Special Topics

This course will focus on selected topics within the instructor's area of specialization, and is intended to provide a more in-depth understanding of changing social values or cultural practices.

Graduate Seminar

After completing courses in their chosen domains, students proceed to the Graduate Seminar. The Graduate Seminar aims to consolidate and extend knowledge accumulated through coursework, while also building independent research skills that are vital to the pursuit of further learning.