School of Journalism and Communication, CUHK - Course Lists

Course Lists

Code Course Title Unit
     
COMM 1110 Media and Everyday Life 3
COMM 1120 Development of Mass Communication 3
COMM 1170 Chinese News Writing 3
COMM 1180 English News Writing 3
COMM 1190 Media Writing 3
COMM 2100 Audience Analysis and Strategy 3
COMM 2110 Chinese News Reporting I 3
COMM 2120 English News Reporting I 3
COMM 2140 Media and Social Development in Mainland China 3
COMM 2150 Mass Communication Theories 3
COMM 2160 Communication Research Methods 3
COMM 2170 Chinese News Reporting II 3
COMM 2180 English News Reporting II 3
COMM 2191 Popular Music and Society 3
COMM 2210 News and Society 3
COMM 2240 Integrated Strategic Campaign I 3
COMM 2300 Sound and Creative Media 3
COMM 2320 [3500] Creative Media Curation and Management 3
COMM 2440 Photojournalism 3
COMM 2500 Introduction to Global Communication 3
COMM 2520 Global Affairs and Public Issues 3
COMM 2600 Introduction to Journalism 3
COMM 2610 Foreign News Desk Practice 3
COMM 2710 Fundamentals in Visual Media 3
COMM 2733 Radio Production 3
COMM 2740 Broadcast News 3
COMM 2812 Professional Public Relations Writing 3
COMM 2813 Social Media and Crisis Communication 3
COMM 2814 Social Campaigning and Public Relations for NGOs 3
COMM 2820 Principles of Advertising 3
COMM 2830 Account Planning and Management 3
COMM 2840 Advertising and Society 3
COMM 2850 Introduction to Integrated Marketing Communications 3
COMM 2910 News Analysis 3
COMM 2920 Media, Sex and Violence 3
COMM 2922 Introduction to Creative and New Media 3
COMM 2925 Principles of Editing in Creative Media 3
COMM 2926 Creative Design and Layout 3
COMM 2928 Art Direction 3
COMM 2930 Understanding Movies 3
COMM 2932 Film Genres: Love, Death and Laughs 3
COMM 2940 Internet, Multimedia and Information Society 3
COMM 2962 Photography  3
COMM 3100 Critical Communication Theories 3
COMM 3131, 3132 Special Topic in Communication Studies I, II 3 each
COMM 3140 Chinese News Editing 3
COMM 3150 Laws of Mass Communications 3
COMM 3191 Film, Television and Hong Kong Culture 3
COMM 3193 Media and Gender 3
COMM 3200 Communication Professional Internship 3
COMM 3210 Field Study I 3
COMM 3220 Field Study II 3
COMM 3310 [2310] Images and Creative Media 3
COMM 3400 Integrated Strategic Campaign II 3
COMM 3420 Professional Ethics and Media Criticism 3
COMM 3600 Laws and Ethics for Communication 3
COMM 3610 English News Editing 3
COMM 3630 Digital Journalism 3
COMM 3640 China News Reporting 3
COMM 3670 Issues in Current Affairs 3
COMM 3680 Business and Financial Reporting 3
COMM 3681, 3682 Special Topic in Journalism I, II 3 each
COMM 3700 Intercultural Communication 3
COMM 3711 Script Writing and Screenplay 3
COMM 3730 Issues and Cases in Broadcast News 3
COMM 3731 Special Topic in Broadcasting I 3
COMM 3733 Television Production 3
COMM 3740 Advanced Broadcast News 3
COMM 3750 Storytelling in Broadcast Journalism 3
COMM 3800 Multimedia Design and Techniques 3
COMM 3810 Corporate Communication and Reputation Management 3
COMM 3811, 3812 Special Topic in Public Relations I, II 3 each
COMM 3820 Media Management for Public Relations 3
COMM 3831, 3832 Special Topic in Advertising I, II 3 each
COMM 3840 Advertising Copywriting 3
COMM 3850 Advertising Art Direction 3
COMM 3855 Advertising Media Planning 3
COMM 3881 Public Relations Cases and Campaigns 3
COMM 3888 Financial Public Relations 3
COMM 3920 Creative Writing in Media 3
COMM 3921, 3922 Special Topic in Creative and New Media I, II 3 each
COMM 3933 Music Industry, Production and Marketing 3
COMM 3939 Film Directors 3
COMM 3940 Multimedia and Digital Entertainment Design 3
COMM 3941 New Media Business 3
COMM 3963 Entertainment Business 3
COMM 4040 Directed Studies in Communication 3
COMM 4140 International Communication 3
COMM 4150 Senior Research Project 3
COMM 4191 Cultural Studies and Popular Culture 3
COMM 4730 Documentary 3
COMM 4733 Advanced Television Production 3
COMM 4848 New Media Advertising 3
COMM 4956 Fundamentals of Computer Animation 3
COMM 4962 Advanced Photography 3
COMM 5110, 5111 Topical Studies in Communication I, II 3 each
COMM 5631, 5632 Topical Studies in Journalism I, II 3 each
COMM 5647 Citizen Journalism 3
COMM 5650 Journalism Theories and Analysis 3
COMM 5690 Feature Writing 3
COMM 5775 Understanding Culture through Film 3
COMM 5944 Media Economics and ICTs 3
COMM 6210 Communication Patterns in Chinese Society 3
COMM 6420 Strategies for Integrated Communication Campaigns 3

 

  • The past course outlines available at this website are intended for undergraduate student's reference only before course registration. Instructors will change the course outlines for 2015-2016 which will be distributed when class commences.

 

Course Description
 
COMM 1110 Media and Everyday Life icon top arrow
  3U
Modern media are everywhere; they mediate nearly all aspects of everyday life. Media forms old and new – newspapers, magazines, films, radio, television, pop music, Internet, social media, and mobile phones – are shaping our social and political life, cultivating our cultural imaginations, and articulating our personal experiences and a sense of belonging in a rapidly changing world. This course examines the many roles of the media in the web of modern life.
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COMM 1120 Development of Mass Communication icon top arrow
  3U
This course examines the development of mass communication in different social and historical contexts. Emphasis will be placed on analyses of the roles, functions, and impact of some major mass media (such as print, broadcast, TV, film, advertising/public relations and new media) in various societies like Hong Kong, China and other parts of the world from a developmental perspective. The purpose is to help students gain a sense of the origins and modern day practices of the mass media.
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COMM 1170 Chinese News Writing icon top arrow
  3U
To acquaint students with the principles and skills in developing news ideas, information gathering, news writing and feature writing.
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COMM 1180 English News Writing icon top arrow
  3U
To acquaint students with the principles and skills in developing news ideas, information gathering, news writing and feature writing.
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COMM 1190 Media Writing icon top arrow
  3U
This course teaches the basic principles and skills of different forms of writing, including news reporting and writing, corporate writing and creative writing. Students will learn to gather, organize and present information in different formats. They will also learn to write and manage social networking sites.


 
COMM 2100 Audience Analysis and Strategy icon top arrow
  3U
The course provides students with an in-depth understanding of what consumer insight is all about and how insight can be uncovered. It also gives a clear understanding of why the key to any successful and powerful marketing strategy is an insightful understanding of target audience's behavior, aspiration and motivation, and their relationship with the brand, category, competition and the environment.
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COMM 2110 Chinese News Reporting I icon top arrow
  3U
To acquaint students with the principles and skills in developing news ideas, information gathering, news writing and feature writing. Majors are required to take an active part in thereporting, editing and advertising for the School's practicum newspaper.
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COMM 2120 English News Reporting I icon top arrow
  3U
To acquaint students with the principles and skills in developing news ideas, information gathering, news writing and feature writing. Majors are required to take an active part in the reporting, editing and advertising for the School's practicum publication.
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COMM 2140 Media and Social Development in Mainland China icon top arrow
 

3U
(Not for students who have taken UGEC2634.) The course is designed around two major themes, namely media and social development in Mainland China since the founding of the People’s Republic in 1949. The course will examine Mainland China’s key media sectors including the printing press (newspapers and magazines), film and broadcasting media (radio and television), and new networked communication tools (Internet and mobile phone) as well as alternative social formations through Internet activism, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and transnational developmental projects. The course will identify and discuss several ongoing debates, and the ensuing actions, held by different stakeholders, including government officials, media producers, educators, activists, international agencies, and the general audiences. Wider implications to public policy will be identified. There will also be discussions of current affairs related to media and social development in the country.
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COMM 2150 Mass Communication Theories icon top arrow
  3U
Study of modern communication principles and theories for the understanding of human communication as well as communication processes within and between social systems.

 

 
COMM 2160 Communication Research Methods icon top arrow
 

3U
Introduction to methods for the investigation of communication processes and effects. Emphasis is on the formulation of research problems, study designs, sampling techniques, measurement problems and report writing. Basic steps in data collection, processing and analysis are included.
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COMM 2170 Chinese News Reporting II icon top arrow
  3U
To acquaint students with the principles and skills in establishing news sources, news investigation, in-depth reporting, precision journalism, interpretative writing and opinion writing. Majors are required to take an active part in reporting, editing and advertising for the School's practicum publication. Prerequisite: COMM2110.
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COMM 2180 English News Reporting II icon top arrow
  3U
To acquaint students with the principles and skills in establishing news sources, news investigation, in-depth reporting, precision journalism, interpretative writing and opinion writing. Majors are required to take an active part in reporting, editing and advertising for the School's practicum publication. Prerequisite: COMM2120.
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COMM 2191 Popular Music and Society icon top arrow
  3U
The objective of this course is to understand the relationship between popular music and society, and identify various issues about popular music in society. Ways in which how meanings are being represented and mediated, as well as how audience articulated and negotiated, subverted, and celebrated in popular music will be examined in the course. The course provides an overview of the major approaches to the study of popular music and provides a critical survey of the major methodologies used in the study of popular music. Readings for this course come from a wide range of disciplines, including communications, cultural studies, musicology, ethnomusicology, sociology, and anthropology, etc. The kinds of music cover local popular music and other world music forms.

 

 
COMM 2210 News and Society icon top arrow
  3U
(Not for students who have taken UGEC2623.) This course talks about the characteristics and functioning of news, and its important role and functions in society. News is vital to us as it brings latest information of the day, helps create public opinion, educate our young generations, monitor the government and the powerful, as well as provide relaxation to our busy lives. Understanding the news essentially helps us know our society. Various concepts and theories from the mass communication discipline are introduced together with some perspectives from other social sciences. Real-life examples from Hong Kong and abroad are analyzed. Students are first introduced to the unique nature of news and different types of news as found in both print and electronic media. Some latest news formats, including free dailies, online newspapers, network social media and citizen journalism, are discussed in both international and local contexts. Relationships between journalism and closely related professions such as advertising and public relations are explicated in order to understand the actual functioning of news, as well as its impact on society. The professional concerns of the field of journalism and individual’s news consumption habits are also highlighted in the course.

 

 
COMM 2240 Integrated Strategic Campaign I icon top arrow
  3U
This course aims to equip students with the theories and practical skills of planning, organizing and executing social or commercial campaigns. Students will explore the concept and strategy of campaigning, and examine the characteristics of different media as campaign tools and communication platform. The use of marketing and social networking techniques in socio-political campaigns will also be discussed. (Prerequisite: COMM2100)
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COMM 2300 Sound and Creative Media icon top arrow
  3U
This is a course for students to experiment with various types of sound design and production across a different range of media. It will encompass diverse theories and technical skills training on sound and creative media, ranging from radio through television and film to sound installation. Workshops will be given to heighten the students' sensitivity towards the possibility and range of sounds as a form of expression. Students will plan, conceptualize and execute their sound work for Creative Media Laboratory Portal.
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COMM 2320 [3500] Creative Media Curation and Management icon top arrow
  3U
This course aims to provide students with knowledge, skills and hands on experience on digital content curation and media management. Students will research, evaluate and edit content for Creative Media Laboratory Portal. Meanwhile, media management skills will be acquired through organizing, curating and exhibiting audio-visual and creative projects from other courses of the School.
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COMM 2440 Photojournalism icon top arrow
  3U
Fundamentals of news photography and photographic techniques including the skilful use of cameras, darkroom processes and picture editing. Basic principles and uses of news photography as creative communication. (Not for students who have taken COMM2962.)
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COMM 2500 Introduction to Global Communication icon top arrow
  3U
This course aims at introducing students to the most important phenomena in global communication as well as the basic concepts, theories and approaches in studying the phenomena. Issues to be discussed in the class will include, among others, the definition, history, and current status of globalization, how media communications relate to the social, cultural, economic, and political aspects of globalization, and the characteristics of the processes of the global information and media flows. Students are expected to acquire a basic understanding of the "field" of global communication.

 

 
COMM 2520 Global Affairs and Public Issues icon top arrow
  3U
This is a course that introduces students to the key social, economic, and political issues that are "global" in character, e.g., climate change, economic liberalization, refugee problems, etc. The course shall also emphasis the connections between seemingly local public affairs and their global contexts. While the exact issues to be addressed in the class may vary in association with current events, the underlying aim is to cultivate students' interests in and ability to analyze public issues in global perspectives.

 

 
COMM 2600 Introduction to Journalism (For the 4-year curriculum only.) icon top arrow
  3U
This course provides basic introduction to the field of journalism so that students can have a general understanding of the concepts, debates, structure, processes, roles, functions and social implications of the profession.
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COMM 2610 Foreign News Desk Practice icon top arrow
  3U
Principles, techniques and problems of producing foreign news stories for the Hong Kong media, including the translation of news stories from English to Chinese. Emphasis is on the production of news stories that are truthful, accurate, and yet also readable and understandable to a local public.
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COMM 2710 Fundamentals in Visual Media icon top arrow
  3U
This course introduces students to the exciting changes taking place in the accelerating convergence of various electronic media. It covers the basic history, technologies, systems, programming, production techniques, technical vocabulary, and elementary theory required in the world of radio, television, film, and multimedia production.
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COMM 2733 Radio Production icon top arrow
  3U
The studio production of radio programmes including information and entertainment. Introduction to new formats, documentaries and others through theory and practices to obtain the experience. (Not for students who have taken COMM2739.)
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COMM 2740 Broadcast News icon top arrow
  3U
Theories and techniques of reporting, writing, delivery and production of radio and television news. Students learn the basic principles through workshop exercises.
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COMM 2812 Professional Public Relations Writing icon top arrow
  3U
This course equips students who plan to develop careers in the fields of public relations, marketing and communications with writing skills to develop and design key messages that will reach the public accurately and effectively. It covers major categories of PR writing, including writing for press kit, in-house publication, annual report, press announcement and feature article for media placement.


 
COMM 2813 Social Media and Crisis Communication icon top arrow
 

3U
With the advent of the new media technology, new forms of organizational crisis emerge. They are called Internet-mediated crises. A major difference between the Internet-mediated crises and the traditional crises lies in the intensive interactivity, collectivity, simultaneity and dialogic sphericity of the former. This very nature of Internet-mediated crisis makes it all the more hard to handle. A specialized and critical function of the public relations practice is the management of crisis. This course covers two major levels. The first level takes on a functionalism approach to crisis management. The second level takes on a more critical approach in public relations. Students will learn how crisis reflects complicity and dynamism between citizens and organizations in modern societies. They will acquire an enhanced appreciation of communication that can be brought to bear in such crisis situations and a greater familiarity with the interactivity of an organization and its stakeholders as well as the environments in times of crises. They will also gain more sensitivity in public demands of socially responsible practices in the business contexts. (COMM2813 is double-coded with UGEC2636. Not for students who have taken UGEC2636.)
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COMM 2814 Social Campaigning and Public Relations for NGOs icon top arrow
  3U
This course aims to provide students with an understanding of strategic public communications of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the organization of social campaign through critically examining social movements and advocacy campaigns in real world. The course will delve into techniques, funding and ethical issues that NGOs face when driving policy change. Students will apply knowledge and devise campaigns to mobilize the civil society to contribute to social benefits.
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COMM 2820 Principles of Advertising (For the 3-year curriculum only.) icon top arrow
  3U
Functions of advertising in marketing/communication mix, and its effect on economy and society. Discussion is also on campaigns and appropriations, retail and industrial aspects.


 
COMM 2830 Account Planning and Management icon top arrow
  3U
This course focuses on the business side of advertising by discussing issues of account planning as well as applications of practical techniques in managing advertising accounts. Attention is also given to the applications of advertising management decisions to solve marketing communication problems for advertisers, media executives and creative people, including strategic planning, preparing, directing, controlling and evaluating advertising campaigns.
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COMM 2840 Advertising and Society icon top arrow
  3U
In this course, students will analyze real life campaigns to understand major effects of advertising in everyday life. Students will examine topics like materialism and commercialization of friendship to see how advertising persuade consumers through subtle uses of messages. They will also decode the formation and shifting of values promoted by Government and green campaigns. The course will help students distinguish between authentic and mediated reality regarding topics on artificial perfection of body image, sexual objectification and gender stereotyping. (UGEC2637 is double-coded with COMM2840. Not for students who have taken UGEC2637.)

 
COMM 2850 Introduction to Integrated Marketing Communications (For the 4-year curriculum only.) icon top arrow
  3U
The course is to introduce the value-based, consumer/customer-focused approach to Integrated Marketing Communications. Students will learn and practice touchpoint integrations to create an integrated brand experience on the part of the consumers/customers using various promotional tools including advertising, public relations, promotions, marketing, strategic campaign planning, social media marketing, as well as word-of-mouth and viral marketing, Special attention to effectiveness and measurable results of IMC, in the form of Return On Investment (ROI), will be emphasized. The students enrolling in this course will be at the forefront of the surging IMC 3.0 movement that is currently taking place in business corporations, agencies, NGOs and Government.
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COMM 2910 News Analysis icon top arrow
  3U
Theories and methods in news sociology for understanding the news-making process and the impacts on the product itself and the society. Students also learn to conduct their own analysis of news in local or foreign media. (Not for students who have taken UGEC2621.)
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COMM 2920 Media, Sex and Violence icon top arrow
  3U
This course is designed to provide students with some familiarity with and critical perspectives on media representations of violence, social conflict, sex, sexuality, and gender roles. Efforts will be made to explore the potential impact of such media representations on conflicts, violence, crimes, and sexual practices in the real world. (Not for students who have taken UGEC2632.)
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COMM 2922 Introduction to Creative and New Media icon top arrow
  3U
The course is an introductory course on the creative aspects of the mass media, media art, new media and popular culture. The course aims to enhance students' creative, aesthetic as well as intellectual ability of evaluating different media art forms and expression. The course covers art theory, aesthetics, theories on creativity, technical and commercial aspects of various forms of production and popular culture.
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COMM 2925 Principles of Editing in Creative Media icon top arrow
  3U
Through learning and practicing basic principles of video editing in creative media, students will have a holistic understanding of the process of video/film production, including planning, filming, as well as the roles and functions of the Producer, Director, Cinematographer and Editor.
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COMM 2926 Creative Design and Layout icon top arrow
  3U
The course covers editing, formats, layout, image and color usage of popular print media including books, comics, picture books, magazines, information graphics, logos, business cards, flyers, typography, newsletters and advertising. The course puts emphasis on real life application and possibilities for producing creative work and culture.
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COMM 2928 Art Direction icon top arrow
  3U
The course takes a practical look at the duties, planning, techniques and skills of art directors and production designers during the entire creative process. It teaches students how to analyze a script, develop concepts that meet the needs of a script, develop sketches and construction drawings, work with directors and producers, and operate within budget limitations.
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COMM 2930 Understanding Movies icon top arrow
  3U
This course aims at helping students to earn a solid vocabulary and a sharp eye in analyzing films. Students will learn about the basic cinematic techniques and structures, including mise-en-scene and montage, use of cinematic time and space, the image, soundtrack, and the script. Theoretical perspectives such as realism, feminism, postmodernism would be introduced to address the political, economic and socio-cultural implications of movies. Equipped with these analytical tools, students can critically appreciate movies of different era and different places. (UGED2637 is double-coded with COMM2930. Not for students who have taken UGED2637.)
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COMM 2932 Film Genres: Love, Death and Laughs icon top arrow
  3U
(Not for students who have taken GESC2010.) This course focuses on a variety of film genres, such as detective and gangster films, musicals, comedies, family dramas and westerns. Genres have been popular since the beginning of the film medium. This course will examine the cultural and economic reasons for their continued popularity. Film showings and film clips will demonstrate how genres evolve over time and how some of the great film directors have made genre films of lasting impact. This class assumes no prior knowledge of film. Students will be assessed on the basis of a paper and an examination.
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COMM 2940 Internet, Multimedia and Information Society icon top arrow
  3U
Introduction to and analysis of the emerging communication technologies, especially the Internet and multimedia, including the description, diffusion, applications and their social, economic, cultural, ethical and legal implications.
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COMM 2962 Photography icon top arrow
  3U
This course combines a basic introduction to the practical skills of photography with an introduction to the idea of visual literacy - a look at the history and social role of the image in the contemporary image-driven multimedia environment. (Not for students who have taken COMM2440.)
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COMM 3100 Critical Communication Theories icon top arrow
  3U
This is an introduction of selected theories and theorists in sociology and anthropology which have been adopted by communication scholars or have significant implications for communication studies. 

 

 
COMM 3131, 3132 Special Topic in Communication Studies I, II icon top arrow
  3U each
The instructor will lecture on and direct the study of a topic in Communication Studies that he or she specializes in. Students are allowed to take this Special Topic course at most twice, and gain the units each time they pass the course. However, students cannot take courses with the same course code more than once in a single term.


 
COMM 3140 Chinese News Editing icon top arrow
  3U
To acquaint the students with the principles and skills in copy editing, headline writing, news display, illustration and page make-up. Majors are required to take an active part in reporting, editing and advertising for the School's practicum publication. Prerequisite: COMM2170.
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COMM 3150 Laws of Mass Communications icon top arrow
  3U
Basic laws affecting the press, laws on libel, copyright postal regulations and sedition; special laws on newspaper, broadcasting and advertising; legal aspects of the freedom of information; philosophy and social responsibility inherent in mass communication laws.
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COMM 3191 Film, Television and Hong Kong Culture icon top arrow
  3U
Since the 1970s, a very distinctive Hong Kong culture has emerged. The course will focus on the role of film and television in the historical formation of this vibrant Hong Kong culture. It will also explore themes such as re-nationalization, nostalgia and representations of mainlanders after the sovereignty transfer in 1997. (COMM3191 is double-coded with UGEC3635. Not for students who have taken UGEC3635.)

 

 
COMM 3193 Media and Gender icon top arrow
  3U
(Not for students who have taken UGEC3612.) The course is developed and evolved around two major themes, namely mass media and gender. Using key concepts and theories in mass communication and cultural studies, it discusses the influences and power of mass media with an emphasis on gender-related issues. The latter are in turn related to other social and cultural phenomena that will bring in knowledge an perspectives from other disciplines (e.g. sociology and psychology). The course will examine several recurrig controversies related to gender in mass media. These controversies range from representation of sex and gender in media, to the media portrayals of homosexuals and the treatment of taboos. The course will identify and discuss the many competing viewpoints, and the ensuing actions, held by different stakeholders, including media producers, social activists, government regulators, educators and the general audiences. Their implications to legislation and education will also be identified. Students will be able to describe the key characteristics of modern media, in particular their roles in the construction of gender identities and discourses about various gender issues.
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COMM 3200 Communication Professional Internship (For the 4-year curriculum only.) icon top arrow
  3U
Students are expected to gain professional communication knowledge and experience in the print, electronic, online media, or advertising/public relations agencies, or other related media organizations for two to three months.
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COMM 3210 Field Study I icon top arrow
  3U
The course is an integral part in the curriculum of the Global Communication programme. It is also associated with other courses in the year-two curriculum. Students are expected to execute parts of a research project, which is planned through a couple of courses students should have already taken, during the field trip. The field trip, therefore, is aimed at providing students with real opportunities to do research on global issues on the ground. The trip will be held during a term break under the supervision of one or more faculty members.

 

 
COMM 3220 Field Study II icon top arrow
  3U
The second field study course is also an integral part in the curriculum of the Global Communication program. Students are expected to execute the remaining parts of the research project that had already begun in COMM3210 Field Study I. Combined with the first field trip, the series of courses provide students with the opportunities to work on a research project with a proper scale and comparative angle. The trip will be held during a term break under the supervision of one or more faculty members.

 

 
COMM 3310 [2310] Images and Creative Media icon top arrow
  3U
This is a course with an emphasis on the use of various forms of images as a means for creative expression. It will encompass comprehensive theories and technical training on conceptualization and production. Students are required to produce various types of image content (photography, video, photo sculpture, video installation etc.) with integration of concepts and skills for Creative Media Laboratory Portal. (Prerequisite: COMM2300)

 

 
COMM 3400 Integrated Strategic Campaign II icon top arrow
  3U
This course integrates public relations and advertising elements into a professional plan of actions that lead to the implementation of a hands-on campaign for the industry. (Prerequisite: COMM2240)
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COMM 3420 Professional Ethics and Media Criticism icon top arrow
  3U
Foundation of ethical standard. Ethical dilemmas and professional codes of ethics. Media performance in relation to concept of responsibility, structural constraints and professionalization.
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COMM 3600 Laws and Ethics for Communication icon top arrow
  3U
This course attempts to examine two essential confines of mass media communication, namely, the legal limits and ethical constraints. It covers major media laws and ethical issues that are related to the operation and practices of media organizations and practitioners in Hong Kong. The course will focus on the various constraints and the rationales of such constraints on mass media, and the way they affect journalists and the media in a professional manner.

 

 
COMM 3610 English News Editing icon top arrow
  3U
To acquaint students with the principles and skills in copy editing, headline writing, news display, illustration and page make-up. Majors are required to take an active part in reporting, editing and advertising for the School's practicum publication. Prerequisite: COMM2180.
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COMM 3630 Digital Journalism icon top arrow
  3U
This course is designed to provide students a broad perspective and a practical experience in the emergence of new forms of journalism. The course is divided into two parts. The first part is dedicated to the study of digital journalism through readings, lectures and class discussions. It covers the usage of different multimedia elements, such as graphics/photos, audio, video, and animation. The second part of the course is dedicated to the hands-on experience of producing journalistic pieces using different multimedia elements. Students will learn basic HTML coding and some other software to produce multimedia elements.


 
COMM 3640 China News Reporting icon top arrow
  3U
The course aims at equipping students with fundamental analytical skills and practical skills in reporting news in Mainland China. From the perspective of a veteran journalist, the teacher will introduce and analyze the background and major historical events of contemporary China. Through case studies and discussion, the course encourages students to develop a good mentality to confront the many moral issues of China news reporting.
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COMM 3670 Issues in Current Affairs icon top arrow
  3U
This course introduces the correlation between politics and news and current affairs. This course aims to enhance students' judgment and sensitivity to current affairs to allow them to review the background and development trend of current affairs.


 
COMM 3680 Business and Financial Reporting icon top arrow
  3U
Theories and techniques of reporting, writing and editing for business and financial news. Study of their specific content, staff, design and production methods, including the roles of business and financial publications in community development, and the interaction between them.
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COMM 3681, 3862 Special Topic in Journalism I, II icon top arrow
  3U
The instructor will lecture on and direct the study of a topic in Journalism that he or she specializes in. Students are allowed to take this Special Topic course at most twice, and gain the units each time they pass the course. However, students cannot take courses with the same course code more than once in a single term.
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COMM 3700 Intercultural Communication icon top arrow
  3U
Rooted in a recognition and appreciation of cultural diversity, this course introduces students to theories about and critical issues involved in the communication and interpretation of culture by people with diverse backgrounds. Issues to be examined in the course include, among others, cultural differences not only across national boundaries but also across social groups defined by ethnicity, gender, and social classes, cultural issues in the global marketplace, relationships between national, regional, and organizational cultures, and communications across cultures in professional settings.


 

 
COMM 3711 Script Writing and Screenplay icon top arrow
  3U
This course covers an introduction to and workshop in dramatic writing and to the many forms which writing for the screen may take. The course focuses on narrative structure, theme, plot, characters and dialogue in scenes and sequences, development of outline and treatment for screenplay, and marriage of images and sound on TV and films.
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COMM 3730 Issues and Cases in Broadcast News icon top arrow
  3U
The course introduces various issues related to the development of broadcast news in Hong Kong and around the world in order to cultivate students' ability to discuss, critique, analyze and practically handle the issues when they encounter them in practice.

 

 
COMM 3731 Special Topic in Broadcasting I icon top arrow
  3U
The instructor will lecture on and direct the study of a topic in Broadcasting that he or she specializes in. Students are allowed to take this Special Topic course at most twice, and gain the units each time they pass the course. However, students cannot take courses with the same course code more than once in a single term.


 
COMM 3733 Television Production icon top arrow
  3U
Introduction to the use of studio equipment in the production of television programmes; experimentation in the scripting, programming and production of basic programme formats with hands-on experiences.
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COMM 3740 Advanced Broadcast News icon top arrow
  3U
This course is an advanced broadcast news class which further refines skills acquired in Broadcast News. Through the production of a weekly newcast, the class will simulate a functioning TV newsroom in which student reporters and news editors must adhere to deadlines for producing ENG packages and airing a newscast. Students will also receive instruction in on-air performance as news anchors. Prerequisite: COMM2740.
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COMM 3750 Storytelling in Broadcast Journalism icon top arrow
  3U
This course aims at providing student a "head start" in the competitive broadcast journalism environment with an emphasis on storytelling and the essential mindset of a successful story-teller. The course will focus on the principles of storytelling and the development of the intellectual equipment of a storyteller.
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COMM 3800 Multimedia Design and Techniques icon top arrow
  3U
This course introduces the practical skills and use of software for multimedia design from its inception (developing the concept) to its completion (hands-on production, testing and distribution).


 
COMM 3810 Corporate Communication and Reputation Management icon top arrow
  3U
This course seeks to expand and improve students' understanding of corporate communication and show how (1) reputation is one of the most important assets to organizations; (2) corporate communication is strategic in nature; and (3) corporate communication is used to establish and manage organizational reputation. To reach these goals, students will examine a variety of cases and readings that will help them understand how corporate communication relates to reputation management in an organization at normalcy and in crisis. The course will start with familiarizing students with the basic concepts and principles of corporate communication. A particular emphasis is placed on understanding corporate communication in various organizational settings including multinational corporations, NGOs, and governmental institutions.
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COMM 3811, 3812 Special Topic in Public Relations I, II icon top arrow
  3U each
The instructor will lecture on and direct the study of a topic in Public Relations that he or she specializes in. Students are allowed to take this Special Topic course at most twice, and gain the units each time they pass the course. However, students cannot take courses with the same course code more than once in a single term.




 
COMM 3820 Media Management for Public Relations icon top arrow
  3U
This course provides students with an in-depth understanding of the operation of media industry and how public relations professionals work with the media through case studies, discussions and exercises. Students will understand the importance of timely dissemination of information, message accuracy and consistency and effective deployment of all channels of communications. They will be equipped with the knowledge and skills on how to work with the media and organize media events.


 
COMM 3831, 3832 Special Topic in Advertising I, II icon top arrow
  3U
The instructor will lecture on and direct the study of a topic in Advertising that he or she specializes in. Students are allowed to take this Special Topic course at most twice, and gain the units each time they pass the course. However, students cannot take courses with the same course code more than once in a single term.


 
COMM 3840 Advertising Copywriting icon top arrow
  3U
This course introduces the theories and practicum in advertising, copy and script writing, strategies and campaigns. Prerequisite: COMM2820 or COMM2850.



 
COMM 3850 Advertising Art Direction icon top arrow
  3U
This course covers essential principles of art direction and design from conception through production in the advertising industry. Students will have hands-on experience to work on the planning, development of idea, layout and illustrative drawing of the advertisement. Conceptual, technical, aesthetic and communicative skills in visual advertising are taught to develop an understanding of the importance of fusing visual images with copy when communicating ideas in advertising.
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COMM 3855 Advertising Media Planning icon top arrow
  3U
The media planning course teaches students how to formulate a media plan that can effectively convey the advertising message to the target audience. The course will cover topics like the overview of the market, the trend, and understanding of media from both quantitative and qualitative points of view, the creative use of media, research data analysis, consumer insight and the selection of media. Prerequisite: COMM2820 or COMM2850.

 
COMM 3881 Public Relations Cases and Campaigns icon top arrow
  3U
This course will study public relations as a management function that applies communication, organization, and management theories to the research, planning, execution, and evaluation of the public relations programs of organizations. The case study approach is adopted to allow students to develop the competence of logical thinking and critical analysis in a wide variety of issues, which include marketing public relations, integrated marketing communications, crisis communication, image restoration, reputation management, relationship management, public affairs, and issue management. Students will be able to conduct situation analysis and formulate strategies and tactics to achieve various public relations goals of the organization after completing the course.
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COMM 3888 Financial Public Relations icon top arrow
  3U
The course draws on case studies and professional experience to acquaint the students with the principles and practices of public relations in financial sector. Stock market, financial and accounting knowledge is also discussed in the course. Prerequisite: COMM2810 or COMM2850.


 
COMM 3920 Creative Writing in Media icon top arrow
  3U
The course explores new style of writings other than news, documentary and other formal writings. It emphasizes creative writings for entertainment, magazine writings, features, biography, fiction, advertisement, lyrics and soft articles.
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COMM 3921, 3922 Special Topic in Creative and New Media I, II icon top arrow
  3U
The instructor will lecture on and direct the study of a topic in Creative and New Media that he or she specializes in. Students are allowed to take this Special Topic course at most twice, and gain the units each time they pass the course. However, students cannot take courses with the same course code more than once in a single term.


 
COMM 3933 Music Industry, Production and Marketing icon top arrow
  3U
The course introduces Hong Kong popular music and the basic operations of the music industry. It covers a wide range of practical operation of record companies, including Artist and Repertoire Management, production of music and lyrics, marketing and sales, promotion and distribution. Besides the practical and management aspects, it also covers history and issues of popular music in Hong Kong, music commentary and the board theoretical, legal and social implications of the industry.
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COMM 3939 Film Directors icon top arrow
  3U
This course will explore the "auteur" or "author" theory by focusing on several directors each time the course is offered. Auteur directors such as Alfred This course will explore the "auteur" or "author" theory by focusing on several directors each time the course is offered. Auteur directors such as Alfred Hitchcock(希治閣), John Ford(約翰福特), Billy Wilder(比利懷德), Charlie Chaplin(卓別林), Akira Kurosawa(黑澤明), Francis Ford Coppola(哥普拉), Orson Welles(奧信威爾斯), Martin Scorcese(史高西斯), Zhang Yimou(張藝謀), Stanley Kwan(關錦鵬), Ann Hui(許鞍華) , Wong Kar Wai(王家衛), Woody Allen(活地亞倫), Fellini(費里尼), Ingmar Bergman(柏格曼), Stanley Kubrick(寇比力克), Lars von Trier(查艾爾), etc., are among the possible choices for study in this course. Each semester the selection of directors will ensure a mix of past and present, as well as American, European and Asian filmmakers.
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COMM 3940 Multimedia and Digital Entertainment Design icon top arrow
  3U
This advanced course is designed to introduce students to the theory, principles and practice of interactive multimedia technologies. The course provides an overview of leading theorists of interface design, and teaches advanced applied human-computer interface and information representations. General topics include design process, design principles of aesthetics, user perspective, user interface history and trends, interaction methods, and usability studies.

 
COMM 3941 New Media Business icon top arrow
  3U
The aim of the course is to provide an overview of New Media and help students to understand the market landscape, business environment, how to leverage the opportunities, overcome the challenges, as well as measuring the success in New Media.

 

 
COMM 3963 Entertainment Business icon top arrow
  3U
The course aims at teaching students how to manage projects related to media entertainment businesses, including production of multimedia performance, stage performance, showbiz, concert, music, commercials, movies and dramas in different media. The course covers the management, financial as well as operational flow in different entertainment businesses and organizations.


 
COMM 4040 Directed Studies in Communication icon top arrow
  3U
Students will complete a communication-related project under the supervision of the course teacher. The topic and content of the project will be individually determined.


 
COMM 4140 International Communication icon top arrow
  3U
The role of communication in international relations; survey of the mass communication systems in modern world; the role of communication in national development; the flow of international information; patterns, channels of international news gathering and dissemination; variables affecting media development; operational relationship between government and communication media in representative countries; problem of cross-cultural communication.


 
COMM 4150 Senior Research Project icon top arrow
  3U
Students are required to finish a research project on selected topics related to current journalism and communication phenomena under the supervision of a faculty member The requirements include reviewing of literature, formulating research questions, data collection and report writing. Upon completion of this course, students shall be able to conduct a research and produce evidence in tackling a communication-related issue.

 

 
COMM 4191 Cultural Studies and Popular Culture icon top arrow
  3U
Popular culture circulates popular images, encourages communal identities and articulates social divisions. This course will examine the social implications of popular culture by concepts and methods developed by cultural studies theoriests. Cultural studies is the study of meaning and power. The course will introduce to students leading thinkers, concepts and tools in the emerging field and encourage students to assess the consumption of popular culture in their daily life.

 

 
COMM 4730 Documentary icon top arrow
  3U
This course explores the many varieties of documentary forms, from TV news and magazine features (both hard and soft) to stand-alone documentaries produced for television and film. Students groups will produce one short documentary during the semester.

 

 
COMM 4733 New Media Business icon top arrow
  3U
Study and explore video production in various forms. The course analyzes the artistic and creative possibilities inherent in different programmes. Students are required to write, produce and direct high quality video works. (Prerequisite: COMM3733)

 

 
COMM 4848 New Media Advertising icon top arrow
  3U
This course examines new media as an evolving advertising media. The emphasis is on understanding the technologies and theories of new media advertising. The course has been developed to guide students through the process of conceiving, executing, and evaluating new media advertising and to achieve an understanding of the subject from practical and theoretical perspectives.

 

 
COMM 4956 Fundamentals of Computer Animation icon top arrow
  3U
This course is an animation practicum which builds upon the most current and advanced technical skills in animation production for television and film. In this intensive workshop students will have the opportunity to work with high-end software which currently is used by professionals working with computer graphics in animation. The course covers the entire animation process including modeling, lighting, shading, animation, and rendering. Student will be trained both to conceptualize and execute animation projects.

 

 
COMM 4962 Advanced Photography icon top arrow
  3U
This course is intended to advance photographic skills learned in previous courses to the professional level. Students are expected to have basic camera skills when they join the course. Prerequisite: COMM2440 or 2962. 
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COMM 5110, 5111 Topical Studies in Communication I, II icon top arrow
  3U each
Students concentrate their reading and study of one particular field in communication of their interests under the supervision of an instructor.

 

 
COMM 5631, 5632 Topical Studies in Journalism I, II icon top arrow
  3U each
The instructor will lecture and direct the study of a topic in Journalism he or she specializes in.

Students are allowed to take this Special Topic courses more than once, and gain the units each time they pass the course. However, students cannot take courses with the same course code more than once in a single term.

 

 
COMM 5647 Citizen Journalism icon top arrow
  3U
Citizen journalism has become increasingly prominent in contemporary media. This course surveys its development and provides an in-depth examination of popular online news websites and/or significant media events triggered off by citizen journalism. Its theoretical and practical implications on the journalism profession will also be discussed.

 

 
COMM 5650 Journalism Theories and Analysis icon top arrow
  3U
This course introduces various theories in journalism and applies these theories in analyzing news events and issues. The scope of the course covers different aspects and levels of journalism including the journalists, their work organizations, their daily work routines, relationships between the press and other social institutions, news media and social environment, news culture, etc. Concrete news cases will be examined both conceptually and empirically.

 

 
COMM 5690 Feature Writing icon top arrow
  3U
This course seeks to instill students with the necessary skills to generate ideas for feature articles, compile information that is essential for the composition of these pieces, so as to be able to compose a wide variety of different features. Moreover, the course also aims at helping students to understand the ecology of the mass media from the views of a contributing journalist, both in terms of how to locate an outlet for their work, but also in how their work might (and would) become not only a tool with which readers understand the world, and whether their work would contribute to the "reproduction" of a hegemonic, "common-sensical" perspective of the state of the world.

 

 
COMM 5775 Understanding Culture through Film icon top arrow
  3U
This course explores how film uses a universal language, which cuts across all cultures and yet manages to filter film narratives to reflect local audience tastes and values. It first grounds the student in the theories and issues of intercultural communication as well as the basic concepts of film language and narrative. Then through examples of films from East and West, the course will deepen their understanding of diverse cultural values and perceptions reflected in the filmic narrative and characters, including those characters who are representations of the other from outside the producing culture. Finally, the universality of film language will be illustrated through examples of co-production, crossover directors and actors and Hollywood remakes of Asian films.

 

 
COMM 5944 Media Economics and ICTs icon top arrow
  3U
In this course students will learn to apply economic theories, principles and concepts in the study and analysis of media companies and industries, with special focus on their application to Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs), such as mobile phones and social media. Both macro and microeconomic approaches will be adopted to explore the relationship between media economics and technological innovation, globalization, regulation, and social impact.

 

 
COMM 6210 Communication Patterns in Chinese Society icon top arrow
  3U
History of Chinese communication developments, special features of Chinese communication structure, trends and issues of Chinese media, traditional and modern, will be analysed. Both behavioural and historical approaches will be utilized in such analysis.

 

 

 
COMM 6420 Strategies for Integrated Communication Campaigns icon top arrow
  3U
This course covers concepts and theories of social change, attitude change, diffusion of innovation, development and underdevelopment, and modernization. Students will be trained to do research in these areas and be able to apply communication theories and research methods in designing, executing and evaluating specific campaigns.