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OTMEVAL0016 Chinese Society - China and Media, 5 ECTS cr. 
Code OTMEVAL0016  Validity 01.01.1950 - 31.07.2018
Name Chinese Society - China and Media  Abbreviation Chinese Society 
Credits5 ECTS cr.  Date of expiry  
TypeAdvanced studies Subject0300 Science of Law 
ClassCourse  Hours  
Study right   GradingPass, Fail, Grades 1-5 
Recommended timing 
Organisation Faculty of Law 

Matti Nojonen 


By the end of this course students
- are able to discern the central and controversial role media (and various forms of media) has in Chinese society.
- have gained an understanding of the complicated and dynamic role of social media in Chinese society
- comprehend the diverse ownership and organization structure of Chinese media companies
- understand the role of Party and politics in Chinese media
- have developed a deeper understanding of critical issues related to Chinese media and media culture
- are also aware of current debates on social change as expressed through Chinese media.


The Chinese society – China and media course offers students insight into the important role of media, social media, emerging new ways of interacting in daily life, gigantic media companies and the role of censorship in the Chinese society. The course illustrates how media and social media in particular are changing society, reflect social and popular issues, and serve as a platform where censorship machine and party play a cat and mouse game with netizens’ desire to express sensitive issues. Chinese young netizens are among the most active social media users in the whole world. The internet, online wholesaling, games and social media in general have become an inseparable part of Chinese people’s daily life. This revolutionary development has been paralleled with the rise of global media giants; companies such as Baidu, Tencent and Alibaba and number of other Chinese high-tech companies and restricting Western internet companies, such as Google and YouTube, to operate in China. The course introduces these global leading companies, their role, strategies and intriguing relationship with the Party and its censorship machine in China.


Previous studies 

No previous studies required


Lectures and exercises (27 h), independent work


It is required to attend and pass all parts of the course to receive a final course grade.

More literature information and extra material 

Donald, S.H., Keane, M. and Hong, Y. 2002. Media in China: Consumption, Content and Crisis. Routledge.
- Especially chapters 11 and 16

Erni, J.N. and Chua, S.K. (Eds.) 2005. Asian Media Studies. Blackwell Publishing.
- Chapter 8

Keane, M. 2013. Creative Industries in China. Polity Press.
- Especially chapters 1, 2 and 7

Keane, M. (Ed.). Forthcoming. Handbook of China's Cultural and Creative Industries. Edward Elgar.
- Especially chapters 2, 3, 9, 13, 24 and 29


Grades 1-5/fail
The lecturer(s) will inform the evaluation method of the course.


Professor Matti Nojonen, University of Lapland

Additional information 


Research Assistant Professor Hanna Wirman, Hong Kong Polytechnic University


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Upcoming exams
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