CAH2551 - Chinese Art and Political Expression

Offering Academic Unit
Department of Chinese and History
Credit Units
Course Duration
One Semester
Course Offering Term*:
Not offering in current academic year

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

This course aims to familiarize students with how artworks deliver political message by using both pre-modern and modern examples from China. It allows the students on one the hand to explore how to get the political views expressed by the political power. On the other hand, how the artists who are out of office express political view through works of art. It will examine the impact of political power on the development of artistic activities, the influence of propaganda art on society and historical events, and our preconceptions and modern concerns about propaganda. Besides, according to the teachings of Confucian tradition, literati artists responded to political turmoil with subtle expression through implicit symbolism, poetry and artistic techniques. The course will explore these messages conveyed by visual arts. Moreover, it will examine the close relationship between art and society in the social cultural context of modern and contemporary China, demonstrating that art is not only the product of an independent condition, but also a matter of cultural economy as well as socio-politics. Student will recognize the art works created by artists in direct response to social and political issue in their environments and in the world. Upon completion of this course, students will learn how to apply the knowledge they have learned to the artworks they encounter, and develop the analytical skills to synthesis the knowledge across art, its expression, connotation and political expression.

Assessment (Indicative only, please check the detailed course information)

Continuous Assessment: 70%
Examination: 30%
Examination Duration: 2 hours
Detailed Course Information


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Department of Chinese and History