History of Love in Modern China

Course Code: HIST2169

Faculty of: Arts, School of Humanities (History)

Target Students: HKU Undergraduates, Non HKU Local Undergraduates, Non HKU Undergraduates, Postgraduate Students

Area of Interest: Culture & Society, Humanities & Creative Industries

Credits: 6

Course Period: July 15, 2019 to July 26, 2019

Course Fee: HKD 14,000

Accommodation: HKD 2,800 for 6 nights; Optional and available to enrolled students

Discount: 10% off for students from HKU exchange partners

Deadline for Application: April 24, 2019

Online Application: APPLY NOW

Course Description:

This course will examine how the concept of ‘ai’ 愛 (love) as an affective concept made its way into the Chinese vocabulary, how it gained popularity at specific junctures in modern Chinese history, and the ways in which it has been adapted as a marker of modernity and a political discourse in Republican (1911-1949) and Communist China (1949- ) in distinct ways. By looking into the different adaptations and usages of love by China’s political leaders in modern times in their speeches, statements, arts and propaganda and the historical evolution of ‘first-couple politics’, this course will study the versatile nature of love as a critical mechanism within modern Chinese politics. Understanding discursive appropriations of love in this way, offers a fresh perspective into the meaning—and most importantly, the politics—of love in modern China, and yields comparative perspectives on the history of love in other parts of the world.

Instructor: Dr Guo Ting

Class Day & Time:
Monday to Friday 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Course Materials: 

Course Outline


For HKU Undergraduates, if you are interested in applying for the above courses, please select the course on SIS system through HKU Portal

Accommodation Arrangement:

Optional and available to enrolled students (Click here for more details)

Check-in Date: July 14, 2019
Check-out Date: July 27, 2019


• Students can access to HKU Facilities including Cafeteria, Main Library, Flora Ho Sports Centre, Learning Commons and University Health Services. Meal expense, service fee and medical cost will be responsible by students.

• For information about HKU exchange partners, please click here.

• Students of non-credit bearing programmes will receive a certificate upon programme completion. Students of credit-bearing programmes can apply a transcript stated with HKU credits, please contact your home institution about the issue related to HKU credits recognition.

• In any case, students are strongly recommended to make their own insurance arrangements throughout the entire period of your programme. Students will be responsible for their own medical and dental costs during the period of the programme. Please refer to here (Point 5) for more information.