LEWI Summer Institute 2013 is a three-week summer programme that runs from 3 to 25 June 2013. The programme will be offered by LEWI's research faculty who has strong research record and extensive teaching experiece. Three courses on aspects of Chinese culture and history and on economic and cultural landscapes in East Asian cities will be offered. Field activities will be organized to explore Hong Kong, the Pearl of the Orient, with its unique blending of Chinese and Western socio-cultural elements.

Who should enroll?
Current undergraduate as well as postgraduate students interested in Chinese culture and history as well as the changing landscapes in East Asian cities, especially post-colonial Hong Kong, and who want to earn extra credits in the summer are invited to enroll in the programme.

Curriculum and Award
All courses carry 3 semester credit units. Classes are scheduled from Monday to Friday in two 3-hour sessions, morning and afternoon, over the period 3-25 June 2013. Each student can enroll up to two courses. Upon completion of the programme, students will be awarded a certificate. A prize of US$500 will be awarded to the best student in each class. Proper transcripts will be issued by the Academic Registry of the University. Students who wish to apply for credit recognition from their home institutions are advised to consult their academic advisors and apply through the relevant offices.

Class Schedule


Morning Session (9:30am-12:30pm)

Afternoon Session (2:30am-5:30pm)
Course Title
Option 1: Missionaries in Modern China
Option 2: Urban Cultural Landscape

Introduction to Chinese Society & Culture




Course Outline
1) Missionaries in Modern China
This course is an interdisciplinary course by nature, as the subjects of this course belong to two different disciplines, namely history and religious studies. It aims to introduce to students the roles of Protestant Christianity in the transformation of modern China during the late Qing and Republican era. It will examine how Protestant missionaries attempted to introduce their religious belief and Western knowledge to their Confucian audience. Chinese attitudes and reactions will be examined as well. Upon completion of this course, student will acquire a clear understanding of the activities of the Protestant Church in and their impact on modern China. Their understanding of Sino-western interaction in modern China will be enhanced too.

2) Urban Cultural Landscape
The course of “Urban Cultural Landscape: Experiencing arts, heritages, festivals and urban forms in Asia” places emphasis on urban process in all of its richness and complexity by introductions to culture-oriented spatial changes in Asia. It covers a wide range of typologies of urban landscape, from faraway vernacular settlements and religions space, to the emerging avant-garde art and creative clusters. Focusing on Asia, the course reveals difference paths in the lengthy evolution of urbanization, addressing how Asian culture, religion, and artistic movement penetrate and shape the built environment. There are two main parts in this course: introduction to Asian culture-shaped urban forms and relevant major academic concepts; and field visits that expose students to first-hand the joys and sorrows of life in Asian cities. For instance, we will organize the trip to the Dragon Boat Race on the day of Dragon Boat Festival, and visit the Hong Kong Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre where local artists gather.  Students who successfully complete this course will have a better knowledge of the urban history, urban community, and cultural influence on urban places or cities. It should equip students with some basic approach to observe and interpret urban cultural landscapes as an amalgam of diverse political, economic, and sociocultural interactions within a distinctive built environment. As a very useful subject in socioeconomic development, government policy, and urban development, it will provide necessary knowledge to students for learning other subjects, such as tourism, urban planning, environmental management, heritage conservation, cultural and community studies, and the world history.

3) Introduction to Chinese Society and Culture
This course introduces students to aspects of Chinese culture and society in Hong Kong and Mainland China through an anthropological perspective. We will examine cultural and social institutions such as family and marriage, the state and local power relations, social stratification, religion, ethnic relations, gender and migration. Through discussions of the traditional and the contemporary, the rural and the urban, students are encouraged to critically reflect upon taken-for-granted concepts of China, Hong Kong, Chinese values and Chinese people.


Miss Hidy Ng

David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies
Hong Kong Baptist University
Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong
Tel : (852) 3411 2870
Fax : (852) 3411 5128
Email : lewi@hkbu.edu.hk

Tuition: All courses - USD1,600 per course
Accommodation: USD490, covering the period 3 – 25 June 2013 (23 nights) at the HKBU Students’ Residence Halls, on a twin-sharing room basis.

Application procedures
Download the application form from below, complete and return it with full payment by cheque or via a credit card to the LEWI Secretariat by 31 March 2013. Late applications may be considered only if space is still available and is subject to a 10% surcharge. 

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