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Minor in Performance Studies
(Declaration of this Minor in or after Term 2, 2020-21)

The interdisciplinary Minor in Performance Studies, administered by the Department of Cultural Studies, involves courses from six programmes in the University: Chinese, Cultural Studies, English, History, Visual Studies, and Wong Bing Lai Music and Performing Arts Unit. All undergraduate students (including CS Majors) who wish to pursue a Minor in Performance Studies are required to complete five courses (15 credits) as detailed below*:

Brief Description

Performance Studies is an interdisciplinary field, which considers performance as its object of analysis, method of research, and a site to understand broader sociocultural issues. It considers a wide range of performance from staged and time-based artistic representations (dance, theatre, opera, music concerts) to cultural performance (festivals, religious ceremonies, sporting events) to embodiment of identity and everyday life (gender identity, sexuality, race and ethnicity, nation-ness). By understanding performance capaciously, students minoring in performance studies are able to combine theories and practice. This is achieved based on both critical analysis and experiential learning of performance as a critical term and medium itself. Since it was offered in 2014, students minoring in performance studies have worked in the visual art and performing arts sector and been active in community organizing.

Required courses for the minor are cross-disciplinary by nature, and offered by the departments of Cultural Studies, Chinese, English, Visual Studies, and History, as well as the Wong Bing Lai Music and Performing Arts Unit. Students minoring in performance studies will be equipped with knowledge and skills necessary for not only understanding performance itself but also transforming their understanding of our society and culture through the lens of performance.

Eligible students minoring in performance studies have the opportunity to be nominated and awarded the CS Performance Studies Scholarship.

Required Course (3 credits)

CUS3359 Introduction to Performance Cultures (previously Introduction to Performance Studies until AY 2018-19)

Elective Courses (12 credits)

(Elective courses are categorized into three distinct modules. Students must take at least 3 credits from each module. Students are encouraged to take the last remaining 3 credits from a module chosen by the student. )

Module 1: Theory and Applications

CLA9008 Performance Arts in Modern Times
CUS3002 Curating Performance and Cultural Practice
CUS3008 Special Topics in Creativity and Performance Cultures
CUS3350 Power and Body in Performing Arts (formerly Power and Body in the Performing Arts until 2018-19)
HST3352 History of Religions in China
CUS3006# Social Drama and Everyday Life
CUS3329f^ Special Topics in Socio-Political Studies: Performance Studies in the HK Context (no longer offered from 2019-20)
CUS3333^ Culture, Pleasure and Feeling (no longer offered from 2019-20)

Module 2: Music and Sonic Expressions

ENG3399a Special Topics in English: the Musical
HST2001 Modern Revolutions and Musical Performance (formerly Changing the World through Music: Modern Revolutions and Musical Performance until 2018-19)
MPA3001 Musical Expression in Film and Theatre
MPA2002# Musicality and Well-Being
CLB9022# Music in World Cultures
CLD9016# Music and the Science of Sound
CUS2222^ Kunqu Opera 崑曲與崑劇 (no longer offered from 2019-20)
ENG1373^ English in Popular Song (no longer offered from 2019-20)
MPA2001^ Creative Instrumental Ensemble (no longer offered from 2019-20)

Module 3: Embodied Time-based Performance

CUS3325 Workshop on Creativity & Cultural Production
CUS3360 Performance Practices Workshop
MPA3001 Musical Expression in Film and Theatre
CHI3203 Literature and Modern Drama 文學與戲劇
CHI3221 Ming-Qing Drama 明清戲曲
CHI3239 Classical Chinese Drama 古典戲曲
CHI4323 Selected Readings in Yuan Qu 元曲選
ENG3205 Contemporary Literature in English II: Drama and Poetry
ENG3277 English Drama Performance
VIS3001 Video Art

* Courses in the 48-credit major in the BA (Hons) Film and Media Studies cannot be double counted for fulfillment of the requirements of this Minor.

^ The courses will be counted as electives if students have already completed the courses in 2018-2019 or before.

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