Hong Kong: Gender and Sexuality in World Civilizations

Final App Deadline: 
Monday, January 25, 2021
Language Requirement: 
None
Coordinator: 
Lauren Schneider
Quarter(s): 
Autumn

The Francis and Rose Yuen Hong Kong: Gender and Sexuality in World Civilizations Program

The College’s Autumn Gender and Sexuality in World Civilizations in Hong Kong program aims to provide students with a global perspective on gender and sexuality. The courses aim to expand students’ exposure to an array of texts—theoretical, historical, works of art, literary, visual—that address the fundamental place of gender and sexuality in the social, political, and cultural creations of different civilizations. All three courses will provide credit in the Core curriculum (if needed), beginning with two quarters of Gender and Sexuality in World Civilization and concluding with a related Arts core class. The civilization sequence introduces concepts in feminist, gender, and queer theory, as well as three thematic clusters: “Love, Family, and Work” and “Politics and Activism.” The “Love and Family” cluster includes readings on such topics as marriage, romance, reproduction, and labor. “Politics and Activism” focuses on texts related to activism/movement politics and women’s rights as human rights and the question of universalism. The Arts core class will change each cycle.

In addition to classroom instruction, the program features a number of excursions to sites of historic and cultural interest both within and in the vicinity of Hong Kong. Long considered one of the most important crossroads of the Asia Pacific region, this modern mega-metropolis is a flourishing cultural, economic, and geopolitical nexus for people and populations from across the world. As a city known for its “East meets West” cosmopolitanism, Hong Kong offers numerous opportunities to engage with otherwise abstract ideas about colonialism and its effects, making them alive in the present. It is assumed that students will use their free time to explore this diverse city apart from program-organized outings.

Campus in Hong Kong

The College’s study abroad programs in Hong Kong are based at The Hong Kong Jockey Club University of Chicago Academic Complex | The University of Chicago Francis and Rose Yuen Campus in Hong Kong. Located on Mount Davis, the campus in Hong Kong features classrooms, offices for faculty, student gathering spaces, and conference areas. For participants in Chicago’s programs, the campus in Hong Kong provides a focus for academic activities, a central meeting place, and a continuing Chicago “presence” within one of the most dynamic cities in Asia and the world.

Housing

Students in the Hong Kong: Gender and Sexuality in World Civilizations program will be housed in the Robert Black College guest house on the campus of the University of Hong Kong. Living on the campus of the University of Hong Kong enables students to take advantage of the campus’s resources and live alongside local students and faculty. The location is convenient to Hong Kong’s Central District, and students will be proximate to the HKU MTR station and other public transportation options. Students will normally be housed in double rooms with a bathroom, and they will also have access to the Robert Black College lounge, library, and other on-site facilities. Breakfast is provided daily in the Robert Black College dining room.

Credits and Registration

Participants in the Gender and Sexuality in World Civilizations in Hong Kong program remain registered as full-time students in the College. They take and receive credit for four courses: two civilization courses, one additional course that will fulfill the arts core requirement, and the Chinese language class. The two-course civilization sequence aims to expand students’ exposure to an array of texts—theoretical, historical, religious, literary, visual—that address the fundamental place of gender and sexuality in the social, political, and cultural creations of different civilizations. The two civilization courses may be used toward the College’s civilization requirement, and the arts core course may be used toward the College’s arts core requirement. If not counted toward the core requirements, all three courses can be used toward the major or minor programs in Gender and Sexuality Studies, or as electives. Their use, partial or total, in any other program of study (major) must be approved by the undergraduate chair of the respective department. The language course will normally count as an elective. Course titles, units of credit, and grades are placed on the College transcript.

Autumn 2020 Courses

GNSE 15002. Gender and Sexuality in World Civilizations I. 100 Units. (Dominique Bluher)
The first course offers a theoretical framing unit that introduces concepts in feminist, gender, and queer theory, as well as two thematic clusters, “Kinship” and “Creativity and Cultural Knowledge.” The “Kinship” cluster includes readings on such topics as marriage, sex and anti-sex, love and anti-love, and reproduction. The “Creativity and Cultural Knowledge” cluster addresses the themes of authorship and authority, fighting and constructing the canon, and the debates over the influence of “difference” on cultural forms.

GNSE 15003. Gender and Sexuality in World Civilizations II. 100 Units. (Kristen Schilt)
Three thematic clusters make up the second course. “Politics” focuses on texts related to activism/movement politics and women’s rights as human rights and the question of universalism. “Religion” contextualizes gender and sexuality through examinations of a variety of religious laws and teachings, religious practices, and religious communities. “Economics” looks at slavery, domestic service, prostitution as labor, consumption, and the gendering of labor in contemporary capitalism.

[Course number TBA]. Art and Cultural Transformation. 100 Units. (Patrick Jagoda)
This course will consider the ways in which genre of creative media (film, novels, video games, art) open up spaces for imagining new futures for gender and sexuality. This course may be used toward the College’s arts core requirement. The arts core course offered will change each cycle.

The language course (Cantonese or Mandarin) will normally count as an elective and earn 100 units of credit. Course titles, units of credits, and grades are placed on the College transcript.

Finances

Study abroad students pay regular College tuition, a program fee, and a nonrefundable study abroad administrative fee. The tuition and program fee are paid in conformity with the home campus payment schedule, and the nonrefundable study abroad administrative fee is submitted when accepting a place in a program. Precise figures for the Hong Kong program during the 2020-21 year are listed below:

Autumn tuition: as set by the Bursar’s Office

Study abroad administrative fee: $675

Hong Kong program fee: $4,950

Program fee includes: Out-of-pocket expenses include:
Accommodation (including breakfast) Round-trip airfare to and from the program site
Instruction Transportation on site
Student support Meals
Program excursions Course materials
Emergency travel insurance (ISOS) Personal entertainment and travel
  Communications (including cell phone usage)
  Health insurance and upfront payments for care
  Other miscellaneous expenses

We estimate that program participants can spend in the range of $200 to $250 per week on meals and incidentals while on the program, though frugal students may spend less, and others could spend much more. Bear in mind that cost of living in Hong Kong can be relatively high and is substantially higher than the cost of living in Mainland China. While it is possible to live frugally, it is also possible to run short of money if you are unwary. It is therefore essential that you budget your funds prudently, apportioning your resources so that they may last for the duration of the program. If you are planning to travel before or after the program or on weekends, you should budget accordingly.

Study abroad students retain their financial aid eligibility. For more information about financial aid resources, please see our Tuition, Fees, and Funding section.

Eligibility and Application

The Hong Kong: Gender and Sexuality in World Civilizations study abroad program is open to University of Chicago undergraduate students only. Applications from outside the University are not accepted.

The program is designed for undergraduates in good standing who are beyond their first year in the College. While the program stipulates no minimum grade-point average, an applicant’s transcript should demonstrate that they are a serious student who will make the most of this opportunity. Because the civilization sequence and arts core course are taught in English, there is no language prerequisite.

Because of the considerable demand for the Chicago civilization programs abroad, no student may participate in more than one of these programs. Each application is examined on the basis of the student’s scholastic record, personal statement, and academic recommendation. If you are interested in applying for this program please fill out the online application.

Further Information

Students who are accepted into the Hong Kong: Gender and Sexuality in World Civilizations program will apply in advance for a student visa in order to legally enter Hong Kong for the purpose of study. The Hong Kong Immigration Department retains sole control of the visa application process, and according to its guidelines for entry under the student visa scheme, “This entry arrangement does not apply to: […] nationals of Afghanistan, Cambodia, Cuba, Laos, Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of), Nepal and Vietnam.”

Students who are citizens of these countries and interested in studying in Hong Kong should contact the Program Coordinator prior to application.

To discuss the Hong Kong: Gender and Sexuality in World Civilizations program and the possibility of participating in it, please contact Lauren Schneider.

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