The Place of Meaning: Gardens in Britain and China (HUM3015)

15 credits

Gardens are commonly known as places of leisure and recreation. This module, however, reveals the relatively unknown, fascinating cultural meanings of gardens, with a focus on China and Britain. You will discover the gardens not only as the spatial matrix where the physical environment and cultural meanings interrelate and reciprocate, but also as media that trigger their users into performance with personal and social implications. You will conduct in-depth reading and analysis of images and texts. While this module can count towards Chinese credits, there are no pre-requisites or co-requisites, so is open to all final-year students in the College of Humanities. This module is suitable for specialists and non-specialists and recommended for interdisciplinary pathways. The field trips may incur a small extra cost for students.