At Duke Kunshan University, each major consists of an interdisciplinary set of courses that integrate different forms of knowledge and a distinct set of disciplinary courses that provide expertise in specific areas.

Global Cultural Studies/Literature
Cultural Studies is an interdisciplinary field of research and teaching that investigates the forms of life and culture produced in today’s interconnected world, and has seen tremendous growth worldwide. Combining the strengths of the social sciences and the humanities, and drawing on methods and theories from literary studies, cultural anthropology, history, sociology, media studies, film studies, communications, economics, etc., the major of Global Cultural Studies with a focus in Literature imparts students with skills and competency in examining issues as diverse as nationalism, political conflicts, human rights, immigration, trade, the environment, media, literacy, and education.

Required Courses

Divisional Foundation Courses
  • The Art of Interpretation 1: Written Texts
  • The Art of Interpretation II: Images and Sound
Interdisciplinary Courses
  • Empires and Culture
  • Critical Comparative Studies
  • Culture and Industry
  • Gender and Globality
  • Migration, Inequality, and Culture
  • Junior Seminar: Advanced Topics
  • Senior Seminar: Advanced Topics
Disciplinary Courses
  • Intro to Literary Theory Writ Large
  • Critical Inter-Asia: Rethinking Local and Global Connections
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Reading Empire: Anglophone, Francophone, Sinophone and Japanophone
  • Melodrama East and West

Recommended Electives for the Major

Courses listed below are recommended electives for the major. Students can also select other courses in different divisions as electives.

  • From Cool Japan to the Korean Wave: Popular Culture from East Asia
  • Online Novels and the Chinese Public Sphere
  • Chinatowns: A Cultural History
  • Games and Culture: Politics, Pleasure and Pedagogy
  • Hashtag Memes, Digital Tribes
  • Religionand Sexuality

*The above major and course list are pending approval by Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China