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Programme Description

The programme aims to graduate students who are critical thinkers equipped with analytical skills to learn from varied social and situated contexts, and who have developed a global world view based upon a heightened level of cross-cultural awareness and intercultural sensitivity. The Chinese/English major will also be reflective learners and as such should become acutely aware of the need for life-long learning in a globally dynamic multicultural environment. Through a carefully integrated curriculum, students will acquire a solid foundation in Chinese/English major with a global perspective.

Study Mode Normal Period of Study JUPAS Code Non-JUPAS Code (For Senior Year Entry)
Full-time 4 Years (for Year 1 Entry)
2 Years (for Senior Year Admissions)
JS8600 (Chinese Major)
JS8612 (English Major)
NJ8600 (Chinese Major)
NJ8612 (English Major)
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The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Language Studies (BA [Lang Studies]) programme offers two major tracks: Chinese Major and English Major. Each major track is treated as an independent choice for admission purposes.

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Programme Aims

The BA(Lang Studies) programme aims to graduate students who have the following attributes:

  1. Demonstrate a high level of proficiency in the language of their major;
  2. Demonstrate a level of proficiency in the other target language which will be sufficient for workplace communication;
  3. Are able to identify communication issues and resolve relevant problems in context;
  4. Are critical thinkers with high moral and ethical standards, plus a readiness to question established truths, and the confidence and courage to challenge received wisdoms; and
  5. Are equipped with analytical ability to learn from varied social and global contexts whilst having a propensity to turn life’s challenges into opportunities for intellectual development and personal growth.

The programme also aims to cultivate students with a heightened level of cross-cultural awareness. It prepares students for such dynamic careers as media and publications, culture and entertainment, advertising and public relations, business, education, and the civil service.

Chinese Major

Programme Code: JS8600

The Chinese Major track of the BA(Lang Studies) programme aims to graduate students who are critical thinkers equipped with analytical skills to learn from varied social and situated contexts, and who have developed a global world view based upon a heightened level of cross-cultural awareness and intercultural sensitivity. Our Chinese Majors will also be reflective learners and as such should become acutely aware of the need for life-long learning in a globally dynamic multicultural environment. Through a carefully integrated curriculum, students majoring in Chinese will acquire a solid foundation in their major with a global perspective.

English Major

Programme Code: JS8612

The English Major track of the BA(Lang Studies) programme aims to graduate students who are critical thinkers equipped with analytical skills to learn from varied social and situated contexts, and who have developed a global world view based upon a heightened level of cross-cultural awareness and intercultural sensitivity. Our English majors will also be reflective learners and as such should become acutely aware of the need for life-long learning in a globally dynamic multicultural environment. Through a carefully integrated curriculum, students majoring in English will acquire a solid foundation in their major with a global perspective.

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Programme Features

The BA(Lang Studies) programme has a number of special features:

  • Through a carefully integrated curriculum, students majoring in Chinese or English will acquire a solid foundation in their major discipline within the context of the three broad subject domains: Language, Literature, and Culture & Communication;
  • All students can choose from a range of elective courses offered by different departments;
  • Chinese Majors and English Majors in the 4-year programme are required to complete a mandatory first Minor in the language of other major in the programme, while Senior year entrants are required to take elective courses totaling 15 cps.;
  • The Final Year Project allows students to design and implement academic research of their own choice in areas of language, literature, and culture and communication;
  • Students can take a series of General Education courses in different domains, including Foundation, Experiential Learning, Breadth and University ePortfolio;
  • Students can take Language Enhancement courses in the areas of English, Cantonese and Putonghua;
  • Each student is entitled to an EdUHK subsidy of HK$10,000 for the pursuit of overseas experiential learning;
  • Language Exit Requirements in English (IELTS or equivalent) and Putonghua (PSC) are implemented for students in the 4-year programme, with an aim to produce graduates of high language proficiency and to enhance their employability;
  • Individual Academic Advisors provide advice on academic studies and career planning.

Programme Structure

Chinese Major / English Major^  
Components Credit Points (cps) Credit Points (Senior Year Entry)
Major    
Major (Chinese / English) 54 30
Major Interdisciplinary 3 3
Internship 3 Optional
Final Year Project    
- Research Methods
- Honours Project / Capstone Project
6 6

Electives (including a 15-cp Mandatory Chinese/English Minor for students in the 4-year programme)

24 15
Language Enhancement
- Mandatory credit bearing language courses
- Mandatory and optional non-credit bearing language courses
9 0-3*
General Education 22 3-6*#
Total: 121 60

Note:
^Classes will be held in Tai Po Campus and Tseung Kwan O Study Centre / Kowloon Tong Satellite Study Centre / Sports Centre as decided by the University.
*Students from Senior -Year Entry may select either a Language Enhancement course or a General Education course to fulfill this credit requirement.
#Including the mandatory University ePortfolio course.

Major

BA(Lang Studies) students will study 57 cps (4-year programme) / 30 cps (Senior Year Entry) of course-work in the following areas plus 3 cps of mandatory internship (for 4-year programme only).

  • Language
  • Literature
  • Culture & Communication

List of Major courses

Chinese Major
Language
  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Introduction to Translation
  • 現代漢語
  • 古代漢語
  • 漢語修辭學
  • 漢字學
  • 漢語音韻學
Literature
  • 文學概論
  • 中西文學比較
  • 中國古代文學 (一) (先秦-隋唐)
  • 中國古代文學 (二) (宋-清)
  • 中國現代文學
  • 中國文學批評
  • 香港文學

Culture & Communication

  • Intercultural Communication
  • 粵語與香港本土文化
  • 中國傳統人生哲學
  • 媒體寫作

 

English Major
Language
  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Introduction to Translation
  • English Grammar I
  • English Grammar II
  • Introduction to English Phonetics and Phonology
  • Spoken and Written Discourse
  • Words and Their Meanings
Literature
  • 中西文學比較
  • Approaching English Literature
  • Literatures in English I: Fiction
  • Literatures in English II: Drama
  • Literatures in English: Poetry
  • Readings in New Literatures in English

Culture & Communication

  • Intercultural Communication
  • 粵語與香港本土文化
  • 媒體寫作
  • Introduction to Sociolinguistics
  • English as a Global Language

BA(Lang Studies) students are required to complete a Final Year Project on a guided topic of their choice.

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Internship (3 cps) (Mandatory for 4-year programme/Optional for Senior Year Entry)

One of the University’s missions is to foster students’ whole- person development so that they can become competent professionals as well as active and engaged citizens ready for autonomous lifelong learning. Students in the 4-year programme are required to complete the internship programme organised by the Faculty for experiential learning enrichment and fulfillment of the graduation requirement. Internship is optional and non-credit bearing for Senior year entrants.

Final Year Project (6 cps)

Students will complete a research methods course in Year 3 to attain basic research knowledge and to develop a proposal for conducting a research-based/project-based study in their chosen research area. In Year 4, they will work on the Final Year Project independently under the guidance of their supervisors, who will monitor the students’ progress, meet with the students periodically, and give them helpful feedback on initial drafts.

Electives (24 cps for 4-year programme / 15 cps for Senior Year Entry)

BA (Lang Studies) students in the 4-year programme are required to use 15 cps (out of 24 cps in the Elective Domain) to complete a mandatory first minor in the language of another major in the programme (i.e. Chinese Major students are required to take Minor in English whereas English Major students are required to take Minor in Chinese offered by the programme). They may make use the rest of cps available in the Elective domain to take elective courses or a second Minor available at the University. Students who opt for a second Minor may be required to take extra cps beyond the total cps required by the programme. Students from Senior Year Entry are required to take elective courses totaling 15 cps.

All students are required to complete one elective course from ‘Comparative Language Studies’, and one elective education course offered by the Faculty of Education and Human Development (FEHD).

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Language Enhancement (9 cps for 4-year programme / 3 cps optional for Senior Year Entry)

Language Proficiency development is an important objective of the BA(Lang Studies) programme. Students in the 4-year programme have to take mandatory language enhancement courses in both Chinese (Cantonese and Putonghua) and English. Some of the mandatory language courses are credit-bearing.

Senior-year entrants may select a credit-bearing language enhancement course or a General Education course to fulfill the credit requirement (3 cps).

Students can further develop their proficiency in Chinese and English by taking optional non-credit-bearing language enhancement courses.

General Education (22 cps for 4-year programme / 3 cps for Senior Year Entry)

BA(Lang Studies) students in the 4-year programme are required to complete General Education from four domains: Foundation (4 cps), Experiential Learning (6 cps), Breadth (9 cps), and University ePortfolio (3 cps). The GE Foundation Course is a 4-cp course that will run for the whole academic year in Year 1. The purpose of the course is to equip and motivate students to think carefully about a broad range of issues, construct and attain knowledge, and apply what they have learned to their own lives. Experiential Learning (EL) is composed of a 3-cp Co-curricular Service Learning Course (CSLC) and a 3-cp Experiential Learning Course (ELC). The General Education Breadth Courses (GEBCs) (9 cps) are composed of General Education Breadth Learning Strands (1-3) (GELS), Positive and Values Education (PAVE) Course and General Education Interdisciplinary Course (GEIC). Students have to take one of each component for fulfilling the GEBCs requirement (9 cps). After the completion of these courses, students will take a 3-cp course at Consolidation Level to complete their University ePortfolio normally before the final year. Senior year entrants are required to complete the University ePortfolio to fulfill the graduation requirement.

Career Prospects/Professional Qualifications

The BA (Lang Studies) programme prepares graduates are prepared to pursue postgraduate studies in their areas of specialisation or in a field of expertise related to their major sub-disciplines. The generic skills acquired, on the other hand, equip them with career opportunities in such diverse fields as media and publications, education, business, communications, culture and entertainment, community and social services, leisure and tourism, and civil service.

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As the 2022/23 academic year is the beginning of the 2022/23 - 2024/25 triennium for which the allocation of UGC-funded places is still subject to the Government's approval, the number of intake places is indicative only and subject to changes or confirmation.

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