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Programme Description

The programme aims to provide diversified learning experiences for students to develop their career pathways by deepening and broadening their studies in language contexts. Upon completion of this programme, students should be able to master the language of their major with analytical ability/digital competency to learn from varied social and global contexts. Through the carefully organised courses and an organic curriculum, students will acquire a solid foundation in Chinese/English major to embrace future challenges in the digital world.

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. Are able to identify communication issues and resolve relevant problems in context;
  3. 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
  4. 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 and digital awareness. It prepares students for such dynamic careers as media and publications, cultural and art management, education, advertising and marketing, civil service, and community and social services.

Chinese Major

Programme Code: JS8600

The Chinese Major track of the BA(Lang Studies) programme aims to provide diversified learning experiences for students to develop their career pathways by deepening and broadening their studies in Chinese language contexts. Upon completion of this programme, students should be able to master the language of their major with analytical ability/digital competency to learn from varied social and global contexts. Through the carefully organised courses and an organic curriculum, students majoring in Chinese will acquire a solid foundation in their major to embrace future challenges in the digital world.

English Major

Programme Code: JS8612

The English Major track of the BA(Lang Studies) programme aims to provide diversified learning experiences for students to develop their career pathways by deepening and broadening their studies in English language contexts. Upon completion of this programme, students should be able to master the language of their major with analytical ability/digital competency to learn from varied social and global contexts. Through the carefully organised courses and an organic curriculum, students majoring in English will acquire a solid foundation in their major to embrace future challenges in the digital world.

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Programme Features

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

  • A flexible credit-unit system that permits students to explore their academic interests at the beginning of the Programme, and then gradually develop them into an area that paves the way for professional development or further studies;
  • The carefully lined-up courses and learning experiences can help students to build solid language-related skills and digital literacy as well as to embrace future challenges in the digital world;
  • Students are benefited from the existing strength of teacher-education in the EdUHK and the Standing Committee on Language Education and Research (SCOLAR) recognition to develop their career in the fields related to education and language;
  • Chinese Majors and English Majors in the 4-year programme are required to complete Major Elective (Extended Major) from the area of Chinese Studies, English Studies, Cultural Studies and Modern Languages;
  • The Final Year Project allows students to design and implement academic research of their own choice in areas of language, literature, media and drama play;
  • 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

  Credit Points Required for Year 1 Entry Credit Points Required for Senior Year
Major
  • Chinese/English Major Core
  • Major Elective (Extended Major) Note 2-3
  • Credit-bearing Internship Note 3
  • Major Interdisciplinary
  • Cross-Faculty Core Course (Subject to approval)
60 33
Final Year Project
  • Basic Research Methods
  • Honours Project/Capstone Project
6 6
Electives 24 Note 4 15 Note 5
General Education 22 Note 6 6 Note 7
Language Enhancement 9
Total: 121 60

Notes:
(1) 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.
(2) Designated areas of Major Elective include Chinese Studies, English Studies, Cultural Studies and Modern Languages.
(3) Major Elective (Extended Major) and Credit-bearing Internship are exclusive for Year 1 entry students only. Internship is optional and non-credit bearing for Senior year entrants.
(4) Students from 4-year programme must complete one Education Elective course (3 cps) offered by the Faculty of Education and Human Development (FEHD) or a General Education course on Education (if available) upon graduation.
(5) Senior year students admitted in academic year 2023/24 must complete one Education Elective course (3 cps) and one Comparative Language Studies Elective (3 cps) upon graduation.
(6) Including the University ePortfolio course (3 cps) and compulsory Experiential Learning Course on Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ELC on E&I) (3 cps)
(7) Senior Year Students admitted in academic year 2023/24 must complete a 3 cps of General Education/Experiential Learning/Language Enhancement, and a 3 cps of University ePortfolio course to fulfill the graduation requirement.
(8) Students admitted into this programme starting from the 2023/24 cohort are required to visit the Greater Bay Area (GBA) for a short trip (e.g. 1-day or 2-day 1-night trip) in order to complete the Cross-Faculty Core Course. While the GBA trip is heavily subsidised, students are still required to contribute 18% of the estimated cost of the trip ("student contribution"), whereas personal entertainment, meals expenses, travel document fee and personal insurance costs will not be supported. The estimated cost of the GBA trip for students admitted to the 2023/24 cohort is not available yet as it is subject to a variety of factors such as changes to the cost of the GBA trip as a result of inflation, trip duration, traveling expenses, the exchange rate, etc. The exact amount of student contribution is thus not available.

Major Core

In this domain, students study language, literature and cultural courses in Chinese/English. To support the Chinese/English proficiency development of every students, he or she will study the following Major courses:

List of Major Core Courses

Chinese Major
Language
  • Modern Chinese Language
  • Chinese Etymology
  • Classical Chinese Language
  • Chinese Historical Phonology
Literature
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Classical Chinese Literature (I) (From Pre-Qin to Sui and Tang)
  • Classical Chinese Literature (II) (From Song to Qing)
  • Modern Chinese Literature
  • Literature in Hong Kong
  • Creative Writing

Culture

  • Traditional Chinese Philosophy of Life

 

English Major
Language
  • Introduction to English Phonetics and Phonology
  • Introduction to Sociolinguistics
  • Words and Their Meanings
  • Spoken and Written Discourse
  • Language and Gender
  • English Grammar
  • Introduction to Linguistics
Literature
  • Approaching English Literature
  • Literatures in English I: Fiction
  • Literatures in English II: Drama
  • Literatures in English: Poetry
  • Introduction to Linguistics

Remarks: The offering of above Major courses may be subject to change

 

Major Elective (For 4-year programme)

The Major Elective (4-year programme) allows students to deepen and broaden their learning in the practical application of language studies by developing their literacy in the aspect of literature, linguistic and cultural studies. Depending on the courses taken by the students, they should be able to enhance their academic competence in Chinese/English language, linguistics, comparative literature, language and cultural studies, modern languages, or digital literacy upon graduation. The attainment of Major Elective (4-year programme) will be shown on the student's transcript upon graduation.

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.

The Final Year Project comprises of two courses

  • Honours Project I / Capstone Project I: Introduction of research methods and proposal
  • Honours Project II / Capstone Project II: A one-year project to be conducted in the final year

On top of the major courses, electives provide greater flexibility and multiple learning pathways for undergraduate students to develop their interests and explore their career aspirations. Students may also use the cps under this domain to study towards prescribed Minors or Second Majors offered by FHM and other Faculties.

Students undertake English and Chinese language enhancement courses offered by the Department of English Language Education, Department of Chinese Language Studies or Centre for Language in Education to meet the Language Exit Requirements for English and Putonghua of the University.

The EdUHK’s General Education courses prepare students to be active agents of change, by broadening their intellectual horizons, helping them make connections among different areas of knowledge and between their formal studies and life outside the classroom, and strengthening their capacity for sound thinking and good judgement. It offers a varied but balanced mix of individual courses across a range of subject areas and disciplines, set within an integrated structure of (i) General Education Foundation Course, (ii) Experiential Learning, (iii) General Education Breadth Courses, and (iv) University ePortfolio with a total of 22 credit points (cps) (4-year programme).

Senior year students admitted in academic year 2023/24 are required to take 3 cps General Education, Experiential Learning or Language Enhancement course, and 3 cps University ePortfolio to fulfil the graduation requirement.

Career Prospects/Professional Qualifications

The BA(Lang studies) programme provides an excellent background for job opportunities in media, publishing, journalism, education, cultural management, public administration, museum, tourism, civil service, business and marketing. The literature and linguistics training provided by Major Core, Major Elective and Internship from the programme laid a solid foundation for our graduates to develop their career pathways. They will also be well-prepared to pursue postgraduate studies in translation, language studies and other related academic fields with good mastery of Chinese/English and strong sense of multicultural/digital literacy.

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Any aspect of the course and course offerings (including, without limitation, the content of the course and the manner in which the course is taught) may be subject to change at any time at the sole discretion of the University. Without limiting the right of the University to amend the course and its course offerings, it is envisaged that changes may be required due to factors such as staffing, enrolment levels, logistical arrangements, curriculum changes, and other factors caused by unforeseeable circumstances. Tuition fees, once paid, are non-refundable.