Department of Chinese Literature

After 4 years of learning at our College, students are expected to have acquired a good foundation in Chinese language and literature, as well as an ample knowledge in history and philosophy, enabling them to give valuable contributions to the society and nation accordingly.

Our programme is characterized in balanced weight of classical and modern Chinese; in knowledge and skills acquired progressively. Our teaching methods include, among others, lectures, tutorials, group discussions, workshops, IT information and language training in studio.

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Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Chinese Literature

Title of Programme Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Chinese Literature
Host Department Department of Chinese Literature
Mode of Attendance Full-time
Normal Duration 4 Years
Credits Required for Graduation 123 Credits

Aims

  • In-depth knowledge of the essence of Chinese Language and Literature
  • Knowledge and skills in applying Chinese Language
  • Education in inheriting and promoting the vitality and beauty of Chinese Culture

Objectives

  • Apply and generalize extensive knowledge of classical, modern Chinese literature and language
  • Identify, reflect and relate the uniqueness of Chinese Culture
  • Develop independent thinking and lifelong learning

Programme Characteristics

  • Integrating Chinese programmes from Hong Kong, China and Taiwan universities, ensuring students to appreciate both ancient and modern texts
  • Emphasizing Chinese literature and supplementing with history and philosophy

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Creation in Chinese Literary Arts

Title of Programme Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Creation in Chinese Literary Arts
Host Department Department of Chinese Literature
Mode of Attendance Full-time
Normal Duration 4 Years
Credits Required for Graduation 123 Credits

Aims

  • To enable students to acquire skills in applying Chinese for diverse purposes as required by society
  • To enable students to marshal writing ability in Chinese for a variety of genres
  • To train students for creations in all types and genres of literary arts using innovative thinking
  • To enable students to tap optimally on their creativity potential to align with the times and their ethos

Objectives

  • To command the ability to apply highly proficient and aesthetic Chinese language to literary arts creations
  • To marshal the ability for appreciation and criticism of works and productions of literary arts
  • To marshal the ability to write scripts of movies and TV dramas, song lyrics, cultural prose for the hospitality industry

Programme Characteristics

  • Focus on Literature and Practice in Arts
  • Education for Creativity and Innovation

Master of Arts in Chinese Studies

Title of Programme Master of Arts in Chinese Studies
Host Department Department of Chinese Literature
Mode of Attendance Full-time / Part-time
Normal Duration 2 Years / 1 year
Credits Required for Graduation 30 Credits / 30 Credits

Aims

  • To train and nurture specialist professionals equipped with a solid and firm foundation of Chinese Studies to function in the present society by using and applying the wisdom of Chinese Studies;
  • To train research students in the areas of literature, history and philosophy to integrate and retrieve Chinese Studies related research material and data for application in various professional sectors (such as school management and teachers, professional management in enterprises);
  • To train and nurture research students by acquainting them with the tradition of Chinese Studies, to enable them to appreciate the changes in today’s society, so as to build up their independent judgement and thinking to develop innovative concepts in their research areas;
  • To train research students to make effective use of modern information technology to enhance their related research data appraisals and analyses;
  • To train research students in academic research methodology for leading data collection, appraisal and research work;
  • To nurture and foster a positive life’s view through exploring and researching in various areas of literature, history and philosophy for shouldering responsibilities and commitments towards society and the nation; and
  • To train and nurture in research students the ability to make independent decisions, to communicate, interflow and interact with academic circles for promoting and mobilising academic and cultural development.

Objectives

  • Demonstrate complete and thorough knowledge and appreciation of Chinese Studies for functioning as professional literary and academic specialists;
  • Demonstrate the capability to build up a literary and Confucian research system for related deep-structure research work;
  • Analyse the quelling of political upheavals and the rise and decline in history and cultural development processes by making effective use of historical and cultural knowledge and research methodologies, so as to arrive at a thorough appreciation of special cultural features and historical realities through manipulating cultural and historical knowledge, to throw light on the present by reviewing the past;
  • Marshal a thorough grasp of critique-thinking abilities and apply the wisdom of philosophical thoughts in modern living; and
  • Nurture and foster independent thinking and research capabilities by integrating and inter-relating various areas in literature, Confucian studies, history, culture and philosophical thinking.

Programme Characteristics

  • Building a Firm and Solid Foundation - To enable the student to build up an indispensable firm and solid foundation, common courses will be taken by all students, including Study Methods on which students will be taught how to make effective use of reference books, historiographical methods and modern information technologies for material and data collection, authentication and research, thereby enabling students to acquire the upper hand in learning and research.
  • Striking a Balance in Confucian Studies, Literature, History and Philosophy - Since the way of learning consists in embracing and integrating rather than narrow specializing, therefore, this research programme comprises three streams, namely, Literature and Confucian Studies Stream; History and Culture Stream; and Philosophy and Thought Stream. Students will need to take some courses from each stream in addition to their core and required courses, such that they will be conversant in the classics, literary works, historical and philosophical works spanning all schools and all periods.
  • Utilising the Past for the Present - Since the present is really built upon the past in terms of heritage and tradition, it is vital that the classical tradition be sustained and enabled to thrive further to benefit the present and the future, which is why on this programme despite its emphasis on classics, there is a necessary link between old and new in that for instance there will be courses such as Buddhism and Modern Society; Confucianism and Morals; Taoism and Chinese Culture, etc., all of which will help students explore Chinese Studies wisdom for application in today’s society.
  • Critique of Thinking - To enhance research students’ independent thinking and analytic abilities, the programme features courses such as Studies in Selected Lyricists; Designated Topics in Classical Chinese Drama; Designated Topics in Classical Chinese Fiction, etc. training and fostering in students the propensity to function analytically in both the academic setting and the professional setting in expressing independent views and criticisms.
  • Systematic Character Emphasised - The course contents and teaching and learning materials as well as research basis are principally primary sources, and so our research methodologies lay special emphasis on scientific authentication and testimony, with assessment of students’ performance largely using integrated academic papers and dissertations, to enable students to develop a systematic, well-planned, orderly and rigorous approach in their studies and research work, thus building a firm foundation for their future career in cultural and educational operations.
  • Completeness and Integration - Since programmes of the graduate school should have completeness and integration or interrelatedness, therefore, this programme features in addition to the core literature, history and philosophy elements, such as “Confucianism”, “Pre-Han Thinkers”, “Wei Jin Philosophical Thoughts”, “Buddhism in Sui and Tang Dynasties”, “Neo-Confucianism (Lixue) in Song and Ming Dynasties”; “Medieval History in China”, “Modern History in China”, “Chinese Ethnic History”, “Sino-Western Cultural Exchanges”; “Ancient Prose in Tang and Song Dynasties”, “Selected Poets”, “Selected Lyricists”, to expose students to different genres and styles, enabling them to compare and contrast different aspects on the programme and thereby develop their judgment, analytical, appreciative and research abilities.
  • Adopting Research Elements Prevailing in the Two Banks and Three Regions - This programme will be staffed by academics and professionals from the Two Banks and Three Regions and will adopt the academic essence of China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, to enrich students. It is planned to organize and run numerous academic seminars in the course of the programme tenure, so as to enable students on the programme to interflow, interact and share views and research experience and outcomes with renowned scholars from different regions, while at the same time providing an opportunity for students to be acquainted with these scholars and academics for future career and/or academic development.