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Our courses study a wide range of texts in terms of form, content and context. Students learn to read culture by analyzing literary texts and other forms of writing, films, and other socio-cultural phenomena, from the city and its multiple spaces and communities to the media and popular culture, and in a range of national and international contexts. Specific emphasis will be placed on the significance of historical knowledge to the analysis of culture. Texts are studied in English, though texts in Chinese are used in cross-cultural studies and Hong Kong/Chinese cultural studies.

Courses in the department can be divided into five streams aligning with the strategic themes of the Faculty of Arts and the University:

  • Film, Visual, and Media Studies
  • Critical and Cultural Theory
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Hong Kong and China Studies
  • Urban, Postcolonial, and Global Studies

Prospect

All the courses provide students with interdisciplinary study skills in the Humanities and rigorous training in thinking about the nature of the relationship between culture and society. Through this, students will be trained to develop their analytical and communication skills, and to nurture their sense of responsibility to the world we all live in. Our major provides a strong Liberal Arts education and a basis for professional and graduate study as well as employment across the spectrum of opportunity in the public and private spheres. Many of our graduates have taken up jobs in fields such as civil service, teaching, journalism, arts management, as well as culture and media industry. Some have continued to pursue advanced degrees in Hong Kong while others have sought further academic studies overseas, for example, pursing Master of Arts degrees in the U.K. and the United States. Our outstanding postgraduate students have successfully obtained admissions to read doctoral degrees in prestigious institutions abroad, for example, Stanford University, UCLA, UC Berkeley and the New School in the U.S. as well as University of London in the U.K. and ANU in Australia.

Requirements

Courses are open to students who have fulfilled the University's entrance requirements, though priority will usually be given to students with a Grade C or above in the Use of English examination, or who otherwise show special aptitude.

In order to major in Comparative Literature, see Study Programme.

Learning Outcomes

All the courses provide students with significant interdisciplinary study skills in the Humanities and rigorous training in thinking about the nature of the relationship between culture and society. Through this, students will be trained to develop their analytical and communication skills, and to nurture their sense of responsibility to the world we all live in.

Students majoring in Comparative Literature should be able to:

  • acquire new knowledge through study and analysis of literary and cultural texts.
  • examine and critique issues from a range of different theoretical perspectives.
  • critically evaluate underlying theories, concepts, assumptions, limitations and arguments in literary and cultural studies.
  • apply critical theories and methodologies to respond creatively to unfamiliar cultural texts and contexts.
  • develop the ability to critically reflect upon their own identities and their ways of seeing China and the world.
  • develop an appreciation of social, cultural, and linguistic diversity in Hong Kong and the world.
  • demonstrate an awareness of local and global diversity through exposure to cultural texts and practices, especially those in modern and contemporary China.
  • demonstrate a critical and ethical awareness of local and global socio-cultural issues through discussions of literary and cultural texts.
  • demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in oral and written forms through their analysis of literary and cultural texts.

Assessment

All courses offered in the department will be examined by 100% continuous assessment. Teaching activities may include film screenings, workshops and guest lectures. Assignments may include essay writing, oral presentations in tutorials, take-home or in-class tests, and so on. Course organizers will provide details of assessment at the beginning of their courses.

All specific course descriptions are provided in the departmental leaflet and can be obtained from our websites (1st year and 2nd/3rd/4th year).

Grade attributes can be obtained here.

 
 
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