Introductory Courses

First-year introductory courses emphasize the learning of introductory concepts and text analysis skills as a general introduction to the discipline.

CLIT1008: Ways of Reading: Film, Literature, and Culture

CLIT1010: Ways of Thinking About Culture and Society

Required Courses

Second-year courses emphasize the learning of critical perspectives, foundational concepts, and text analysis skills as a concentrated introduction to the discipline.

Students admitted in 2017 or after are recommended to take either CLIT2001 or CLIT2094.

CLIT2001: Comparative Studies of Literary and Visual Narratives

CLIT2094: Introduction to Critical Theory and Cultural Studies


These courses emphasize the learning of cultural theories, critical thinking, and refined analysis skills performed on a range of literary and cultural texts in comparative contexts.

CLIT2007: Film Culture I

CLIT2008: Film Culture II

CLIT2014: Feminist Cultural Studies

CLIT2025: Visual Cultures

CLIT2026: Digital Culture

CLIT2050: Globalization and Culture

CLIT2061: Narratives of the Past in the Contemporary Moment

CLIT2064: Hong Kong Culture: Popular Arts and Everyday Life

CLIT2065: Hong Kong Culture: Representations of Identity in Literature and Film

CLIT2066: Postmodernism

CLIT2069: The Making of Modern Masculinities

CLIT2083: Film Art, Language, and Culture

CLIT2089: Culture and “Queer” Theory

Capstone LEarning Courses

These are capstone courses with the focus on theoretical and topical issues in comparative contexts. Teaching combines lectures and seminars with heavy emphasis on reading, discussion, and writing. The topical courses require students to have a final year Comparative Literature departmental major status or lecturer’s approval.

CLIT3020: Independent Research

CLIT3021: Advanced Studies in Theory and Cultural Analysis

CLIT3025: Asia on Global Screens

CLIT3026: Violence in Asia

CLIT3027: From States of Nature to States of the World: Political Theory as Literature

Internship course

This course aims at placing final year comparative Literature majors in working environments where they will be able to apply their cultural knowledge and their skills in writing and analysis. The course may be taken one-time only for credit.