Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Bilingual Interdisciplinary Chinese Studies
Sept 2019 EntryProgramme code: 77403
Duration and Credit Requirement
A minimum of 60 credits plus 3 training credits
Dr TSE Wai Kit Wicky
- As the 2019/20 Academic Year is the start of the 2019-2022 triennium for which UGC-funded programmes are still subject to the Legislative Council's approval, the number of student intake places shown in this web page is indicative only and subject to change or confirmation at a later date.
- Students not meeting the equivalent standard of the Undergraduate Degree Language Communication Requirements (LCR) based on their previous studies in Associate Degree/Higher Diploma programmes and their academic performance will be required to take additional credits (6 in English and 3 in Chinese) on top of the programme's normal credit requirements.
Aims and Characteristics
The programme is designed to equip students with knowledge in Chinese culture as well as personal skills which they can apply in pursuing their career and in making contributions to the government, economy and society of Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland and the rest of the world. The general aim of the programme is to educate and train its students into individuals who are
- morally aware and capable of self-improvement;
- strongly committed to the welfare of society;
- culturally informed and effective in communication skills;
- respectful of the rule of law;
- socially responsible; and
- observant of business ethics and good business common-sense.
The design of the programme is informed by the conviction that one can best contribute to the betterment of one’s self, nation, the society one lives in, and fellow citizens of the world when one is versed in one’s native culture and can speak and write to share one’s understanding of that culture with other people while learning from theirs. The learning outcomes of the programme, therefore, are the manifestations of the application of the students’ cultural knowledge and language skills to practical use.
Students will be enriched culturally by the subjects offered in the core and the 5 specific areas, which enable them to interact effectively with people with a diversity of backgrounds. Some of the subjects are oriented more towards language, which make students competent communicators. The subjects from contributing departments, such as Hotel and Tourism Management, Applied Social Sciences, and Accounting and Finance, add a particularly practical bent to the curriculum, which heighten students’ ability in serving in the private and public sectors. Moreover, the scope of the programme is such that students will, having come to appreciate the diversity of cultures, become educated global citizens.
The programme adopts a variety of teaching methods, better to address the nature of the subjects and the learning outcomes the subjects are designed to deliver. In addition to lectures, tutorials, group discussions, presentation, projects and individual consultations, the language subjects, for example, make use of the language laboratory with its audio-visual resources. Similarly, subjects that involve the use of modern communication techniques utilise films and various types of information technology. A few subjects take students out on site visits, while others, such as WIE, afford opportunities for students to interact socially and professionally with people with different backgrounds in the working world. All these methods provide a rich learning environment that contributes to the realisation of the intended learning outcomes.
Students are required to obtain 63 credits to fulfil the programme graduation requirements, with 9 credits of General University Requirement (GUR) and 54 credits of Major Study Requirement.
Major Study Requirement
These requirements comprise such components as Work-Integrated Education, Capstone Project and Discipline Specific Requirement, which consist of Discipline-Specific Language Requirement, Core Subjects and Specific Areas Subjects.
Work-Integrated Education (WIE) (3 training credits)
WIE is normally taken in the third semester of the study or the summer that precedes it.
Capstone Project (3 credits)
The Capstone Project can take various forms such as a thesis, a poster presentation, an exhibition and a photo-essay, but must include a significant writing component. Students are encouraged to declare the topic of their Capstone Project in the third semester of their study, and complete the Project under the supervision of an advisor in the fourth semester.
Discipline Specific Requirement (DSR) (48 credits)
Discipline-Specific Language Requirement (6 credits)
Core Subjects (12 credits):
The Core Subjects are designed to equip students with a foundational knowledge of key aspects of the study of Chinese culture. Students have to take 4 Compulsory Subjects: Studying China Culture through Field Trip, Mutual Impressions of China & the West, Government & Public Administration in Contemporary China, Chinese Film & Society.
Specific Area Subjects (30 credits):
The 5 specific areas indicate the possible directions in which students can pursue in their further study of Chinese culture. They have to take 2 subjects (6 credits) from each of the 5 areas: Culture & Society, History & Institution, Thoughts & Religion, Literature & Arts and Policy & Management. Each area has one Compulsory Subject.
Students not meeting the equivalent standard of the Undergraduate Degree Language Communication Requirements (LCR) based on their previous studies in Associate Degree/Higher Diploma programmes and their academic performance will be required to take additional credits (6 in English and 3 in Chinese) on top of the programme's normal credit requirements.
* The Programme Curriculum is subject to revision/change without prior notice.
Recognition and Prospects
Our graduates can be well suited for a wide range of professions in the private and public sectors.
- A Higher Diploma or an Associate Degree from a recognised institution in relevant disciplines such as Chinese language, history, philosophy, art, literature, culture, ethics, religions and other related fields.
- Applicants’ academic results and interview performance will both be taken into account during the admission process.
If you have any questions or require further information, please contact:
Dr TSE Wai Kit Wicky (謝偉傑博士)
Tel: (852) 3400 8938
The Department of Chinese Culture
Tel: (852) 3400 8949
Fax: (852) 2334 3747
Address: HJ631, Block HJ Stanley Ho Building, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong
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