Bachelor of Arts in Chinese and History

General

Program Description

Chinese and History

  • Major: Chinese and History
  • Degree / Award Title: Bachelor of Arts in Chinese and History
  • Offering Academic Unit: Department of Chinese and History
  • Mode of Study: Full-time

Aims of Major

The Major in Chinese and History aims to equip students with both advanced and professional knowledge as well as a wide range of analytical skills. Students will gain a broad understanding of Chinese literature, cultural heritage and history over time and across regions, while also specializing in a particular area or theme. They will learn to think critically, to conduct research with primary and secondary sources, to use appropriate methodologies, to construct sound and logical arguments as well as to write academically and skillfully.

The Chinese Stream strives to provide students with solid and comprehensive training in the Chinese language, Chinese literature, history and philosophy. The knowledge is both ancient and modern and can be widely used in daily life. The training equips students with both in-depth knowledge and research skills for further academic work as well as for career development in the education, public affairs, administration, literature studies, media, editing and creative industries involving the use of Chinese. The Chinese Stream consists of four specialized areas of study, which are (1) Chinese language and literature, (2) Classical and modern Chinese literature, (3) Chinese classics and philosophy, and (4) Language use and writing.

The Cultural Heritage stream provides the professional training necessary to nurture high calibre cultural professionals to meet the growing manpower needs resulting from Hong Kong’s rapidly expanding management capacity in culture- and heritage-related industries, including cultural tourism, museum management, exhibition industries, commercial galleries, libraries and archives, community heritage programmes, publishing, entertainment and arts-related professions, cultural and creative industries. In addition, it educates students to become cultural professionals who are culturally literate and competent in managing and marketing culture and heritage, with extensive knowledge of Chinese cultural heritage and with particular knowledge of Hong Kong’s cultural heritage and its unique position in integrating cultures of the East and the West. Moreover, students under this stream are educated to become cultural professionals highly proficient in their English-language ability in terms of comprehension, communication and writing for the purpose of promoting one’s culture and heritage. They would demonstrate a sense of curiosity for discovering the wonders of cultural heritage and critical awareness on issues of heritage preservation and development, as well as experiential ability in handling and managing the operation of culture- and heritage-related affairs. Last but not least, the Cultural Heritage stream promotes professionalism in cultural and heritage management in support of maintaining Hong Kong’s leading role in culture- and heritage-related professions and provides expert advice on the promotion of culture and the protection and preservation of heritage in the context of Hong Kong both as part of China and as an international city.

The History stream aims to examine the cause-and-effect relationships in human affairs and address the complexity of the past in shaping contemporary society. Although Chinese history is the primary focus of the stream, courses related to world history and public history are also offered so that students can acquire comprehensive and in-depth historical knowledge.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Major (MILOs)

Chinese Stream

  • Function as proficient, effective, versatile and creative communicators capable of performing a wide range of Chinese language-related tasks in the competitive and multilingual workplace.
  • Discover and appreciate the aesthetic, moral and ethical dimensions of Chinese literature, having become more culturally aware.
  • Think analytically, critically, and creatively through their exposure to various schools of thoughts in Chinese literature, and through their comparative study of traditional and modern Chinese linguistics;
  • Enrich their lives through life-long learning.

Cultural Heritage Stream

  • Demonstrate cultural literacy and competency with a professional understanding of the multifarious relations between cultural history and heritage, particularly of Chinese cultural heritage and Hong Kong’s unique role in bridging the cultures of the East and the West.
  • Discourse and comment intelligently and expertly on major culture and heritage issues, heritage sites, artworks and artefacts, be able to identify and assess the aesthetic, cultural and educational values of major works of cultural products and heritage artefacts, with specific emphasis on creativity, originality, and critical awareness.
  • Disseminate and promote knowledge of culture and heritage to a non-specialist audience using creative and innovative approaches and strategies.
  • Design research projects and case studies on cultural history and heritage of an interdisciplinary nature.
  • Plan, organize, promote and manage cultural and heritage programmes and activities to accommodate contemporary sensibility and the interests and expectations of different groups of local and international audiences.
  • Introduce and promote China and Hong Kong’s cultural heritage by way of innovative modes of exhibition, online display, and print and interactive media.

History Stream

  • Identify the advanced knowledge, concepts, theories and methods in history.
  • Explain and critically examine primary sources and research papers, generate valid arguments, as well as reflect on the hypotheses.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of academic writings including academic papers, review articles and book reviews.
  • Apply historical research methods such as (i) the use of electronic texts & databases, useful websites and library resources; and (ii) textual criticism & comparison.
  • Enhance students’ ability in critical thinking and reflect on issues of historical interpretation and debates.

Degree Requirements

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Notes:

  1. For students with recognised Advanced Level Examinations or equivalent qualifications.
  2. For Associate Degree/Higher Diploma graduates admitted as senior-year intake students.

Additional Information

No sharing of courses between major and minor requirements is allowed.

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BA Chinese and History

  • Year of Entry: 2020
  • Mode of Funding: Government-funded
  • Admission Code: 1103 BA Chinese and History
  • Mode of Study: Full-time
  • Indicative Intake Target (subject to change): direct application places
    • Local Students: 9 (the Combined figure for programmes 1103 and 1357A).
    • Non-Local Students: Direct Application route for international and mainland Non-Gaokao students: around 250. NUEE route [全国普通高等学校统一招生计划(统招)] for mainland Gaokao students: around 225
  • Normal Duration of Programme: 4 years
  • Direct/Non-JUPAS Application Deadline: 2 January 2020 (Local & Non-local)

Programme Video

Department of Chinese and History

Founded in 2014 with a view to establishing excellent tertiary education, world-class research and an international reputation in Hong Kong, the Department of Chinese and History offers the major in Chinese and History with three streams – Chinese*, Cultural Heritage and History. It aims to equip students with advanced and professional knowledge and a wide range of analytical and writing skills.

The Chinese stream strives to provide students with solid and comprehensive training in Chinese language and literature, and a good knowledge of the evolution and appreciation of the Chinese language and literature from past to present.

The Cultural Heritage stream provides the professional training necessary to nurture the high-calibre cultural professionals required to meet the growing manpower needs resulting from Hong Kong’s rapidly expanding management capacity in culture- and heritage-related industries, including cultural tourism, museum management, exhibition industries, commercial galleries, libraries and archives, community heritage programmes, publishing, entertainment and arts-related professions, cultural and creative industries.

The History stream examines the cause-and-effect relationships in human affairs and addresses the complexity of the past in shaping contemporary society. Although Chinese history is the primary focus of this stream, students may also choose to take courses related to world history and public history that provide comprehensive and in-depth historical knowledge.

Students who choose to major in Chinese and History will enjoy the significant advantages of integrating the three streams and our interdisciplinary emphasis and may go on to pursue a wide range of careers after graduation.

*Chinese Stream is included in the SCOLAR list of recognized Chinese language major degree programmes.

Admission Arrangements for Direct/Non-JUPAS Applicants

Applicants to this programme (admission code: 1103) will be considered for admission to first-year studies at the Department of Chinese and History. Students will enter a stream (current stream options: Chinese, Cultural Heritage and History) after one year of study.

Applicants seeking advanced standing entry can submit an application for the following programme:

  • BA Chinese and History (admission code: 1357A)

Entrance Requirements for Direct/Non-JUPAS Applicants

To be considered for admission, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements.

First-Year Curriculum

During their first year of study, students will have to take a wide range of College-required courses, Gateway Education (GE) courses, and two Common Foundation Courses under the major. They could also take courses in the streams so as to have a basic understanding of each discipline.

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Last updated Jan 2020

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