Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English Language and Literature

The English Language and Literature Programme seeks to provide:

  1. A rigorous and rewarding educational experience for its students, including strengthening their English language proficiency and their ability to think and work critically, independently, and creatively;
  2. A foundation of knowledge in literature and language that enables students to learn a variety of new approaches and methodologies in the areas of Literary and Comparative Studies and Language and Communication Studies; and
  3. Exposure to the canon and traditions of English literature and language as an enduring legacy for the culture and community of Hong Kong.

The structure of the curriculum is as follows:

I) Major Courses 54 units
II) Honours Project 6 units
III) University Core Courses 13 units
IV) General Education Courses 18 units
V) Free Electives 37 units
    128 units


I. Major Courses 54 units
  Major Required Courses (30 units)  
  ENGL1005 English, Creativity, and Cultures 3 units
  ENGL2005 Introduction to the Study of Language 3 units
  ENGL2006 Language, Culture and Society 3 units
  ENGL2015 Literature and Culture 3 units
  ENGL2007 Literary and Comparative Studies 3 units
  ENGL2016 Sounds of English around the World 3 units
  ENGL2017 Stepping Stones in English Grammar 3 units
  ENGL2025 The Art of Storytelling 3 units
  ENGL2026 Argumentation and Persuasion 3 units
  ENGL2027 Academic and Professional Writing 3 units
  ENGL3005 Research Skills in English Language and Literature 3 units
  Major Elective Courses (24 units)  
  Students must take a total of eight Major Elective Courses, at least four of which should be at 3000 or 4000 level. If students would like to graduate under a specific concentration*, they must complete at least six electives courses within the chosen concentration, plus an additional two electives courses outside the student’s chosen concentration.

* Concentrations completed within the Department curriculum do not appear on the transcript.
  Language and Communication Studies  
  Six courses from the following, plus two other courses from outside the concentration:
  ENGL2095 Foundations of Language Studies 3 units
  ENGL3007 Discourse Studies 3 units
  ENGL3026 Special Topic in Language 3 units
  ENGL3027 Special Topic in Linguistic Theory 3 units
  ENGL3107 Acquiring and Learning a Language 3 units
  ENGL3115 Studying Hong Kong Through the Lens of Language 3 units
  ENGL3205 Components of a Word 3 units
  ENGL3206 Critical Discourse Analysis 3 units
  ENGL3207 Language and Intercultural Communication 3 units
  ENGL3305 Studying Meaning 3 units
  ENGL3306 Understanding Phonological Patterns 3 units
  ENGL3307 Architecture of Grammar 3 units
  ENGL4006 Advanced Topic in Language 3 units
  ENGL4007 Advanced Topic in Linguistic Theory 3 units
  ENGL4017 Advanced Seminar in Language and Gender 3 units
  ENGL4025 Analysing Multimodal Communication 3 units
  ENGL4026 Exploring Intercultural Communication through Films and Literature 3 units
  ENGL4027 Exploring Bilingualism and Bilingual Education 3 units
  ENGL4035 Functional Grammar 3 units
  ENGL4036 Language, Communication and Advertising 3 units
  ENGL4037 Language and the Workplace 3 units
  ENGL4045 Language in Education 3 units
  ENGL4047 Perspectives on Universal Themes 3 units
  ENGL4055 Stories of English 3 units
  ENGL4056 Theoretical Linguist Meets World 3 units
  ENGL4057 Unravelling Syntax 3 units
  ENGL4115 Tone in Human Languages  3 units
  ENGL4116 Language and Power 3 units
  Third Language (Putonghua is not counted) 3 units
  Literary and Comparative Studies  
  Six courses from the following, plus two other courses from outside the concentration:
  ENGL2035 The Short Story 3 units
  ENGL2036 Pre-Modern Drama 3 units
  ENGL2076 Poetry 3 units
  ENGL2077 Critical Approaches to Literature 3 units
  ENGL2086 Poetry and Poetics 3 units
  ENGL3015 Creative Writing 3 units
  ENGL3025 Faces of Comparative Literature 3 units
  ENGL3036 Chinese-Western Literary Relations 3 units
  ENGL3037 Creative Writing Workshop 3 units
  ENGL3045 Great Novels in English 3 units
  ENGL3046 Literature and the Nobel Prize 3 units
  ENGL3055 Literature and Film 3 units
  ENGL3066 Modern and Contemporary Drama 3 units
  ENGL3096 The Child and Literature 3 units
  ENGL3105 Twentieth-Century Literature 3 units
  ENGL3106 Modern and Contemporary Poetry 3 units
  ENGL3116 Hong Kong Literature 3 units
  ENGL3405 Shakespeare as Dramatist 3 units
  ENGL4016 American Popular Fiction after 1950 3 units
  ENGL4046 Hong Kong Stories in English 3 units
  ENGL4065 Dystopian Fiction 3 units
  ENGL4066 World Literatures 3 units
  ENGL4067 Comics and Graphic Novels 3 units
  ENGL4075 Special Topic in Comparative Literature 3 units
  ENGL4076 21st Century Fiction 3 units
  ENGL4077 Detective Fiction 3 units
  ENGL4085 Special Topic in Literature 3 units
  ENGL4086 Shakespeare and His Contemporaries 3 units
  ENGL4087 Special Topic in Critical Theory 3 units
  ENGL4095 Gender and Literature 3 units
  ENGL4096 Diaspora Writing in English 3 units
  ENGL4097 Gothic Literature 3 units
  ENGL4105 Comparative Drama 3 units
  ENGL4106 Literary Journalism 3 units
  ENGL4107 Postcolonial Fiction 3 units
  ENGL4117 The Human History of Amorous Deeds 3 units
  ENGL4125 Literature and Religion 3 units
II. Honours Project 6 units
  ENGL4898 Honours Project 3 units
  ENGL4899 Honours Project 3 units
III. University Core Courses 13 units
IV. General Education Courses 18 units
V. Free Electives 37 units
    128 units
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