Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities

The BA (Hons) in Humanities programme is dedicated to giving broad liberal arts education. It consists of three distinct characteristics:

  1. Interdisciplinarity: All the Humanities core courses employ diverse approaches to the study of Humanities. Cultural Studies, art criticism, language, literature, philosophy,  media studies have an equal place in the courses.
  2. Bilingual Teaching and Learning: While not every course is taught in a bilingual environment, Humanities students will divide their time between English language and Chinese language tuition. The Programme offers a curriculum that emphasizes training students to be competent in both English and Chinese.
  3. Cross-culturalism: Almost all the Humanities core courses examine issues of cultures, values, literature, arts and ideas from a cross-cultural perspective.

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)  
  HUMN1006 Introduction to the Humanities 3 units
  HUMN2006 Human Self-Discovery 3 units
  HUMN2007 Chinese and Western Modes of Thought 3 units
  HUMN3005 Artistic Creativity and Aesthetics Awareness 3 units
  HUMN3006 Great Works in the Humanities 3 units
  HUMN3087 Independent Study (for students without Chinese proficiency only) 3 units
  HUMN3007 Language and the Humanities 3 units
  HUMN3015 The Making of the Contemporary World 3 units
  HUMN3065 Research Methods in the Humanities 3 units
  HUMN4005 Asia Discourses 3 units
  HUMN4025 Cultural Studies 3 units
  Major Elective Courses (24 units)  
  Group A: Media Studies and Creative Practice  
  This concentration allow students to: (1) better understand multiple forms of media cultures and different genres of creative practices: from traditional arts to contemporary and digital forms of media in local and global contexts; and (2) reflect, analyze and assess the role and impact of different media in society. 
  HUMN2015 Writing Seminar: Workshop in Creative Writing 3 units
  HUMN2016 Performing as Human Experience 3 units
  HUMN2017 A Lifelong Romance with Films 3 units
  HUMN2027 Introduction to the Art of Theatre 3 units
  HUMN2036 Media and Communication: Issues, Concepts and Theories 3 units
  HUMN2045 The Art of Speech: Appreciation and Practice 3 units
  HUMN2047 City, Space and Creativity 3 units
  HUMN3016 Professional Writing Practicum: Essentials of the Craft Writing 3 units
  HUMN3025 Chinese Song Lyric Writing 3 units
  HUMN3026 Creative Industries: Theories and Practices 3 units
  HUMN3037 New Media Cultures 3 units
  HUMN3045 Popular Music Studies 3 units
  HUMN3046 Science Fiction, Film and Culture 3 units
  HUMN3047 The Present State of the Arts 3 units
  HUMN3055 Popular Media and Public Culture in Hong Kong 3 units
  HUMN3056 Hong Kong Film and Society 3 units
  HUMN3075 East Asia Media Culture in the Global Age 3 units
  HUMN3076 Digital Humanities 3 units
  HUMN3077 Playwriting for Drama 3 units
  HUMN3085 Acting: Theory and Practice 3 units
  HUMN3086 Tragedy: Idea and History 3 units
  HUMN3095 Internship for Humanities Studies 3 units
  HUMN4017 Media Representations of Ethnicity 3 units
  HUMN4026 The Art of Creating Stories: Writing and Appreciation 3 units
  HUMN4027 The Double Face of Creativity: Fact and Fiction 3 units
  HUMN4036 Special Topic in Media and Cultural Studies 3 units
  HUMN4037 Special Topic in Arts and Creativity 3 units
  HUMN4055 Directing: from Text to Stage 3 units
  HUMN4056 Comedy: Idea and History 3 units
  HUMN4066 Disability, Culture and Technology 3 units
  Group B: Cultures in Changing Environments  
  This concentration allows students to: (1) acquire solid knowledge and literacy of cultures from the classical, contemporary and comparative perspectives of diverse traditions via different changing socio-historical periods; and (2) apply knowledge, theories and research skills to engage with critical analysis and reflection concerning various cultural issues.
  HUMN1005 The Study of Culture 3 units
  HUMN2025 Gender: Theory and Culture 3 units
  HUMN2026 Globalization and Culture 3 units
  HUMN2035 Introduction to Western Classical Culture 3 units
  HUMN2055 Environmental Humanities: Key Concepts 3 units
  HUMN2056 Climate Change Literature and Culture 3 units
  HUMN2057 Health and the Humanities 3 units
  HUMN3027 Death and Culture 3 units
  HUMN3035 The Devil and Culture 3 units
  HUMN3036 Human Beings and Their Imaginary Monsters 3 units
  HUMN3057 Politics of the Ordinary 3 units
  HUMN3066 Critical Theories I: From Marx to Adorno 3 units
  HUMN3095 Internship for Humanities Studies 3 units
  HUMN3096 Posthuman Futures 3 units
  HUMN4006 Humanism and the Individual 3 units
  HUMN4007 Body Cultures 3 units
  HUMN4015 History and Narratives 3 units
  HUMN4016 Major Thinkers in Humanities 3 units
  HUMN4035 Special Topic in Theory and Culture 3 units
  HUMN4047 Critical Theories II: From Marcuse to Post-Marxism 3 units
  HUMN4057 Phenomenology and Aesthetics 3 units
  HUMN4065 Hermeneutics and Cultural Understanding 3 units
II. Honours Project 6 units
  HUMN4898 Honours Project 3 units
  HUMN4899 Honours Project 3 units
III. University Core Courses 13 units
IV. General Education Courses 18 units
V. Free Electives 37 units
    128 units


(1) HUM students who want to have a Concentration should select 21 units from one of the above two groups. They can utilize 3 units of their free elective units and 18 units of their major electives to meet up the 21 units Concentration requirements set by the university. The balance of the 6 units (24 units – 18 units) of their major electives should go to two courses in another group for the purpose of broadening their study horizons.

(2) Students who do not opt for a Concentration will choose at least three courses in each of the above two groups and come up with 24 units as their major electives.

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