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 draw on diverse disciplines. These include art criticism, language, literature, history, philosophy, cultural studies and media studies.
  2. Bilingual Teaching and Learning: Students will read, write and speak in Chinese as well as English, developing their skills in both languages. By doing so, students will be able to respond to Hong Kong’s specific linguistic environment, as well as engaging in more global context.
  3. Cross-culturalism: Our courses examine issues of culture, values, diversity, difference and cosmopolitanism.

The structure of the curriculum is as follows:

I) Major Courses 54 units
II) Honours Project 6 units
III) General Education 38 units
IV) Free Electives# 30 units
    128 units

# Students may take additional GE courses in any categories to fulfil the “Free Electives” requirement but only a maximum of 6 units will be counted towards the fulfilment of the “Free Electives” requirement.


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
  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)  
  At least two courses from each of the following groups:  
  Group A: Theory and Culture  
  This concentration aims at developing students’ understanding of some basic theories in the study of humanities and endowing them with solid cultural knowledge and literacy. It covers the studies of culture from the classical, contemporary and comparative perspectives, emphasizing reflective understanding of different cultural traditions like Western and Chinese cultures. Graduates will be able to apply knowledge, theories and skills to engage with critical analysis and reflection concerning 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
  HUMN2036 Media and Communication: Issues, Concepts and
3 units
  HUMN3026 Creative Industries: Theories and Practices 3 units
  HUMN3027 Death and Culture 3 units
  HUMN3035 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
  HUMN4006 Humanism and the Individual 3 units
  HUMN4007 Body Cultures 3 units
  HUMN4015 Histories 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
  Group B: Media Studies  
  This concentration aims at developing students’ critical understanding of various forms of media cultures. It covers studies of different genres of practices: from traditional arts to contemporary and digital forms of media in local and global contexts. Graduates will possess the skills to reflect, analyse and assess the role and impact of media in contemporary society.
  HUMN2017 A Lifelong Romance with Films 3 units
  HUMN2025 Gender: Theory and Culture 3 units
  HUMN2027 Introduction to the Art of Theatre 3 units
  HUMN2036 Media and Communication: Issues, Concepts
and Theories
3 units
  HUMN3026 Creative Industries: Theories and Practices 3 units
  HUMN3036 Human Beings and Their Imaginary Monsters 3 units
  HUMN3037 New Media Cultures 3 units
  HUMN3045 Popular Music Studies 3 units
  HUMN3046 Science Fiction, Film and Culture 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 Cultures in the Global Age 3 units
  HUMN3076 Digital Humanities 3 units
  HUMN4007 Body Cultures 3 units
  HUMN4017 Media Representations of Ethnicity 3 units
  HUMN4036 Special Topic in Media and Cultural Studies 3 units
  Group C: Arts and Creativity  
  This concentration aims at developing students’ knowledge and understanding of arts and creativity both theoretically and practically. It covers studies in different forms of arts in classical as well as contemporary perspectives. Graduates will possess a solid foundation to engage with artistic processes and works critically and creatively.
  HUMN2015 Writing Seminar: Workshop in Creative Writing 3 units
  HUMN2016 Performing as Human Experience 3 units
  HUMN2027 Introduction to the Art of Theatre 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
  HUMN3045 Popular Music Studies 3 units
  HUMN3047 The Present State of the Arts 3 units
  HUMN4026 The Art of Creating Stories: Writing and Appreciation 3 units
  HUMN4027 The Double Face of Creativity: Fact and Fiction 3 units
  HUMN4037 Special Topics in Arts and Creativity 3 units
II. Honours Project 6 units
  HUMN4898 Honours Project 3 units
  HUMN4899 Honours Project 3 units
III. General Education 38 units
IV. Free Electives 30 units
    128 units


  1. HUM students who would like to have a Concentration should select 21 units from group A, B or C. They can utilize 3 units of their free elective units + 18 units of their major electives to meet the 21 units Concentration requirement set by the university. For the purpose of broadening their study horizon, the balance of the 6 units (24 units - 18 units) of their major electives should go to one course in each of the other two groups.
  2. Students who do not opt for a Concentration will choose at least two courses in the three groups and come up with 24 units as their major electives.
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