Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Liberal and Cultural Studies

Programme Director: Dr WONG, Kwok Kui

The Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Liberal and Cultural Studies is a self-financed four-year full-time degree programme designed for Associate Degree/Higher Diploma graduates who wish to further their education in liberal and cultural studies. The programme intends to equip students with substantial cultural literacy, creative arts knowledge and transferable abilities through a curriculum integrating Chinese and world arts and cultures. Providing a broad-based liberal arts education with special emphasis on cultural literacy, it aims at training students’ creative, synthesizing, disciplined, respectful and ethical minds. It teaches transferable abilities such as writing and presentation skills, creative and critical thinking, and sensitivity to cultural diversity, which could be applied to many professions including, among others, education, creative industries, cultural presentations, art administration, journalism, print media, electronic media, management and public relations.

Specifically, the programme aims to:

  1. Commit to a distinctive mission of higher education that incorporates a bilingual, interdisciplinary and cross-cultural curriculum;
  2. Offer a liberal arts education, promote understanding of Chinese and other world cultures, and enhance critical reflection and understanding of the cultural and artistic identities of Hong Kong via its selective cultural studies design; and
  3. Prepare students for careers that require outstanding arts and cultural literacy and writing skills.

The structure of the curriculum is as follows:

I) Major Courses 60 units
II) Honours Project 6 units
III) General Education 38 units
IV) Elective Courses 24 units
    128 units


The four-year degree programme requires students to complete a total of 128 units, including 38-unit general education courses, 24-unit elective courses, 60-unit major courses and 6-unit Honours Project. As the programme is designed for Associate Degree/Higher Diploma graduates, they will be admitted directly into the third year of study. The number of courses/units the students are required to complete will depend on the number of courses/units for which exemption and/or unit transfer will be granted. All unit transfer or course exemption shall be considered on a case-by-case basis upon admission. Students are required to complete all programme prerequisites and General Education courses to meet the graduation requirement.

Specifically, students are required to complete 30 units of Major Required Courses, 30 units of Major Elective Courses and 6 units of Honours Project. The programme structure is set out as follows:

I. Major Courses 60 units
  Major Required Courses (30 units)  
  LCST2005 Introduction to World Civilization 3 units
  LCST2015 Introduction to Cultural Studies 3 units
  LCST3005 Artistic Creativity and Art Appreciation 3 units
  LCST3015 Interdisciplinary Humanities Research: Theories and Methods 3 units
  LCST3025 Love and Humanities 3 units
  LCST3035 The Classical Heritage 3 units
  LCST3045 Hong Kong Studies 3 units
  LCST3055 Modernity and China 3 units
  LCST4005 Masterpieces in Humanities 3 units
  LCST4015 Modern Western Thought 3 units
  Major Elective Courses (30 units)  
  LCST2105 Introduction to Cultural and Creative Industries 3 units
  LCST2115 Introduction to Gender and Sexuality 3 units
  LCST2125 Understanding Everyday Life: A Critical Introduction 3 units
  LCST3105 A History of Personal Writings 3 units
  LCST3115 Creative Writing in Practice 3 units
  LCST3125 Detective Fiction and the Modern World 3 units
  LCST3135 Exploring the City 3 units
  LCST3145 Fairy Tales and Our Society 3 units
  LCST3155 Great Thinkers on Meanings of Life 3 units
  LCST3165 Hong Kong Cinema and Society 3 units
  LCST3175 Horror Film and Fiction 3 units
  LCST3185 Manga and Anime: Japanese Popular Culture in Hong Kong 3 units
  LCST3195 Popular Music and Society 3 units
  LCST3205 The Critical and Creative Spirit: The Case of Historical Fiction 3 units
  LCST3215 The World of Theatre 3 units
  LCST3225 Theme Park and Other Themed Spaces 3 units
  LCST3235 Understanding Globalization 3 units
  LCST3245 Understanding Media Culture 3 units
  LCST3255 Changing Youth, Changing Times: Concepts, Concerns and Debates 3 units
  LCST4105 Digital Media and Culture 3 units
  LCST4115 Rethinking Cultures: East and West 3 units
  LCST4125 Sex and Gender in the Media 3 units
  LCST4135 Contemporary Chinese Cultural Philosophy 3 units
  LCST4145 Mobility and Migration in Contemporary Society 3 units
II. Honours Project 6 units
  LCST4008 Honours Project 3 units
  LCST4009 Honours Project 3 units
III. General Education 38 units
IV. Elective Courses 24 units
    128 units
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