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Chinese Major Core

HC1001 Introduction to the Study of Literature and Culture

An introductory course to provide students with the understanding of Chinese literature and culture with respect to classical Chinese literary theories and more recent western critical theories. Basic concepts such as the definition of literature and culture, literary genres, themes, the reading of literary and non-literary texts, cross-disciplinary approaches in the studies of literature and culture, etc., will be presented. This is an essential course serving as the foundation to classical and modern Chinese studies for students reading the Chinese major.

HC1002 Introduction to Chinese Language

In this course, students will be guided through a survey of the linguistic discipline via the Chinese Languages. Basic concepts of modern linguistics (such as sound system formation, lexical formation, syntax, semantics, and dialects) will be introduced. Students will engage with questions on the nature of the human languages, how it was developed, and its socio-functional with reference to the Chinese Languages. Additionally, principles of Chinese orthography and their effects will also be discussed.

HC2001 Directed Readings of Literary Works: Pre-Qin, Han, Wei and Jin

This course is a general survey of the literature during the pre-Qin period and Han, Wei and Jin dynasties. The objective of the course is to introduce students to the major genres and themes of the literature of these periods. Students will acquire the knowledge through guided close reading of selected works by major writers.

HC2003 Directed Readings of Literary Works: Tang and Song

This course is a general survey of the literature during the Tang and Song dynasties. The objective of the course is to introduce students to the major genres and themes of the literature of these periods. Students will acquire the knowledge through guided close reading of selected works by major writers.

HC2004 Directed Readings of Literary Works: Yuan, Ming and Qing

This course is a general survey of the literature during the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. The objective of the course is to introduce students to the major genres and themes of the literature of these periods. Students will acquire the knowledge through guided close reading of selected works by major writers.

HC2005 General History of China

This course is a general survey of historical changes and continuities in China from the ancient times to the present, focusing on social, political, and cultural developments of different periods, significance of major historical events and figures, and China's relations with foreign civilizations and countries. This course aims to nurture interest in Chinese civilisation and development through enhancing knowledge of various aspects of Chinese history.

HC3001 Modern Chinese Literature

This course provides a survey of modern Chinese literature from around the May Fourth Movement (early 20th century) to the present. Through critical reading of literary texts, students will have an in-depth understanding of the literary and aesthetical trend in writing, social and intellectual concerns of the writers, cultural and political contexts of the writers and their works, etc.

HC3002 History of Chinese Thought

This course is a historical review of the development of different schools of thought in China. It introduces students to the important figures and ideas associated with such schools of thought like Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism. It studies the political and social conditions that gave rise to and influenced the development of these schools of thought. The discussion also extends to the introduction and impact of Western ideas in the19th and 20th centuries.

HC3003 Southeast Asian Chinese

The course traces the factors leading to the migration of Chinese to Southeast Asia in the 19th century. It also examines their economic, cultural and political activities and contributions in the 20th century. Discussion includes such important issues as local anti-Chinese movements, development of Chinese education, changing consciousness and identities, and the relations between Southeast Asian Chinese and China.​​​​

HC3003 Southeast Asian Chinese

The course traces the factors leading to the migration of Chinese to Southeast Asia in the 19th century. It also examines their economic, cultural and political activities and contributions in the 20th century. Discussion includes such important issues as local anti-Chinese movements, development of Chinese education, changing consciousness and identities, and the relations between Southeast Asian Chinese and China.​​​​

HC4099 Graduation Project

This course is an individual work to be done with the guidance of an assigned supervisor and to be submitted in the following format: An extended academic essay of not more than 20,000 Chinese characters on a selected topic in one of the above-mentioned categories.​​​​​​