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JUPAS Code: JS2020

First-year Study Schedules

Semester 1

Semester 2

Course Code & Title

Unit

Course Code & Title

Unit

University English I

3

University English II

3

University Chinese

3

GE History & Civilization

3

GE Values & the Meaning of Life

3

Free elective

3

Free elective

3

Free elective

3

Free elective

3

Free elective

3

U-Life

-

U-Life

-

Total Units

15

Total Units

15

First-year Courses

In the first year of the BA programme, you may use some of your “free electives” units to take a wide variety of courses in the Arts Faculty before picking your Major at the end of the first year. You may choose from the courses below: 

CHIL1005  Selected Readings in Classical Chinese Poetry

Through the reading and discussion of a selection of classical Chinese poetry, this course is intended to cultivate students’ interest in classical poetry and enhance their capabilities in reading, analysing, and composing classical poetry. Students are thereby trained to achieve a higher goal in literary studies and in intellectual growth. 

CHIL1006  Selected Readings in Classical Chinese Prose

Through the reading and discussion of a selection of classical Chinese prose, this course aims at improving students’ proficiency in reading Chinese classics and thereby enriching their knowledge of classical literature. Students will be guided to understand and discuss the art of classical Chinese prose, equip themselves with efficient reading strategy, and enhance their analytical skills.

WRIT1005 Creativity: Theory and Practice

The course aims to help students acquire a systematic and up-to-date knowledge of the meanings of creativity, with experiential learning that engages students in exploring their own creative potentialities and in practical applications, particularly in writing. Students will study different theories of creativity in literature, philosophy, and other disciplines, and examine the notion through examples from various cultural and artistic forms. Students will also analyse how creative economy commodifies creativity as some kind of asset.

ENGL1005  English, Creativity, and Cultures

This course aims to examine the changing nature of language, and how creativity forms and transforms English languages and cultures. It will question and challenge students’ perceptions of language, literature, and culture. This course reflects upon how creativity plays a role in the production of literary and everyday texts, while laying a foundation for additional linguistic and literary studies.

HUMN1006 Introduction to the Humanities

Introduction to the Humanities is a general introduction to the Humanities by providing students with a basic understanding of the Humanities as an area of study. This course delivers an interdisciplinary and multi-perspective overview of cultural, political, philosophical, and aesthetic factors critical to the formulation of human values and the historical development of the individual and of society. Providing discussion of different themes and disciplines in the Humanities such as literature, the arts, philosophy and cultural studies, this course also introduces the relationship between the Humanities and the university as an idea and an institution.

RELI1005  Quest for Truth and Meaning

This is an introductory course in philosophy and religious studies for students with no background knowledge. It begins by assisting students in discovering the quests for truth and meaning in popular culture. After introducing some basic critical thinking skills, this course guides students to explore and appreciate the multiple relationships between philosophy, religious studies and various dimensions of human existence – individual life, society, and civilization. Students will experience the joy and excitement of studying philosophy and religious studies.

TRAN1005  Introduction to Translation

Translating is an excellent way to try life in another language. This course aims to give students hands-on experience and a chance to find out more about translating. Through a range of different learning activities, students will be introduced to basic translation concepts and approaches to help them develop the ability to translate a variety of texts between Chinese and English. Different aspects of translation as both art and profession will be discussed to enable students to identify problems in translating, develop appropriate strategies, reflect critically on their strategies, and enhance their awareness of the dynamics of communication across languages.

Towards the end of the first year, students will choose the Major they would like to study. The Broad-Based Admission System consists of six Major programmes:

Major Assignment

Towards the end of the first year, students will choose the Major they would like to study. The Broad-Based Admission System consists of six Major programmes:

Selection Criteria for Programme Assignment Exercise 2019/20

Programme

Selection Formula

Minimum requirements

CHI

50% cGPA of Year 1 +
50% Interview Score

Nil

CPW

100% cGPA of Year 1

Nil

ENG

100% cGPA of Year 1

Nil

HUM

100% cGPA of Year 1

Nil

RPE

100% cGPA of Year 1

Nil

TRAN

100% cGPA of Year 1

Nil

Other factors

  1. Your results in University Chinese and/or University English I and II      
  2. Your best result in a three-unit General Education course (excluding University Chinese and University English I and II)
  3. Your best result in a three-unit non-GE course taken in Year 1
  4. Your programme preference
  5. Your overall study load in Year 1

Special considerations by programmes:

 

Sum of scores of

CHI

University Chinese + University English I and II

CPW

University Chinese + University English I and II

ENG

University English I and II

HUM

University Chinese + University English I and II

RPE

University English I and II

TRAN

University Chinese + University English I and II

Intake of programmes (2018 cohort)

 

Intake

CHI

42

CPW

29

ENG

27

HUM

26

RPE

18

TRAN

17

Priority to Select Major Programme of Study

HKDSE students who obtain score of 25 or above will have the priority to choose their preferred Major programme on the condition that the students maintain a cGPA of 3.0 in Year 1 of study and fulfil the specific Major programme requirements.

The Priority to Select Major Programme of Study will be cancelled with effect from the 2020 intake, in keeping with the introduction of the Hybrid Admission Scheme.

Important Dates for Major Assignment 

Jan/Feb 2020

Briefing on Major Programme Assignment Exercise

Early to Mid-Mar 2020

Declaration of Major preferences via BUniPort

Late Mar to Apr 2020

Interview by CHI

Early Jun 2020

Release of academic results of semester 2

Early Jun 2020

Students' indication of Major preferences again via BUniPort

Late June to Early Jul 2020

Release of results of Major Programme Assignment

Academic Advising

Faculty Academic Advisors

The Faculty of Arts offers specialized advising service for all Year 1 students in the BA Programmes (broad-based admission). If you need additional information concerning choice of courses, selection of Majors or other academic matters, you can make an appointment at the Dean’s Office, by phone 3411 5860 or via e-mail: artsug@hkbu.edu.hk to meet one of the following Academic Advisors.

  1. Dr. Chung Ching Hong, Department of Chinese Language and Literature
  2. Prof. Terry Yip, Department of English Language and Literature
  3. Dr. Tong Yui, Department of Humanities and Creative Writing
  4. Dr. Lee Siu Fan, Department of Religion and Philosophy
  5. Dr. Robert Neather, Department of Translation, Interpreting and Intercultural Studies

You should make an appointment with the above Faculty Academic Advisors only when you need additional information on the selection of courses and Majors. If you need any advice on you study issues in Year 1 or adaptability to the new University life, you are encouraged to meet with your Mentor.

Guidelines of meeting Faculty Academic Advisors

The primary purpose of the Faculty Academic Advising Programme is to assist students in the development of meaningful educational plans, and is not intended to be a formal test of their academic abilities. The following guidelines are intended to help students prepare for an appointment process.

  1. Contact Ms. Scarlett Chan (e-mail: artsug@hkbu.edu.hk or phone: 3411 5860) to schedule an appointment with a Faculty Academic Advisor whenever assistance is needed.
  2. Please do not email/call the Advisors directly. Advisors will not meet students without prior appointment arranged by the Dean’s Office.
  3. If you cannot attend the scheduled meeting, you should inform Ms. Scarlett Chan at least 24 hours before the appointment. This will give another student the chance to use that timeslot to meet with the Advisor.
  4. You are expected to be punctual. If you are late to your appointment for more than 10 minutes, the appointment will be cancelled and you are required to make another appointment.
  5. You are encouraged to take the initiative to seek academic advice from Advisors. Please prepare for the meeting with a list of questions.
  6. Meetings are only offered during term time.

Department/Programme Mentors

The Mentoring Programme aims to encourage quality interaction and close rapport between students and faculty members beyond the classrooms. It also provides students with a network for academic and social exploration.

Each department/programme (CHI, ENG, HMW, REL and TIIS) will organise one mentoring activity per semester (e.g., talk, seminar or film screening, followed by a group discussion or tea gathering). You are strongly encouraged to attend at least one department/programme-based mentoring activity and meet with the Mentors in Year 1.

The contact information of the mentors can be found from the department/programme websites:

Chinese Language and Literature
English Language and Literature
Humanities and Creative Writing
Religion and Philosophy
Department of Translation, Interpreting and Intercultural Studies

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