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  • HUM 4036

    Special Topic in Media and Cultural Studies

    HUM 4036 Special Topic in Media and Cultural Studies aims to provide an opportunity for senior students to have an in-depth study of a selected topic related to media and cultural studies. Students will examine the selected media and culture topic from an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural and theoretical perspective.

  • HUMN 1005

    The Study of Culture

    The Study of Culture examines theories of culture from a cross-disciplinary perspective, covering topics like cultural studies, cultural policy, postmodern and postcolonial eheories.

  • HUMN 2005

    Humanities Study & Research Methods

    Humanities Study & Research Methods introduces interdisciplinary studies and the major themes of Humanities study, providing a solid foundation for humanities-related researches.

  • HUMN 2006

    Human Self-discovery

    Human Self-discovery explores diverse approaches to the study of what it is to be human. Disciplines addressed include philosophy, biology, psychology, political science, cultural theory.

  • HUMN 2007

    Chinese and Western Modes of Thought

    Chinese and Western Modes of Thought discusses great themes in Chinese and Western thought and culture, involving philosophy, literary studies, and sociology.

  • HUMN 2016

    Performing as Human Experience

    HUMN 2016 Performing as Human Experience aims to boost students’ power of reflection on their daily life experience and values through dramatic re-enactment of situations; enhance students’ multiple intelligences including spatial, intra-personal and inter-personal, etc.; and improve students’ expressive capacity through better use of their bodies and speech.

  • HUMN 2017

    A Lifelong Romance with Films

    Lifelong Romance with Films aims to provide students a humanistic learning experience through examining selected films which discuss fundamental issues of life and living. Films chosen for the course will be narratives about different life stages – childhood, teenage years, adulthood, old age – and will present students opportunities for discussion of meanings and significance of experiences at these life stages.

  • HUMN 2025

    Gender Studies

    Gender Studies introduces students to trends of thought and the basic theories in gender studies. This interdisciplinary introduction will define and explore how gender is constructed socially, culturally, and historically, using examples from various cultures.

  • HUMN 2026

    Globalization and Culture

    Globalization and Culture is designed to equip students with the ability to understand culture in the age of globalization from an interdisciplinary perspective. It will study the changing conceptions of culture and the major trends of thought in the discourse of globalization, trying to unravel the complex relationship between globalization and culture.

  • HUMN 2027

    Introduction to the Art of Theatre

    Introduction to the Art of Theatre aims to introduce the histories and aesthetic principles of the major forms of theatre from the west to the east. It discusses the relation between different forms of theatre and their relations to reality, historical and social background. It helps students to analyse and appreciate different styles and genres of theatre, their aesthetic principle, and their relation with their time and culture. It will also show examples theatre forms with the help of original texts, videos or live performances.

  • HUMN 2035

    Introduction to Western Classical Culture

    Introduction to Western Classical Culture aims to introduce the foundations of western culture, i.e. the ancient Greek and Roman culture through understanding and appreciation of selected literary texts. By reading of representative works in epic, drama, poetry, rhetoric, history and philosophy, it helps students comprehend and appreciate the various aspects of classical culture and their significance for the modern western world. It thus serves as an essential part of the western tradition of humanistic education. Relevant dramas and films about ancient Greece and Rome will also be shown in class to consolidate the understanding of these cultures.

  • HUMN 2036

    Media and Communication: Issues, Concepts and Theories

    Media and Communication: Issues, Concepts and Theories aims to introduce issues, concepts and theories involved in the understanding of the complex contemporary mediascape. Through reading classic and contemporary texts and media examples, students will learn various media theories, the issues raised by these theories, the strengths and weaknesses of these concepts, and the diverse methods of studying the media.

  • HUMN 2037

    Modern Dance as Hong Kong Experience

    HUMN 2037 Modern Dance as Hong Kong Experience aims to enrich students’ appreciation of modern dance as performing art through major artists’ works of China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. To enhance critical awareness of cultural impact on modern dance choreography. To establish their movement skills and body awareness through basic dance technique and improvisation exercises.

  • HUMN 2045

    The Art of Speech: Appreciation and Practice

    HUMN 2045 The Art of Speech: Appreciation and Practice aims to foster appreciation of the role of rhetoric in Western and Chinese culture, and critical awareness of the power and limitations of the spoken art of persuasion; Help students acquire knowledge and understanding of the history and theory of rhetoric the basic philosophical issues about rhetoric and the methods of speech analysis; Provide students with practice and training in the skills of speech composition and delivery.

  • HUMN 3005

    Artistic Creativity and Aesthetics Awareness

    (1) To introduce artistic creativity as one of the best inventions of the human mind and the sense of beauty as an important dimension of being humane (2) To introduce major principles and theories of art to help students understand various artistic creative processes and their products (3) To enhance students’ critical thinking on artistic phenomena and their reflections on the artistic developments in different social and cultural contexts (4) To encourage students to develop their own artistic abilities, and prepares them to create, appreciate, understand and review works of art critically (5) To enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of Chinese and Western aesthetics, and the classical and modern masterpieces produced from these aesthetic theories

  • HUMN 3006

    Great Works in the Humanities

    Great Works in the Humanities offers a text-based, canonical review of major works in the history of the study of the Humanities. This course addresses works from many genres and disciplines.

  • HUMN 3007

    Language and the Humanities

    Language and the Humanities discusses the relationship between language as discursive symbolism and our understanding of humanness. An interdisciplinary approach to communication theory, cultural studies, literary studies, linguistics, philosophy and sociology.

  • HUMN 3015

    The Making of the Contemporary World

    The Making of the Contemporary World considers the development of the modern world since the Industrial Revolution, involving history, philosophy, sociology, history of science and political science.

  • HUMN 3016

    Professional Writing Practicum: Essentials of the Craft Writing

    HUMN 3016 Professional Writing Practicum: Essentials of the Craft Writing aims to enable students to cope with the writing tasks in the commercial and public fields of employment in Hong Kong; help student grasp and understand the functional forms of writing in both English and Chinese; teach students the intellectual and practical skills necessary for effective communication in the commercial field.

  • HUMN 3017

    Drama as Human Experience

    HUMN 3017 Drama as Human Experience aims to increase students’ sensitivity in drama as cultural and artistic forms of life; To enhance students’ power of reflection on values through engaging in drama; To enhance students’ multi-literacy through engaging in drama.

  • HUMN 3025

    Chinese Song Lyric Writing

    HUMN 3025 Chinese Song Lyric Writing aims to enable students to understand and examine Chinese song lyrics by exploring the crafts and creativity, the practices and possibilities of this particular literary genre. Student’s ability to write Chinese song lyrics will be enhanced through appreciation and practice. Students will also be familiarized with the functions of song lyrics in contemporary cultural contexts.

  • HUMN 3026

    Creative Industries: Theories and Practices

    Creative Industries: Theories and Practices is designed to enhance students’ understanding of creative industries in general and its development in Hong Kong in particular. It explores popular cultures and its possible relationship with the development of creative industries in a cross-disciplinary approach.

  • HUMN 3027

    Death and Culture

    Death and Culture aims at introducing the examining the problem of death from different perspectives like religion, philosophy, art and literature. It examines the religious representation of life after death, philosophical reflections of death and its meanings, and the representations of death in different art forms like literature, drama, visual art and film. Examples from Western, Chinese and other cultures will be used whenever it is appropriate. It helps students to understand and engage in critical discussion about the meanings of death from the cultural, religious and philosophical perspectives.

  • HUMN 3035

    The Devil and Culture

    The Devil and Culture introduce and examine cultural issues related to the idea of the devil and its representations in the western cultural tradition. It will discuss the idea of evil and the devil from the religious-historical and philosophical perspectives, and then look at examples of the representations of the devil from literature, drama and film. Some examples of the Chinese ideas of evil and demons will also be used for comparison. It will help students understand, interpret and make sense of the idea of the evil and the devil and its meaning in the modern world.

  • HUMN 3036

    Human Beings and Their Imaginary Monsters

    Human Beings and Their Imaginary Monsters aims to study a selection of literary and cinema classics and popular texts which feature monsters created by human beings in modern times. The fascination with the monstrous, as indicated by the variety of monsters created as well as the sustained interest throughout modern times, can be seen as our continuous attempt to discover who we are and how we are related to the world.

  • HUMN 3037

    New Media Cultures

    New Media Cultures aims to examine the struggle over meaning, knowledge and power produced by newer forms of media such as Web 2.0, digital music and photography, computer games, online forums, social networking sites, mobile phone culture, and cloud computing. This course explores the various kinds of impacts new media will bring to our social, political and cultural lives in the future.

  • HUMN 3045

    Popular Music Studies

    Popular Music Studies aims to widen and deepen the students’ basic knowledge of popular music as a pervasive cultural form in contemporary society. It will also enhance their critical understanding of popular music as an academic study through an inter-disciplinary approach.

  • HUMN 3046

    Science Fiction, Film and Culture

    Science Fiction, Film and Culture aims to examine science fiction through some of its most influential works in the novel, short story, and film. Science fiction and film are the cultural forms that reflect how we understand our world. The possible worlds that science fiction writers and filmmakers predicted do not only offer to conceive some alternate systems but also represent contemplations on radical difference and otherness as well as the ideological nature of our social totality. This course examines how the imaginations of science fiction and film are connected to the historical and collective fantasy of our social world.

  • HUMN 3047

    The Present State of the Arts

    HUMN 3047 The Present State of the Arts aims to provide introductory study, appreciation and critical analyze on modern and contemporary art scenes, including the current development of Hong Kong art, the new Chinese art as well as contemporary Asian art. To give students key information for better apprehension of our current cultural phenomena. To appreciate art through gallery and exhibition visits, dialogues with artists alongside with lectures and tutorial studies. To consolidate the studies and understanding of art through direct experience and exposure to art.

  • HUMN 3055

    Popular Media and Public Culture in Hong Kong

    Popular Media and Public Culture in Hong Kong aims to develop a theoretical and contextual understanding of how Hong Kong popular media contribute to the formation of local public culture and cultural diversity. A wide range of local popular media such as commercial television, popular music, cinema, lifestyle magazines, popular news media, and public television will be used to explore the complex relationships between Hong Kong cultural formation and the historical dynamics of various commercial and non-commercial forms of popular media.

  • HUMN 3056

    Hong Kong Film and Society

    Hong Kong Film and Society aims to enhance students’ understanding of how Hong Kong films have been shaping and shaped by the local culture and society and the global context of film-making. To this end, this course will introduce a wide range of approaches to film studies and rethink how to apply these approaches to different periods of Hong Kong film development.

  • HUMN 4005

    Asia Discourses

    Asia Discourses examines different discourses on Asia, including cultures other than Chinese. It updates the East-West model and enriches the contents of cross-cultural studies of the Humanities, involving anthropology, cultural studies, history and philosophy.

  • HUMN 4006

    Humanism and the Individual

    Humanism and the Individual explores the origins of the Humanities as an academic/cultural movement and traces the rise of Individualism. Disciplines addressed in this course include art history, political history, literary studies and political philosophy.

  • HUMN 4007

    Body Cultures

    Body Cultures aims to introduce reflections on human bodies in their situated cultures as the existential base of Humanities. To introduce the Chinese and various traditional discourses of the body and ends in the examination of the development of these discourses related to contemporary cultural issues. To study important and representative body theories and review critically the application and the manifestation of these discourses in their everyday lives. To consider body in interdisciplinary and cross-cultural manners. To enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of human bodies in relation to their cultural contexts.

  • HUMN 4015

    Histories

    Histories introduces both traditional and contemporary notions of history and the diverse cultural functions history is called upon to perform. Consider historical, cross-cultural, religious, artistic, and ideological viewpoints concerning issues of vital importance in the development of Western civilization. Complement earlier courses’ discussion of the human condition, and will introduce the more specialized theoretical study undertaken in the final term of Humanities study.

  • HUMN 4016

    Major Thinkers in Humanities

    Major Thinkers in Humanities aims to introduce the major thinkers in the west who have significant influence in shaping the western mind. These thinkers are selected according to their comprehensiveness of their thought about understanding of human nature, culture, art, history and the meaning of human existence and their significance in western intellectual history. It will introduce to the students the contents of their thought by outlining their major ideas and by reading selected texts. It helps students to understand how these thinkers tackle the big issues concerning humanities, i.e. their views about man, human history, art, culture and the meaning of life, and their relation with the modern world. It aims at introducing the major figures of western thought as factors which shape the western intellectual universe, and thus provides a solid basis for humanities and cultural studies.

  • HUMN 4017

    Media Representations of Ethnicity

    HUMN 4017 Media Representations of Ethnicity aims to introduce students to the concepts of ethnic identity through different kinds of media representation. It explores the politics and dynamics of ethnic identity formation, drawing on the experiences of various ethnic groups from different places. We examine representations of ethnicity in the commercial and independent media, investigate what influences these representations, and consider their repercussions. We also analyze how the idea of ethnic hierarchy informs our understanding of power and privilege related to media representation and stereotyping, and also ask if change in the diversity of media images is possible and what can be done to promote change for ethnic representation.

  • HUMN 4026

    The Art of Creating Stories: Writing and Appreciation

    HUMN 4026 The Art of Creating Stories: Writing and Appreciation will explore the art of storytelling by discussing the history and role of storytelling in humanities. Followed by introduction to the fundamental elements, i.e. character, point of view, structure, plot, tension and dialogue with selected examples from different genres and forms, a wide variety of fictions, poems and movies will be introduced in this class. Students will learn to appreciate the art of storytelling, and create their own work.

  • HUMN 4027

    The Double Face of Creativity

    HUMN 4027 The Double Face of Creativity aims to demonstrate the interrelationship between fact and fiction in the writing of creative works through the examination and discussion of the historical fiction. While it is generally believed that fact and fiction are two different and sometimes even opposite writings which happen in different contexts, this course hopes to show that they are two sides of the same coin. Through a study of the historical fiction, students will see the creative aspects of a critical research, and how being critical is an important step towards creativity.

  • HUMN 4035

    Special Topic in Theory and Culture

    Special Topic in Theory and Culture aims to provide an opportunity for senior students to have an in-depth study of a selected topic related to theory and culture. Students will look at cultural issues from an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural and theoretical perspective.

  • HUMN 4037

    Special Topic in Creative Arts

    HUMN 4037 Special Topic in Creative Arts aims to provide an opportunity for senior students to have an in-depth study of a selected topic related to creative arts. Students will look at creative arts from an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural and theoretical perspective. The course will guide students to integrate various points of view and develop their own creative work and/or critical judgment.

  • HUMN 4898 / 4899

    Honours Project

    Honours Project equips students with research and/or creative abilities through a year-long independent project. Each student works on a selected topic under the guidance of an academic advisor. The project trains students to be serious and competent writers/researchers in the study of Humanities, as well as their communication and critical skills.

  • HUMN2015

    Writing Seminar: Workshop in Creative Writing

    HUMN2015 Writing Seminar: Workshop in Creative Writing aims to enable students to understand and examine the major creative writing genres through practices and critical analysis, explore the rich diversity of modern literary writings, and read representative works in English and Chinese that will parallel the writing exercises in both languages.