Cross-Cultural Studies in English (CCSE)
 
 






 
 

 

Description

Cross-Cultural Studies in English (CSIE) is a specialised programme in the School of English. It is designed to provide opportunities for students to study cross-cultural examples in literary and cultural history. Topics pursued include the relationship between culture and politics; the study of literature and culture beyond national, regional, and disciplinary boundaries; the politics of knowledge production, circulation, and institutionalization.

CSIE equips students with new ways of thinking about literature and culture and encourages them to engage with the challenges created by the emergence and proliferation of new literatures and literary subjects. The programme allows students to investigate traditional modes of literary studies as a discipline organized by and around concepts of the "nation" or the "national." It encourages them to critically reflect upon the relation between literature and such issues as colonization, decolonization, and globalization, and invites them to analyse the literary products and cultural politics that arise from these issues. It offers students opportunities to explore literature and culture not only in terms of the effects of globality but also in terms of their potential for innovation, both within the national and as part of the global. Students will acquire the theoretical and historical knowledge and the analytical skills necessary to undertake critical and culturally sensitive readings and construct clear and coherent argument in both writing and speaking.

One particular strand within the CSIE programme is the China-West axis, which aims to provide students with an understanding of specifically, but not exclusively, Hong Kong's cross-cultural history and its literary products. CSIE is thus unique in giving students a critical awareness of how to approach and navigate today's multicultural world.

Programme Outcomes

Students who declare a major or minor in Cross-Cultural Studies in English will:

Demonstrate an understanding of the culture and literature in English as a site of encounters, fusions, conflicts, and transformations between people and ideas of different cultures;
Respond critically, theoretically, and intellectually to cross-cultural literary manifestations;
Develop a cultural awareness and sensitivity that bring about an informed and intelligent understanding of today's globalised world;
Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the implications of the interconnectedness between different cultures and eras;
Understand Hong Kong as an important site of cross-cultural contacts.

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Requirements

Students intending to major or minor in Cross-Cultural Studies in English must normally have completed the first-year course offered by the School of English, ENGL1009, and achieved a satisfactory result. Students with less than a C grade (53%) in ENGL1009 will not normally be permitted to go on to major or minor in Cross-Cultural Studies in English. ENGL1009 Introduction to English Studies is a 6-credit course taught in the first semester.

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Major and Minor

The major in Cross-Cultural Studies in English is available to all BA students, and also to non-BA students from the Faculty of Business and Economics, the Faculty of Education (for the degree of BSc in Exercise and Health), the Faculty of Science, and the Faculty of Social Science. The major consists of 48 credits in designated senior ENGL and LCOM courses. Of these 48 credits the two 6-credit core courses ENGL2114 Cross-cultural Issues and Theories 1 and ENGL3038 Cross-cultural Issues and Theories 2 are COMPULSORY. As for ELECTIVES, students are free to choose and combine courses from the list of designated senior courses.

The minor in Cross-Cultural Studies in English is available to all BA students and also non-BA students from the Faculty of Business and Economics, the Faculty of Education (for the degree of BSc in Exercise and Health), the Faculty of Science, and the Faculty of Social Science. The minor consists of 24 credits in designated senior ENGL and LCOM courses. Of these 24 credits the two 6-credit courses ENGL2114 Cross-cultural Issues and Theories 1 and ENGL3038 Cross-cultural Issues and Theories 2 are COMPULSORY. As for ELECTIVES, students are free to choose and combine courses from the list of designated senior courses.

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First year courses

Students intending to major or minor in Cross-Cultural Studies in English must normally have completed the first-year course offered by the School of English, ENGL1009, and achieved a satisfactory result. ENGL1009 Introduction to English Studies is a 6-credit course taught in the first semester.

Students with less than a C grade (minimum 53%) in ENGL1009 will not normally be permitted to go on to major or minor in Cross-Cultural Studies in English.

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Senior courses

Students intending to enrol in CCSEl courses in Year 2 and Year 3 must normally have completed the first-year course, ENGL1009, and achieved a satisfactory result.

Cross-Cultural majors in English have to take 48 credits in their 2nd and 3rd-year; Cross-Cultural minors in English have to take 24 credits in their 2nd and 3rd-year courses.


Senior Core Courses

Students majoring and minoring in Cross-Cultural Studies in English MUST take the two core courses ENGL2114 and ENGL3038 in Years 2 and 3 (counting towards their 48/24 credit load).

ENGL2114 Cross-Cultural Issues and Theories 1 is a 6-credit course taught in the first semester of Year 2. ENGL3038 Cross-Cultural Issues and Theories 2 is a 6-credit course taught in the first semester of Year 3.


Course Descriptions


Senior Elective Courses

Courses that count towards the Cross-Cultural Studies in English programme are specifically marked. Majors must take 36 credits in elective ENGL and LCOM courses in Years 2 and 3; minors must take 12 credits in elective ENGL and LCOM courses in Years 2 and 3.

The following list of cross-cultural electives are offered in 2009-2010:

 

First Semester Courses

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Second Semester Courses



Research Seminar courses

The Research Seminar in Cross-Cultural Studies in English is aimed at advanced third-year students. There are no formal lectures, but students, guided by their teacher, embark on an independent research project.

Other research seminars (in English literary studies, in literary theory, in language and society) may be taken after consultation with the respective course leader.

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Research courses in 2009-10 include:




Coordinator
Dr. Julia Kuehn
School of English
The University of Hong Kong
Pokfulam Road
Hong Kong
Tel.: (852) 2859 1921
Fax: (852) 2559 7139
E-mail: jkuehnhku.hk

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Last updated: 17 December 2010