The Comparative Literature Programme consists of first year courses, second and third year courses, and capstone courses usually reserved for majors. All of the courses are 6-credits. A total of 150 hours of student learning activity is the norm for a 6-credit course that includes contact hours and other forms of student learning activity. The contact hours and requirements may vary in each course, but all of the courses are graded on the basis of 100% continuous assessment.

Why Literature, Why Compare, Why it Matters?


Courses are open to students who have fulfilled the University’s entrance requirements, though priority will usually be given to students with a Grade C or above in the Use of English examination, or who otherwise show special aptitude.

Learning Outcomes

All the courses provide students with significant interdisciplinary study skills in the Humanities and rigorous training in thinking about the nature of the relationship between culture and society. Through this, students will be trained to develop their analytical and communication skills, and to nurture their sense of responsibility to the world we all live in.

Students majoring in Comparative Literature should be able to:

      1.  Acquire new knowledge through study and analysis of literary and cultural texts.
      2. Examine and critique issues from a range of different theoretical perspectives.
      3. Critically evaluate underlying theories, concepts, assumptions, limitations and arguments in literary and cultural studies.
      4. Apply critical theories and methodologies to respond creatively to unfamiliar cultural texts and contexts.
      5. Develop the ability to critically reflect upon their own identities and their ways of seeing China and the world.
      6. Develop an appreciation of social, cultural, and linguistic diversity in Hong Kong and the world.
      7. Demonstrate an awareness of local and global diversity through exposure to cultural texts and practices, especially those in modern and contemporary China.
      8. Demonstrate a critical and ethical awareness of local and global socio-cultural issues through discussions of literary and cultural texts.
      9. Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in oral and written forms through their analysis of literary and cultural texts.

All courses offered in the department will be examined by 100% continuous assessment. Teaching activities may include film screenings, workshops and guest lectures. Assignments may include essay writing, oral presentations in tutorials, take-home or in-class tests, and so on. Course organizers will provide details of assessment at the beginning of their courses.

All specific course descriptions are provided in the departmental leaflet and can be obtained from our websites (1st year and 2nd/3rd/4th year).