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Associate of Arts in Languages and Humanities

Japanese Studies

Programme Code: AD 106 3416 6338 2305 5315 aalh-japan@hkuspace.hku.hk

Application Code 報名編號 : CC 80 - 207

Applicants who wish to apply for this theme should submit a separate application. (Application Code: CC 80 - 207)

The programme features 6 study themes. Upon completion of the first year curriculum, students will specialize in one of the four themes in the second year of their study (except Japanese Studies and Korean Studies themes), and, at the same time, select a combination of courses offered by the other themes.

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Programme Aims & Features

Japanese Studies

This theme aims to provide students with a broad-based arts education as well as a strong foundation in Japanese. With the careful design of core courses, students are able to develop an innovative and creative mind in analyzing Japanese cultural artefacts and social issues.

Opportunities for Further Studies

2016 Overall Progression Rate: 78%
Government-funded Bachelor’s Degree Programmes: 65%
           
Many of our graduates/students are admitted to UGC-funded degree programmes every year. The list below shows the programmes that our graduates/students of the past three years articulated to*:
 
The University of Hong Kong
BA 
BA & BEd Language Education - Chinese (Double Degree) 
BA & BEd in Language Education - English (Double Degree) 
BSc Information Management
BNurs

The Chinese University of Hong Kong
BA Chinese Language and Literature
BA Cultural Management
BA Cultural Studies
BA English
BA History
BA Japanese Studies
BA Linguistics
BA Philosophy
BA Translation
BSSc Gender Studies
BSSc Global Studies

City University of Hong Kong
BA
BA Chinese
BA Chinese & History
BA Digital Television & Broadcasting
BA English Studies
BA Linguistics & Language Applications
BA Linguistics & Language Technology
BA Media & Communication
BA Translation & Interpretation
BBA Global Business Systems Management
BSocSc
BSocSc Asian & International Studies

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
BA (Hons) Bilingual Interdisciplinary Chinese Studies
BA (Hons) Chinese & Bilingual Studies
BA (Hons) English Studies for the Professions
BA (Hons) Language & Speech Sciences
BBA (Hons) International Shipping & Transport Logistics
Broad Discipline of Hotel & Tourism Management
Broad Discipline of Language, Culture & Communication

Hong Kong Baptist University
BA (Hons)
BA (Hons) Chinese Language & Literature
BA (Hons) Creative & Professional Writing
BA (Hons) English Language & Literature
BA (Hons) English Language & Literature and BEd (Hon) English Language Teaching (Double Degree)
BA (Hons) History
BA (Hons) Humanities
BA (Hons) Religious Studies
BA (Hons) Translation
BSSc
BSSc (Hons) European Studies - German Stream
BSSc (Hons) Geography

The Education University of Hong Kong
BA (Hons) Language Studies - Chinese Major
BA (Hons) Language Studies - English Major
BA (Hons) Language Studies & BEd (Hons) English Language (co-terminal double degree)
BA (Hons) Teaching Chinese as a Second Language
BEd (Hons) Chinese History
BEd (Hons) Chinese Language
BEd (Hons) Early Childhood Education
BEd (Hons) (Primary) - Mathematics Major
BEd (Hons) (Secondary) - English Language
BEd (Hons) (Secondary) - History Major
BSSc (Hons) Global & Environmental Studies
        
Lingnan University
BA (Hons)
BA (Hons) History
BA (Hons) Philosophy
BA (Hons) Visual Studies

 

Through-train Pre-enrolment Scheme

Swansea University, The UK
BA in English Language
BA in English Language and Teaching English as a Foreign Language
BA in English-Chinese Translation and Interpreting
BA in Media and Communication
BA in Politics

Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to the full-time top-up degree programmes offered locally by HKU SPACE International College in collaboration with the following universities:

Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland
BA Communication, Advertising & Public Relations
                 
Middlesex University London, UK
BA (Hons) Journalism and Media
BA (Hons) Media and Cultural Studies
BA (Hons) Publishing and Digital Culture
                 
 
 
University of the West of England, Bristol, UK
 
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Media Culture and Practice
              
The University of Western Australia, Australia
Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) - Japanese Language Pathway
Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) - Korean Language Pathway
Bachelor of Arts (Communication and Media Studies) - Communication Studies Pathway
Bachelor of Arts (Communication and Media Studies) - Language Studies Pathway 

 

Career Prospects

Graduates from this programme can pursue careers in the civil service and other public institutions and services, and the private sector. You will find openings in fields such as journalism, translation, media, education, public relations and copywriting.

  

*The above list is not exhaustive and only shows some of the examples.

 Excluding Japanese Studies and Korean Studies themes.

 
 
Generic Skills
  • Introduction to Academic English
  • English for Academic Purposes I & II
  • Advanced Chinese Language
  • Quantitative Analysis I or Mathematics with Applications • Introduction to Multimedia / Information Technology and Applications
  • Discovering and Expressing the Self
  • English for Arts and Humanities
SPECIALISM

Core

Year 2

Bilingual Studies

  • Reading and Writing in Chinese
  • English Phonetics and Phonology
  • Introduction to Translation
  • Modern Chinese Language
  • Comparative Study of Chinese and English

 

Chinese Language, Literature and Culture

  • Reading and Writing in Chinese
  • Classical Chinese Language
  • Grammar and Rhetoric in Modern Chinese Language
  • Introduction to Chinese Literary Criticism
  • Studies of Classical Texts

 

English Studies

  • Reading and Writing in Chinese
  • Introduction to Literature in English
  • English Phonetics and Phonology
  • Introduction to Applied Linguistics
  • Introductory Stylistics

 

Humanities​​

  • Reading and Writing in Chinese
  • Introduction to Aesthetics
  • Introduction to Comparative Literature
  • From A Barren Rock to Asia’s World City: A History of
  • Modern Hong Kong
  • Civilisations, Ideologies and Politics: The Making of
  • Modern Europe since 1850s

 

Japanese Studies

  • Japanese I
  • Japanese II
  • Contemporary Japanese Society
  • Introduction to Japanese Studies (Year 1 course)
  • Understanding Popular Culture in Japan (Year 1 course)

 

Korean Studies

  • Korean I
  • Korean II
  • Contemporary Korean Society
  • Introduction to Korean (Year 1 course)
  • Understanding Korean Culture (Year 1 course)

 

Specialism Electives

(Choose TWO from the following)

  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Introduction to Chinese Literature
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Introduction to Modern Chinese Literature
General Education

(Choose ONE course from each category)

Year 1

Reasoning and Science

  • Elements of Logic and Critical Thinking
  • Ideas that Shaped the Modern World

 

Global Issues and Development

  • Politics, Peoples and Culture: The Making of a Globalising World since 1945

 

Chinese Societies: Heritage and Culture

  • From Revolution to Modernisation: A History of Modern China
  • Rethinking Popular Culture


Humanities and Arts

  • Arts Appreciation
  • The Process of Theatre Making
  • Applied Ethics
The Specialism Electives courses do not apply to Japanese Studies Theme and Korean Studies Theme.
Courses offered in each semester are subject to student enrolment and resources available.
陳啟然
陳啟然
  • 2013-15 文學副學士(語言及人文學科)(日本研究)
  • 香港中文大學社會科學學士(性別研究)三年級
  • 其他取錄:香港城市大學文學士(文化與文化產業管理)

我是Danny,現就讀香港中文大學的性別研究課程,曾於2013年至15年間就讀港大附屬學院的文學副學士(語言及人文學科)課程,主修日本語及日本文化。修讀日本語及日本文化不但能夠讓我學到日本流行文化、日本商業等知識,課程亦會著重於日本語的學習,令學生修讀完成後可以達到JLPT N3的水平。由於課程裏所教授的日本語均是由零開始,同學一開始不需要任何日本語的基礎,因此十分適合任何有對日本文化或日語有興趣的同學。

Ng Wing To, Richard
Ng Wing To, Richard
  • 2012-14 Associate of Arts (Languages and Humanities) in Japanese Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Studies (and minoring in Contemporary China Studies) (Year 3), The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Other offer: Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Studies, The University of Hong Kong
  • Other offer: Bachelor of Arts in Media and Communication, City University of Hong Kong

Studying at the Community College was originally an inconvenient experience, due to the long-lasting misunderstandings of the public. Yet, for me, the education provided by the AA Japanese Studies programme at HKU SPACE CC was as good as that by most, if not all undergraduate programmes. Japanese Studies programme at HKU SPACE CC provided me with not only intensive Japanese language training, which made me well-prepared for the one-year exchange programme at The University of Tokyo during my undergraduate studies, but also courses that helped me build up a strong theoretical foundation to deal with the rigorous academic courses at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Although I have shifted my focus on Japanese Studies to Sinophone Studies and critical theories after entering the university, the classes I attended at HKU SPACE CC did enable me to ponder on my studies in one more dimension. I owe an arigato gozaimasu (thank you in Japanese) to my Japanese teachers, and all the instructors who enlightened me when I was still struggling with a university degree. I cannot say they are better than those at the university, but they are good enough to help you start your academic journey.