Cluster Area Requirements (CAR) Subjects

CAR subjects are designed to allow students to expand their intellectual capacity beyond their disciplinary domain. These subjects will enable students to tackle professional and global issues from a multidisciplinary perspective.

CAR subjects currently offered by CBS

Subject Code
Subject Title
No of Credits
CBS1A01P
Fun with Language
3

This introductory subject provides an overview of human languages and their interesting aspects. Principles pertaining to language use will also be introduced by making use of everyday examples in the local context. The purpose is to raise students’consciousness of language use and to remind everyone of the ways to have fun with language. This subject is suitable for those who are interested in language and do not have any prior knowledge of language studies.

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CBS1A01V
Fun with Language (for summer term in a 3-week intensive mode)
3

This introductory subject provides an overview of human languages and their interesting aspects. Principles pertaining to language use will also be introduced by making use of everyday examples in the local context. The purpose is to raise students’ consciousness of language use and to remind everyone of the ways to have fun with language. This subject is suitable for those who are interested in language and do not have any prior knowledge of language studies.

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CBS1A11N
Cultural Identities and Representations
3

The subject provides students with basic concepts of symbolic anthropology and aims to examine the evolution of Hong Kong people’s identities and their representations as shown in the media, discourses and films in different historical phases. Students will learn how theses representations as symbols are powerful mechanisms both reflecting and constructing the changing notions of "We" and "They" during major social, economic and political crises, especially before and after the return of Hong Kong’ sovereignty to China.

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CBS1A11P
Cultural Identities and Representations
3

The subject provides students with basic concepts of symbolic anthropology and aims to examine the evolution of Hong Kong people’s identities and their representations as shown in the media, discourses and films in different historical phases. Students will learn how theses representations as symbols are powerful mechanisms both reflecting and constructing the changing notions of "We" and "They" during major social, economic and political crises, especially before and after the return of Hong Kong’ sovereignty to China.

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CBS1A13
The Talking Brain
3

This introductory subject provides a general overview of language and the brain. It will help students to develop an understanding of diverse topics, including the brain bases of language production, language comprehension, language development, and language disorders. In particular, emphasis will be placed on the Chinese language such as Cantonese and Putonghua to reveal how learning Chinese fundamentally shapes the brain. This subject is suitable for anyone who is interested in this topic and does not require any prior knowledge.

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CBS1A17
Human Relationships and the Cyberworld
3

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CBS1A18
Life and Death
3

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CBS1A19
Love, Intimacy and Identity
3

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CBS1A20
Self-representation in New Media
3

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CBS1A20M
Self-representation in New Media
3

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CBS1A21
Adventures in Social and Political Philosophy: How Are We To Live?
3

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CBS1A22
Creativity and Creative Thinking
3

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CBS1A23
Cultural Identities and Representations
3

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CBS1A24
Understanding Human Relations through Cinema
3

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CBS1A25
Queer Culture and Media Representations
3

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CBS1A26P
Chinese Arts and Life (華藝人生)
3

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CBS1B03
East Asia: Towards a Global Community with Cultural Diversity
3

East Asian countries, in particular Japan, Korea, and China, have influenced one another in various aspects throughout history and have formed a cultural community. This subject aims to introduce major social and cultural phenomena of Japan, Korea, and China, and to help students better understand each country’s society and culture and integrate them into one community as East Asia.

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CBS1C05C / CBS1C05P
Introduction to Cantonese Opera
3

Kunju (崑劇) , Yueju (粵劇 or Cantonese opera) and Jingju (京劇) are the three Chinese xiqu (戲曲) types recognized by the UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritages (ICH) of the world (http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/index.php?RL=00203). Following the recent trend in academia worldwide to get to know more about Kunju, the present subject, capitalizing on Hong Kong being the milieu par excellence of Cantonese Opera (CO hereinafter), systematically introduces students to the cultural content and all the artistic fascinations of CO as a world-class ICH.

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CBS1C06 / CBS1C06P
Translation and Chinese Society
3

This subject will develop students’ ability to translate various types of texts on general topics used in the Chinese society into English. Through guided discussions and translation practice, it will equip students with the skills required to solve the problems arising from the linguistic differences between the Chinese and English language.

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CBS1C07P
Introduction to Chinese Literature
3

The subject aims to introduce, from the universal perspective of aesthetics and literature theories, the characteristics of Chinese literature. The students will be orientated towards the essence of both classical and modern Chinese literature, in terms of literary form, style, aesthetic point of view, and approach of appreciation.

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CBS1C08 / CBS1C08P
Chinese Language and the Chinese Societies
3

The Chinese language, especially in its written form, has always been one of the most powerful symbols of cultural unity among all Chinese communities. Thus many Chinese look upon the Chinese language as being more uniform and unchanging than it actually is (Norman 1988: 1). In fact, Chinese has developed into a pluricentric language just like English since the mid-20th century by having several standard versions in its spoken and written forms.

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CBS1C12P
Chinese Language and the Chinese Societies
3

The Chinese language, especially in its written form, has always been one of the most powerful symbols of cultural unity among all Chinese communities. Thus many Chinese look upon the Chinese language as being more uniform and unchanging than it actually is (Norman 1988: 1). In fact, Chinese has developed into a pluricentric language just like English since the mid-20th century by having several standard versions in its spoken and written forms.

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CBS1C14P
Sense Making of Signs across Cultures
3

This subject aims to present to students how our humanity develops in tandem with the birth of the symbolic mind and the associated culture, particularly the invention of speech and writing system as a set of signs, and how the symbolic culture eventually leads to the emergence of modern civilization that we are experiencing nowadays.

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CBS1C15P
Introduction to Hong Kong Literature
3

This subject aims to briefly introduce the development of Hong Kong literature, which provides a basic overview of the historical, social, literary and cultural backgrounds. It focuses on the important writers and their selected works from poetry, prose, fiction and drama, in order to illustrate and appreciate the works of Hong Kong Literature from different angles.

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CBS1C16
Understanding Japan: A Journey into Japanese Culture and Society
3

The subject introduces a wealth of Japanese people’s culture and society, including Japanese aesthetics, traditional clothing, martial arts, Zen philosophy, tea ceremony and seafood cuisine, as well as contemporary visual and youth culture (J-pop), including manga comics, anime, games, technology and social media. We will examine the social structure of Japan and the socio-cultural issues faced by the changing Japanese society.

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CBS1C27
Art, Society and Community Engagement
3

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CBS1C28
Modern Art
3

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CBS1C29
Chinese Art and Design
3

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CBS1C29M
Chinese Art and Design
3

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CBS1C29P
Chinese Art and Design
3

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CBS1C30
Ethical Thinking: Theory and Practice
3

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CBS1C31
Logic and Reasoning
3

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CBS1C32
Contemporary Chinese & Western Art and Cultural Interactions (Retitled from Contemporary Chinese Art)
3

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CBS1C33
Storytelling in Art
3

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CBS1C34
Localization and Globalization of Hong Kong Art
3

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CBS1C34C
Localization and Globalization of Hong Kong Art
3

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CBS1C35
Understanding Hong Kong Cinema
3

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CBS1C35C
Understanding Hong Kong Cinema
3

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CBS1C35P
Understanding Hong Kong Cinema
3

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CBS1C36
Aspects of Western Philosophy
3

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CBS1C36M
Aspects of Western Philosophy
3

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CBS1C37
Understanding Ecocriticism through Environmental Movies
3

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CBS1C38
Understanding French Culture and Society through Cinema
3

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CBS1D39
Logic as a Foundational Science
3

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CBS1D39M
Logic as a Foundational Science
3

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CBS2C04P
Appreciation of the Four Great Classical Chinese Novels
3

This subject will provide a basic overview of the historical, social, literary and cultural traditions of the Ming and Qing Dynasties which were the nourishing grounds for these classical novels. Fictional works will be examined both from literary, aesthetic, cultural and comparative perspectives. Students are expected to think and argue critically and relate the classical texts to their contemporary worlds.

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CBS2C09 / CBS2C09P
Communications in Greater China
3

The subject examines the nature of human relations and the characteristic patterns of language and communication in Greater China, with the aim of enhancing students’ awareness of the diverse, pluralistic as well as common development and practice of communications in Hong Kong, Mainland China, and Taiwan. Perspectives from both Chinese and Western scholars discussing the socio-psychology of the Chinese and the related patterns of language and communication will be utilized so as to further develop students’ critical and analytical skills within a comparative framework.

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CBS2C10P
An Exploration of Chinese Characters and Scripts
3

This subject aims to provide learners with an overview of the various aspects of Chinese characters and scripts which represent a unique writing system different from most existing languages, and which are often considered as hurdles in the learning of Chinese language for both L1 and L2 learners. Through gaining a better understanding of their structure, patterns of component combination, variations and changes in forms, cultural manifestation, and their use in different settings, it is expected that students’ knowledge in the Chinese language can be enhanced and that they can make better judgments and more appropriate applications of such knowledge in solving real-life language problems.

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