1st Year Syllabus and Requirements

2nd/3rd Year Syllabus and Requirements






Programme Syllabus

Second and Third Year
Students declaring a major in Language and Communication must, as a co-requisite, declare either a second major from List A or a minor from List B (below)

List A
Human Language Technology
Japanese Studies
Linguistics and Philosophy
Media and Cultural Studies

List B
Journalism and Media Studies

The Major
The major in Language and Communication consists of courses totaling 48 credits from the following lists, of which 36 credits must be from the 'core' ourses (including the compulsory course LCOM2001 ) and 12 credits from the 'elective' courses to be chosen from courses offered by at least two different departments.

The Minor
A minor in Language and Communication consists of second- and third-year courses totaling 24 credits from the Language and Communication syllabus. LCOM2001 is a compulsory course; for the 12 remaining credits, one course (6 credits) from the list of core courses has to be chosen, and one course (6 credits) from the list of electives.


Core courses

The following course is compulsory for all students taking the major:

LCOM2001. Theories of language and communication (6 credits)


The remaining 30 credits may be selected from the following list:

ENGL2002. Language in society (6 credits)
ENGL2003. The history of English (6 credits)
ENGL2004. English syntax (6 credits)
ENGL2007. Literary linguistics (6 credits)
ENGL2030. World Englishes (6 credits)
ENGL2031. The semantics and pragmatics of English (6 credits)
ENGL2039. Language and gender (6 credits)
ENGL2046. English words (6 credits)
ENGL2047. English discourse structures and strategies (6 credits)
ENGL2048. Language and jargon (6 credits)
ENGL2049. The history of English: sociolinguistic perspectives (6 credits)
ENGL2050. English corpus linguistics (6 credits)
ENGL2054. Race, language and identity (6 credits)
ENGL2058. Narrative prose: a linguistic investigation (6 credits)
ENGL2062. The history of Western linguistics (6 credits)
ENGL2064. Advanced English Syntax
ENGL2065. Meaning and metaphor (6 credits)
ENGL2066. Orientalism and linguistics (6 credits)
ENGL2069. Form and meaning (6 credits)
ENGL2087. Persuasion (6 credits)
ENGL2094. Cultural approaches to second language varieties of English (6 credits)
ENGL2099. Language, identity, and Asian Americans (6 credits)
ENGL2100. Language and social interaction (6 credits)
ENGL2103. Language and new media (6 credits)
ENGL2104. Language in the USA (6 credits)
ENGL2112. An introduction to the history of English (6 credits)
ENGL2115. Theories of Language Acquisition I (6 credits)
ENGL2116. Theories of Language Acquisition II (6 credits)
ENGL2117. English phonology and morphology (6 credits)
ENGL2119. English in Hong Kong: making it your own (6 credits)
ENGL2123. Language and Identity in Hong Kong (6 credits)
ENGL2124. Language and the Law (6 credits)
ENGL3036. Research seminar in English linguistics (6 credits)
ENGL3037. Research seminar in language & society (6 credits)
LCOM2002. Language in the workplace (6 credits)
LCOM2003. Language and politeness (6 credits)
LCOM3003. LCOM Papers: writing for, editing, and producing an academic e-journal (12 credits)



Majors must select courses totaling 12 credits from the following list of electives, ensuring that the courses selected are from at least two different departments.

CHIN2138. Chinese etymology (6 credits)
CHIN2139. Chinese phonology (6 credits)
CHIN2140. Modern Chinese language I (6 credits)
CHIN2143. Modern Chinese language II (6 credits)
CHIN2144. Functional Chinese (6 credits)
CHIN2333. Culture and translation (6 credits)
CHIN2334. Power of speech in written translation (3 credits)
CHIN2337. Journalistic translation (3 credits)
CHIN2340. Film translation workshop (6 credits)
CHIN2341. Translating writings on art (3 credits)

CLIT2005. Literary and cultural theory (6 credits)
CLIT2007. Film culture I (6 credits)
CLIT2026. Digital culture and new media technologies I (6 credits)
CLIT2064. Hong Kong culture: Popular culture (6 credits)
CLIT2065. Hong Kong culture: Representations of identity in literature and film (6 credits)
CLIT2072. Deconstruction (6 credits)
CLIT2088. Critical approaches to film studies (6 credits)

EUST2010. European identity (6 credits)
EUST3013. Linguistics of the European languages (6 credits)

JAPN2016. Comparative linguistics: Cantonese and Japanese I - Comparative phonology (6 credits)
JAPN2027. Comparative linguistics: Cantonese and Japanese II - Phonological transfer and pedagogy in foreign language acquisition (6 credits)
JAPN2030. Japanese business, culture and communication (6 credits)
JAPN3021. Communication and society (6 credits)

LING2002. Conversation analysis (6 credits)
LING2003. Semantics: meaning and grammar (6 credits)
LING2004. Phonetics: describing sounds (6 credits)
LING2009. Languages of the world (6 credits)
LING2011. Language and literacy in the information age (6 credits)
LING2022. Pragmatics (6 credits)
LING2027. Phonology: An introduction to the study of sound systems (6 credits)
LING2033. Contrastive grammar of English and Chinese (6 credits)
LING2037. Bilingualism (6 credits)
LING2041. Language and information technology (6 credits)
LING2048. Language and cognition (6 credits)
LING2050. Grammatical description (6 credits)
LING2054. Language and social interaction (6 credits)

PHIL2060. Wittgenstein (6 credits)
PHIL2075. The semantics/pragmatics distinction (6 credits)
PHIL2230. Philosophy and cognitive science (6 credits)
PHIL2460. Philosophical Chinese (6 credits)
PHIL2510. Logic (6 credits)
PHIL2511. Paradoxes (6 credits)
PHIL2610. Philosophy of language (6 credits)

PSYC0038. Psychology of language and bilingualism (6 credits)