Abbreviation FT / PT
MA FT / PT

The Master of Arts in the field of Literary and Cultural Studies (MALCS) programme introduces students to a wide range of theoretical, literary and filmic texts, exploring historical and contemporary issues related to modernity and globalisation. The programme consists of seven courses and a dissertation or equivalent project, and will be offered in a full-time (one year) or part-time (two years) modes. It adopts an interdisciplinary approach, with all courses largely shaped by critical and cultural theory, looking at texts such as film and literature through the perspectives of post-structuralism, deconstruction, psychoanalysis, phenomenology, feminism, Marxism, and post-colonial criticism. Students are encouraged to pursue either a literary and cultural studies stream, or a film and cultural studies stream within the Programme. At the end of their coursework, students are expected to complete individual projects which contribute to the body of knowledge in liberal-studies and humanistic inquiry.

The course has the following objectives:
1. To broaden and deepen students' knowledge of cultural theories and different approaches in literary, film and cultural studies.
2. To cultivate critical thinking through engagement with key debates in literary, film and cultural studies.
3. To encourage appreciation of diverse cultural practices and contexts within a global framework, with an emphasis on but not limited to those of Hong Kong, modern Chinese and Asian culture.
4. To develop the skills in critical analysis necessary to carry out independent research in the field of literary, film and cultural studies.
5. To provide the knowledge and enhance the skills required for advanced degrees and/or enhancement in arts, cultural writing and other creative practices.

Students who complete the degree shall be able to undertake independent project in literary studies, film studies, liberal studies, cultural programming, as well as in general humanistic inquiry.

Mode of Attendance

Full Time (one year, with classes on weekday evenings, 6:30pm to 9:30pm)
Part Time (two years, with classes on weekday evenings, 6:30pm to 9:30pm)

The semester courses offered by the programme may vary from time to time. For full-time students, one core course and three electives will be taken in the first semester, and three electives will be taken in the second semester of the programme. For part-time students, one core course and three electives will be taken in the first year of the programme and three electives in the second year.

Medium of Instruction
English
Programme Entrance Requirements
  1. A Bachelor's degree (in any discipline) with good honours from a recognised university, or equivalent qualifications.
  2. Candidates may be invited to have email and/or phone interview(s).
Programme Admissions Advisor
Dr Esther Yau
Tel: 3917 5110
Fax: 2857 7955
Email: malcs@hku.hk

Contacts
Tel: 3917 2760
Email: malcs@hku.hk
Website: http://www.complit.hku.hk/malcs

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