Major Prescribed Electives (MPE)

HC2010 Classical Chinese Fiction
Pre-requisite(s): NIL | 3 AUs

This course introduces the classical Chinese short stories and novels of Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing periods. Works discussed include short stories such as Tang chuanqi and Song huaben, and novels such as Dream of the Red Chamber, The Journey to the West, The Three Kingdoms and Tale of the Marshes. Topics such as the analysis and interpretation of texts, themes, and sociological studies of selected works will be covered.


HC2011 Tang Poetry
Pre-requisite(s): NIL | 3 AUs

This course offers a chance to savour and analyse Tang poetry (shi) through close reading and discussion. The Tang dynasty (618-907) is generally considered by critics as the highpoint of mature Chinese poetic composition. Poets such as Li Bai, Du Fu, Wang Wei, Li Shangyin, Li He, etc., and topics on poetic language, grammar, rhetoric, and textual criticism will be discussed.


HC2014 Chinese Theatre and Performance
Pre-requisite(s): HC1001 | 3 AUs

This course introduces you to basic concepts and techniques employed in the theatre and performance with emphasis on contemporary works written and produced in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. You will learn to read and analyse classic dramatic texts, as well as to watch and interpret theatre performances. It is through the process of "from page to stage" that you will understand the creation of plays in print and the recreation by theatre directors and performers.


HC2015 Coming of Age in Modern China​
Pre-requisite(s): HC1001​ | 3 AUs

This course guides second and third year students to read a series of coming-of-age narratives in Chinese literature and cinemas. It offers a range of literary and cinematic texts that not only enrich your understanding of modern China and improve your ability to read literature and film, but also provide you with a variety of coming-of-age narratives that may resonate with your own experience. Integrating academic pursuit with personal quest, I hope the course will allow you to reflect on your own experience of growing up and become more conscious in your negotiation with the current time.


HC2017 Writing Places: Nativism, Ecology, Politics​
Pre-requisite(s): HC1001​ | 3 AUs

This course examines the writings on place from the 1930s onward. It explores the changing focus and meaning in the literary or cinematic rendering of different locales. While a place can be the anchor of identity, site of cultural memory and practice, and refuge for dwelling, such meanings are not given but very much the work of cultural imagination and creation. How do literature and cinema contribute to creating a sense of place and confer an identity on a place, under what circumstances and to what political and cultural effects? As the deepening environmental crisis increasingly ravages our natural world, how do the writings on places document environmental degradation? How do their otherworldly portrayals-be them industrial, postindustrial, heterotopic, dystopic, etc.-shed light on our collective reality and engage our senses and intellect to promote possible social change? These are the important questions we will discuss in this course. 


HC3011 Studies of Su Shi's Literature and Art
Pre-requisite(s): NIL | 3 AUs

This course investigates historical and cultural context of classical Chinese poet Su Shi. This course will provide you with a chance to undergo in-depth understanding, focus on the writing style and themes of representative works of Su Shi by way of close reading and critical analysis.


HC3014 Cultural Study of Chinese Cinemas
Pre-requisite(s): HC1001 | 3 AUs

This course teaches appreciation and discussion of important works in Chinese-language cinematic history, leading third year and fourth year students to rethink the origins of Chinese cinemas in mainland China and its development and variation in Hong Kong and Taiwan. This course also provides you with a basic knowledge of film concepts and theories, including star studies, silent film, film genre theory, Chinese leftist cinema, narrative cinema, auteur theory, and queer cinema. This course will also analyse and discuss topics of class, gender, and nationality in cultural research on Chinese cinemas. Through appreciation and study of the visual politics of film, you will be able to place the politics re-presented in Chinese-language cinematic texts back into their actual local historical and social/cultural context.


HC3015 City and Culture in Modern China
Pre-requisite(s): NIL | 3 AUs

This course will provide a critical understanding of the modern urban culture in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan by examining urban cultural history in conjunction with Chinese cinemas, songs and literary texts. Topics to be discussed include: the emergence of the modern city, the impact of colonialism, urban political movements, urban sexual culture, modernity and post- modernity in the context of urban culture, urban popular culture and the impact of globalization on Chinese cities.


HC3016 Readings of Classical Chinese Prose
Pre-requisite(s): NIL | 3 AUs

This course is designed to provide a basic acknowledge of classical Chinese prose according to close reading and critical analysis of selected classical proses, primarily classical political prose, narrative prose, argumentative prose, etc. The course will encourage you to make connections and discussions of these proses with modern society, politics, economics, culture problems or phenomena.


HC3017 Text and Image Studies
Pre-requisite(s): NIL | 3 AUs

The course offers an interdisciplinary perspective of interaction of text and image in both ancient and modern China. It aims to enrich students’ understanding of literature, art and culture texts and theories. The outcomes of this course will help students to improve these analysis ability and creative in academic and art.


HC3018 Posthumanism in Chinese Literature, Film and Culture
Pre-requisite(s): NIL | 3 AUs

THow do the development of artificial intelligence and concepts such as cyborg and the Anthropocene inform recent sci-fi writing, and urge us to establish new values and ethics in the digital era? In what ways do Chinese film, media art, and online culture shape our understanding of identity and subjectivity in the virtual world? How do posthuman thoughts and representations lead us beyond anthropocentrism, and show us a world characterised by the increasingly blurred boundaries between humans, nonhuman animals and machines, particularly in an age of many environmental challenges? How do cultural imaginations of Chinese supernatural beings (e.g. monsters, spirits and vampires from Chinese folk legends) expand the western-centric theoretical discussion in posthumanism? Posing all these questions by highlighting technology, ecology and Chinese culture, this course introduces and critically examines a range of literary, cinematic and artistic texts, in order to make sense of the posthuman elements in our rapidly changing world.


HC3019 Aesthetics of the South 
Pre-requisite(s): NIL | 3 AUs

This course examines various cultural movements and aesthetics defined by their affinity with “the South”. You will explore a range of aesthetics and thought associated with “the South” through different types of Chinese-language cultural production, including cinema, literature, contemporary art, etc. You will investigate how and why “the South” inspired and nurtured unique aesthetics and cultural movements in different historical and contemporary contexts. Texts and issues discussed may include: Southern School of Chinese painting, China’s Southern films, South-South cultural collaborations, etc. 


HC4010 Classical Chinese Literary Theory
Pre-requisite(s): NIL | 4 AUs

This course examines the evolution of Chinese theories of literature and the arts in the classical periods. Through this course, you would learn a variety of issues about Chinese literature theory based on the philosophical foundations through readings of critical texts on poetics. After taking this course, you will get an explicit connection of Chinese Literature, philography and history, which will help you to build a strong foundation for future academic research.


HC4013 Gender and Sexuality in Chinese Literature
Pre-requisite(s): HC1001 | 4 AUs

This course combines a variety of texts and gender/sexuality research theories in order to discuss issues of sex and gender/sexuality in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. These include sexual attractiveness and sexual desire in pre-Qin and Qin/Han literature, lust and eroticism in Ming/Qing literature, the destruction of family and the abandonment of marriage in early modern Chinese literature, love in friendship and the construction of masculinity, Chinese feminism and female sexual desire, new sexual morality discourse and the great debate on love, the first and second waves of feminism, and queer theory. By tracing the development and changes in Chinese concepts of gender/sexuality from ancient times to the present day, this course aims to ensure that you can, while remaining rooted in history, refer to constructions of knowledge in Western gender/sexuality culture and theory and proceed to rethink and deepen the contemporary discussion on these topics on an individual and societal level.


HC4015 Special Topics in Classical Chinese Literature
Pre-requisite(s): NIL | 4 AUs

The seminar is designed to help you have an in-depth study of selected topics in classical Chinese literature. Instead of emphasizing the general history of literature or literary genre, you will learn to analyze, interpret and evaluate the specific texts in-depth (or/and compare it with the other works). You will read across a number of theories and disciplines to seek an understanding of the historical dynamics in the different literary “worlds”. Examples of topics are the study of Records of the Grand Historian (Shi Ji), the study of Selections of Refined Literature (Wen Xuan), the study of poetry of Du Fu, the study of The Dream of the Red Chamber (Hong Lou Meng), and the study of prose writing of the specific historical periods.


HC4016 Comparative Literature Studies: Theory and Practice
Pre-requisite(s): HC3001 | 4 AUs

This course explores major approaches to cross-cultural and transnational study of literature. The course includes critical examination of the theories of the major approaches and analysis of their outcomes in research practices. Examples of their research practices are primarily drawn from the history of Western literature, modern Chinese literature, overseas Chinese literature, and classical Chinese literature. Year 3 or Year 4 students of Chinese major who took the course HC 3001 (major core), Or HC 0201 (GER core) and are interested in comparative studies of literature may take this course. You will have a broad horizon and solid foundation to conduct literary studies in other classes and prepare themselves well for future career.


HC4019 Chinese Literary Canon and Images of Art
Pre-requisite(s): NIL | 4 AUs

This module "Chinese Literary Canon and Images of Art" teaches profound reading and comprehensive understanding of literary classics. This course includes classic literature works and their images. Extensive reading of literature articles and observing the daily life of visual culture is required in order to understand the relationship between words and images. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


HC4020 Literary Criticism and Critical Theories

Pre-requisite(s): HC1001​ | 4 AUs

This course is a critical introduction to the major paradigms of thinking about literature in the 20th-and-21st-century. It surveys the major schools of literary criticism and theory, ranging from Russian formalism and structuralism to poststructuralism, Marxism, feminism, psychoanalysis, post-colonial theory, and cultural studies. We will consider the ideological debates surrounding the nature, function, and value of literature, discuss what constitutes a valid interpretation of literary work, and reflect on how theories affect the current practice of literary criticism. Readings consists of Western literary theories and some Chinese literary and cinematic texts. ​​​​​​​​​​


HC4021 Hong Kong Literature and Culture in Global perspective
Pre-requisite(s): NIL | 4 AUs

We will first approach the definition of Hong Kong literature and culture by some descriptive understandings. The purpose of this is to enhance critical understanding what is meant by area studies, global studies and border studies through examining the cultural and literary productions of Hong Kong. By the end of this course, students will be able to anaylse the effectiveness of the national, geographical, historical, political and linguistic frameworks in defining Hong Kong literature, and appreciate the problematic geopolitical features embedded and reflected in the cultural entities of Hong Kong.  

This course will introduce prominent, award-winning or representative artworks of Hong Kong writers, artists and directors. This course is also suitable for those who have interest in Singapore and Sinophone literature as Hong Kong literature has extensive cultural interactions with Chinese literature, Taiwan literature, Malaysian Chinese literature, and Singapore literature.  

HC4022 Art and Revolution in Modern China
Pre-requisite(s): HC1001 | 4 AUs

This course traces the literary and cultural history of modern China from the May Fourth Movement, the surge of revolutionary literature in the late 1920s, the formation and development of Maoist aesthetics under the socialist regime, to the reflection on revolution in the post-Mao era. We will end the course with contemporary engagements with the idea of revolution by looking at some realist literature from Taiwan, documentary films from Hong Kong, and the suppressed articulations of dissent in mainland China. The themes of art and revolution provide a specific perspective to revisit modern Chinese literary history. They highlight the political urgencies behind the renovation of national culture in the beginning of the twentieth century, and reveal how such imperatives continued to shape the changing contour of Chinese literature and culture throughout this long century. The focus on art and revolution also allow us to look beyond revolution in its most straightforward political sense, and attend to the revolution of gender norms and cultural forms that were equally important in modern Chinese history. We will pay attention to this multifaceted idea of revolutionary in our textual analyses of literary and artistic works. The texts covered in this course ranges from literature, film, documentary, the visual arts, as well as theoretical and discursive documents. We will also address different genres of literature such as fiction, drama, and poetry.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

HC2030 Pre-Qin Thought
Pre-requisite(s): NIL | 3 AUs

This course introduces you to the many different schools of thought that emerged in the Pre-Qin and Qin Han era, including Confucianism, Daoism, Legalism, and Moism. We will also discuss these philosophical schools' historical contexts and their influences on Chinese culture from the ancient period down to the present-day. Students who want to understand the foundation of Chinese culture are encouraged to take this course.


HC2031 Confucian Thought
Pre-requisite(s): NIL | 3 AUs

This course examines the development of Confucian thought in China. It seeks to understand Confucianism’s importance by placing the teaching in its proper historical context. The course will cover the various problems and issues related to Confucianism from antiquity all the way to the present-day. Students who are interested in Confucianism or Chinese culture in general are encouraged to take the course.


HC2032 Division and Integration: From the Spring-Autumn/Warring States to Sui, Tang and the Five Dynasties
Pre-requisite(s): NIL | 3 AUs

Focusing on a period that was characterised by repeated division and integration in Chinese history, this course covers the periods of Spring-Autumn, Warring States, Qing, Han, Wei, Jin, South-North, Sui, Tang, and the Five Dynasties. It discusses, among others, the political institutions, territorial expansion and contraction, economic conditions, social changes, religious development, and cultural transformation and pluralism throughout this period. The influence of the non-Han culture and its interaction with the Han culture will also be explored. This is MPE subject for the second-year students and above of Chinese Program. This course provides you with background knowledge for Chinese literature, philosophy, and overseas Chinese studies in Chinese Program, and further benefits your work and career in sectors of government, education, and business, etc.


HC2040 Understanding China
Pre-requisite(s): HC2005 recommended | 3 AUs

This course introduces you to modern and contemporary developments of Chinese societies and aims at analyzing “Chineseness” and engendering critical thinking about the representations of “China” and its society, culture, politics and people in various media. Taking reference from academic scholarships in China Studies, historical and cultural studies, sociology, literary and film studies, this interdisciplinary course examines what traditions and experiences have shaped the historical and cultural construction of "China", and what values and beliefs might inform its future development. Examples for discussion will be drawn from a range of media texts (print, digital, film, pop culture etc.) from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia and the West, in both Chinese and English. This course aims to enhance your comprehensive knowledge about China and Chinese societies in the world since the early 20th century. It introduces you to the major issues and debates centering on the regions, and encourages all-rounded and critical understanding of China and “Chineseness” in the changing world.


HC2041 Contemporary Chinese Politics and Society
Pre-requisite(s): NIL | 3 AUs

Focusing on the era since 1949 when the People's Republic of China was founded, this subject offers an examination of contemporary Chinese society in the midst of political changes. It covers topics such as the Chinese state and political institutions, collectivisation, political campaigns, population control and internal migration, urban and rural living conditions, the era of economic reform, and civil-government relations. This is MPE subject for the second-year students and above of Chinese Program. This course provides you with background knowledge for Chinese literature, philosophy, and overseas Chinese studies in Chinese Program, and further benefits your work and career in sectors of government, education, and business, etc.


HC3031 Conquering and Conquered Dynasties: From Song to Qing
Pre-requisite(s): NIL | 3 AUs

Focusing on the four dynasties in Chinese history, i.e., Liao, Jin, Yuan and Qing, founded by northern nomadic tribesmen and then conquered the area formerly ruled by Hans’ central empire. This course covers the period from the early Song Dynasty to Late Qing Dynasty. It discusses, among others, the founding of the four conquering dynasties, the Hans’ resistance, the dual politic, economic development, cultural continuation, and religious interaction. The influence of sinicization will also be explored. This is MPE subject for the second-year students and above of Chinese Program. This course provides you with background knowledge for Chinese literature, philosophy, and overseas Chinese studies in Chinese Program, and further benefits your work and career in sectors of government, education, and business, etc.


HC3043 Chinese Ecological Thoughts and Philosophy
Pre-requisite(s): NIL | 3 AUs

This course introduces you to classical, modern and contemporary Chinese ecological thoughts – from traditional Confucian, Buddhist and Daoist thoughts on nature and ecology, to the emergence of ecocriticism and eco-aesthetics as new academic disciplines in contemporary China. Focusing on the historical and cultural significance of concepts that are related to nature and ecology, such as Chinese solar terms, shanshui (natural landscapes), and animals; as well as the increasing dialogues and clashes between Chinese and Western ecological thoughts, this course stimulates you to reflect upon the intricate and complex relationships between human beings and the natural world. At a time of many global environmental crises and challenges, this course also encourages you to contemplate how ancient and contemporary ecological thoughts and theories can both be put into daily-life practices, as well as to cultivate our spiritual wellbeing and make changes to the world.


HC4030 Modern Chinese Intellectuals and Political Movements
Pre-requisite(s): NIL | 4 AUs

In modern China, intellectuals played a crucial role in remaking Chinese tradition and introducing Western ideas in order to strengthen a country that was simultaneously confronted with internal crisis and foreign encroachments. The aim of this course is to study modern Chinese intellectuals and their influence on Chinese society. Key historical events to be discussed include the Reform Movement of the late Qing, the May Fourth Movement, and the rise of Communism. Students who are interested in learning about modern and contemporary China are encouraged to take this course.


HC4033 Special Topics in Chinese History and Thought
Pre-requisite(s): NIL | 4 AUs

This course provides analytical and in-depth study of selected topics in Chinese history and/or thought. It will lead students to further explore thematic issues related to ancient, pre-modern, and/or modern Chinese history, and/or closely examine key issues in Chinese philosophy and intellectual foundation.


HC4035 Western Influences on Modern Chinese Thought
Pre-requisite(s): NIL | 4 AUs

This course will help you to understand how the West has influenced modern Chinese culture and society, specifically, Chinese thought. We will examine key concepts such as liberalism, communism, radicalism and conservatism. Prominent Chinese thinkers like Hu Shi, Lu Xun and Qian Mu will be considered. Students who are interested in how Western modernity has been influencing modern China and the contemporary Chinese-speaking world are encouraged to take this course.


HC4040 Cross-Taiwan Straits Relations
Pre-requisite(s): NIL | 4 AUs

This course looks at the cross-straits relations between mainland China and Taiwan. It studies the political, social, and economic development in and between China and Taiwan and its regional/international implication throughout history. In particular, this course will examine the political discourses reflected in the principles and policies adopted by the Chinese Communist Party, Kuomintang, and Democratic Progressive Party over such issues as reunification and independence, as well as non-official views on these issues. Students who are interested in learning about the current cross-Taiwan Strait Relations and the so-called Taiwan Issue are encouraged to take this course.


HC4042 China and Globalisation
Pre-requisite(s): NIL | 4 AUs

This course studies China's responses to globalizing forces that offer both opportunities and challenges since the 20th century. It looks at the impact that global capitalism brought to China, which includes China's accession to the World Trade Organization, and the influence of foreign cultures and ideas on China. It also discusses China's impact-cultural, economic, political, social outward on global development, including overseas Chinese and China's role in the international political stage. ​​​​​​​​​​​​


HC4043 Special Topics in Modern China
Pre-requisite(s): NIL | 4 AUs

This course provides analytical and in-depth study of selected topics in contemporary Chinese economy, political development, foreign relations, social transformation, and/or culture. It aims to give students an opportunity to study the latest developments and emerging issues in China.​​​​​​​​​​​​


HC4044 Late Imperial and Modern China: History and Social Change
Pre-requisite(s): NIL | 4 AUs

Since the late 18th century, China has experienced the most dramatic history and social change. This course examines late imperial and modern China’s major social, political, economic and cultural issues from a historical context and interdisciplinary perspective. These issues include: environment and climate, ethnic frontiers, gender, media, hygiene, historical memory, social class, urbanization, social protests, the rise of China and nationalism. This course aims to broaden student’s academic horizon and familiarize them with the international academia's latest development and research method on modern China studies. Students will also acquire the relevant basic research methods; learn how to write academic book review, research plan, final year project and/or academic paper. This is MPE subject for the third-year students and above of Chinese Program. This course provides you with background knowledge for Chinese literature, philosophy, and overseas Chinese studies in Chinese Program, and further benefits your work and career in sectors of government, education, and business, etc.

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HC1050 The Science of Chinese Characters
Pre-requisite(s): NIL | 3 AUs

The course aims to develop your understanding of the major and fundamental aspects of Chinese characters, including the origin, development, structural analysis of Chinese characters, the analysis of form, sound, and meaning of characters, the standardization of characters, characters and culture, and character teaching. This course is suitable for those who are interested in Chinese characters and have basic knowledge of Chinese languages and characters.


HC1051 Modern Chinese
Pre-requisite: HC1002 | 3 AUs

This course systematically and comprehensively introduces the fundamentals of Modern Chinese grammar, from morphemes, to words, phrases, and sentences. With various real language examples and exercises, you will acquire strong analytical skills to generalize rules of language uses based on language data. The course is useful for future careers relevant to Chinese including language teaching, editing, translation, etc. The course is also necessary for taking more advanced courses such as HC3052 or further studies in Chinese linguistics. You will need to complete HC1002 before taking this course.


HC2050 Chinese Lexicology
Pre-requisite(s): NIL | 3 AUs

The course aims to provide a comprehensive examination of Chinese lexicon construction with its connection to the aspects of syntactic and morphological structures. Students will be guided to learn how to identify morphological structures of words, word formation and its types, differentiate words and phrases, synonyms and antonyms, and examine word sense in Chinese lexicon and its variation across time and geographical boundaries. By the end of the course students will be able to apply the principles and methodologies learned to the analysis of morphological structures and lexicon constructions. This course is specially designed for the students who are interested in Chinese linguistics and Chinese language teaching. The general knowledge learned from this course will help students to be prepared to learn other linguistic courses, such as morphology, lexical semantics, language contact and change, and corpus linguistics.


HC2052 Language and Society
Pre-requisite(s): NIL | 3 AUs

This course surveys the interactions between language and other human social behaviors that distinguish individual speakers as belonging to a particular social or language community. You will examine the way language works in relation to communication and culture, interaction between language structure and social structure and social norms (sociolinguistics), the relationship between linguistic knowledge and cultural knowledge (anthropological linguistics), the interplay of language and the mind. Special case studies on the Chinese language and /or the language context in Singapore will be reviewed and discussed.


HC2053 Varieties of Chinese
Pre-requisite(s): NIL | 3 AUs

This course introduces you to the varieties of Mandarin Chinese as surfaced in Chinese speaking communities such as Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. We will illustrate with rich examples the differences in the writing system, sound, lexicon, grammar, and pragmatics found in Chinese varieties, and discuss the linguistic, historical, cultural, and social factors that have led to the differences. The course will help you get a deeper and wider understanding of language variation and change, and facilitate more effective communication with Mandarin speakers from different regions. The course is useful for future careers relevant to Chinese including language teaching, editing, translation, etc.


HC2054 Understanding Classical Chinese Texts
Pre-requisite: HC1002 | 3 AUs

The objectives of this course are to provide you with the foundations for reading and understanding classical Chinese texts. This is done through a brief introduction to classical Chinese grammar, with special reference to grammatical features of essential parts of speech, usage of function words, peculiar word order and peculiar syntactic constructions. You will learn to make distinctions in classical Chinese grammar through comparison with modern Chinese grammar, and hence strengthen their ability to understand classical Chinese in reading.


HC3050 Sound and Prosody in Chinese
Pre-requisite: HC1002 | 3 AUs

This course raises your awareness of the nature of speech sound, the relation between sound and structure, prosody and discourse, and their use in actual everyday Chinese communication. The course aims at providing you with both foundational knowledge and the analytic ability to conduct Chinese phonological research.

HC3051 Sociolinguistics and Bilingualism
Pre-requisite(s): NIL | 3 AUs

between language variation and societal, cultural, and contextual factors characterized by bilingualism will be examined from a multidimensional perspective. You will learn to follow the principles of sociolinguistics to identify functions of language and variations of language use where bilingualism is recognized as a main factor. In addition, the social importance of the use, spread, and changes of different languages and dialects will be evaluated within the multilingual and multicultural context of Singapore.


HC3052 Chinese Language and Grammatical Theories
Pre-requisite: HC1002 & HC1051 | 3 AUs

This course is to provide you with an in-depth understanding of the current major theories for Chinese grammatical theories. The course concentrates on several key structures in Chinese (e.g. BA constructions, passives, double object constructions), and by understanding and evaluating the major theories that have been proposed to account for these constructions, you will be able to develop skills in literature review and conduct your own research on Chinese grammar. The course is useful for careers relevant to Chinese and further studies in Chinese linguistics. You will need to complete HC1002 and HC1051 in order to take this course.


HC4050 Chinese Semantics
Pre-requisite(s): NIL | 4 AUs

Semantics is a discipline dealing with meanings at lexicon, syntax, discourse and pragmatic levels. This course provides an overview of general principles of semantics and explains the basic concepts in semantic analysis such as sense, reference, semantic features and meaning relations. Domain-specific topics to be covered include lexical semantics, structural semantics, cognitive semantics, and pragmatics. The peculiarities of semantic studies in Chinese will be the focus for examination.


HC4051 Text, Rhetoric and Style
Pre-requisite(s): NIL | 4 AUs

This course covers central topics in the study of text linguistics and text pragmatics and the interpretation of language use and that of discourse, on textual and textuality. It also serves to acquaint you with stylistic theories and rhetorical devices. You will be introduced to functional theories and strategies to understand the interrelatedness of form and meaning, the psychology of syntax, metaphor, and diction.


HC4052 Special Topics in Chinese Linguistics
Pre-requisite(s): NIL | 4 AUs

The seminar is designed to help you have an in-depth study of selected topics in Chinese linguistics. Instead of emphasizing the general grammatical perspective and theories of Chinese languages, you will learn to analyze, interpret and evaluate the specific language data in-depth (or/and compare it with the other linguistic paradigm). You will read across a number of theories and disciplines to seek an understanding of different linguistic components and perspectives. Examples of topics are Chinese syntactic and semantic theories, Chinese phonetics and phonology, functional grammars such as cognitive grammar, construction grammar, corpus linguistics, and Chinese pragmatics and discourses.


HC4055 Chinese Language Acquisition
Pre-requisite(s): NIL | 4 AUs

This course will introduce you to the current research questions, theories, and development in language acquisition in general and Chinese language acquisition in particular. The content of teaching, in-class discussion and assignments for you to complete after class are all designed with a focus on helping you to gain a broad understanding of the nature of language acquisition, to guide you to identify age-related developmental features, to distinguish the characteristics of L1 and L2 acquisition. You will also be able to learn how to apply current theories and research methodologies to the study of language acquisition, particularly in the Singapore context. This will prepare you to be a researcher or a language teacher who can address language acquisition issues from a multi-dimensional perspective and write academic papers based on empirical research data of language acquisition.​​​

HC4056 Chinese Semasiology
Pre-requisite: HC1002 | 4 AUs

The objectives of this course are to provide you with a general knowledge of traditional semasiology (Xunguxue), and to acquaint you with fundamental methods and essential principles of studying the meaning of words in classical Chinese. In terms of semantic analysis, it will help you to understand the uniqueness of paraphrasing classical Chinese with concrete examples.


HC4057 Conversational Pragmatics in Chinese
Pre-requisite: HC1002 | 4 AUs

Using materials from natural Chinese conversation, the course will focus on key topics in Pragmatics and Conversation, such as deixis, reference, conversational implicature, speech act theory etc. The introduction of these topics is meant to provide you with some direction into the analysis of actual interactional data.

At the end of the course, you will be able to: ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

  • Handle naturally occurring conversational data, both video and audio.
  • Adequately analyze and present the data to reveal the workings of interaction.
  • To formulate research ideas about Chinese interaction and their relation to social activities.

HC1060 History of Singapore and Malaysian Chinese
Pre-requisite(s): NIL | 3 AUs

 

This foundation level course will introduce you to the history of Chinese communities in Singapore and Malaysia, examining the economic activities, social organizations, and political orientation of Chinese diaspora in relations to China and the countries of residence. In this course, you will learn how Chinese communities have transformed in Singapore and Malaysia. This will form the foundation for further studies in Chinese diaspora.

HC2060 Chinese Education in Southeast Asia
Pre-requisite(s): NIL | 3 AUs

This foundation level course will introduce you to the origin, development, setback, and revival of Chinese education in Southeast Asia, focusing on Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia. In the course, you will learn the sociopolitical contexts where Chinese education and schools are embedded. This will form the foundation for further studies of Chinese diaspora and nation-building in Southeast Asia.


HC2061 Chinese Literature in Singapore and Malaysia
Pre-requisite(s): NIL | 3 AUs

This foundation level course will introduce you to the development of Chinese literature in Singapore and Malaysia since the early 20th century, examining major trends in literary writing such as the influence of the May Fourth Cultural Movement, political and cultural identities, debates on realism and modernism, social engagement and cultural reflections, the influence of Hong Kong and Taiwanese literature. In the course, you will learn how to conduct reading of works by important writers. This will form the foundation for further studies in diasporic Chinese literature and culture.


HC2062 Chinese-language Cultural Production in Singapore
Pre-requisite(s): NIL | 3 AUs

This course aims to introduce and examine the beginnings and development of Chinese-language cultural production in Singapore. You will gain critical understanding of how different kinds of Chinese-language cultural production (e.g. publishing, theatre, cinema, arts festivals, traditional operas, dialect cultural institutions, etc.) took root and developed in the specific sociopolitical and sociocultural context of Singapore. You will also explore some of the problems that arose in the process. 


HC3062 Chinese Overseas and China
Pre-requisite(s): NIL | 3 AUs

This course is intended for students interested in the meanings of being a Chinese overseas in a rapidly changing world. It investigates the changing relations Chinese overseas have with China and the factors underlying these changes. It first looks at Overseas Chinese's concern about China's political upheaval and social disorder before 1949 when the People's Republic of China was founded. It then examines the isolation of Chinese overseas from China between 1949 and 1978, because of the radical political movements in China and nation-building projects in their countries of residence. It subsequently explores the responses of Chinese overseas after 1978 when China launched economic reform. This course provides you with the necessary knowledge for future courses in HC4060 and HC 4061.


HC3063 Critical Study of Singapore Society and Culture
Pre-requisite(s): NIL | 3 AUs

This course introduces you to various issues in contemporary Singapore society and culture, taking into special consideration the multicultural context. Topics discussed include those which are more general such as places and people, cultural production, media and communication, as well as more focused issues related to the identity and representation of the Chinese in Singapore. You will select, formulate and present a research worthy case on issues of Singapore society and culture. This course provides you with fundamental preparation if you are interested in working on a FYP topic in Singapore social and cultural study.


HC3064 Overseas Chinese in the United States
Pre-requisite(s): NIL | 3 AUs

This course introduces you to the history of the Chinese in the United States from the mid-19th century to the recent past. It is intended for students interested in overseas Chinese experiences outside Southeast Asia and will provide you with a platform to better understand Chinese migration on a global scale. Major themes of this course will include immigration and labor, migration and family strategies, race and gender relations, community formation and integration, and historical images from the Yellow Peril to the Model Minority. As a history course, there will be strong emphasis on the mastery of historical context and the analysis of texts," including primary documents, secondary sources, and visual materials such as cartoons and films.


HC4060 Globalisation and Chinese Overseas
Pre-requisite(s): NIL | 4 AUs

This advanced level course will introduce you to the concepts, theories, and patterns of globalization as well as diasporic Chinese involvement in globalization process. In the course, you will learn and discuss important topics in the fields of migration, nation-states, and transnationalism. This will provide you with a better understanding of Chinese diaspora in relations to China and other countries of residence, which is much-needed in the globalized job market.


HC4061 Chinese Migration
Pre-requisite(s): NIL | 4 AUs

This course focuses on the migration trajectories of Chinese leaving China and dispersed in many parts of the world. While it examines the formation and transformation of migrant-sending localities in the past and the present, and discusses the patterns of migration as well as the networks that facilitated Chinese migration, the central purpose of the course is analyze and evaluate the perspectives and methods used by scholars to understand Chinese migration. This course thus is suitable for students interested in the Chinese overseas and in methodology. The training you acquire in this course would provide you with a foundation to pursue courses focusing on the global diaspora and on theories.


HC4062 Special Topics in the Studies of Ethnic-Chinese
Pre-requisite(s): NIL | 4 AUs

TThe seminar is designed to help you gain an in-depth understanding of selected topics and theories in ethnic Chinese studies. Instead of emphasizing the general history of Chinese migration, you will learn to analyze and evaluate the perspectives and methods used by scholars to understand the overseas Chinese. You will read a wide variety of texts, from classics by Wang Gungwu, Yen Ching-hwang, and Philip Kuhn, to more recent works by Adam Mckeown, Shelly Chan, and Michael Williams.


HC4063 A Study of Sinophone Culture in Singapore and Malaysia
Pre-requisite(s): NIL | 4 AUs

This course guides third year and fourth year students to appreciate a series of local Singaporean and Malaysian Sinophone audiovisual texts, such as films, documentaries, songs, and short stories. This course will firstly examine the historical context of the development of the "Sinophone" concept and how, as a method of research that has gained in popularity over recent years, it enters into dialogue with the research frameworks of "Imperialism," "Colonialism,'' "Nationalism," "Cultural China," and "Chinese diaspora". The course will look at six dimensions of Sinophone culture- national identity, cultural identity, class identity, language identity, local identity and gender identity as well as examine how Singaporean and Malaysian Sinophone culture represents its history and culture through audiovisual texts while re-inventing its identity through a strategy of cross-ethnic and cross-cultural creolized articulations.


HC4064 History and Issues: Transcultural Chinese Theatre in Singapore
Pre-requisite(s): NIL | 4 AUs

This course first introduces you to the history of Singapore Chinese theatre since the early 20th century. With the understanding of Singapore's socio-cultural history, you will explore and investigate various topics in a selection of dramatic works in contemporary Singapore. Issues discussed may include models of transcultural theatre, intellectual dialogues and cultural communications, theatre activism and social engagements, the search of collective and personal identity, and gender performance. ​

HC2010 中国古典小说
选修条件:无 | 3 学分

本课程为中国魏晋、唐、宋、明、清时期的小说研究。讨论课题包括文本的分析与阐释,及精选作品的社会学研究。作品研讨主要包括魏晋志怪志人小说、唐传奇、宋话本、明代拟话本、明清章回小说等。


 

HC2011 唐诗
选修条件:无 | 3 学分

唐代,被公认为中国诗歌创作的顶峰时期。本课程采取分类研究的方法,分成唐诗与爱情悼亡、唐诗与闺怨宫怨、唐诗与咏史怀古、唐诗与咏物寄托、唐诗与友情送别5个专题,和唐诗与政治、唐诗与贬谪、唐诗与女性、唐诗与道教、唐诗与佛教5类题材对唐诗进行研讨。


 

HC2014 华文剧场与表演
选修条件:修毕HC1001 | 3 学分

本课程介绍剧场与表演中的基本概念与技巧,并重点讨论中国、台湾、香港、新加坡等地的当代华文剧场。你将学习阅读与讨论现代经典戏剧作品,并现场观看与分析剧场演出。这个从文本到舞台的过程,让你得以更深层的了解戏剧的文字文本,以及剧场导演与表演者的再度创作。


 

HC2015 青春书写与现代中国​​
选修条件:修毕HC1001 | 3 学分

本课程旨在带领同学以年青人的角度阅读现当代文学及理解现代中国。从梁启超的《少年中国说》、茅盾的《虹》、到杨德昌的《牯岭街少年杀人事件》、贾樟柯的《站台》、及林奕含的《房思琪的初恋乐园》,成长的主题不但一直扣连着时代的变化,更往往以少年的柔嫩及敏感回应着时代最尖锐的问题。通过一系列关于成长的论文、小说及电影,本课程旨在提高同学阅读文学及电影文本的能力,同时希望这些文本对同样处于青春年华的你们有所启发,帮助你们更敏锐地反思自己和塑造你成长的社会及时代之间的关系。


 

HC2017 地文誌: 从乡土文学到生态批评​
选修条件:修毕HC1001 | 3 学分

本课程检阅从三十年代以来关于地方的书写。从沈从文到黄春明、夏曼∙蓝波安、以及董启章,对地方的写作展现了一种怎样的乡土/城市想象、身份归属、以及文本策略。随着环境污染持续地恶化,地方书写又如何从一种对历史及文化记忆的关注转而纪录及分析现代生活对地方造成的破坏。从阿城的《树王》到王久良及赵亮的纪录片,从郝景芳《北京折叠》到周星驰的《美人鱼》,这些或纪实或想象的文本如何重塑地方的影像以及我们对此集体处境的回应。


 

HC3011 苏轼文学与艺术研究
选修条件:无 | 3 学分

宋代文人苏轼被法国《世界报》选为全球12位"千年英雄"中唯一的中国作家。本课程经由文本细读和艺术分析,探究苏轼的文学风格、书画特色和历史文化脉络。


 

HC3014 中台港电影的文化研究
选修条件:修毕HC1001 | 3 学分

本课程欣赏和探讨华语电影史上的重要作品,理解华语电影在中国的源流以及它在港台的发展和变异。此课也提供学生对电影概念与理论例如明星研究、无声电影、电影类型论、左翼电影、叙事电影、酷儿电影和作者论等等的基础认识。本课也会分析与探讨华语电影文化研究中的阶级、性别和国族等议题,通过对电影视觉政治的审美和研究,加强同学们把华语电影文本的再现政治,重新置入在地历史与社会文化现实语境的能力。


 

HC3015 现代中国的城市文化
选修条件:无 | 3 学分

结合现代中国城市文化史和中港台的影片、歌曲以及文学作品,本课程提供对现代城市文化在中国大陆和港台的批判性理解。课题包括中国现代城市的出现,殖民主义的影响,政治运动和城市的性文化,城市文化脉络里的现代性与后现代性,城市流行文化以及全球化对中国城市的冲击。


 

HC3016 古典散文精读
选修条件:无 | 3 学分

本课程旨在介绍中国古典散文的基本知识,精选历代经典的政论文、叙事文及论体文等加以细读和解析,鼓励学生将古典散文与当代社会、政治、经济、文化、思想等问题或现象进行联系并讨论。


 

HC3017 文图学 
选修条件:无 | 3 学分

这是一门新颖而终身受用的课程:"文图学",教你怎样看懂图像。我们一起参观展览、小组讨论和分享见解,学习书法、绘画、广告、漫画、动画、互联网、社交媒体等等的观看之道。


 

HC3018 后人类主义:华文文学、电影与文化 
选修条件:无 | 3 学分

面对科技文明发展、生态环境危机和东西方思想的碰撞和冲击,人类社会逐步走向「后人类」的新时代。 透过人工智能、赛伯格(cyborg)和人类世等概念的发展,我们该如何阅读当代华文科幻写作,藉以反思数位时代的新伦理观? 透过电影和数码艺术创作,以及近年的网红现象,我们如何理解网络世界中的身份认同和建构的虚拟主体性? 在日益强调生态保育和多物种共存的环境下,后人类主义如何打破一切以人类为中心的既定思想,并透过文本表现人、动植物和机械之间日益模糊的界线? 华语电影中常见的妖怪、鬼神和僵尸等非人类想象,又是否能扩阔「后人类主义」固有的西方理论框架,让我们建立一套东方式后人类思想,以诠释我们独特的文化和价值观? 本课程将以多角度探索人文研究中的「后人类转向」,并围绕科技、生态与中华文化三方面对一系列文学、电影和艺术文本作分析,探讨当代中文语境中呈现的后人类现象。


HC3019南方美学
选修条件:无 | 3 学分

本课程探讨以“南方”界定和定位的美学及文化运动。学生将透过不同类型的华语文化生产(如电影、文学、当代艺术等),探析古今“南方美学”的多元维度,并考究“南方”如何在不同时空里,自成派系,形成独特的创作风格与文化思潮。本课程探讨的议题包括:江南画派、南方电影、南南合作政治等。


HC4010 中国古典文学批评

选修条件:无 | 4 学分

本课程介绍中国古典文学艺术理论的发展演变。通过研读古典诗学文本,探讨的课题包括:文学理论的哲学基础、道德标准与艺术标准的问题、抒情与写实的诗学传统、感官与视像的关系问题等。


 

HC4013 中国文学与性别研究
选修条件:修毕HC1001 | 4 学分

本课程结合各种文本和性/别研究理论,探讨中国文学文化中的性与性/别的课题。例如先秦文学和秦汉文学的美色和性欲、明清文学的好色和艳情、近现代中国的毁家废婚、友爱与男性建构、中国的女性主义和女性情欲、新性道德话语和爱情大讨论、第一波与第二波女性主义和酷儿理论等等。通过追溯和探讨从古代到现当代中国人的性/别观念的发展和变化,本课程希望同学们能以历史为本,再参照欧美性/别文化与理论的知识建构,从而重新反思和深化当代社会与个人对相关议题的讨论。


 

HC4015 中国古典文学专题
选修条件:无 | 4 学分

本课程以专题方式深入探讨中国古典文学。讨论范围因授课教授之专长而异,可包括中国散文或韵文文学、中国叙事文学如古典短篇小说、明清白话小说等,例如:《诗经》、楚辞、《史记》、陶渊明诗、《文选》、杜甫诗、《红楼梦》等。​


 

HC4016 比较文学研究:理论与实践
选修条件:修毕HC3001 | 4 学分

这门课讲述比较文学的起源,发展和研究方法,包括影响研究,平行研究,比较诗学,形象学,主题学,文类学,跨学科比较文学,文本例证来自西方文学史,中国现当代文学。 学生需要研读一些相关主题的学术论文,讨论其研究方法,分析其优点和局限性。


 

HC4019 文学经典与图象艺术
选修条件:无 | 4 学分

本课程选取具有历史和文化深刻意义的中国古代文学经典作品精读,介绍这些作品的相关绘画和题咏,分析文学经典/艺术创作/视觉书写的多重互文性内涵。本课程并涉及东亚文化艺术, 提供跨学科、跨地域的学术视野和基本知识。​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


 

HC4020 文学批评与理论
选修条件:修毕HC1001 | 4 学分

本课程主要介绍西方二十世纪的文学理论。我们的讨论会围绕文学的定义、价值和功能,以及文学诠释的正当性而展开。文学批评在二十世纪受到了各种从文艺及其他领域发展而来的批判理论的影响,其中包括俄国形式主义、结构主义与后结构主义、马克思主义、女性主义、心理分析、后殖民主义、与文化研究,所以我们的阅读主要集中在对这些理论的介绍及其对文学分析和诠释的影响。​​​​


 

HC4021 全球香港文学与文化
选修条件:无 | 4 学分

本课通过深度阅读香港的文化和文学作品,从区域研究、全球研究和边界理论分析「香港文学及文化」的定义。香港文学及文化身份以及其多元意义,应如何从香港境内及全球并行的视野内分析?本课程将从香港文化的生产条件展开,包括从国族身份、教育、经济、历史、语言,以及香港处于殖民体制前后期,所受中国及西方地缘政治的影响,以此从历史角度梳理香港文学与文化身份出现的脉络。

本课程选取具代表意义的香港文学及文化作品为题,在于展现个别作家的风格、创作特质及社会文化关怀外,目的是希望以此与华语文化文学作出有机的对话。由于香港文学与中国文学、台湾文学、马来西亚华文文学和新加坡华文文学有着广泛的互动及文化因缘,本课程以全球及国际视野下,探讨「香港文学与文化」作为学术话语的意义。


 

HC4022 “革命”与文艺:现代中国文学及文化
选修条件:修毕HC1001 | 4 学分

“革命”可能是中国现代史上最重要的关键词之一。从晚清到文化大革命​​,“革命”一直主宰着中国人的政治想象。然而“革命”在二十世纪中国所指涉的绝不仅只于政权更替及政治上的变革,同时更包括了文化艺术上的更新、性别社会角色的改变、生活习惯乃至国民性的再造。在中国知识分子的想象中,文艺既是新国新民必不可少的手段之一,亦是个人表达及灵魂体现的载体。在为政治服务及自由表达之间,二十世纪中国文学及艺术走了怎样一条曲折的路?本课程重温自晚清以来的中国文学文化史,以探讨文艺在二十世纪中国多次政治及文化革命中所扮演的角色。本课程同时旨在带领同学阅读各种不同类型的文本,包括文学(小说、诗歌、剧本)、电影、纪录片及视觉艺术。​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

HC2030 先秦诸子思想
选修条件:无 | 3 学分

本课程讨论中国先秦时代的诸子思想,包括了儒家、道家,法家和墨家,让学生了解其重要人物与文本,也让他们认识这些思想发展的历史背景,以及各思想学说对朝廷施政和百姓生活的影响。


 

HC2031 儒家思想
选修条件:无 | 3 学分

本课介绍儒家的重要文本和核心思想. 我们会追溯儒家思想在中国的起源, 并研究其重要的人物, 思想学派的变化和变化的背景。同时,我们还会探讨儒家思想对中华文化的影响。


 

HC2032 分裂与统合——从春秋到五代
选修条件:无 | 3 学分

本课程主要在了解从春秋战国开始,经过秦、汉、魏晋南北朝、隋、唐,至五代之间这一段不断的分裂与统合的中国历史。重点将放在了解这段时期的政治制度, 领土扩张与收缩,经济发展状态,社会变迁,宗教发展,以及文化上的转变和多元性。另外也将讨论非汉族文化对中国文化的影响及其与汉族文化之间的互动。


 

HC2040 理解中国
选修条件:修毕HC2005 | 3 学分

本课程旨在介绍现当代中国,以及世界华人社会的发展,和分析 「中国性/华人性 」在不同的媒体对中国及其社会、文化、政治与人民所作的再现作出批判性的思考。透过中国研究、历史和文化研究、社会学、文学和电影学等等,提供同学对20世纪初至当今中国的跨学科而多角度的认识。,本课程将藉批判理论检验是哪些传统与经验形塑了「中国」这样的历史和文化建构,而又是哪些价值与信念影响其发展。讨论的相关媒体(平面,数位,电影和流行文化等)包括中国、台湾、香港、东南亚之媒体,及世界各地之华文与英文媒体。​


 

HC2041 当代中国政治与社会
选修条件:无 | 3 学分

本课程的焦点放在 1949 年以后的中国,检阅政治变动中的当代社会。讨论范围包括中国的国家与政治体制,公有制,政治运动,人口管制与境内移民,城市与农村的生活状况,经济改革开放时期的现象,以及人民与政府的关系。


 

HC3031 征服王朝——从宋初到清末
选修条件:无 | 3 学分

始于宋朝而持续至清朝,本课程所研究的是中国历史上一段在中亚和满人的影响之下充满剧烈的政治与社会变化的时期。探讨的课题包含辽、金、蒙古(元朝)和满清等政权的建立,新儒学的兴起和儒教政制的确立,领土扩张,人口急速的成长,以及帝制在中国的衰退等一连串关键性的社会和政治层面的变迁。


HC3043 古今生态思想与哲学

选修条件:无 | 3 学分

本课程引领同学探索中国古今的生态思想和生态理论的发展,从古代儒佛道等思想派系中的生态自然观,至当代的生态批评和生态美学在中国的建立和发展。本课程透过探讨传统生态哲学和现代生态批评中的气节、山水、动物等生态概念的历史和文化意涵,以及近代东西方之间的生态思想碰撞,让同学能反思人与大自然的微妙关系。同时,亦鼓励同学在这个全球生态危机涌现的时代,重新思考中国古今的生态思想和理论如何能实践和体现到生活和精神之上。


 

HC4030 中国现代思想与文化运动
选修条件:无 | 4 学分

在中国现代史里,知识分子扮演了重要的角色。为了解救中国于内忧外患,他们尝试再造中国传统和引进西方思想。本课程主要的目标是研究十九世纪以来,中国现代知识分子的出现,以及他们在中国现代史里的所扮演的角色。主要探讨的历史事件包括晚清的维新运动、二十世纪初的革命运动、五四运动,以及社会主义及共产主义的崛起。


 

HC4033 中国历史与思想专题
选修条件:无 | 4 学分

本课程将依据授课老师的选择,讨论中国历史与思想上的特定时代或重要主题,其可能主题包括:政治发展、经济型态、社会变迁、国防军事、文学艺术、或思想文化。


 

HC4040 台湾海峡两岸关系
选修条件:无 | 4 学分

本课程讨论中国大陆与台湾之间的关系,研究台湾海峡两岸关系中的政治、社会、经济发展,两岸关系在历史上对区域及国际关系的影响。特别着重在与两岸关系有关的政治话语,如何反映在中国共产党、国民党和民进党各政府的政策与原则中,以及各官方和非官方机构与个人在统一与独立问题上所表现的立场。


 

HC4042 全球化中的中国
选修条件:无 | 4 学分

本课程探讨中国因应自二十世纪以来的全球化所带来的机会与挑战。探讨的课题包括全球资本主义对中国造成的冲击,中国加入世贸组织,全球化带来的外国文化思潮对中国的影响,也思考中国在文化、经济、政治、社会等方面给全球发展带来的影响,包括海外华人和中国在国际政治舞台上所扮演的角色。


 

HC4043 现代中国专题
选修条件:无 | 4 学分

本课程以专题方式深入探讨中国当今在社会,政治,经济,或国际关系等方面的发展与变化。讨论范围因授课教授之专长而异。

HC1050 汉字学
选修条件:无 | 3 学分

本课程旨在增进同学们对汉字的基本知识的理解,包括汉字的起源、发展、汉字的结构、形音义分析,以及汉字教学。本课程适用于对汉字感兴趣并具有汉语言文字基本知识的同学。


 

HC1051 现代汉语
选修条件:修毕HC1002 | 3 学分

本课程系统且全面地介绍现代汉语语法的基础知识,包括语素、词、短语和句子。通过各种来自自然语料的例子和练习,同学们将能掌握扎实的分析能力,并能根据语言数据来总结语言使用规则。该课程有助于计划从事汉语相关职业的同学们,包括语言教学、编辑、翻译等。该课程也是高年级的汉语语言学课程(如HC3052)的先修课。


 

HC2050 汉语词汇学
选修条件:无 | 3 学分

本课程旨在全面分析考察汉语词汇的构成,以及句法和形态结构与其之间的关系。学生将学习如何识别词的形态结构、词的构成方式及其类型,辨别词和短语,同义词和反义词,并查明汉语中的词义及词义跨时间和跨地理边界的变化。在课程结束时,学生将能够根据学到的词汇学理论和方法分析词的形态结构和词结构。本课程是专门为对汉语语言学和汉语教学感兴趣的学生而设计。从本课程中学到的知识将有助学生准备学习形态学,词汇语义学,应用语言学、语料库语言学、计算语言学中的汉语语言处理等其它语言学课程。


 

HC2052 语言与社会
选修条件:无 | 3 学分

和语言相关的人类社会行为将个体说话者分别归属为特定的社会群体或语言社区。本课程考察分析语言与这类社会行为之间的相互作用。学生将学习如何审视分析语言与交流和文化相关联的方式、语言结构与社会结构和社会规范(社会语言学)之间的相互作用、语言知识与文化知识(人类语言学)之间的关系、和语言与思维的相互作用。新加坡华语和新加坡语言环境的案例研究也是课上分析讨论的内容。


 

HC2053 汉语的变体
选修条件:无 | 3 学分

本课程向同学们介绍在中国大陆、台湾、香港和新加坡等华语社区的现代标准汉语变体。我们将以丰富的例子说明不同汉语变体在文字体系、语音、词汇、语法及语用上的差异,并讨论导致这些差异的语言、历史、文化和社会等因素。该课程将帮助同学们更深入地了解语言的变异和变化,并增强与来自不同地区的汉语使用者的交流能力。


 

HC2054 古汉语导读
选修条件:修毕HC1002 | 3 学分

古汉语语法是一门工具课,通过这门课程的学习,使学生比较全面地掌握古代汉语的基本知识,克服古书阅读过程中语言文字的困难,提高古书阅读能力,从而加深对现代汉语各种语言现象的认识和理解,提高学生对现代汉语的运用能力。 课程简明介绍古汉语的语法结构,着重分析古汉语各种词类的语法特点、虚词用法以及特殊语序和特殊句式;同时强调古今语法差异,提高学生对文言的理解能力。


 

HC3050 汉语音韵
选修条件:修毕HC1002 | 3 学分

课程旨在阐明语音的本质, 探讨汉语语音的组合规律、韵律特点、汉语音律与词汇的关系、语音与语法形式、韵律以及话语的关系,以及在实际运用中的功能。课程的另一要旨在于让学生熟悉传统音韵学的方法,了解音韵学的目的 。


 

HC3051 社会语言学与双语现象
选修条件:无 | 3 学分

本课程涵盖社会语言学和双语问题研究的中心主题和主要理论。语言变异与以双语为特征的社会、文化和语境因素之间的关系将从多维角度展开课上的分析和讨论。学生将学习如何遵循社会语言学的理论原则识别语言的功能和主要由于社会存在的双语现象而产生的语言变体。此外,在新加坡的多语言和多文化背景下不同语言和方言的使用、传播和变化的社会重要性也将是课上审视探讨的内容。

 

HC3052 汉语与语法理论
选修条件:修毕HC1002 及 HC1051 | 3 学分

本课程旨在深入研讨当前汉语语法的主要理论。本课程将重点关注汉语的一些重要结构(例如“把”字句,被动结构,双宾结构等)。通过理解并评析当前相关理论,同学们将提升文献综述的能力,并尝试独立的学术研究。


 

HC4050 汉语语义学
选修条件:无 | 4 学分

语义学是一门在词汇、句法、语篇和语用层面处理意义的学科。本课程阐述语义学的一般原理,并以中文语义特征为例举重点解释语义分析中的基本概念,例如词义、意义、指称、语义特征和意义关系等。讨论和分析的主题包括词汇语义学,句法语义学,认知语义学和语用学的相关问题。本课程的主要目的是使学生学习语义学的主要理论和研究方法,熟悉语义学的一般原理和概念,为探索汉语语义学的特征提供机会,以便今后从事研究工作或以此激发对语言学,特别是语义学的学习兴趣。


 

HC4051 篇章、修辞与风格
选修条件:无 | 4 学分

本课程涵盖篇章语言学和语用学的核心议题以及对语言使用、话语及文本的理解。通过此课程,同学们将熟悉风格理论和修辞手法,了解功能理论、形式与意义的关联、以及语法、隐喻和咬字措辞的心理等。


 

HC4052 汉语语言学专题
选修条件:无 | 4 学分

本课程旨在从各方面加强学生对汉语的性质和使用的理解。课题因任课讲师而异。


 

HC4055 汉语语言习得
选修条件:无 | 4 学分

本课程将向学生介绍当前在语言习得,尤其是中文习得方面的研究问题、理论和发展情况。课上教学、课堂讨论和课后作业重点均放在帮助学生广泛深入了解语言习得的本质,辨别与年龄相关的语言发展特征,从而区分第一语言和第二语言习得的特征。学生还将学习如何将当前的理论和研究方法应用于尤其适应新加坡本土的语言习得研究。本课程也会帮助学生准备好成为一名研究人员或语言老师,从多维角度探讨语言习得问题,并基于语言习得的实证研究经验和所得数据学习撰写学术文章。

 

HC4056 汉语训诂学
选修条件:修毕HC1002 | 4 学分

以初步了解古汉语为出发点,有系统地探讨传统训诂学的基本理论与主要方法,进而大致明白训诂学的原理及其应用价值。


 

HC4057 汉语会话与语用
选修条件:修毕HC1002 | 4 学分

本课程是一门研究方法培训课,着重训练学生能够自主地发现,探讨自然会话的语用现象,并且进行有深度的研究和写作。 这些理论概念主要来自于会话分析(conversation analysis)学科,但也包括语用学的一些理论。课程的教授主要是通过师生在堂上一同探讨自然会话语料来进行;所提供的文献是为了堂上分析自然会话语料服务的,而自然语料的分析是为了揭示和训练理论概念在分析时的实际运用。

HC1060 新马华人史
选修条件:无 | 3 学分

 

这基础课程,引导你认识新加坡与马来西亚的华人历史,检阅他们的经济活动、社会组织,以及跟中国与所在国的政治认同。通过这课程,你会知道华人社群如何在新马递嬗转变,也为你进修离散华人研究做好准备。

 

HC2060 东南亚华文教育
选修条件:无 | 3 学分

海外华侨华人只要聚居到一定人数,他们总是想望建立自己的学校,让他们的子女接受华文教育。本课程的焦点放在东南亚,探讨华文教育在不同国家,如新加坡、马来西亚和印尼各地的起源,发展,衰退和复苏。


 

HC2061 新马华文文学
选修条件:无 | 3 学分

本课程探讨从 20 世纪初至今的新加坡和马来西亚华文文学,通过分析细读重要作家的作品,检阅其中的主要文学潮流和课题,如五四运动的影响,政治与文化认同,现实主义与现代主义的论争,文学与社会的关系,文学与文化反思,以及香港台湾文学的影响。


 

 

HC2062 新加坡华语文化生产
选修条件:无 | 3 学分

 

本课程介绍与探讨新加坡华语文化生产的形成与发展。学生将透过不同类型的华语文化生产(如出版、戏剧、电影、艺术节、传统戏曲、方言文化机构等),了解并探讨华语文化生产如何在新加坡的特有语境里,萌芽生长,以及当中所面临或可能引发的一些问题。


 

 

HC3062 海外华人与中国
选修条件:无 | 3 学分

本课程探讨海外华人与中国的关系转变,以及其背后的原因。首先讨论 1949 年中华人民共和国建立以前海外华侨对中国的政治与社会动乱的关注 ,接着是 1949 和 1978 年之间海外华人因为中国与居留国的政治变动,而与中国的隔离分开。本课程也研究海外华人对中国 1978 年后的改革开放的种种反应。


 

HC3063 新加坡社会与文化研究
选修条件:无 | 3 学分

这是一个基础课程,旨在引介现代批评理论,以进行对于新加坡社会与文化各个层面的理解与分析。课题包括新加坡的语言、宗教、民俗文化、种族社群、知识分子活动、公民组织、以及有关政治与文化认同的课题等。讨论的角度,一方面是从华人社群的为出发点,另一方面,则将置于新加坡作为多元文化与多元语言社会的语境之中。


 

HC3064 美国华人
选修条件:无 | 3 学分

本课程介绍19世纪中叶以来的美国华人社会。涉及的主题包括移民与劳力问题,移民家庭的经济策略,种族与性别关系,华社的形成与融合,以及美国主流社会对于华人的刻板印象等等。这是一门历史课,将特别强调对于历史背景和语境的掌握,以及对各类“文本”的分析。


 

HC4060 全球化与海外华人
选修条件:无 | 4 学分

这高阶课程,引导你掌握有关全球化与离散华人的相关概念、理论、模式。通过课程,你会学习并讨论相关领域的重要课题,包括移民、民族国家、跨国主义。这会给你提供一个更好的视野,理解离散华人跟中国与所在国的关系。这些知识,对全球化的职场来说,非常重要。


 

HC4061 华人移民
选修条件:无 | 4 学分

本课程探讨华人如何离开中国和如何散居世界各地。讨论范围包括了过去与现在的侨乡的形成与转变,华人移民的类型与网络,以及海外华人社会的构成与发展。课程引导学生重新思考与华人移民有关的概念,如华侨和离散华人。


 

HC4062 华人研究专题
选修条件:无 | 4 学分

本课程探讨有关华人研究的特别专题。华人研究领域里具有历史重要性的命题、对当今局势带有关键影响的课题、或重要的相关概念与理论,会在本课程里进行深入的讨论。通过本课程理论及实证上的探讨,学生会对华人族群所经历的嬗变与继承有着更进一步的了解与掌握。


 

HC4063 新马的华语系文化研究
选修条件:无 | 4 学分

本课指导大三和大四的本科生鉴赏一系列的新马华语系视听文本,例如电影、纪录片、歌曲和短篇小说。本课首先探讨“华语系”此概念的历史发展脉络,以及它作为近年崛起的研究方法是如何跟“帝国主义”、“殖民主义”、“国族主义”、 “文化中国”和“离散华人”的研究框架展开对话。课程将从新马华语系文化的六个面向,即国族认同、文化认同、阶级认同、语言认同、本土认同和性别认同的角度,考察新马的华语系文化是如何通过视听文本重现历史文化的同时,也透过跨族群和跨文化的“语言糅杂化”表述策略进行身份认同的再造。


 

HC4064 历史与议题:新加坡跨文化华文剧场
选修条件:无 | 4 学分

本课程首先讨论新加坡华文剧场自二十世纪初以来的历史,并以这个社会文化脉络为基础,进而探讨当代新加坡戏剧作品的各个议题,包括:跨文化剧场的类型、思想对话与文化交流、戏剧运动与社会参与、身份认同的搜寻、多语剧场表演、性别认同与表演等。

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