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    Minor in European Studies

    The Minor in European Studies scheme consists of a variety of European language and culture modules. Students are required to complete at least 15 credits of which at least 9 credits must be at level 3 or above, for fulfilment of the requirement of the Minor Programme.

    Module Nature Credit

    FLA3111 Europe vs European Union

    Year of Study: 1, 2, 3, 4
    Credit Units: 3
    Duration: 45 hours
    Prerequisites:  Nil

    Module Description

    This module illustrates how and why the European Union has developed from 1950 to the present day. A range of topics are covered, including the Union’s early history, the workings of its institutions and their functions, the Union’s impact on European countries, the interplay between “Eurosceptics” and federalists, as well as the role of the Union beyond Europe in international affairs. The module also examines the significance of the state of the single European currency–the Euro, and considers the future of the Union and the choices and challenges that lie ahead.Learning OutcomesUpon completion of the module, students should be able to:

    1. identify the main steps and the reasons of the establishment of the European Union;
    2. develop an awareness of the European Union’s impact on European countries;
    3. examine intellectually European diversity in the European Union; and
    4. analyse and have a personal judgement on the current issues in Europe.

    Compulsory 3

    A total of 12 credits of modules from the list below (at least 6 credits at level 3):

     

    European Language modules

    FLA1101 French I

    Year of Study: 1, 2, 3, 4
    Credit Units: 3
    Duration: 45 hours
    Prerequisites: Nil

    Module Description

    This module is designed for beginners who have little or no prior knowledge of French. It aims to help students develop rudimentary skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking French in daily life situations. Students are also introduced to various aspects of the French culture. At the end of the semester, students are expected to master some basic communication skills in order to deal in French in different types of situations. Therefore, some basic grammatical rules and vocabulary will be presented to students.

     

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the module, students should be able to:

    1. use different ways to greet people according to the situation;
      2. exchange personal information in various social environments;
      3. describing and locating an object and a person;
      4. talk about someone’s taste and preference;
      5. say something belongs to someone in various ways; and
    2. able to have a short and simple conversation is a shopping environment.

    FLA1102 French II

    Year of Study: 1, 2, 3, 4
    Credit Units: 3
    Duration: 45 hours
    Prerequisites: FLA1101 French I or Equivalent*
    *Students are required to complete a module prerequisite exemption form and then provide relevant supporting documents and attend a written placement test

    Module Description

    This course builds on the acquisitions of French I and aims at giving students the ability to conduct a simple conversation in French. To achieve this, a range of classroom activities will be proposed, in which active participation is expected. Basic pronunciation and grammar skills will also be taught. By the end of French 2, students should have reached the A1 level of the CEFRL (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

     

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the module, students should be able to:

    1. ordering a meal in a restaurant;
      2. proposing, accepting, and rejecting an appointment;
      3. talking about a recipe;
      4. doing shopping in different situation;
      5. describing a city; and
      6. talking about activities and weather.

    FLA3101 French III

    Year of Study: 1, 2, 3, 4
    Credit Units: 3
    Duration: 45 hours
    Prerequisites: FLA1101 French I and FLA1102 French II or Equivalent*
    *Students are required to complete a module prerequisite exemption form and then provide relevant supporting documents and attend a written placement test

    Module Description

    This module builds on the acquisitions of French I & II and aims at giving students the ability to conduct a more complex conversation in French in various situation, including shopping and other private and professional contexts. To achieve this, a range of classroom activities are conducted, in which active participation is expected. Advanced pronunciation and grammar skills are also taught. After taking French III, students should have reached the A–A2 level of the CEFRL (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

     

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the module, students should be able to:

    1. talk about eating habits;
    2. talk about past actions and events;
    3. ask, give and reject a permission and express a ban;
    4. express future actions and possibilities;
      5. give advice and make suggestions to someone; and
      6. behave and interact in professional situations (looking for a job, interview, etc).

    FLA1201 German I

    Year of Study: 1, 2, 3, 4
    Credit Units: 3
    Duration: 45 hours
    Prerequisites: Nil

    Module Description

    This module is designed for students without prior knowledge of German. Students explore the basic features of the German language through interactive classwork and homework. German grammatical features and pronunciation are explained and practiced in depth.

     

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the module, students should be able to:

    1. express themselves in some simple situations in work and daily life using German language;
    2. be aware of intercultural variations in behaviour;
    3. relate to the work culture and work ethics in German speaking countries; and
    4. use analytical tools adequately for learning a new foreign language.

    FLA1202 German II

    Year of Study: 1, 2, 3, 4
    Credit Units: 3
    Duration: 45 hours
    Prerequisites: FLA1201 German I or Equivalent *

    *Students are required to complete a module prerequisite exemption form and then provide relevant supporting documents and attend a written placement test

     

    Module Description

    This module is designed for students who have successfully completed German I. Students continue to explore the features of the German language and have the opportunities to enlarge their actively-used vocabulary and employ moderately-complex sentence patterns. Students receive intensive practice in spoken and written German through interactive classwork and homework. Grammatical features are explained and practiced in depth. Students are also introduced to various aspects of the German culture. At the end of the semester, students are expected to have developed some basic rudimentary skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking German in work and daily life situations.

     

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the module, students should be able to:

    1. express themselves in German in more complex situations in work and daily life;
    2. be aware of intercultural variations in behavior;
    3. relate to the work culture and work ethics in German speaking countries; and
    4. use analytical tools adequately for learning a new foreign language.

    FLA1301 Spanish I

    Year of Study: 1, 2, 3, 4
    Credit Units: 3
    Duration: 45 hours
    Prerequisites: Nil

     

    Module Description

    This module is designed for beginners who have little or no prior knowledge of Spanish. It aims to help students develop rudimentary skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking Spanish in daily life situations. Students are also introduced to various aspects of the Spanish culture.  At the end of the semester, students are expected to have acquired a basic understanding of the grammatical rules and principles of the Spanish language.

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the module, students should be able to:

    1. acquire conversational skills in various social settings;
    2. ask questions and give answers to complete simple tasks;
    3. describe or express their background, living environment, immediate needs;
    4. understand the cultural meaning of selected socializing behaviours;
      5. apply grammatical rules and principles; and
      6. complete a simple writing task in Spanish.

    FLA1302 Spanish II

    Year of Study: 1, 2, 3, 4
    Credit Units: 3
    Duration: 45 hours
    Prerequisites: FLA1301 Spanish I or Equivalent *

    *Students are required to complete a module prerequisite exemption form and then provide relevant supporting documents and attend a written placement test

     

    Module Description

    The module is designed for students who have completed Spanish I. It aims to help students develop rudimentary skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking in daily life situations. Students are also introduced to various aspects of Spanish culture e.g., work and friends. At the end of the semester, students are expected to have acquired a basic understanding of tenses and the usage of Spanish in daily life settings.

     

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the module, students should be able to:

    1. acquire complex conversational skills and formats in various social settings;
    2. ask questions and give answers in different forms to complete simple tasks;
    3. describe or express movement, activities, and immediate needs in present, past and future with relevant vocabularies;
    4. understand the cultural meaning of selected social behaviours;
      5. apply grammatical rules and principles of terms and preposition; and
      6. write a short paragraph in Spanish.

    FLA3301 Spanish III

    Year of Study: 1, 2, 3, 4
    Credit Units: 3
    Duration: 45 hours
    Prerequisites: FLA1302 Spanish II or Equivalent *

    *Students are required to complete a module prerequisite exemption form and then provide relevant supporting documents and attend a written placement test

     

    Module Description

    The module is designed for students who have completed Spanish II. It aims to help students develop rudimentary skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students are also introduced to various aspects of Spanish culture e.g., work and friends. At the end of the semester, students are expected to have acquired a basic understanding of tenses and the usage of Spanish in daily life settings.

     

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the module, students should be able to:

    1. acquire complex conversational skills and formats in various social settings;
    2. ask questions and give answers in different forms to complete simple tasks;
    3. describe or express movement, activities, and immediate needs in present, past and future with relevant vocabularies;
    4. understand the cultural meaning of selected social behaviours;
      5. apply grammatical rules and principles of terms and preposition; and
      6. write a short paragraph in Spanish.

    FLA3302 Spanish IV

    Year of Study: 1, 2, 3, 4
    Credit Units: 3
    Duration: 45 hours
    Prerequisites: FLA3301 Spanish III or Equivalent *

    *Students are required to complete a module prerequisite exemption form and then provide relevant supporting documents and attend a written placement test

     

    Module Description

    The module is designed for students who have completed Spanish III. It aims to help students develop rudimentary skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students are also introduced to various aspects of Spanish culture e.g., work and friends. At the end of the semester, students are expected to have acquired a basic understanding of tenses and the usage of Spanish in daily life settings.

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the module, students should be able to:

    1. acquire complex conversational skills and formats in various social settings;
    2. ask questions and give answers in different forms to complete simple tasks;
    3. describe or express movement, activities, and immediate needs in present, past and future with relevant vocabularies;
    4. understand the cultural meaning of selected social behaviours;
      5. apply grammatical rules and principles of terms and preposition; and
      6. write a personal mail in Spanish.

    FLA1401 Italian I

    Year of Study: 1, 2, 3, 4
    Credit Units: 3
    Duration: 45 hours
    Prerequisites:  Nil

     

    Module Description

    This Module is designed for beginners who have little or no prior knowledge of the Italian Language. It aims to help students to develop skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking Italian in daily-life situations. Students are also introduced to various aspects of Italian culture. At the end of the semester, students are expected to have acquired a basic understanding of the grammatical rules and principles of the Italian language and mastered communication skill in everyday life. They should be able to understand simple sentence (in oral and written form) and able to respond in accurate way.

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the module, students should be able to:

    1. understand basic grammatical rules and principles;
    2. acquire conversation skills in simple social settings and daily life;
    3. write accurately in simple sentence using the rule of agreement;
    4. read and understand basic government and institutional application forms;
      5. have basic listening skills: accurate spelling of Italian single word by listening; and
      6. have a fundamental understanding of Italian culture

    FLA1402 Italian II

    Year of Study: 1, 2, 3, 4
    Credit Units: 3
    Duration: 45 hours
    Prerequisites:  FLA1401 Italian I or equivalent*

    *Students are required to complete a module prerequisite exemption form and then provide relevant supporting documents and attend a written placement test

     

    Module Description

    This Module is designed for students who have completed Italian I. It aims to help students to develop advanced skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking in daily life situations. Students are also introduced to various aspects of Italian culture. At the end of the semester, students are expected to have acquired a basic understanding of tenses and the usage of Italian in daily life settings.

     

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the module, students should be able to:

    1. understand complex sentence: how to make sentences according to the rule of agreement;
    2. understand and make sentences in past and future tense, also with different forms of pronoun;
    3. describe people, idea and events using relevant adjectives;
    4. communicate fluently in everyday life;
      5. use preposition and possessive correctly; and
    5. have knowledge of Italian culture, e.g., idiomatic expressions, tabù, arts and design.

     

    European Culture modules

    FLA3112 History of French Fashion

    Year of Study: 1, 2, 3, 4
    Credit Units: 3
    Duration: 45 hours
    Prerequisites:  Nil

     

    Module Description

    This module examines the history of French fashion from King Louis XVI to todays’ French fashion leaders. They include influential fashionistas Marie-Antoinette, Jeanne Lanvin, Coco Chanel, etc., who have contributed importantly to the establishment of La Haute Couture, which is the ultimate guarantor of the success and the prestige of the French fashion. Students are given a good understanding of the French fashion, which is not only a set of prestigious designers and brands, but also a French heritage built up by a group of geniuses who expressed their ideas and visions and changed society significantly.

     

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the module, students should be able to:

    1. identify the major periods of the evolution of the French Fashion;
    2. develop an awareness of the international dimension of the French fashion industry;
    3. examine intellectually how French fashion evolved and grew up with the population and the community; and
    4. apply skills when analysing modern fashion design and industry and make a personal judgement.

    FLA3151 La Francophonie (1.5 credits)

    Year of Study: 1, 2, 3, 4
    Credit Units: 1.5
    Duration: 22.5 hours
    Prerequisites:  Nil

     

    Module Description

    French is recognised as an official language of several global institutions, including the United Nations, NATO and the World Trade Organization.
    This module gives an overview of Francophonie—the French-speaking world—a group of French-speaking countries with approximately 80 million native speakers and 190 million secondary speakers in Europe, Africa, Asia and North America.
    It illustrates the evolution of the French language and shed light on its international dimension. The status and influence of the French language in the modern world are also discussed.

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the module, students should be able to:

    1. identify the major periods of evolution of the French language;
    2. develop an awareness of the international dimension of the French language;
    3. examine intellectually the status of the French language in today’s society; and

    4. explore new ideas and potential actions to strengthen the French language.

    FLA3211 Germany Today

    Year of Study: 1, 2, 3, 4
    Credit Units: 3
    Duration: 45 hours
    Prerequisites:  Nil

     

    Module Description

    If we look at what is considered typisch deutsch (typically German), we will find that the common definitions of what is “German” include many stereotypes and prejudices.

    This module aims at giving students an in-depth view on the cultural landscape of German speaking countries, with focus on Germany. This is achieved by examining the perception of Germany from abroad and within German-speaking countries, the geography of German speaking countries, the way Germans spend their leisure time, major German holidays and festivals, the German education system as well as modern and current German history, including the history of the German national anthem. The role that German women play in today’s German society is also be studied.

    Students explore and understand crucial aspects of modern German culture and society. They learn to understand the source of behaviour, customs and attitudes, while drawing comparisons between Germany, Hong Kong and mainland China.

     

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the module, students should be able to:

    1. identify and discuss the major aspects of German culture;
    2. demonstrate an understanding of the commonalities and differences between aspects of German culture and their own;
    3. extract and assess information from various sources for reflections and in-class presentations on German culture;
    4. critically evaluate the presentations and representations of German culture and society; and
    5. gain comprehensive knowledge on the topics presented in class.

    FLA3311 Latin America, Today!

    Year of Study: 1, 2, 3, 4
    Credit Units: 3
    Duration: 45 hours
    Prerequisites:  Nil

     

    Module Description

    This module is designed to give an introduction to Latin American culture. The module covers cultural aspects of the daily life of Latin Americans by using films, artworks, textbooks and academic articles. This module aims at developing and widening student’s knowledge and understanding about the different Latin American countries and their culture. No prior knowledge is required.

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the module, students should be able to:

    1. become aware of the cultural diversities in these countries and to contrast with one’s own background;
    2. appreciate differences between the largest Spanish-speaking cultures of Latin America;
    3. identify major characteristics of Spanish-speaking societies regarding religion and music;
    4. discuss about some historical and contemporary events and figures in cinema and literature; and
    5. discuss some aspects of Sino-Latin American connections.

    FLA3312 Spain, Today!

    Year of Study: 1, 2, 3, 4
    Credit Units: 3
    Duration: 45 hours
    Prerequisites:  Nil

     

    Module Description

    This module aims to provide an overview of Spanish civilization on aspects related to history, arts, culture and society as the basis of the customs, attitudes and values of contemporary Spain. By considering culture as a social construct, students reflect on the difference between Spanish cultural values and those of Hong Kong. Students also develop an appreciation for great works of Hispanic fine art, architecture, music and literature. A variety of teaching materials will be used with a special emphasis on films.

     

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the module, students should be able to:

    1. explore different aspects of Spanish civilisation and culture, its geographical and historical foundations;
    2. compare Spanish customs, values and attitudes with those of Hong Kong and China;
    3. identify great works of Spanish painting, architecture, music and literature;
    4. describe and discuss the influence of Spanish civilisation on other countries; and
    5. analyse and evaluate Spanish culture comparing it with Hong Kong and Chinese culture.

     

    Intercultural Studies modules

    TRA1221 Thinking Through Translation (GE Cluster 1 module)

    Year of Study: 1, 2, 3, 4
    Credit Units: 3
    Duration: 45 hours
    Prerequisites:  GEN1000 Perspectives on General Education / Subject to Teacher’s Discretion

     

    Module Description

    This course invites students to explore the amazing world of translation by investigating the complex relationship between language, thought and culture from a translational perspective. It aims to develop students’ sensitivity of the cultural and philosophical issues surrounding language and translation. The focus is to reveal how translation shapes one’s world view, and how it will transform one’s own perspectives in the process.

     

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the module, students should be able to:

    1. develop critical understanding of the cultural and philosophical issues surrounding translation;
    2. improve their abstract thinking and analytical power;
    3. read, analyse and use material from a wider range of media and genres; and
    4. apply these skills in speaking, writing and translation tasks.

     

    Elective 12

    Total

    15

     

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