Course takes new tack on humanities

PUBLISHED : Friday, 07 May, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 07 May, 1999, 12:00am

An undergraduate course to be introduced at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CU) is aimed at sharpening students' awareness and sensitivity to language and culture.

The course starts in September next year and will be run by the new Department of Modern Languages and Intercultural Studies.

It aims to develop multi-lingual graduates with a greater understanding of cross-cultural issues, according to dean of arts Professor Kwok Siu-tong.

He said there was a need to strengthen the humanities curriculum - the study of people and their values.

Programmes to bolster language proficiency are to be introduced to provide better language training.

The Faculty of Arts will add information technology (IT) elements to its courses.

Students taking translation courses would also be studying subjects related to IT and computing, while history students would be given more guidelines about finding employment.

Since arts and humanities courses were not vocation- based, students usually did not have a clear idea of what job they wanted to do after graduation, Professor Kwok, said.

Meanwhile, the faculty is taking steps to develop better links with leading universities and institutions in China and overseas. It has also formed a committee to enhance communication with secondary schools.