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What will I learn?

Overview

Our undergraduate programme offers a diverse, balanced curriculum that incorporates Eastern and Western philosophical traditions.

Our curriculum aims to:

  • give students a strong liberal arts education,
  • prepare them for advanced work in philosophy, and
  • train them in critical thinking as well as written and oral communications skills applicable to a wide range of professions.

In addition to understanding the central issues of philosophy, our students should be able to grasp the contemporary relevance of these issues and bring philosophical reflection to bear on the things that matter in life.

Major features of our programme:

1. Core learning activities:

  • lectures
  • written assignments
  • interactive small-group tutorials
  • oral presentations
  • reading groups

2. Language of instruction:

  • Courses in Chinese Philosophy are taught mainly in Chinese.
  • Other courses on philosophy are taught bilingually (Chinese/English) or in English.

3. Tutorials:

  • Tutorials are designed to encourage students to take a more active part by giving presentations (individual or group) and engaging in discussions.
  • A tutorial is a small group of around 6 to 10 students guided by either the course teacher or a teaching assistant (TA, a full-time tutor or a postgraduate student of the Department).
  • Students will usually take turn to give a presentation based on an assigned reading, which is followed by comments from other students and group discussion.
  • Most philosophy courses take the form of a two-hour lecture every week plus a biweekly two-hour tutorial session.

4. Student-run learning activities:

  • Our students take the initiative to organize a variety of learning activities, such as out-class study or reading groups, with the support of TAs or teachers.
  • We subsidize such activities to encourage students’ self-learning.
  • Study or reading groups are held both during the term and more often during the summer vacation.
  • The research library in the Department provides better facilities and a convenient venue for such activities.

5. The number of philosophy courses to take:

  • Students majoring in philosophy need to take 10 required courses and at least 11 elective courses, in addition to the University Core and Faculty Package courses.
  • For elective courses, students should take at least 2 courses from each of the three major elective areas: Chinese/Eastern Philosophy, Western Philosophy, and Philosophical Problems.

6. Capstone course:

  • The Capstone course is a required course to be taken in Year 4.
  • Each student will undertake an individual research project under the guidance of a supervisor, and submit a thesis by the end of the course.
  • We encourage students to choose a topic of their own interest, be it purely philosophical or interdisciplinary.
  • This one-on-one course provides final-year students with an opportunity to integrate and reflect on their learning, and to get prepared for postgraduate studies or careers in various fields.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
HK$145,000.00 (14,72,978) per year
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Shatin,

Sha Tin, Hong Kong, New Territories

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have obtained SAT Reasoning Test; and preferably with 2 SAT Subject Tests/ 2 Advanced Placement (AP) Tests. Mature applicants should be aged 23 or above on 1 September in the year in which admission is sought, provided they are able to show either by publication or by other acceptable evidence that they have achieved sufficient competence in their chosen field of study to justify admission; or have shown exceptional ability in appropriate academic or professional fields. English Language Requirements: IELTS: 6.0; TOEFL (iBT): 80; SAT Reasoning Test (Old): Essay - 8; SAT (New) Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 590; ACT combined English/ Writing or English Language Arts (ELA): 23; GCSE/ IGCSE/ GCE-OL: C; GCE-AL/AS: E; IB: 4; HKDSE: Level 3; HKALE/ HKCEE: E/Level 2; Australian State or Territory High School Certificate Grade 12 English: 80%; Canadian Grade 12 English: 70%; Indian Central or State Board Exam Grade 12 English: 80%; Malaysian UEC-Senior English Language: B4; Singapore GCE A-Level H1 General Paper: C.GCSE/IGCSE/GCE-OL.

For international students

You are eligible to apply for admission if, by 1 September of the year in which admission is sought, you possess any of the following qualifications:

1. GCE-AL/International-AL/IB/Other high school qualifications

  • GCE-AL/International-AL: 3AL/ 2AL+2AS in one sitting (All grades must be obtained from examinations taken within a twelve-month period.)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • A recognised non-local qualification which qualifies them for admission to a university in the country/region where such qualification is originated (e.g. high school diploma plus SAT/ ACT and SAT Subject Tests/ AP Tests in USA, UEC/ STPM in Malaysia, ATAR in Australia, OSSD/ BC diploma in Canada, GSAT/AST in Taiwan, AISSCE (CBSE)/ ISC in India, SMA in Indonesia, etc.)

2. Post-secondary qualifications

  • Completed at least one year of undergraduate study at a recognised university
  • Completed at least one year of study leading to the qualification of associate degree/higher diploma or its equivalent

3. Mature Applicants

  • Mature persons aged 23 or above on 1 September in the year in which admission is sought, provided they are able to show either by publication or by other acceptable evidence that they have achieved sufficient competence in their chosen field of study to justify admission; or have shown exceptional ability in appropriate academic or professional fields.

English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS: 6.0
  • TOEFL (iBT): 80
  • Other English language requirements equivalent to HKDSE: Level 3 or HKALE/ HKCEE: E/Level 2.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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