Message from the Head of Department

Professor Peter STOREY

 The Department of English Language and Literature at Shue Yan hosts the Bachelor of Arts with Honours in English, a programme which is unique in its curriculum design.  The programme includes courses in four areas – literary studies, linguistics, translation and cultural studies. In its integration of these four streams the programme emphasizes the Interdisciplinary approach which is a key strategic thrust of the University. 

The overarching aim of the programme is for both teachers and students to be creative in their acquisition of knowledge spanning science, humanities, social sciences, philosophy, language,linguistics, translation, literature, print culture, media culture, visual arts, ecology and cinema. Consequently, students will discover the range and relevance of a wide variety of cultural texts from Japanese manga and anime to video games, TV drama series and films to contemporary and classical English Literature and literature in English.

For some time now, the Department has also offered a taught master’s programme. The Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies follows the lead of our undergraduate programme in its pursuit of interdisciplinarity and in its objective of enabling students to confront multifarious cultural challenges more creatively.

In the contemporary world, multiculturalism is the norm and interconnectedness pervades many academic programmes. Our Master’s programme responds to this cross-disciplinary scene, particularly for students who aspire towards advanced degrees, providing a firm theoretical foundation for those who wish to advance to MPhil or PhD programmes, both overseas and locally, which emphasise an interdisciplinary approach. 

The Department offers Minor programmes in Literary & Cultural Studies, and Linguistics & Translation as well as Elective courses in the French language.

An important part of the Department’s work is the provision of English Language support to all students of the University. Our compulsory courses – English Usage I & II and English Writing I & II – support students undertaking academic studies through the medium of English in the Faculties of Commerce, Arts and Social Sciences, as well as maintaining and enhancing the English language foundation of students studying Chinese Language and Literature.

Staff of the Department provide General Education courses is in a range of subject areas and contribute to the work of the Language Centre.

The Language Centre is a university-wide centre that supports the learning and teaching of language for academic and professional purposes in accordance with the needs of its users.  Its mission is to support students in pursuit of the highest levels of language proficiency and academic achievement by cultivating learner-autonomy, ensuring access to outstanding language learning and teaching resources in multiple media, providing language enhancement activities in collaboration with teachers and units across the University, and providing bespoke professional advisory services to individual language learners. 

Graduates from our programmes are employed in an array of professions, ranging from administrative jobs to work in the creative industries. A significant number of them also pursue a higher degree in local and overseas postgraduate programmes. 

Aims and Objectives

  • To strengthen productive skills in written and spoken English;
  • To provide broad educational exposure which encourages bilingual competence and multicultural sensitivity and development;
  • To stimulate intellectual growth through providing an educationally generalist programme;
  • To encourage student exploration of cultural heritages through critical analyses of English language and literatures in English;
  • To initiate students to adopt an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge in the hybrid, web-like and complex 21st century.