SCIE students will pursue higher education in western countries, and as such will inevitably be influenced by the cultures and values of these countries. Therefore, students should be well-grounded in their native Chinese culture and language, and establish a strong identity within themselves, in order to benefit most from this experience.
This subject comes within the traditional Sociology category, which is different from a pure language or history course. It emphasises traditional Chinese culture, historic events, literary development and ethnic relations.
Well-known authors and works of literature are also introduced to develop students’ skills in comprehension, appreciation, analysis and critique.
The classroom teaching adopts rich and varied approaches to maximise students’ chances of using the language and exchanging ideas. Students will engage in discussions to improve their linguistic ability as well as deepen their understanding of the theme at hand.
Given the nature of this course, a heavy emphasis is placed on the relevance of classroom teaching to the real world. Current affairs maybe discussed. Newspaper articles, TV programmes and films often feature in the study materials. Multimedia tools are frequently used in the classroom .
Major themes include: classic Confucian and Taoist works, Chinese historic and literary works, and ethnic relations and their developments.
Aspects to be covered in examinations will include: appropriate usage of the Chinese language, knowledge of Chinese history and origin of fixed expressions, analysis of and comments on given articles and continuous writing.