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Undergraduate Programmes

Culture, Communication and Media

Bachelor of Arts - Asian Studies major (Japanese units included)

文學士 - 亞洲研究

Course Code: 1845-DP018A (CE 68-846-00/01)
Ms. Stefanie Au
T: 2910 7613
Mr. Frankie Cheung


Programme Overview

This programme provides knowledge and a solid basis for critically understanding the great diversity of cultures, societies and political systems of Asia, including China, Japan, Korea and Indonesia. It explores the impacts of the great religious and philosophical traditions of the region such as Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam, and investigates the dramatic changes colonialism, revolutions and modernisation have brought to the region. Students will also study the Japanese language in the programme.

課程專為有興趣深入了解亞洲的學生而開辦。課程內容涵蓋亞洲 (特別是中國、日本、韓國) 的社會、文化及政治研究;所探討的題目除了日本及韓國流行文化、中國媒體當代發展、亞洲的民主化與性別議題之外,也會談及區域化、全球化,以至香港與亞洲各國與日俱增的關係。學生有機會修讀日文,加深對日本文化的認識。

Programme Highlights

  • This programme is taught by UWA professors who speak Asian languages and bring to their teaching a passion and deep understanding of Asian societies.
  • A series of Japanese language components is taught by native Japanese instructors. The curriculum is designed to cater for beginners who have no background in the language.
  • Unit topics covering Asian cultures and societies with a focus on China, Japan and Korea which prepare students for developing a career in this world's fastest-growing region.
  • On campus transfer opportunity is available for students to finish their final year in Perth, with all HK credits being counted towards the qualification.


  • 課程由熟悉亞洲文化及精通地方語言的西澳洲大學教授任教,讓學生對亞洲地區的文化有更深入的了解;
  • 課程特別加入由日籍導師任教的初至中級日語科目,專為修讀日本文化而完全沒有日語基礎的學生而設;
  • 課程除重點探討中、日、韓三地的社會結構及文化特色外,也會觸及亞洲各地的文化議題,對有志在亞洲發展的學生具實際禆益;
  • 學生在港修畢一個學年後,可選擇到澳洲珀斯校園完成餘下課程

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Ranking Institution
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91 HK PolyU
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Situated in Perth, the University of Western Australia (UWA) celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2012, making it one of Australia’s oldest, high quality academic institutions. UWA is recognised internationally as a leading university. Its groundbreaking research, quality academic staff and state-of-the-art facilities combine to offer a vibrant student experience.

The QS World University Rankings 2020 places UWA at 86th internationally, among the World’s Top 100 with HKU, HKUST and CUHK.

UWA is the only Western Australian university to belong to the 'Group of Eight' - a coalition of the top research universities in Australia - and it is one of only two Australian universities to belong to the Worldwide Universities Network, a partnership of 16 research-led universities from Europe, North America, North Asia and Australia.

The Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education is one of the largest faculties at UWA, and has been offering a wide range of arts, humanities and social sciences programmes for almost a century.

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位於西澳洲 (澳洲最大省份) 首府珀斯的西澳洲大學建校逾百年,是西澳歷史最悠久、最具聲望的高等學府。西澳洲大學的師資優良、研究出色,是公認的世界級大學。西澳洲大學是澳洲頂尖科研大學組成的 「八校聯盟」(Group of Eight) 中,唯一來自西澳洲的成員大學。


Welcome Message

Prof. Matthew Tonts
Prof. Matthew Tonts
Pro Vice-Chancellor / Executive Dean
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law & Education,
The University of Western Australia

Media and Communication and Asian Studies are critical in today's rapidly evolving world. In these two programmes students examine both theoretical and practical approaches to communication, and will graduate with crucial skills and knowledges which are in high demand in the workplace.   

The Faculty of Arts, Business, Law & Education congratulates Hong Kong University SPACE on the development of the International College. We are proud to be able to offer innovative degrees in partnership with HKU SPACE.

Content and

Programme Structure

The entire BA programme consists of 24 units. Enrolled students will normally be granted exemptions from 8 units, and need to complete 16 units over 4 semesters as follows:

Year Semester Unit Title
Year 2 Semester 1

Asia from Colonial to Modern

Power, Participation and Meaning

Cultures, New Media and Communications

Japanese 1

  Semester 2

Asian Societies and Cultures

Culture, Society and the State in Asia

Popular Culture in Asia

Japanese 2

Year 3 Semester 1

Environment, Power, and Disasters in Asia

Gender and Power in Asia

Japanese 3A

Japanese 3

  Semester 2

Issues in Japanese Society and Culture

Social Issues in Contemporary China
Democratisation in Asia

Japanese 4

The above programme structure is intended for use as a guideline to prospective students. The University reserves the right to modify sequencing of units within the structure.

Duration of Study

With full exemptions from the first year of study, students can complete the programme in 4 semesters.

Teaching Mode

This programme is taught jointly by UWA and HKU SPACE academic staff. All teachings will be complemented by iLectures, seminar discussions, and tutorials.


Students will be assessed by a combination of group projects, individual essays, multimedia assignments, and examinations, depending on the subject areas.

On Campus Transfer

As the BA programme offered in Hong Kong is the same degree as those offered at the Perth campus of UWA, students may transfer after a year of study and take full credit for units completed in Hong Kong.

Teaching Staff

  • Programme Leaders
    DOBBS, Stephen
    BA (AsSt), PhD Murd
    CHEUNG, Frankie
  • Teaching Staff - The University of Western Australia
    BOURCHIER, David BA Flin. & Murd; PhD Monash
    DALES, Laura BA, PhD W.Aust
    DOBBS, Stephen BA (AsST), PhD Murd
    ELFVING-HWANG, Joanna BA, PhD Sheff
    KAWASAKI, Kyoko BA ICU, MA IU Blommington,  PhD Melb.
    TAO, Yu BA Peking, MPhil Cantab, DPhil Oxon
  • Teaching Staff - HKU SPACE
    CHEUNG, Frankie BSocSc HKBU; MPhil CUHK; MIPA HK
    CHEUNG, Olive BA, HKBU; MPhil CUHK; MA Birm; PhD Lond
    TANG, Wesley BA CityU HK; MPhil HK

Award and


Upon satisfactory completion of the programme, students will be awarded the Bachelor of Arts by the University of Western Australia.

Work Placement Opportunities

Opportunities for work placement are available for students. Over the past few years, UWA students have been put in notable media corporations and establishments including Cable TV, Metro Daily, McCann Erickson, Men's Uno, RTHK, SC Media, SCMP and Sing Tao News Corp. etc.

Note: Work placement is not compulsory. It is not part of the degree programme.

Career Opportunities

Employers are increasingly on the lookout for an innovative and creative workforce. They are seeking people who can research, develop, analyse and communicate ideas in a world of technological, economic, political and social change. Graduates from this BA programme is ideally suited to take up this challenge with their ability to reason and communicate. This makes them an asset to most business, media and government organisations.

Further Studies

Qualifications from UWA are widely recognised. Graduates of this BA qualification can pursue postgraduate study in education, management, public administration, social sciences, language studies, communications, media and cultural studies.

Fees and

Tuition Fee

The tuition fee* for 2019/20 intake is HK$70,000 per year, payable in four instalments.

* The tuition fee is reviewed annually and is subject to change without prior notice.

Extended Non-Means-Tested Loan Scheme (ENLS)

Students are eligible to apply for the HKSAR Government’s Extended Non-means-tested Loan Scheme (ENLS). The maximum financial assistance under the ENLS is equivalent to the total tuition fee payable to the HKU SPACE in the academic year.


The University of Western Australia Scholarships

In the 2020/21 academic year, UWA will award two scholarships to new entrants. Award qualification will be based on their outstanding academic performance in their AD/HD studies. Each recipient will receive HK$10,000.

IC Scholarship 

 (for all CC and HPSHCC AD/HD Graduates)  

Applicants from HKU SPACE CC/HPSHCC graduates or alumni are entitled to a scholarship of HK$7,000 for enrolling on an IC undergraduate programme in 2020/21. If students achieve a CGPA of 2.8 or above in your sub-degree programme, they will be awarded an additional incentive of HK$5,000 (total scholarship amount: HK$12,000). 

To be eligible for the scholarship and/or the incentive, students are required to pay the deposit as stipulated in the conditional offer letter or the tuition fee as stipulated in the final offer letter, whichever applicable, on or before the payment due date. The total scholarship amount (either HK$7,000 or HK$12,000) will be disbursed to students after the commencement of the programme on which they have successfully enrolled. 

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Entry Requirements

Applicants shall hold:

Associate Degree / Higher Diploma qualification, with a minimum CGPA of 2.3 in:

  • Associate of Arts in Bilingual Communication / English for Professional Communication / Creative Communication / Language and Culture
  • Associate of Arts in Legal Studies
  • Associate of Applied Social Sciences / Associate of Social Sciences
  • Higher Diploma in Corporate Communications and Management
  • Higher Diploma in Translation and Interpretation
  • Higher Diploma in Library and Information Management

Graduates of the following institutions with a GPA of 2.7 (B-) or above in ONE of the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses, or equivalent, are recognised as demonstrating the required English proficiency:

  • HKU SPACE Community College
  • HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Stanley Ho Community College
  • Community College of City University
  • College of International Education (under Hong Kong Baptist University)
  • Hong Kong Community College (under Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
  • School of Continuing and Professional Studies (under the Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Other applicants must also demonstrate English proficiency by having ONE of the following results:

  • Core English Language (HKDSE) of Level 4; or
  • Literature in English (HKDSE) of Level 3; or
  • Use of English (HKALE) of Grade C; or
  • IELTS of 6.5 (no band less than 6.0); or
  • TOEFL of 570/230 (computer-based).

Student Work
and Activities

CSM London Summer Study Programme

This programme organised by IC provides a valuable opportunity for students to enroll into a short course in Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design (CSM), one of the world’s leading institutes for arts and design education with 150 years of history.




The University of Western Australia CRICOS Provider Code: 00126G
Bachelor of Arts CRICOS Course Code: 003005D

This is an exempted course under the Non-local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this course may lead.

HKU SPACE is a non-profit making University company limited by guarantee.