Faculty of Arts

Bachelor of Arts in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

Programme Code

JS2020-RPE


Year of Entry

Year 3

Mode of Study

Full Time

Duration of Study

4 Years

Medium of Instruction

The medium of instruction for formal classroom teaching at HKBU is English, except for those courses that are granted exemption.

Fund Type

Government Funded

First Year Intake Number

TBC

Class Start Date

September 2019

Annual Tuition Fees

HK$42,100 (local); HK$120,000 (non-local)

Credits Required for Graduation

128

This innovative programme provides an excellent opportunity to study major religious traditions of the world and major schools of philosophy and ethical thought in an objective and critical way. Students will develop the capability in correlating religious ideas and values, philosophical traditions, and schools of ethical thought to contemporary socio-cultural problems. They can understand more about the human person itself and human culture through a comparative and interdisciplinary study of different religious and philosophical traditions, showing the vast range of human response to various life problems, such as life and death, meaning of life, social justice from ancient times to the contemporary world.

 

Concentrations Offered

  • Philosophical Studies
  • Christian Studies and Comparative Religion
  • The Interdisciplinary Study of Religion
  • Ethics and Society

 

Unique Features

  • First Ever RPE Programme in Asia for the World
    The programme, specialising in three different but closely related disciplines of religion, philosophy and ethics, is the first-of-its-kind not only in Hong Kong, but also in Asia. RPE is a multidisciplinary programme and in fact one of the flourishing programmes in the international trend in recent decades. Examples include the RPE programme in King’s College London and University of Nottingham in UK. 
  • Four Study Areas
    Foundational courses covering key areas of religion, philosophy and ethics are covered in second year. In their third to fourth years, students can choose major electives among the four study areas, namely Philosophical Studies, Christian Studies and Comparative Religion, the Interdisciplinary Study of Religion, as well as Ethics and Society. The multiple foci of the programme would be able to cater for the diverse interests of students.  Students can choose to declare or not a concentration in one of the four study areas at the end of their second year of study.
  • Critical Thinking
    We emphasise nurturing students’ abilities in critical thinking, formulating cogent arguments and critically evaluating claims, which help to enhance their reasoning and analytic skills.  These are transferable skills which are essential to many professions.
  • Value Analysis
    We emphasise the analysis of underlying moral values, social values, political values and cultural values in current issues, which are diverse, complex and often in conflict with one another.Students are trained to make up their own minds after navigating through a complicated web of ideas.
  • Excellence in Liberal Studies
    Our programme provides a channel for achieving the higher goals of Liberal Studies, namely, (a) the cultivation of the ability to analyse complex human problems with intellectual rigor, and (b) the cultivation of practical wisdom for moral reasoning and impartial value analysis. 

 

Student Learning Experiences

  • Summer Internship Programme
    The Department organizes Summer Internship Programme for our students since 2002 to work in NGOs (Non-governmental Organisations), social enterprises, offices of Legislative Councilors,and institutions from public and private sectors. Students can widen their exposure through working, relate the real life with their studies, gain valuable working experience and be able to identify their career path after graduation.
  • Overseas Exchange Programme
    Our students have opportunities to study abroad in partner institutions by joining the University’s Overseas Exchange Programme.

 

Career Opportunities

Besides the opportunity of teaching Liberal Studies or Religious and Ethics in secondary schools,
graduates of this programme are well qualified to work in other professions, including social services, media, business, religious organizations as well as civil services.

We adopt a holistic approach in selecting applicants on individual merits. Applicants are required to meet the University entrance requirements, English Language requirements and Programme entrance requirements (if any).

 

Associate Degree/ Higher Diploma Students/ Holders

AD/ HD holders or students studying in the final year of AD /HD programmes may apply for Year 3 entry.

 

Transfer Students

Transfer students are current students of recognised local/ overseas institutions who are enrolled in a full-time or sandwich government-funded or self-financed degree programme.

Applicants who have completed at least one year of study of a 3-year degree programme or two years of study of a 4-year degree programme may apply for Year 3 entry.

Inter-institutional transfer of students is considered on a case-by-case basis.

 

Degree Holders

Holders of Bachelor’s/ Master’s/ Doctoral Degree or students studying in the final year of a degree programme may apply for Year 3 entry.

Applicants applying to the programme are expected to have a Chinese language qualification as deemed acceptable by the University.

For applicants holding international qualifications, they may fulfill the Chinese Language requirement with the following Chinese qualifications:

Chinese qualifications

Proficiency Test

Minimum Scores

GCE A/ AS Level Chinese

Grade E

GCSE/ IGCSE/ GCE O-Level Chinese

Grade C

Others

Other Chinese Language qualifications deemed acceptable by the University

Special arrangements will be made for international students without Chinese language qualification.