Bachelor of Arts Honours in Chinese, BA Hons (Chinese)

The Honors Degree Programme in Chinese conducted by the Department of Languages seeks to produce Scholars, Innovators, Leaders and Global Citizens in the following manner:  

Scholars - Graduates produced by the Department have a comprehensive knowledge and expertise in field of Chinese language, literature, culture and society. And they are aware of the ways this knowledge and expertise is applied in the Sri Lankan and international contexts. 

Innovators - Graduates in Chinese in the Department possesses a broader vision for the country in its forward march. Imaginative, and inspired by a multicultural perspective, they are capable of producing men and women with measured caliber and imaginative thinking to contribute for the national development in all the relevant levels.

Leaders - Graduates, produced by the Department are leaders with ability to operate in all the challenging social and professional environments. Their level of self-confidence put them well ahead of their competitors. 

Global Citizens - Our graduates are obviously global citizens. They are capable of operating in both the national and international levels, giving the country and the world the much needed vision in the 21st century. They act with integrity and fluency across cultures and perspectives, are committed to the betterment of society, open in their thinking and appreciative of the riches that diversity and equity bring. 

Graduate Capabilities
There are six clusters of generic capabilities which the Department seeks to foster in all of its graduates through teaching and learning in the respective Honors Degree Programs of study. These, as relevant to the Honors Degree Program in Chinese, are:

1. Disciplinary Knowledge & Practice 

Graduates are expected to acquire knowledge of Chinese Language and Chinese Studies and appreciate the capacity of their discipline in research. They are expected to have an advanced communication skills in Chinese and appreciate the role of Chinese Language and culture in building effective intercultural communication relationships.

This theme includes the ability to

  • demonstrate an advanced knowledge and understanding of the core aspects of the area of study.
  • critically analyze data, make judgments and propose solution to problems.
  • construct and sustain arguments and use these arguments ,ideas and techniques in problem solving.
  • use practical skills and enquiry efficiently within the area of study.
  • conduct research in the field of study.
  • operate with ease in the language, create a better understanding between the two related societies through successful communication.
  • translate formal and informal writings and interpret Chinese speeches in education, tourism and in relevant professional fields.
  • demonstrate historical, geographical, sociological and cultural awareness of China. 

2. Critical Thinking 

Graduates are expected to be able to contest knowledge and practice, critically consider ideas, texts and research and think reflectively and reflexively.

This theme includes the ability to

  • think imaginatively and innovatively.
  • cater to the stakeholder’s needs of Chinese as a foreign language
  • introduce new dimensions to existing ones in the domestic environment.
  • enrich domestic tools of thinking.

3. Solution Seeking 

Graduates are expected to be able to apply theory, analysis, research and creative skills to solve problems and make reasoned decisions. They are expected to be able to consider long-term and big picture perspectives, to systematically address complex problems and to be imaginative in their solution seeking.

This theme includes the ability to

  • construct and sustain arguments and use these arguments, ideas and techniques in problem solving for a given situation.
  • understand and see language-related problems in perspective.
  • assess problems from multicultural point of view; analyze, seek and select solutions in that perspective; plan and devise strategies to achieve them.
  • widen the ways of looking at problems.  

4. Communication & Engagement  

Graduates are expected to be able to receive and interpret information, express ideas and share knowledge with diverse audiences in a range of media and formats. They are expected to be able to establish a rapport and build collaborative relationships with individuals and groups. 

This theme includes the ability to

  • communicate/present information ,ideas,issues and solution efficiently and effectively.
  • demonstrate awareness of the current developments in the area of study.
  • participate actively in teams and professional networks.
  • employ print, electronic, virtual and other forms of communication in addressing personal and larger-than-personal needs/requirements of stakeholders.
  • make available time and accessibility in effectively engaging with stakeholder problems.
  • help Chinese speaking people better appreciate Sri Lanka and its culture.
  • be the bridge between Sri Lanka and China in multiple fields.

5. Independence & Integrity

Graduates are expected to be able to learn and work autonomously and ethically. They are expected to be lifelong learners, to show resilience, proactively and an ability to make principled decisions in academic and professional spheres.  

This theme includes the ability to

  • participate in lifelong learning in and beyond their discipline.
  • exhibit resilience, independence and personal autonomy
  • demonstrate leadership, personal characteristics and attitudes that are consistent with ethical behavior.
  • understand academic integrity and professional ethics within a disciplinary context.
  • learn independently and proactively. 

6. Social & Environmental Responsibilities

Graduates are expected to be sensitive to cultural diversity and to embrace difference. Our graduates are expected to recognize a role for themselves in creating a sustainable future and be able to consider the social, cultural, environmental and economic consequences of national and international issues. 

This theme includes the ability to

  • consider the wider implications of local and global issues.
  • exercise cultural competence and appreciate diversity.
  • help Sri Lanka strengthen ties with China and gain social and economic benefit.
  • introduce developmental and progressive tools in practice in China, where necessary, for the development of Sri Lanka as a nation.
  • present multiple issues contrastively and persuasively.

Year I Semester I
CHN 111 (3) Chinese Language Studies I

Year I Semester II
CHN 121 (3) Chinese Language Studies II

Year II Semester I
CHN 211 (3) H +G+M Chinese Language Studies III
CHN 212 (3) H +G Listening and Reading
CHN 213 (3) H Chinese Studies I

Year II Semester II
CHN 221 (3) H +G+M Chinese Language Studies IV
CHN 222 (3) H +G Comprehension and Composition
CHN 223 (3) H Chinese Studies II

Year III Semester I
CHN 311 (3) H +G+M Chinese Language Studies V
CHN 312 (3) H +G* Oral and Written Communication
CHN 313 (3) H +G* Chinese Essay Writing
CHN 314 (3) H Chinese Literature and Criticism
CHN 315 (3) H Chinese Studies III

Year III Semester II
CHN 321 (3) H +G+M Composition and Translation I
CHN 322 (3) H +G* Chinese Language Studies VI
CHN 323 (3) H +G* Chinese Language Proficiency Test
CHN 324 (3) H Appreciation of Chinese Performing Art
CHN 325 (3) H Chinese Studies IV
CHN 326 (3) G* Scientific Report Writing

Year IV Semester I
CHN 411 (3) H Research Methodology
CHN 412 (3) H Composition and Translation II

The Department has authority to offer three course units from the following:
CHN 413 (3) H Business Chinese
CHN 414 (3) H Chinese in Print Media
CHN 415 (3) H Chinese for Tourism
CHN 416 (3) H Chinese Language and Society

Year IV Semester II
CHN 421 (6) H Dissertation / Practical Training

G* required to follow by the students who offer Chinese as the major subject in the general degree only.


SLQF Level  
Credits Honors
Medium of Instruction Chinese
Duration 04 Year Special
03 Year General