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Department of Languages

Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Chinese, BA (Hons) in 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 the field of Chinese language, literature, culture and society. And they are aware of the ways this knowledge and expertise is applied in Sri Lankan and international contexts. 


Innovators - Graduates in Chinese in the Department possess 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 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 solutions 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* is required to be followed by the students who obtain Chinese as a major subject in the general degree only.

SLQF Level:
General 05 | Honours 06

120 (Hons) | 100 (General)

04 Years (Hons) | 03 Years (General)

Medium of Instruction:

Delivery of Lectures:
Full time