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Programme Information

Certificate in Professional Development Programme in Teaching Modern China in Liberal Studies Curriculum

(Full-time Block Release)
Programme Code: BWP036

Programme Code: BWP036
Mode of Study: Full-time Block Release
Duration: 5 Weeks
Venue: Tai Po Campus
Programme Co-ordinator: Dr Clara To
Programme Enquiries: 2948 7707 or 2948 8053 (Ms Lee)

Programme Aims

The programme aims to equip in-service teachers with subject knowledge, analytical skills, and a mastery of information resources essential for teaching the Modern China component in the New Senior Secondary (NSS) Liberal Studies Curriculum and related subjects.

On successful completion of the programme, participants will be able to:

  • develop a broad knowledge base, multiple perspectives, critical thinking and capabilities to provide quality teaching and pedagogical innovations;
  • demonstrate the integration of theories, practice, and pedagogy essential for teaching in Modern China component in NSS Liberal Studies curriculum and related subjects in secondary schools; 
  • broaden knowledge of a complex interplay of factors contributing to social transformations in mainland China, and the opportunities and challenges encountered in her economic and social development; and
  • master the sources of latest data and information as well as internet resources to prepare them for further work and lifelong learning.

Programme Structure

Participants will be required to complete 3 courses, each with 3 credit points (cps).  The programme will comprise academic core courses, group projects, and case studies in a specified distribution. 

  • Managing Development and Civil Society in Modern China (3 cps)
    This course aims to enhance in-service teachers’ subject knowledge, analytical skills, and mastery of information resources essential for teaching issues related to development and civil society in mainland China, which is relevant to the framework of one key study areas of Liberal Studies for New Senior Secondary Curriculum – Society and Culture. In particular, the course will broaden secondary school teachers’ subject knowledge, topics to be covered in the course are highly relevant to the teaching areas related to China’s reform and opening-up, impact of globalisation and related responses, quality of life, as well as the rise of mainland China and its implications to the neighbouring societies in the Greater China region and beyond. This course will enable participants to have opportunities to take an explicitly comparative perspective to understand recent development issues and emerging civil society in mainland China. The course will engage participants in a critical analysis of key development issues and challenges in mainland China, and also maximize in-service teachers’ discussion relevant to teaching courses of “Hong Kong Today”, “Modern China” and “Globalisation” in the context of secondary schools. With consideration of continuing development challenges, the course aims to introduce participants to the question of whether economic growth can contribute to social development, whether and how government, market and civil society have interacted in response to these critical development issues, and whether and how economic development can be sustainable.

  • Teaching and Learning of Modern China in Liberal Studies (3 cps)
    This course aims to strengthen, enrich and update in-service Liberal Studies teachers’ pedagogical knowledge and competency in the teaching and learning of the Modern China component in the NSS Liberal Studies curriculum, with particular foci on inquiry learning and teaching, concept (re)-construction, development of multiple perspectives, values analysis and clarification, skill-based development as well as assessment for learning in the related domain of study.

  • Basic Law and “One Country, Two Systems” (3 cps)

    This course aims at enhancing the participants’ understanding of the Hong Kong Basic Law, for example, the principles underlying “One Country, Two Systems” including “the HK Special Administrative Region (SAR) being an inalienable part of the People’s Republic of China”. With reference to relevant articles of the Chinese Constitution (which authorize the establishment of SARs), the Sino-British Joint Declaration, the Basic Law, case law, and political developments, this course will enable participants to clearly explain, first, the relationship between the Chinese Constitution and the Basic Law, second, the dynamic between “One country” and “Two systems”, and third, the implementation of the Basic Law after 1997.

Medium of Instruction

The medium of instruction is mainly Chinese and will be supplemented by English where appropriate.

Programme Duration

The programme is offered once a year from 27 April to 30 May 2020.

Entrance Requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants should be:

  1. in-service secondary school teachers; and
  2. recommended by school principals.

Priority of admission will be given to teachers who take care of relevant education or curriculum reform in schools or who are Panel Chairpersons of the related subjects.


To be awarded a Certificate of Completion, participants must obtain a pass in all assessment tasks required and successfully fulfill the attendance requirements as stipulated by the programme.

Other Information

This Government-funded programme is supported by the Education Bureau (EDB). Schools which release teachers to take this programme are eligible for supply teachers, if deemed necessary. Government and aided schools shall contact the EDB for detailed arrangements. Private and DSS schools shall make their own arrangements for the employment of supply teachers.

Participants who complete our PDPs are eligible to apply for credit transfer if they enroll in our postgraduate programmes. Their applications will be considered on an individual basis.