Programme Information

Programme Information

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Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Liberal Studies Education

(Four-year Full-time) (Year-3 Entry Only)


Programme Aims

The programme aims to:

  1. provide students with the knowledge and concepts required for interdisciplinary inquiry;
  2. enhance students' understanding of the interplay and interactions of the family, society, Hong Kong, China and the world;
  3. enable students to acquire various methods and skills in critically examining issues and problems in real-life context;
  4. equip students with the competency in social sciences, education and interdisciplinary studies;
  5. provide students with the academic and professional foundation to become professionals in educational institutions, community work, government and non-government organizations, cultural groups, and private corporations;
  6. lay a strong foundation for career advancement and further academic pursuits in the related areas of studies.

Programme Features

The programme is unique in its interdisciplinary and inquiry-based approach to the study of issues related to self and personal development, society and culture, as well as technology and environment that are the major foci of Liberal Studies under the new curriculum reform. It integrates concepts, skills and values in the learning, teaching and research of relevant issues/problems. Students are also led to integrate theories with practices through experiential learning in the field visit, internship and honours project. These diverse learning experiences allow students to develop multiple perspectives and higher-order thinking skills.

Note: Classes will be held in Tai Po Campus and Tseung Kwan O Study Centre / Kowloon Tong Satellite Study Centre / Sports Centre as decided by the University.

Programme Structure

  • Major Studies
    • Coursework
    • Field Visit: Field-based Learning and Teaching (Not for Year 3 Entry)
    • Internship
    • Honours Project
  • Electives (including Minor)
  • General Education
  • Co-curricular and Service Learning (Optional for Year 3 Entry)
  • Language Enhancement (Not for Year 3 Entry)


Major Studies

Curriculum Organization Chart for 2020/21 intake (Year 3 Entry)

(Total 66 credit point)


Semester I

Semester II



SSC1252 Approaching Social Sciences (3cps)

SSC3208 Rule of Law and Civil Society (3cps)

Student Internship (con’t) (3cps)

SSC3007 China Studies (3cps)

SSC3134 Self and Society (3cps)

SCI3566 Science and Technology in Society (3cps)

#INS2013 Curriculum and Methods in Liberal Studies I (3cps)

#SSC3264 NGOs and Social Innovation (3 cps)

SSC4239 Honours Project I: Research Methods (3cps)

Student Internship (con’t) (3cps)

*SCI2563 Public Health (3cps)

*SCI2562 Environmental Studies for Sustainable Development (3cps)

*SSC2044 Hong Kong Studies (3cps)

*SSC3054 Perspectives on Citizenship (3cps)

*Choose 2 out of the 4 major courses (6 cps)

Electives/ GEBC/ CSL course


Electives/ GEBC/ CSL course







SSC4209 Hong Kong in the Context of China, Regional & Global Studies (3cps)

SSC4136 Globalization: Issues and Perspectives (3cps)

#INS3021 Curriculum and Methods in  Liberal Studies II (3cps)

#SSC4241 Local and National Issues in Education (3cps)

SSC4240 Honours Project II (con’t) (0cps)

SSC4240 Honours Project II (con’t) (3cps)

Electives/ GE course/ CSL course (9-12cps)

Electives/ GE course/ CSL course (6-9cps)







Electives/ General Education


Credit Points


Major courses (choose 2 from 4)


Major Electives (choose 2 from 4)




*Students should choose 2 courses out of the 4 major courses.

#Students should choose 2 courses out of the 4 Major Electives.




The programme requires students to complete an Internship in a relevant organization or company, where they are expected to further cultivate skills and knowledge developed in their coursework. This experience will allow students to integrate theory and practice in a real-life situation and will deepen their knowledge about Liberal Studies Education.


Honours Project

The Honours Project is a credit-bearing dissertation or major project. Under the guidance of a project supervisor, students are expected to conduct a research project which demonstrates their knowledge, skills and research capability acquired from the Major courses.



Students are free to choose elective courses. Students may undertake Electives that further deepen their subject knowledge or areas that diversify their career pathways.
Options for students:

  • free electives
  • one minor


General Education

The GE courses develop students’ capacities to become well-educated citizens. Students are expected to acquire broad knowledge and an ability to integrate different and diverse disciplines in their understanding of the world.


Co-curricular and Service Learning (Optional for Year 3 Entry)

Co-curricular and Service Learning (CSL) Courses provide service-based learning opportunities to students to broaden their learning experience beyond the traditional classroom-based curriculum.

Language Enhancement (Not for Year 3 Entry)

Students in the programme are expected to develop the ability to communicate effectively in English and Chinese. To assist them in meeting this goal, the Centre for Language in Education (CLE) will offer a comprehensive package of credit-bearing English enhancement courses of up to 78 hours (two 3-cp courses) over the four years of the programme. Students will also need to take a credit-bearing Chinese enhancement course (a 3-cp course). The final grades will be recorded on the student transcripts.


Medium of Instruction

All major courses will be conducted in English. Some electives or GE courses may be conducted in Cantonese or Putonghua.


Career Prospects/ Professional Qualification

The programme is a passport to a wide range of employment opportunities including positions such as teaching/education assistants, educational/social researchers, civil servants and other related services, educational officers in NGOs, editors/editorial assistants in business/publication companies as well as media workers and journalists.
Students may choose to pursue a teaching career by completing an additional year of professional teacher training (e.g. Full-time Postgraduate Diploma in Education). Qualified teachers who can teach interdisciplinary subjects in primary and secondary schools are in high demand in Hong Kong.
Students interested in further studies after graduation may pursue the Faculty's Masters programmes.


Entrance Scholarship

There are several scholarships available. Candidates are awarded on the basis of academic and related merits.

Disclaimer - Any aspect of the course and course offerings (including, without limitation, the content of the course and the manner in which the course is taught) may be subject to change at any time at the sole discretion of the University. Without limiting the right of the University to amend the course and its course offerings, it is envisaged that changes may be required due to factors such as staffing, enrolment levels, logistical arrangements and curriculum changes.