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Programme Information

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Liberal Studies Education
(Four-year Full-time) (Year-2 and Year-3 Entries Only)

Programme Code: A4B071

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 2 and Year 3 Entries)
    • Internship
    • Honours Project
  • Electives (including Second Major and Minor)
  • General Education
  • Co-curricular and Service Learning
  • Language Enhancement

Major Studies

Curriculum Organization Chart for 2019/20 intake (Year 2 Entry)

(Total 90 credit points)

Year Semester I Semester II Summer
2 SSC1252 Approaching Social Sciences (3cps) *SCI2562 Environmental Studies for Sustainable Development (3cps) Student Internship (con’t) (0cps)
*SCI2563 Public Health (3cps) *SSC3054 Perspectives on Citizenship (3cps)
*SSC2044 Hong Kong Studies (3cps) #INS2013 Curriculum and Methods in Liberal Studies I (3cps)
Electives (0-3cps) #SSC3264 NGOs and Social Innovation (3cps)
GE Breadth course (6cps) Electives (0-3cps)
GE Breadth course (3cps)
Total 15cps 15cps 0cps
3 SCI3566 Science and Technology in Society (3cps) SSC3208 Rule of Law and Civil Society (3cps)  
SSC3007 China Studies (3cps) SSC3134 Self and Society (3cps)
SSC4239 Honours Project I: Research Methods (3cps)
Student Internship (con’t) (3cps) Student Internship (con’t) (3cps)
Electives (0-3cps) CSL course (3cps)
GE Breadth course (0-3cps) Electives (3cps)  
Total 15cps 15cps  
4 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)
GE Consolidation course (3cps)
Electives (6-9 cps) Electives (6-9 cps)
Total 15cps 15cps  
  Major   Electives/ General Education
  Compulsory GE Courses   Co-curricular and Service Learning (CSL)
cps: Credit points
*Year 2 entrants should choose 3 courses out of the 4 major courses.
# Students should choose 2 courses out of the 4 Major Electives.

 

Curriculum Organization Chart for 2019/20 intake (Year 3 Entry)

(Total 66 credit point)

Year Semester I Semester II Summer
2* *SCI2563 Public Health (3cps) *SCI2562 Environmental Studies for Sustainable Development (3cps)  
*SSC2044 Hong Kong Studies (3cps) *SSC3054 Perspectives on Citizenship (3cps)
3 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)
*Choose 2 out of the 4 Year 2 major courses (6 cps)
Electives/ GEBC/ CSL course (0-3cps) Electives/ GEBC/ CSL course (0-3cps)
Total 15cps 18cps 3cps
4 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)
Total 15cps 15cps  
  Major   Electives/ General Education cps: Credit Points

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

Internship

The applied stage of 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 as well as the Field Visit: Field-based Learning and Teaching.

Electives

Apart from the Major, the programme includes Electives comprising 30 credit points, where students are free to choose elective courses offered by other departments. Students may undertake Electives that further deepen their subject knowledge or areas that diversify their career pathways.

Options for students:

  • free electives
  • Second Major
  • one/two minors
  • a combination of minor and free electives

General Education

Students can choose from a wide selection of General Education (GE) courses in the following three domains to enhance their whole person development:

  • Foundation Course
  • Breadth Course
  • Consolidation Course

Co-curricular and Service Learning

A compulsory 3-credit point (cp) Co-curricular and Service Learning (CSL) Course provides service-based learning opportunities to students to broaden their learning experience beyond the traditional classroom-based curriculum.

Language Enhancement

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 Qualifications

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.

Admission Enquiries

Tel: (852) 2948 6886
E-mail: admission@eduhk.hk


Programme Leader

Dr. CHAN Kit Wa Anita
Tel: (852) 2948 7709
E-mail: akwchan@eduhk.hk

Programme Enquiries

Tel: (852) 2948 8727 / (852) 2948 8429
E-mail: balse@eduhk.hk

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