undergraduate

Disciplinary Major/Minor in Geography

Objective

The “Geography” undergraduate curriculum is designed to assist students in learning and understanding geographical and environmental-related knowledge and issues within modern contexts and perspectives.  It aims to provide students with an understanding of the relationships between people and the environment; how these relationships have changed with space and over the time; and the role of geography in investigingation and analyzing the issues and problems facing people, places and society.  The programme also gives students the opportunity to explore key elements of the knowledge and understanding embodied in the geography discipline; stimulate their intellectual interests and acquire discipline-specific and generic skills to enable them to pursue their chosen career path or to continue on with higher education.

Programme Learning Outcomes 

(PLOs)

In order to meet the demands and challenges in this dynamic and ever-changing world, the Department has designed a series of well-structured and contemporary courses to cater to the different interests of students.  It’s courses are designed to align with the University’s educational aims which hope to nurture future generations not only with a critical and intellectual mindset, but also with a passion to contribute to society in general.
 

After completing the programme, “Geography Major” students should be able to:
 

  1. critically analyze the geographical aspects of the relationship between people and the environment;
     

  2. demonstrate and develop an understanding of how these relationships have changed with space and over time;
     

  3. identify, collect and utilize primary and secondary data to investigate and analyze the issues and problems facing people, places and society;
     

  4. integrate, evaluate and communicate information from a variety of geographical and other sources;
     

  5. participate in promoting social, economic and environmental sustainability at the local, regional and global scales; and
     

  6. effectively apply a range of transferable skills in academic, professional and social settings.

Programme Structure *4-year Cohort

To become a “Geography Major” at HKU, students are required to complete at least 96 credits of courses. Below is a summary of the number of credits required to become a Geography Major.

Disciplinary Major (single or double) or Minor in Geography (For new 4-year cohort of students admitted)

No. of Credits

Component

(a) Introductory courses (Level 100)

 (i)  Disciplinary

 (ii) Pre-requisites*#

(b) Advanced courses (Level 200 or above)

 (i)  Disciplinary courses^

 (ii) Disciplinary method course(s)

 (iii)Capstone experience

 (iv)Social innovation and global citizenship~

Major

6

12

42

6

6

24

Minor

6

-

30

-

-

-

96

36

*

Geography Major students are encouraged to take more number of credits beyond the minimum requirement.

#

Candidates who opt to declare two major programmes offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences should avoid selecting overlapping pre-requisites.

^

Geography Major students must take at least 18 credits of Level 300 or above disciplinary courses (excluding GEOG4001 Overseas field trip).

~

Candidates who opt to declare double majors in Geography, Politics and Public Administration, Psychology, Sociology and Social Work and Social Administration are allowed to undertake 24 credits of free electives, to fulfil the Faculty off-campus learning courses for the second major.

Candidates who wish to MAJOR (96 credits) or MINOR (36 credits) in Geography must complete:

(a) Introductory courses

(18 credits for major; 6 credits for minor) - To be taken in Year 1-2

One disciplinary course (6 credits) from the following list:

(Applicable to 2018-19 intake and thereafter)

(ii) Two pre-requisite courses from the following 5 units, but not more than one from a single unit (12 credits):
 

  1. Faculty of Social Sciences

  2. Politics and Public Administration

  3. Psychology

  4. Social Work and Social Administration

  5. Sociology

(b) Advanced courses

(78 credits for major; 30 credits for minor) - to be taken in Years 2-4

(i) Core course  (a minimum of 6 credits for major)

 

Geography majors should take one (or preferably two), of the following core methods-related courses:

Applicable to 2016-17 intake and thereafter 

Geography majors, once having met the 6 credits of core requirement, can take another course from the above list to fulfill the disciplinary elective requirement. 

The above list of core courses is available to Geography minors or other students as electives.

(ii) Disciplinary electives (a minimum of 42 credits for major; 30 credits for minor)

 

These advanced elective courses are offered as Level 200, 300 and 400 courses to provide students with academic progression. Students are advised to take at least 18 credits of Level 200 courses (excluding 6 credits of core methods-related course) for their declared major.

(iii) Capstone experience (6 credits for major only, to be taken in Year 4)

Applicable to 2018-19 intake and thereafter 

*

The GEOG4001 course is a compulsory capstone experience course that all Geography majors must take to fulfill the programme requirement. In the event of time conflict with other required academic activities, the candidate can apply for deferring the overseas field trip participation towards the end of Year 4 of study before graduation (see the GEOG4001 course description for details).

#

For students who are double major in both Geography and Urban Governance, they have the following two options to fulfill the capstone experience (CE) requirements for both declared majors:

Option 1:

Take ‘GEOG4001 Overseas field trip’ (6 credits) to meet the CE requirement for the declared Geography major, and take ‘GEOG4004 Directed project in urban governance’ (6 credits) to meet the CE requirement for the declared Urban Governance major.

 

Option 2:

Take ‘GEOG4001 Overseas field trip’ (6 credits) to meet the CE requirement for the declared Urban Governance major, and take either ‘GEOG4002 Directed project in geography’ (6 credits)  or ‘GEOG4003 Honours dissertation’ (12 credits) to meet the CE requirement for the declared Geography major.

iv) Social Innovation and Global Citizenship (24 credits)

For BSocSc students (Faculty off-campus learning courses), students are required to undertake 24 credits of off-campus learning under the twin themes Social Innovation and Global Citizenship as a condition of graduation.  To fulfil the Social Innovation requirement, candidates MUST either complete FOSS2018 or a combination of FOSS4003 and FOSS2021. To fulfil the Global Citizenship requirement, candidates MUST either complete FOSS2019, FOSS2020, undertake 12 credits of advanced courses on exchange studies or on an overseas summer programme approved by the Faculty. Candidates may complete a maximum of 30 credits of experiential learning (internship) during their studies.

For non-BSocSc students
Students are required to undertake 24 credits of courses listed under the Faculty of Social Sciences syllabuses, including the social sciences and non-social sciences courses.

Second Major/Minor in Urban Governance

Objective

We live in a rapidly urbanizing world where the time-space dimensions have been compressed by the rapid development of new cities and urban re-development. The land use and urban form of cities have been substantially shaped by different priorities in urban development, among other factors. The urbanization process and the development of modern cities have brought tremendous impacts on both the physical and human geography of contemporary societies. The increasing degree of urbanization around the world has prompted questions over the long-term sustainability of cities and extended urban regions. The pursuit of sustainability in cities, in both developed and developing countries, has forced a reassessment of the form and pattern of urban development, governance, planning, and management. The broad spectrum of courses included in this programme will provide students with a systematic understanding of the basic approaches and key theories of urban governance, planning, and management. Students will receive thorough training in the application of such knowledge to urban governance, planning, urban environmental management, and transport planning issues in Hong Kong, China’s mainland, and the East Asia region. They will be prepared to pursue careers in the fields of urban governance, urban development, urban planning, urban environmental management and transport policy and planning.

Learning Outcome

The Urban Governance programme aims at providing students with:
 

  • Identify and familiarize themselves with the basic approaches and key theories in urban planning and management, sustainability of cities, and social and public policy-making
     

  • Apply the basic approaches and key theories in urban planning and management, sustainability of cities, and social and public policy-making
     

  • Analyse, interpret and reflect upon the urbanization process and the development of sustainable cities, and their impacts on and relationships with civil societies in the modern world
     

  • Demonstrate and develop a working understanding of the role and influence of urban governance on public policies, along with economic, social and cultural development in the modern society
     

  • Effectively apply a range of transferable skills in academic, professional and social settings
     

  • Contribute towards the improvement of the well-being of citizens in urban areas

Programme Structure *4-year Cohort

Disciplinary Major (single or double) or Minor in Urban Governance

(For new 4-year cohort of students admitted in 2012-2013)

No. of Credits

Component

Major

Minor

(a)

Introductory courses

(i)

Disciplinary

(ii)

Pre-requisites*

6

12

6

-

(b)

Advanced courses

(i)

Core courses

(ii)

Disciplinary electives

(iii)

Capstone experience

18

30

6

12

18

-

*

Candidates who opt to declare two major programmes offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences should avoid selecting overlapping pre-requisites.

Candidates who wish to declare a Major (72 credits) or Minor (36 credits) in Urban Governance must complete:

(a) Introductory courses

(18 credits for major; 6 credits for minor) - to be taken in Years 1-2

(i) One disciplinary course from the following list:

(Applicable to 2018-19 intake and thereafter)

(ii) Two pre-requisite courses from the following 6 units, but not more than one from a single unit (12 credits):
 

  • Faculty of Social Sciences

  • Geography

  • Politics and Public Administration

  • Psychology

  • Social Work and Social Administration

  • Sociology

(b) Advanced courses

(54 credits for major; 30 credits for minor) - to be taken in Years 2-4

(i) Core courses (18 credits for major; 12 credits for minor)

Candidates who  Major in this programme should take three courses (6 credits each, with a total of 18 credits), and candidates who Minor should take two courses (with a total of 12 credits), from the following ‘Core course’ list. Once the core requirements are fulfilled, other courses from this list may be taken to fulfill the elective requirement:

(ii) Disciplinary electives (30 credits for major ; 18 credits for minor)

Candidates who Major in this programme should take at least 30 credits of ‘Elective courses’ from the elective course list below, whereas candidates who Minor in this programme should take at least 18 credits of ‘Elective courses’. The following courses are grouped under three major themes. Students are free to specialize within one theme or select courses from different themes. In course registration, students are advised to pay special attention to the pre-requisite requirement (if any) of individual course as specified in the syllabus. 

Candidates who major in this programme are strongly advised to take one of the following methods-related courses, which are listed in each of the three major themes:

Applicable to 2016-17 intake and thereafter

Applicable to 2016-17 intake and thereafter

(1) Urban Planning & Transport Management

(2) Sustainability & Development

(3) Urban Economy & Society

(iii) Capstone experience (for major only, 6 credits to be taken in Year 4)

Applicable to 2016-17 intake and thereafter

*

The GEOG4001 course is a compulsory capstone experience course that all Urban Governance majors must take to fulfill the programme requirement. In the event of time conflict with other required academic activities, the candidate can apply for deferring the overseas field trip participation towards the end of Year 4 of study before graduation (see the GEOG4001 course description for details).

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