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

GEOG1002

Hong Kong: land people and resources

6

credits

GEOG1003

Contemporary Global Environmental Issues

6

credits

GEOG1005

Map Use, Reading and Interpretation

6

credits

GEOG1012

Economic and Social Development in an Urbanizing World

6

credits

GEOG1016

Nature Conservation for Sustainable Societies

6

credits

GEOG1017

Human Geography in a Globalizing World

6

credits

GEOG1020

Modern Maps in the Age of Big Data

6

credits

GEOG1021

Geographic Issues of Polar Regions

6

credits

GEOG1022

Global Changes and Sustainable Development

6

credits

(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) consist of the following components 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 fulfil the elective requirement:

GEOG2013

Sustainable Development

6

credits

GEOG2030

Global Development

6

credits

GEOG2065

Urban Planning: Principles and Practices

6

credits

GEOG2162

From E-society to Smart Cities

6

credits

GEOG3403

Exploring Korean Cities and Urban Planning through K-movies and Dramas

6

credits

GEOG3420

Transport and the Society

6

credits

GEOG3423

Social and Cultural Perspectives in Understanding Cities

6

credits

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

Candidates who major in this programme should take at least 30 credits of disciplinary elective courses from the course list below (also refer to the remarks in the core course list for elective requirement), whereas candidates who minor in this programme should take at least 18 credits of disciplinary 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

GEOG2090

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems #

6

credits

GEOG2120

Introductory Spatial Analysis #

6

credits

GEOG2130

Field methods in geography

6

credits

GEOG2137

Introduction to research design

6

credits

GEOG2141

Remote Sensing Applications #

6

credits

(1) Urban Planning & Transport Management

GEOG2018

Transport Geography

6

credits

GEOG2078

Urban Geography: Growth, Function and Pattern of Cities

6

credits

GEOG2090

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems #

6

credits

GEOG2143

Planning in an Era of Changes

6

credits

GEOG2144

The Evolution of Transport Policy in Hong Kong

6

credits

GEOG2155

Introduction to Air Freight Logistics and Transport

6

credits

GEOG3304

Tourism Policy and Planning

6

credits

GEOG3402

Port and airport development

6

credits

GEOG3421

Studying Cities: Quantitative methods for Urban Research

6

credits

GEOG3422

Contemporary Urban Transportation Issues

6

credits

GEOG3424

Urban Development and Planning: the Hong Kong Experience

6

credits

POLI3027

The public policy process: theories and application

6

credits

POLI3037

Managing people in public organizations

6

credits

SOWK2122

Community building and the civil society

6

credits

(2) Sustainability & Development

GEOG2014

Countryside recreation and management

6

credits

GEOG2120

Introductory Spatial Analysis #

6

credits

GEOG2127

Environmental Management

6

credits

GEOG2132

World Cities

6

credits

GEOG2136

Political Geography: International Relations and the World Economy

6

credits

GEOG2138

Hong Kong’s Environment: Issues and Policies

6

credits

GEOG2141

Remote Sensing Applications #

6

credits

GEOG2146

Environmental modelling for climate change and air quality

6

credits

GEOG2151

Climate change and social responses

6

credits

GEOG2158

Urban Sustainability and Climate Governance

6

credits

GEOG2161

Sustainability Assessment and Management: Measure, Analysis and Tools

6

credits

GEOG3202

GIS in Environmental Studies

6

credits

GEOG3203

Climate change and the environment

6

credits

GEOG3204

Urban Hydrology and Water Quality

6

credits

GEOG3207

Environmental management: impact assessment

6

credits

GEOG3210

Trees for green and liveable cities

6

credits

GEOG3213

Ecosystem Services and Sustainable Society

6

credits

GEOG3302

Principles and practice of ecotourism

6

credits

GEOG3425

Cities of the Western Hemisphere

6

credits

SOCI2002

Social stratification and social class: finding and knowing your place

6

credits

SOCI2054

Triads and organized crime

6

credits

SOWK2034

Youth crime and juvenile justice issues

6

credits

SOWK4055

Management in human service organizations

6

credits

(3) Urban Economy & Society

GEOG2109

Population Geography and Social Development

6

credits

GEOG2124

Environmental change and socio-political conflicts

6

credits

GEOG2137

Introduction to research design

6

credits

GEOG2149

Financial Geography

6

credits

GEOG2152

Health and Medical Geography

6

credits

GEOG3214

Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Auditing

6

credits

GEOG3414

Cultures, Social Justice and Urban Space

6

credits

GEOG3417

Health, wellbeing, place and GIS

6

credits

GEOG3426

Networks and Geography: An Introduction to Social Network Analysis

6

credits

POLI3012

East Asian political economy

6

credits

POLI3095

Civil society and governance

6

credits

SOCI2009

Economic development and social change

6

credits

SOCI2064

Information society in global perspective

6

credits

SOCI2066

The Asian economic miracles and beyond

6

credits

SOCI2087

Urban society and culture

6

credits

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

Applicable to 2016-17 intake and thereafter

Candidates who major in this programme must complete one of the following courses:

GEOG4001

Overseas Field Trip

6

credits

GEOG4004

Directed Project in Urban Governance

6

credits

*

The GEOG4001 course is a compulsory capstone experience course that all Urban Governance majors must take to fulfill the programme requirement. In the event that this compulsory field trip needs to be cancelled due to travel restrictions and/or other unforeseen circumstances, the Department would inform students and they would be allowed to take one of the other capstone experience (CE) courses including “GEOG4003 Honours dissertation” or “GEOG4004 Directed project in geography” (6 credits) to fulfil the CE requirements for graduation.

#

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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For students who are double major in both Geography and Urban Governance, they have the following four options to fulfil 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.

Option 3 – (Applicable only to the event that “GEOG4001 Overseas filed trip’ has to be cancelled in an academic year due to travel restrictions and/or other unforeseen circumstances). Take ‘GEOG4003 Honours dissertation’ (12 credits) to meet the CE requirements for both the declared Geography and Urban Governance major.

 

Option 4 –(Applicable only to the event that “GEOG4001 Overseas filed trip’ has to be cancelled in an academic year due to travel restrictions and/or other unforeseen circumstances). Take ‘GEOG4002 Directed project in geography’ to meet the CE requirement for the declared Geography major, and take ‘GEOG4004 Directed project in urban governance” to meet the CE requirement for the declared Urban Governance major.