Cross Institutional General Education Course Sharing Project

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This Cross Institutional General Education Course Sharing Project connects HKUST with three local universities namely the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), and the University of Hong Kong (HKU) to share designated common core / general education courses. The participating universities have entered into an agreement to implement a project 'The Responsive University: Appreciating Content Sharing in General Education' funded by the University Grants Committee (UGC).

Active learning pedagogy is adopted for courses offered in this project where students will actively be involved in the blended learning process involving online learning as well as classroom face-to-face activities. Students are encouraged to take this opportunity to enhance their learning experience on a different campus, learn from peers at a partner university, and at the same time earn credits to fulfil their common core requirements.

2019-20 Offer Term Course Code and Title Host Institution Common Core Area in HKUST Transferable Credits to HKUST
Fall + CCGL9001 Hong Kong Cinema Through a Global Lens HKU Humanities 4
In an age where cross-cultural interactions and global traffics are frequent, Hong Kong cinema cannot be regarded merely as a local cinema. It is an interesting site where complex global processes can be traced. Flows of capital, film personnel, technologies, ideas and creativity are vibrantly circulating inside and outside the cultural industry of filmmaking, resulting in phenomena such as transnational co-productions and cross-cultural cooperations. These dynamic processes are inflected in characterization, plot development, and space-time configurations on Hong Kong screens. This course takes students on an interdisciplinary exploration of the local-global interactions from a variety of approaches. With a selection of Hong Kong films, the course aims to help students attain a thorough understanding of the two-way relationship between the local, popular entertainment and the global film scene by investigating the major questions concerning globalization. Film critics and scholars will be invited to conduct guest lectures.
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Fall + CCCH9020 Science and Technology: Lessons from China HKU Humanities and Social Analysis 3
In spite of the vast and superior knowledge possessed by the ancient Chinese relative to the rest of the world, China did not develop into a dominant technoculture. This course will explore some of the lesser known inventions and scientific development in ancient China and factors that caused China to fall behind the West in technological development. The contents of the course include perception of the material world in ancient China, early Chinese views of the universe, earth and nature, changes in the perception of these entities over time, scientific inventions and theories of ancient China, and the linkage between science, art and literature in China. Guest speakers will give insights on specific areas of technological advancement in ancient China.
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Fall + CCHU9022 Journey into Madness: Conceptions of Mental Health and Mental Illness HKU Humanities 3
Portrayed by mass media, there is an exaggerated link between mental illness and violence. Mental illness is often considered as an adversary that should be dealt with by medical professionals. Challenging this monopolized medical discourse on mental illness, this course aims to expand the students’ view to appreciate how mental illness has been psychologically influenced, socially constructed and policed, as well as culturally shaped. Coupling biochemistry’s knowledge of mental illness with self-reflections, students are expected to develop a critical and comprehensive understanding of mental illness and mental health. With the use of experiential exercises, case studies, and film viewing, students will be further encouraged to scrutinize mental health issues in their daily lives. As there is a growing number of individuals challenged by mental illnesses both locally and internationally, students will have high chance of encountering an individual with mental illnesses in their social circles, workplaces or even family in the future. The development of a comprehensive and critical view towards mental illnesses will definitely prepare them to face this future challenge.

[All students will be required to plan and organize a compulsory experiential learning activity for service users at a mental health agency/setting during Reading Week. The experiential activity is compulsory and if interested students foresee that they cannot commit to this, they should not be enrolling in this course.]
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Fall + CCST9003 Everyday Computing and the Internet HKU Science & Technology and Quantitative Reasoning 3
In order to make informed decisions in this information age, everyone needs to have an efficient way to sift through and evaluate the myriads of information that is available through the Internet. The ultimate objective of this course is to help students develop a “computational” state of mind for everyday events. Specifically, the course will enable students to answer the following questions: What daily problems need to be solved by a computational method? Are such problems solvable? By what means can such problems be solved? Is it worthwhile to compute such problems? How do all these problems relate to the Internet that we use on a daily basis? We will also discuss intensively the societal impacts of computing technologies on our daily life. The course will be taught with minimal levels of mathematical and technical detail.

Online lectures would be available for the whole course, making room for more in-depth learning in lecture sessions. Specifically, most of the lecture sessions would be conducted in collaborative workshop formats, whereby students need to work in teams to complete hands-on tasks corresponding to the topics covered in the course.
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Fall & Spring +UGFH1001 In Dialogue with Humanity (Cross-institutional) CUHK Humanities 3
The course invites students to investigate the problem of "humanity"—i.e., what it means to be human—at two levels: human as an individual and human as a social being. Students will be engaged in a direct dialogue with literary writers, philosophers and social reformers who address three fundamental questions: What makes a "good" life for me? What makes a "good" society for everyone? How do I make possible such a "good" life and "good" society?

Students are expected to read, discuss, and write about a wide range of texts extracted from influential classics in the humanities East and West. They will be encouraged to discover their own answers to the three questions by considering views and arguments expressed in the texts, and by exploring how far and in what ways such views and arguments may hold true for the contemporary world. Emphasis will be placed on students’ capacity to respond critically to the selected texts in oral and written presentations, in the form of class or online discussions, short essays and term paper. Class size will be kept small to maximize discussions and to facilitate intensive guidance on academic writing.

The content of this course is identical to that of “In Dialogue with Humanity” (UGFH1000). The mode of delivery is blended. Teaching and learning activities are mainly conducted online but there are also several on-site meetings. Students taking this course come from different UGC-funded institutions.
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Fall & Spring + UGFN1001 In Dialogue with Nature (Cross-institutional) CUHK Science & Technology 3
This course is an intellectual pursuit across various natural sciences including the two most fundamental ones, physical and biological sciences. Ancient Greek philosophers took the lead in exploring the physical world and the world of life with reason and hence laid the foundations of natural science. This human enquiry into Nature leads to a reflection on the human understanding of Nature and the humans’ place in Nature.

From the writings and stories of great scientists selected from influential literatures, students can gain a general understanding of the concepts and methodology of science, and of how scientists relate their academic pursuit to contemporary life, thereby developing their own perspectives on scientific issues. Students will be required to read, discuss and write about a wide range of texts in philosophy, science and its history. Emphasis will be placed on students’ capacity to respond critically to these texts in written as well as oral presentations. Through these learning activities, students are expected to develop a lifelong capacity and enthusiasm to continue such dialogues with science texts in the future.

The content of this course is identical to that of UGFN1000 ‘In Dialogue with Nature’, one of the two award-winning courses in the General Education Foundation Programme of CUHK. The mode of course delivery is blended. Teaching and learning activities are mainly conducted online but there are also several onsite meetings for face-to-face teacher-student interaction and discussion among students from different UGC-funded institutions.
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Spring + APSS1A21 Service Leadership PolyU Humanities 3
This subject is designed to enable students to:
1. Learn the basic models of leadership with reference to the service sector;
2. Understand the basic leadership attributes intrinsic to effective service leaders, including leadership competences, moral character, and caring disposition;
3. Reflect on their own service leadership qualities, including leadership competences, moral character, and caring disposition;
4. Learn to develop and apply the basic qualities of an effective service leader;
5. Cultivate an appreciation of the importance of Service Leadership to the development and wellness of oneself, other people and the whole society.
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Spring + CCHU9001 Designs on the Future: Sustainability of the Built Environment HKU Science & Technology and Social Analysis 3
The course is intended to inspire thinking about the way we should construct our living environments in future, in order to find the most sustainable balance. It explores a range of broad issues including: population and urbanization; materials resources; and human systems (such as transportation and public health), in order to understand the concept of ‘sustainable development’. It evaluates the different media and strategies that people have used / are using to advocate for more sustainable approaches to the environment and community.

This course is run using a ‘flipped classroom’ pedagogy. Students are required to undertake up to one hour of pre-class activities (typically watching and responding to on-line course videos) in preparation for the classroom sessions which are run in workshop format involving a wide range of group activities and interactive exercises. There are no tutorials in this course. The on-line components deliver the bulk of the course content, in class activities are designed to develop understanding of the content, to explore contexts and interconnections, and to actively apply it to different scenarios.
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Spring + CCST9010 The Science of Crime Investigation HKU Science & Technology 3
This course introduces students to the scientific, legal and ethical concepts that underpin forensic science. Forensic science spans all scientific disciplines such as anthropology, biology, chemistry, computing, medicine, physics, etc. Students will explore and develop an understanding of the principles of forensic science through an overview as well as more topic-specific lectures, and experience hands-on tutorials involving scientific analysis of forensic evidence. Knowledge gained will be applied and assessed through individual tasks as well as a collaborative project on an assigned case.
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Spring + CCST9015 Electronic Techologies in Everyday Life HKU Science & Technology 3
From digital computers, modern gadgets like smartphonesm wearable devices to intelligent robots and autonomous vehicles, electronic technologies have become an indispensable part of our everyday life. In order to make informed decisions as to whether we should adopt these ever-changing electronic technologies, we have to develop a basic understanding of the principles, “substances” and cost-benefit considerations behind them. This course aims to: (i) stimulate students’ general interest in science and technology, particularly with regard to current “high-tech” electronic products that they encounter every day; and (ii) enable students to develop critical intellectual enquiries concerning existing and latest electronic technologies they encounter in their everyday lives through lectures, discussions and hands-on experimentation. At the end of the course, students will not only be able to recognize how electronics work, but also be able to understand their social implications, as well as to develop critical thinking and to carry educated discussion about merits and common misconceptions associated with new technologies. The hands-on experiments will also allow the student to have the experience and some confidence in handling electronic components to solve a real problem using electronic technology.
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Transfer of credits

Upon satisfactory completion of the course, students will receive the credits awarded by the host institution which will be recognized by HKUST. Students may apply to transfer the credits to HKUST by completing the credit-transfer application procedures as published on the Academic Registry webpage ( Transfer credits will not be included in the calculation of grade averages.

Managing your workload and time schedule

Students who participate in this project must ensure that there is no time conflict between courses enrolled in HKUST and the host institution, and allow sufficient time for commuting between the two campuses. Please observe the maximum study load of 18 credits or that as approved by your major program office in a regular term.

Application and course registration

Application Period

3-6 January 2020
(for Term 2 / Spring Term 2019-20 Courses)

Who Can Apply

The following HKUST undergraduate students are eligible to apply for the courses:
1. Active students in the course offer term;
2. At Year 2 or above when taking the course;
3. Not in their final term of study when taking the course; and
4. With a CGA at 2.500 or above at the time of application.

  • This project is not open to inbound exchange students, or HKUST students who are on outbound exchange program.
  • Due to the restriction of the student visa for studying at HKUST, non-local students cannot participate in this project unless a no objection letter is obtained from the Hong Kong Immigration Department for this purpose.   
  • How to Apply

    Complete and submit the course registration form online during 3-6 January 2020. Enrollment of the courses is handled on a first-come-first-served basis. Endorsement of program office is requiredPlease provide your reason for course enrollment and any other information that you find useful to support your application. To expedite the enrollment process, the Academic Registry will pass your application to your program office for consideration as soon as possible.

    To facilitate course registration, personal information of students will be transferred to the host institution.

    Enrollment Limit Each student can enroll in only one course in the entire project period under the collaboration agreement. Students who have already taken a course of partner universities before should not apply.
    Announcement of Application Result Students will be informed of the successful first-round registration by the Academic Registry. The Academic Registry will also notify students of subsequent changes during add/drop, as appropriate.
    Tuition Fee No additional tuition fee will be involved.
    Add/Drop Period

    Students should observe the add/drop deadline of the host institutions.
    HKU : 20 January - 11 February 2020
    CUHK : 13-19 January 2020
    PolyU : 3-15 February 2020

    Cancellation of Courses The participating institutions reserve the right to cancel any courses to be offered to this project.


    Academic Registry
    Tel: 2623 1112 / 2623 1113