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GEJC1020 The Hong Kong Story


Lecture: Fridays 03:30 p.m. - 05:15 p.m.


Dr. LEE King Wa

Course Description

From a colony of the British Empire to the SAR of the PRC, the Hong Kong story has undergone many ups and downs, twists and turns. Designed from a sociological perspective, but specifically for students without sociological background or much background knowledge about Hong Kong, this course shall guide them through the journey of Hong Kong and its people so far. It will pick up popular images about Hong Kong, such as “a laissez-faire economic miracle”, “the safest place in the world”, or “the land of opportunity”, evaluating their validities or tracing their origins and implications. Selected contemporary issues arising from the city’s sustainable development will also be discussed, such as migration, inequality, and affordable housing. Integrating experiential learning and e-learning strategies, this course should offer students a range of new learning experiences and new angles of approaching the society that we are living in.

Learning Outcome

After completing the course, students should be able to:

  1. Go beyond the constraint of individual experiences and recognize the broader influence of Hong Kong’s post-war social developments on Hong Kong people's personal biography and community living.
  2. Identify and critically discuss dominant imageries of social life in Hong Kong.
  3. Analyze everyday encounters in the community of Hong Kong and evaluate their broader significance with consolidated knowledge and perspectives gained from this course.
  4. Evaluate and reflect on selected issues concerning the sustainable development of Hong Kong
  5. Engage in self-initiated learning processes with technological aid geared towards active discovery.


3 -credits

Sustainable Development Goals

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