Area 3: Global Citizenship


By providing students with knowledge in gender studies, religion and spirituality, environmental ethics, human and animal ethics, psychology, self-development, etc., this area aims to enhance students’ quality of life, facilitate them to develop a positive value of life, and to achieve a broad understanding of human and nature.  Student are then guided to appreciate the diversity in culture and foster a global consciousness. The main objective of this area is to nurture a sense of responsibility in students: responsibility to oneself and other beings, to the society, and to the universe as a whole, by providing them an education of ethics of care for the world.


Area Intended Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the courses in this area, students should be able to: 

  • define one’s identity in relation to cultural and social differences;
  • appreciate diversity in different culture;
  • analyze the interconnectedness of human and nature;
  • make informed decisions about moral and ethical issues; and
  • apply the acquired knowledge to contribute to achieving a more just and equitable society.


Course Description

GEC 101 Environment and Society (3 Credits)          
Medium: English

This course is designed to raise students’ awareness to local and global environmental issues and nurture their sense of social responsibility towards the environment.  In order to present a broad view of environment, this general education course will examine the social, economic, and the political aspects of environmental issues, and survey different perspectives in studying the dynamics between environment and society. By reviewing major empirical studies, it also aims at fostering students’ understanding as to how institutions can alter the trajectories of environmental degradation and protection.  It will evaluate a variety of activities initiated by consumers, industry, state, and civil society which can collectively contribute to the sustainable development of our society.


GEC 102 The Struggling Self in the Global Society (3 Credits)          
Medium: English

What is “self”? How is the “self” related to the larger society? How is an individual’s life course shaped by various social institutions, culture, and norms; and how does an individual respond to these institutional forces? In other words, how does a person struggle to develop an authentic self on one hand, and to cope with the influences of different social agencies on the other? This general education course explores the answers to the above questions. Borrowing the conceptual orientation from social psychology, this course begins with introducing how the self is developed. But the larger part of the course will examine in detail how major social institutions – gender, family, education, occupation, class and race and ethnicity – influence our lives. We also explore how individuals face changes in our globalized society where diversity is embraced as the emerging social values. Major topics will include socialization, self and identity, social inequalities, cultural diversity and the impacts of social institutions.


GEC 103 Crazy, Stupid, Scientific Love         (3 Credits)
Medium: English

“True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen.”

François VI, duc de La Rochefoucauld

Love is one of the most popular topics in literature, popular culture, religion, psychology and daily life conversations across cultures. Importantly, people find love a strong determinant of life satisfaction. This course aims to explore questions about this mysterious concept from different angles with a specific focus on the scientific perspective. Interactive lectures given by the lecturer and guest speakers, online discussion and experiential exercises will be used to help students to explore topics including “what is love?”, “cross-cultural differences in love and marriage” and “equality of different types of love”. Throughout this course, students can learn to critically examine and evaluate various ideas of love and romance. They are also required to synthesize different perspectives to reflect on their own experience and develop positive value of love.


GEC 104 Understanding Self in Everyday Life (3 Credits)
Medium: English

This course aims at enhancing students’ self-awareness of his / her behaviour patterns, particularly when interacting with others. Through an activity-based approach, students can gain insight into the different processes involved in social interactions. Topics covered include self-concept, self-regulation, self-control, self-motivation, identity development and social roles, interpersonal communications, and goal-settings.


GEC 105 Missionaries’ Experiences in Hong Kong (香港傳教士之經驗) (3 Credits) 
Medium: Cantonese

This GE course introduces students to the historical movement of Protestant and Catholic missionaries in Hong Kong. The course examines the origins and characteristics of the missionaries’ attempts to introduce Western religion to Hong Kong since the early 19th century. The course will analyze the importance of cross-cultural connections and exchange with the works of missionaries in aspects of education, medical service, publication, social welfare, etc. A special emphasis will be placed on the overall impact of missionaries’ movement on Hong Kong society.