GE2261 - Urban Sustainability in Hong Kong


Offering Academic Unit School of Energy and Environment
Credit Units 3
Course Duration One Semester
GE Area Area 2: Study of Societies, Social and Business Organisations
Course Offering Term* Summer 2018
Location CityU main campus

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice

Course Aims

This course aims to provide the students with a basic understanding of key concepts and methodologies concerning urban sustainability and enhance their ability to address actual urban sustainability issues by incorporating environmental, technological, social, cultural, economic and policy dimensions.  The students will work together in teams on major urban sustainability challenges in Hong Kong, including air pollution, energy, water, housing, and waste management.  The students participate in lectures by researchers in academia and field trips and on-site discussions with practitioners in industry and the public sector.  At the end of the course each group makes a poster presentation demonstrating their understanding of the structure of the urban sustainability challenge that they have chosen and proposes a policy-focused solution considering the complexity nature of the challenge.

Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs)

At the end of the course, the students are expected to be able to:

  1. describe key challenges for urban sustainability in Hong Kong;
  2. explain major factors affecting urban sustainability in Hong Kong;
  3. describe potential solutions to urban sustainability challenges in Hong Kong;
  4. develop proposals for public policies that would promote urban sustainability in Hong Kong; and
  5. present and defend the proposed policy-focused sustainability solutions.

Teaching and Learning Activities (TLAs)

TLA Brief Description
Lecture Acquire basic understanding of key urban sustainability challenges in Hong Kong. The major concepts and methodologies covered in this course include air pollution, energy efficiency, water security, housing, waste management, climate change, cost-benefit analysis, multi-criteria analysis, stakeholder analysis, policy-oriented solution.
Field visit Learn actual practices in dealing with urban sustainability challenges in Hong Kong through field visits such as Housing Authority Exhibition Center, Kai Tak District Seawater Cooling System, Energize Kowloon East Office, Eco Park Visitors Centre, and Wetland Park.
Analysis Analyse urban sustainability challenges and develop proposals for policy-oriented solutions in group discussions with guidance by the lecturers and instructors.

Assignments

Opinion-Editorial: Write an opinion-editorial (op-ed) article on a sustainability challenge in Hong Kong and submit it to a Hong Kong newspaper.

  • Explain a sustainability challenge in the issue area to which you are assigned for the final project for this course (air pollution, energy, housing, waste management, water.)
  • Propose a specific policy response to the challenge.
  • Proposed policy (solution to the challenge) should be compelling, present data, explain risks/ costs of inaction, and provide a salient quote(s) by prominent leaders.

Final Assignment: 2 Posters and a Public Presentation – “Sustainability Challenges and Solutions for Hong Kong”

  • Student teams, each with several students from CityU and from ASU, will specify and analyze a significant sustainability challenge in Hong Kong according to their pre-assigned issue area.
  • Team creates two posters: 1) problem statement and explanation that includes data on the nature and degree of the sustainability problem and 2) recommended policy solution(s)
  • Prepare and deliver two presentations of the posters.  Each student prepares a 3- to 5-minute presentation of an aspect of his/ her team’s posters for delivery to two audiences in separate presentations: 1) the instructors and classmates and 2) the public (at a prominent meeting/ eating location at CityU.)
  • Each student should be prepared to defend the team’s policy recommendations.

Assessment

Continuous Assessment: 100% (Group Work: 20%; Poster Presentation: 80%)

Assessment Rubrics

Assessment Task Criterion Excellent
(A+, A, A-)
Good
(B+, B, B-)
Fair
(C+, C, C-)
Marginal
(D)
Failure
(F)
Group Work Group work will analyse the basic structure of an urban sustainability challenge in Hong Kong and write an opinion-editorial (op-ed) article on the urban sustainability challenge and submit it to a Hong Kong newspaper. High Significant Moderate Basic Not even reaching marginal levels
Poster Presentation Each group will propose policy-focused sustainability solutions and present them effectively and convincingly. High Significant Moderate Basic Not even reaching marginal levels

Keyword Syllabus

Urban sustainability, air pollution, energy, water, housing, waste management, climate change, cost-benefit analysis, multiple criteria, stakeholder analysis, policy-oriented solution