Minor in Sustainability (for Undergraduate Students)

Award Title (in English) : Minor in Sustainability
Programme Code: SUST
Number of Credit Units Required for the Award:
15

Subject to the approval of the home academic unit(s), students obtaining 15 credit units including the 6 credit units of the core courses (SEE2204 and SEE3202) will be awarded the Minor in Sustainability in addition to their undergraduate major degree.

This minor combines core courses with some electives. Each course (except BCH4021, BCH4023, BCH4034 and BCH4039) constitutes three credit units.

Aims of Minor

This minor aims to provide students with a basic understanding of the sustainability issues and enhance their ability to address practical issues and to integrate environmental, political, cultural, social, economic and technology aspects into the concept of sustainability.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Minor

Upon successful completion of this Minor, students should be able to:

  1. Identify the ethical aspects of sustainability;
  2. Realize the interdisciplinary nature of sustainability;
  3. Develop processes to integrate different themes of sustainability;
  4. Apply what have learnt about sustainability to the real world.

Requirements for the Award (15 credit units)

  1. The application period will be set by ARRO. No late applications will be processed after the said period.
  2. Students are responsible for planning their own study schedules and fulfilling the course requirements in accordance with the academic structures as set in the Minor programme.
  3. Students must complete all courses required in the Minor programme before graduation by obtaining a minimum of 15 credits including the 6 credits of the core courses, SEE2204 Principles of Sustainability and SEE3202 Integrated Sustainability, for the award of the Minor.
  4. To earn a Minor, students must attain a GPA of 1.7 or above for the courses in the Minor programme.
  5. The courses prescribed in the Minor programme may not be offered each semester. School of Energy and Environment reserves the right to offer courses in any semester according to available resource and number of enrolment.
  6. School of Energy and Environment reserves the right to approve or not to approve the application for enrolling the Minor programme.

Curriculum

Core Course (6 credit units):

Course Code Course Title Credit Units

SEE2204

Principles of Sustainability

3

SEE3202

Integrated Sustainability

3

Electives (at least 9 credit units):

Any three courses from the following electives. Constraints on the choice of the electives are as follows:

  • The student can take at most one GE course.
  • At least one course should come outside their home College or School.
  • The three electives should be from each of the three key themes, i.e. “Economic and Policy”, “Environmental and Technical” and “Social and Cultural”.
  • The core course, SEE3202 Integrated Sustainability, cannot be taken before the electives, but one elective can be taken during the same semester as SEE3202.

Also note that double counting of the credits is not possible: any credit counting for a Major cannot count for the Minor.  Therefore any student following the major in Environmental Science and Engineering will have to replace SEE2204 Principles of Sustainability with another course to be agreed on by the Minor Leader and the Dean of SEE.

Students should also check the list of exclusive courses.  If students have already taken the corresponding exclusive courses, such electives would not be counted for earning the minor award.

Course Code Course Title Credit Units
Key theme: Economic and Policy

GE1205

Green Economics

3

GE2220

Sustainable Business: Doing Good Business While Doing Good

3

GE2236

Understanding Energy-Environmental Policies

3

EF3040

Economics of Environment

3

LW3956

Environment and Law

3

POL3204

Ethics and Public Policy

3

POL3206

Environmental Issues, Policy and Ethics

3

POL3238

Introduction to Environmental Policy and Governance

3

POL3239

Sustainable Development and Climate Change

3

POL3240

Environmental Policy and Economics

3

POL3242

Business and the Environment

3

POL3942

Environmental Policy and Ethics

3

SEE3001

Energy and Environmental Policy

3

Key theme: Environmental and Technical

GE1324

Smart Home: Green and Healthy Living Environment

3

GE1333

Low Carbon Footprint-Energy Saving Practices in Everyday Life

3

GE1337

Urban Green City: Pollution and Solution

3

GE1343

Energy Crisis and Renewable Energy

3

GE2252

Transport and Development

3

GE2306

Energy and Technology

3

GE2317

Integrating Green Energy into Society

3

GE2321

Health, Safety and Environment

3

GE2325

Chemistry of Sustainable Life

3

GE2327

Green and Intelligent Buildings

3

GE2329

Green Buildings: Discovery and Innovation

3

AP4176

Energy Materials for the Current Century

3

BCH3055 *

Green Chemistry

3

BCH4021

Environmental Pollution

4

BCH4021A

Environmental Pollution

3

BCH4023

Biological Treatment of Wastes

4

BCH4023A

Biological Treatment of Wastes

3

BCH4034

Environmental Control and Wastes Treatment

4

BCH4039

Environmental Conservation and Resources Management

4

BCH4039A

Environmental Conservation and Resources Management

3

CA4174

Sustainable Architectural Design and Development

3

JC4046 *

Green Industrial Systems

3

MBE4046 *

Green Industrial Systems

3

SEE3104 *

Sustainable and Renewable Energy

3

SEE4112 *

Sustainable Engineering Systems: Modelling and Analysis

3

SEE4114 *

Bioenergy Engineering: Principles and Applications

3

SEE4116

Energy and Carbon Auditing

3

SEE4117 *

Solar Energy Engineering

3

Key theme: Social and Cultural

GE1323

Discovering the Living Environment: How Green Are You?

3

GE1339

Wireless Connectivity in Modern Society

3

GE2206

Sustainable Cities for the 21st Century

3

GE2303

Save the Earth: Sustainable Development

3

GE3203

Sustainable Development of Hong Kong

3

AIS3201

Energy, Environment, and the Future: Crisis and Opportunity

3

AIS4071

Globalisation and the Environment

3

AIS4124

Globalisation and the Environment

3

EE3012 *

Engineers in Society

3

SM3138

Creative City and Urban Critique

3

SM3703

Media Art and the Environment

3

SM3726

Sustainable Art and Design

3

SS4585

Social Capital and Sustainable Development

3

* Denotes prerequisites required for this elective