GE3203 - Sustainable Development of Hong Kong

Offering Academic Unit
Department of Public Policy
Credit Units
Course Duration
One Semester
GE Area
Area 2: Study of Societies, Social and Business Organizations
Course Offering Term*:
Summer 2018

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

This course aims to provide students with a comprehensive, experiential learning of the complex linkages between environmental quality, energy consumption, climate change, industrial competitiveness, and quality of life in Hong Kong and to prepare them to solve local and regional sustainability problems from a global and interdisciplinary perspective. Students are exposed to major analytical tools for sustainability assessment and implementation such as material flow analysis, energy flow analysis, life-cycle assessment, and sustainability impact assessment. To better engage students both methodologically and practically, the course adopts a range of learning activities, including lectures with emphasis on case studies, field trips about current contentious sustainability issues, and team projects focusing on discovering and assessing the sustainability of a selected sector (including waste, energy, transportation, water, land use, and housing and marine environment) in Hong Kong. Such organizations may include a power plant, a container port, a university campus, a shopping mall, a government agency, a manufacturing facility, a construction site, a logistic company, a transportation hub, or a nature reserve. All teams present their report to the whole class and submit the final assessment report at the end of the course. After taking the course, students are expected to engage effectively in public discourses, policy making, and professional practices on the sustainable development of Hong Kong.

Assessment (Indicative only, please check the detailed course information)

Continuous Assessment: 100%
Detailed Course Information


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