GE1204 - Living with the Unexpected and Unknown in Modern Society

Offering Academic Unit
Department of Accountancy
Credit Units
Course Duration
One Semester
GE Area
Area 2: Study of Societies, Social and Business Organizations
Course Offering Term*:
Semester B 2023/24

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

From a practical utilitarian perspective, this course aims to equip students with an understanding of risks faced in modern society emanating from the interrelationship among humans, and between humans and their natural (physical), biological, technological, behavioral and financial environments. It seeks to develop students' ability to assess risk from multiple perspectives including economics, sociology, psychology, engineering, law, political science, and geography in a global context. Building on this understanding of risk, the course introduces students to the concept and process of risk management, which helps develop their ability to deal with risks both known and unknown. From a theoretical perspective, the course introduces students to various theoretical positions in risk literature and helps develop their ability to engage in debates of major risk management doctrines and issues in modern society, both verbally and in written form, with the appropriate supporting reasons and analyses, individually and in a team environment.

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

Continuous Assessment: 60%
Examination: 40%
Examination Duration: 2 hours
# DEC AT element

Final Examination [Open-book examination]:
Students are required to take final examination to evaluate their understanding of main concepts covered in class as well as their ability to apply knowledge related to the topics covered during the semester.

Students are required to pass both coursework and examination components to guarantee to pass the course. Failing either component may lead to failure in the course. The passing mark is generally 50.
Detailed Course Information