This course aims to develop students’ critical awareness of key issues in professions, professionalization and professionalism. Through a combination of lectures, classroom discussions, multi-media case studies and project-based learning students will be introduced to theories on different types, traits and perspectives of professions in Hong Kong and worldwide. Practically, the course will direct students to relate the principles of professionalization to formally established professions recognizing the roles of state, market and association in the process. In the spirit of continuing professional development, students will organize and focus their learning for career and academic planning while demonstrating ethical awareness of professional responsibilities to individual clients and the public interest. The application of knowledge about professions to students’ disciplinary interest will facilitate further detailed insight into the workings of professions to be contemplated on personal, occupational and societal levels.