College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Gateway education

For information and requirements about Gateway Education at CityU, please click here.

(Applicable to Normative 4-year degree students, Advanced Standing I and Advanced II students admitted in 2012/13 and 2013/14)

Component Normative 4-year Degree Advanced Standing I Advanced Standing II (Senior-year Entry)
English * 6 credit units 6 credit units 3 credit units
Chinese Civilization – History and Philosophy 3 credit units 3 credit units Not compulsory requirement
Distributional Area Requirements
A minimum of 3 credit units from each of the three areas below:
Area 1: Arts and Humanities
Area 2: Study of Societies, Social and Business Organisations
Area 3: Science and Technology
21 credit units 12 credit units 9 credit units

Normative 4-year degree students admitted to CLASS in 2012/13 and 2013/14

Normative 4-year degree students admitted in 2012/13 and 2013/14 are required to take 30 credit units of GE courses.

Component Credit units
University Requirements GE1401 University English * 3
Discipline-specific English
  • GE2412 English for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The following courses have been phased out with effect from Semester A 2018/19. Students who have not yet taken the following courses are required to take GE2412 to fulfil the GE requirement.

According to the University Academic Regulations, students may repeat a same course, or an equivalent course, to recover a failure or to improve a course grade of D. Hence, students cannot use GE2412 to recover a failure or to improve a course grade of D for the following courses.

Select one of the following courses:
  • GE2404 Asian Literature in English
  • GE2405 Creative Writing
  • GE2406 Shakespeare: Introduction to Genius
  • GE2407 Reading Lives, Writing Selves: Autobiography and Culture
  • GE2408 Travel Writing: Discovery and Experience
  • GE2409 Words and Images: Reading and Writing in the 21st Century
  • GE3401 Exploring English Cinema
3
GE1501 Chinese Civilisation - History and Philosophy 3
Distributional Area Requirements Minimum 3 credit units from each area
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Study of Societies, Social and Business Organisations
  • Science and Technology
21

Advanced Standing I admitted to CLASS in 2012/13 and 2013/14

Students entering the four-year degree with Advanced Standing I in 2012/13 and 2013/14 are required to take 21 credit units of GE courses.

Component Credit units
University Requirements GE1401 University English * 3
Discipline-specific English
  • GE2412 English for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The following courses have been phased out with effect from Semester A 2018/19. Students who have not yet taken the following courses are required to take GE2412 to fulfil the GE requirement.

According to the University Academic Regulations, students may repeat a same course, or an equivalent course, to recover a failure or to improve a course grade of D. Hence, students cannot use GE2412 to recover a failure or to improve a course grade of D for the following courses.

Select one of the following courses:
  • GE2404 Asian Literature in English
  • GE2405 Creative Writing
  • GE2406 Shakespeare: Introduction to Genius
  • GE2407 Reading Lives, Writing Selves: Autobiography and Culture
  • GE2408 Travel Writing: Discovery and Experience
  • GE2409 Words and Images: Reading and Writing in the 21st Century
  • GE3401 Exploring English Cinema
3
GE1501 Chinese Civilisation - History and Philosophy 3
Distributional Area Requirements Minimum 3 credit units from each area
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Study of Societies, Social and Business Organisations
  • Science and Technology
12

Advanced Standing II admitted to CLASS in 2012/13 and 2013/14

Students entering the four-year degree with Advanced Standing II in 2012/13 and 2013/14 are required to take 12 credit units of GE courses.

Component Credit units
University Requirements Discipline-specific English
  • GE2412 English for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The following courses have been phased out with effect from Semester A 2018/19. Students who have not yet taken the following courses are required to take GE2412 to fulfil the GE requirement.

According to the University Academic Regulations, students may repeat a same course, or an equivalent course, to recover a failure or to improve a course grade of D. Hence, students cannot use GE2412 to recover a failure or to improve a course grade of D for the following courses.

Select one of the following courses:
  • GE2404 Asian Literature in English
  • GE2405 Creative Writing
  • GE2406 Shakespeare: Introduction to Genius
  • GE2407 Reading Lives, Writing Selves: Autobiography and Culture
  • GE2408 Travel Writing: Discovery and Experience
  • GE2409 Words and Images: Reading and Writing in the 21st Century
  • GE3401 Exploring English Cinema
3
GE1501 Chinese Civilisation - History and Philosophy Not compulsory requirement
Distributional Area Requirements Minimum 3 credit units from each area
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Study of Societies, Social and Business Organisations
  • Science and Technology
9
* First-year entrants with Level ‘4’ (or equivalent) or above in HKDSE English Language will proceed to directly into GE English courses.

Students scoring below Level 4 in HKDSE English Language or Grade D in HKALE AS-level Use of English or students who do not possess an equivalent qualification are required to complete 6-credit unit course, EL0200 English for Academic Purposes (EAP), prior to taking the GE English courses. The credit units of EL0200 will not be counted towards the minimum credit units required for graduation and will not be included in the calculation of the cumulative grade point average (CGPA). However, they will be counted towards the maximum credit units permitted.

(Applicable to Normative 4-year degree students, Advanced Standing I and Advanced II students from 2014/15 onwards)

Component Normative 4-year Degree Advanced Standing I Advanced Standing II (Senior-year Entry)
English * 6 credit units 6 credit units 3 credit units
Chinese Civilization – History and Philosophy 3 credit units 3 credit units Not compulsory requirement
Distributional Area Requirements
A minimum of 3 credit units from each of the three areas below:
Area 1: Arts and Humanities
Area 2: Study of Societies, Social and Business Organisations
Area 3: Science and Technology
12 credit units 6 credit units 3 credit units
College-specified courses 9 credit units 6 credit units 6 credit units
* First-year entrants with Level ‘4’ (or equivalent) or above in HKDSE English Language will proceed to directly into GE English courses.

Students scoring below Level 4 in HKDSE English Language or Grade D in HKALE AS-level Use of English or students who do not possess an equivalent qualification are required to complete 6-credit unit course, EL0200 English for Academic Purposes (EAP), or two 3-credit unit courses, EL0200A English for Academic Purposes 1 and EL0200B English for Academic Purposes 2, prior to taking the GE English courses. Students who demonstrate that they have achieved a grade B or above in their overall course results for EL0200A will achieve 3 credits and also be considered to have satisfied the pre-requisite for entry to the GE English courses without needing to take EL0200B. The credit units of EL0200A and EL0200B will not be counted towards the minimum credit units required for graduation and will not be included in the calculation of the cumulative grade point average (CGPA). However, they will be counted towards the maximum credit units permitted.

Normative 4-year degree students admitted to CLASS from 2014/15 onwards

Normative 4-year degree students admitted to CLASS from 2014/15 onwards are required to take 21 credit units of GE courses and 9 credit units of College-specified courses.

Component Credit units
University Requirements GE1401 University English * 3
Discipline-specific English
  • GE2412 English for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The following courses have been phased out with effect from Semester A 2018/19. Students who have not yet taken the following courses are required to take GE2412 to fulfil the GE requirement.

According to the University Academic Regulations, students may repeat a same course, or an equivalent course, to recover a failure or to improve a course grade of D. Hence, students cannot use GE2412 to recover a failure or to improve a course grade of D for the following courses.

Select one of the following courses:
  • GE2404 Asian Literature in English
  • GE2405 Creative Writing
  • GE2406 Shakespeare: Introduction to Genius
  • GE2407 Reading Lives, Writing Selves: Autobiography and Culture
  • GE2408 Travel Writing: Discovery and Experience
  • GE2409 Words and Images: Reading and Writing in the 21st Century
  • GE3401 Exploring English Cinema
3
GE1501 Chinese Civilisation - History and Philosophy 3
Distributional Area Requirements Take at least one course from each of the three distributional areas
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Study of Societies, Social and Business Organisations
  • Science and Technology
12
College-specified requirement

The following list of College-specified courses were approved by the Board of Undergraduate Studies on 28 April 2020 for implementation from Semester A 2020/21 applicable to students from the 2014 entry admitted/transferred to CLASS in Semester A 2014/15 and thereafter

Select three courses in any semester
  • AIS2032 Hong Kong: Continuity and Change in a Global City
  • AIS2073 Understanding Culture in Japan and China through Film
  • AIS2200 Introduction to International Studies Through Film
  • CAH2201 The Mirror for Today: Introduction to Chinese History #
  • CAH2502 Asian Art and Culture#
  • CAH2503 World Art and Culture
  • CAH2510 Cultural Exchange in Global Context
  • CAH2516 Society and Performance
  • CAH2545 Texts in Chinese Art and Culture
  • CAH2551 Chinese Art and Political Expression #
  • CAH2810 Ancient Chinese History 1 #
  • CAH2811 Imperial China
  • CAH2840 Modern Chinese History #
  • CAH2854 Urban History of China
  • CAH2865 History of Chinese Art
  • CAH2871 American History from a Global Perspective
  • CAH3522 Thinking about Asian Community: Culture and Heritage of East Asia
  • CAH3851 Chinese Archaeology
  • CAH3852 World Archaeology
  • CAH4508 East Asian Film Cultures
  • COM3107 Fundamentals of Persuasive Communication
  • COM3408 Integrated Strategic Communication
  • EN2321 Modern and Contemporary Fiction
  • EN2721 The Art of Life Narrative
  • EN2801 Popular Culture & Social Life
  • EN3583 Facebook and Autobiography. How we narrate ourselves on social network sites. #
  • EN3591 Hong Kong Language and Society
  • LT2201 Introduction to Linguistics#
  • LT2229 Fundamentals of Linguistics
  • LT2306 Appreciating Written Texts
  • LT3234 Language and Cognition
  • LT3345 Discovering and Managing Terms
  • POL2106 Government and Economy #
  • POL2308 Customer Service in Public and Private Sectors
  • POL3113 Issues in Contemporary World Politics
  • POL3114 Seminars on Hong Kong Government and Politics
  • POL3120 Politics and Media
  • POL3207 Health Care Policy and Ethics
  • POL3233 Managing the Housing System #
  • POL3234 Transport Planning and Management
  • POL3309 Issues in Public Management
  • POL3310 Public Management in the Information Age
  • POL3410 Management Ethics
  • POL3703 Labour and the State in China
  • POL3900 Innovation and Governance
  • POL3914 The European Union
  • SS1012 Youth in a Changing Society
  • SS1611 Movies and Psychology #
  • SS2613 Psychology for Young Professionals

# cease offering as College-specified course

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Advanced Standing I and transfer-in students admitted to CLASS from 2014/15 onwards

Students with Advanced Standing I from 2014/15 onwards are required to take 15 credit units of GE courses and 6 credit units of College-specified courses.

Component Credit units
University Requirements GE1401 University English * 3
Discipline-specific English
  • GE2412 English for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The following courses have been phased out with effect from Semester A 2018/19. Students who have not yet taken the following courses are required to take GE2412 to fulfil the GE requirement.

According to the University Academic Regulations, students may repeat a same course, or an equivalent course, to recover a failure or to improve a course grade of D. Hence, students cannot use GE2412 to recover a failure or to improve a course grade of D for the following courses.

Select one of the following courses:
  • GE2404 Asian Literature in English
  • GE2405 Creative Writing
  • GE2406 Shakespeare: Introduction to Genius
  • GE2407 Reading Lives, Writing Selves: Autobiography and Culture
  • GE2408 Travel Writing: Discovery and Experience
  • GE2409 Words and Images: Reading and Writing in the 21st Century
  • GE3401 Exploring English Cinema
3
GE1501 Chinese Civilisation - History and Philosophy 3
Distributional Area Requirements Take two courses from two different distributional areas
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Study of Societies, Social and Business Organisations
  • Science and Technology
6
College-specified requirement

The following list of College-specified courses were approved by the Board of Undergraduate Studies on 28 April 2020 for implementation from Semester A 2020/21 applicable to students from the 2014 entry admitted/transferred to CLASS in Semester A 2014/15 and thereafter

Select two courses in any semester
  • AIS2032 Hong Kong: Continuity and Change in a Global City
  • AIS2073 Understanding Culture in Japan and China through Film
  • AIS2200 Introduction to International Studies Through Film
  • CAH2201 The Mirror for Today: Introduction to Chinese History #
  • CAH2502 Asian Art and Culture#
  • CAH2503 World Art and Culture
  • CAH2510 Cultural Exchange in Global Context
  • CAH2516 Society and Performance
  • CAH2545 Texts in Chinese Art and Culture
  • CAH2551 Chinese Art and Political Expression #
  • CAH2810 Ancient Chinese History 1 #
  • CAH2811 Imperial China
  • CAH2840 Modern Chinese History #
  • CAH2854 Urban History of China
  • CAH2865 History of Chinese Art
  • CAH2871 American History from a Global Perspective
  • CAH3522 Thinking about Asian Community: Culture and Heritage of East Asia
  • CAH3851 Chinese Archaeology
  • CAH3852 World Archaeology
  • CAH4508 East Asian Film Cultures
  • COM3107 Fundamentals of Persuasive Communication
  • COM3408 Integrated Strategic Communication
  • EN2321 Modern and Contemporary Fiction
  • EN2721 The Art of Life Narrative
  • EN2801 Popular Culture & Social Life
  • EN3583 Facebook and Autobiography. How we narrate ourselves on social network sites.#
  • EN3591 Hong Kong Language and Society
  • LT2201 Introduction to Linguistics#
  • LT2229 Fundamentals of Linguistics
  • LT2306 Appreciating Written Texts
  • LT3234 Language and Cognition
  • LT3345 Discovering and Managing Terms
  • POL2106 Government and Economy #
  • POL2308 Customer Service in Public and Private Sectors
  • POL3113 Issues in Contemporary World Politics
  • POL3114 Seminars on Hong Kong Government and Politics
  • POL3120 Politics and Media
  • POL3207 Health Care Policy and Ethics
  • POL3233 Managing the Housing System #
  • POL3234 Transport Planning and Management
  • POL3309 Issues in Public Management
  • POL3310 Public Management in the Information Age
  • POL3410 Management Ethics
  • POL3703 Labour and the State in China
  • POL3900 Innovation and Governance
  • POL3914 The European Union
  • SS1012 Youth in a Changing Society
  • SS1611 Movies and Psychology #
  • SS2613 Psychology for Young Professionals

# cease offering as College-specified course

6

Advanced Standing II admitted to CLASS from 2014/15 onwards

Students entering the four-year degree with Advanced Standing II from 2014/15 onwards are required to take 6 credit units of GE course and 6 credit units of College-specified courses.

Component Credit units
University Requirements Discipline-specific English
  • GE2412 English for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The following courses have been phased out with effect from Semester A 2018/19. Students who have not yet taken the following courses are required to take GE2412 to fulfil the GE requirement.

According to the University Academic Regulations, students may repeat a same course, or an equivalent course, to recover a failure or to improve a course grade of D. Hence, students cannot use GE2412 to recover a failure or to improve a course grade of D for the following courses.

Select one of the following courses:
  • GE2404 Asian Literature in English
  • GE2405 Creative Writing
  • GE2406 Shakespeare: Introduction to Genius
  • GE2407 Reading Lives, Writing Selves: Autobiography and Culture
  • GE2408 Travel Writing: Discovery and Experience
  • GE2409 Words and Images: Reading and Writing in the 21st Century
  • GE3401 Exploring English Cinema
3
GE1501 Chinese Civilisation - History and Philosophy Non-compulsory requirement
Distributional Area Requirements Select one course in any area
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Study of Societies, Social and Business Organisations
  • Science and Technology
3
College-specified requirement

The following list of College-specified courses were approved by the Board of Undergraduate Studies on 28 April 2020 for implementation from Semester A 2020/21 applicable to students from the 2014 entry admitted/transferred to CLASS in Semester A 2014/15 and thereafter

Select two courses in any semester
  • AIS2032 Hong Kong: Continuity and Change in a Global City
  • AIS2073 Understanding Culture in Japan and China through Film
  • AIS2200 Introduction to International Studies Through Film
  • CAH2201 The Mirror for Today: Introduction to Chinese History #
  • CAH2502 Asian Art and Culture#
  • CAH2503 World Art and Culture
  • CAH2510 Cultural Exchange in Global Context
  • CAH2516 Society and Performance
  • CAH2545 Texts in Chinese Art and Culture
  • CAH2551 Chinese Art and Political Expression #
  • CAH2810 Ancient Chinese History 1 #
  • CAH2811 Imperial China
  • CAH2840 Modern Chinese History #
  • CAH2854 Urban History of China
  • CAH2865 History of Chinese Art
  • CAH2871 American History from a Global Perspective
  • CAH3522 Thinking about Asian Community: Culture and Heritage of East Asia
  • CAH3851 Chinese Archaeology
  • CAH3852 World Archaeology
  • CAH4508 East Asian Film Cultures
  • COM3107 Fundamentals of Persuasive Communication
  • COM3408 Integrated Strategic Communication
  • EN2321 Modern and Contemporary Fiction
  • EN2721 The Art of Life Narrative
  • EN2801 Popular Culture & Social Life
  • EN3583 Facebook and Autobiography. How we narrate ourselves on social network sites.#
  • EN3591 Hong Kong Language and Society
  • LT2201 Introduction to Linguistics#
  • LT2229 Fundamentals of Linguistics
  • LT2306 Appreciating Written Texts
  • LT3234 Language and Cognition
  • LT3345 Discovering and Managing Terms
  • POL2106 Government and Economy #
  • POL2308 Customer Service in Public and Private Sectors
  • POL3113 Issues in Contemporary World Politics
  • POL3114 Seminars on Hong Kong Government and Politics
  • POL3120 Politics and Media
  • POL3207 Health Care Policy and Ethics
  • POL3233 Managing the Housing System #
  • POL3234 Transport Planning and Management
  • POL3309 Issues in Public Management
  • POL3310 Public Management in the Information Age
  • POL3410 Management Ethics
  • POL3703 Labour and the State in China
  • POL3900 Innovation and Governance
  • POL3914 The European Union
  • SS1012 Youth in a Changing Society
  • SS1611 Movies and Psychology #
  • SS2613 Psychology for Young Professionals

# cease offering as College-specified course

6
* First-year entrants with Level ‘4’ (or equivalent) or above in HKDSE English Language will proceed to directly into GE English courses.

Students scoring below Level 4 in HKDSE English Language or Grade D in HKALE AS-level Use of English or students who do not possess an equivalent qualification are required to complete 6-credit unit course, EL0200 English for Academic Purposes (EAP), or two 3-credit unit courses, EL0200A English for Academic Purposes 1 and EL0200B English for Academic Purposes 2, prior to taking the GE English courses. Students who demonstrate that they have achieved a grade B or above in their overall course results for EL0200A will achieve 3 credits and also be considered to have satisfied the pre-requisite for entry to the GE English courses without needing to take EL0200B. The credit units of EL0200A and EL0200B will not be counted towards the minimum credit units required for graduation and will not be included in the calculation of the cumulative grade point average (CGPA). However, they will be counted towards the maximum credit units permitted.