This is a five-year full-time Double Degree programme. It will provide students with knowledge and skills in the academic discipline of Geography and a recognized teaching qualification for teaching of the Personal, Social and Humanities Education (PSHE) Key Learning Area in schools. Graduates from the programme will be well prepared for teaching but will also be able to enter other careers such as business, personnel management and the civil service.
AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME
The aims of the Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Geography are:
The aims of the Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Personal, Social and Humanities Education Teaching are:
PROGRAMME INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (PILOs)
Upon completion of the Geography programme, students should be able to:
Upon completion of the EDUC programme, students should be able to:
STRUCTURE OF THE PROGRAMME
The programme is comprised of Geography courses, Education courses, an Honours Project, General Education courses, and Elective courses. The total credit unit is 167-unit.
The structure of the curriculum is as follows:
|Social Sciences Common Core||4 units|
|Geography course||54 units|
|Education courses||51 units|
|Honours Project||6 units|
|University Core Courses||13 units|
|General Education Courses||18 units|
|Free Electives||21 units|
The 54 Education credits units are divided into three categories:
|EDUC courses*||Units||Examples (course title)|
* 3 units of the Integrated Practicum will be counted towards the Social Sciences Common Core.
For details of the BSocSc in Geography (Hons), please refer to the web site of the Department of Geography at
Most courses are taught by a combination of lecture-discussion and seminars. On-site supervision and peer observation are included in different aspects of the Field Practice. During the fifth year of study, students complete their honours projects under the guidance of the Department of Geography.
Students may be required to attend late afternoon classes and Saturday morning classes.
Normally students should complete the programme in five calendar years.
Field Practice is an essential element of the Programme. It consists of two components: School Experience (SE) and Supervised Teaching Practice (STP). School Experience lasts for 3 to 4 weeks, with the aim to introduce student-teachers to teaching in a school context and the roles of a teacher in schools. Students learn through observation, reflection, participation in school activities and classroom teaching. Supervised Teaching Practice takes places in two semesters during the last two years of study. Each STP lasts for 6-8 weeks and provides opportunity for student-teachers to integrate theories of education and teaching methodology with practice. To encourage constructive collegial exchange of pedagogic ideas, the host school will appoint a School Mentor to advise the student-teacher during Field Practice.
During SE and STP, students will be visited by supervisors from the Department of Education Studies. Requirements for SE and STP and details of assessment are to be provided in separate handbooks, which will be given to students before SE and STP commence.
Satisfactory completion of School Experience and Supervised Teaching Practice I & II is required for graduation from the Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Geography and Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Personal, Social and Humanities Education Teaching programme.
The Programme will provide high quality preparation for teaching and teaching-related careers. Graduates will be equipped with a range of skills that will enable them to contribute effectively and flexibly to the changing needs of Hong Kong in the 21st century.