Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Liberal Studies Education


Program Description

Programme Aims

The programme aims to:

  • Provide students with the knowledge and concepts required for interdisciplinary inquiry;
  • Enhance students' understanding of the interplay and interactions of the family, society, Hong Kong, China and the world;
  • Enable students to acquire various methods and skills in critically examining issues and problems in real-life context;
  • Equip students with the competency in social sciences, education and interdisciplinary studies;
  • Provide students with the academic and professional foundation to become professionals in educational institutions, community work, government and non-government organizations, cultural groups, and private corporations;
  • Lay a strong foundation for career advancement and further academic pursuits in the related areas of studies.

Programme Features

The programme is unique in its interdisciplinary and inquiry-based approach to the study of issues related to self and personal development, society and culture, as well as technology and environment that are the major foci of Liberal Studies under the new curriculum reform. It integrates concepts, skills and values in the learning, teaching and research of relevant issues/problems. Students are also led to integrating theories with practices through experiential learning in the field visit, internship and honours project. These diverse learning experiences allow students to develop multiple perspectives and higher-order thinking skills.

Note: Classes will be held in Tai Po Campus and Tseung Kwan O Study Centre / Kowloon Tong Satellite Study Centre / Sports Centre as decided by the University.

Programme Structure

  • Major Studies
    • Coursework
    • Field Visit: Field-based Learning and Teaching (Not for Year 3 Entry)
    • Internship
    • Honours Project
  • Electives (including Minor)
  • General Education
  • Co-curricular and Service Learning (Optional for Year 3 Entry)
  • Language Enhancement (Not for Year 3 Entry)

Major Studies

Curriculum Organization Chart for 2020/21 intake (Year 3 Entry)

(Total 66 credit point)



The programme requires students to complete an internship in a relevant organization or company, where they are expected to further cultivate skills and knowledge developed in their coursework. This experience will allow students to integrate theory and practice in a real-life situation and will deepen their knowledge about Liberal Studies Education.

Honours Project

The Honours Project is a credit-bearing dissertation or major project. Under the guidance of a project supervisor, students are expected to conduct a research project which demonstrates their knowledge, skills and research capability acquired from the Major courses.


Students are free to choose elective courses. Students may undertake Electives that further deepen their subject knowledge or areas that diversify their career pathways.

Options for students:

  • Free electives
  • One minor

General Education

The GE courses develop students’ capacities to become well-educated citizens. Students are expected to acquire broad knowledge and an ability to integrate different and diverse disciplines in their understanding of the world.

Co-curricular and Service Learning (Optional for Year 3 Entry)

Co-curricular and Service Learning (CSL) Courses provide service-based learning opportunities to students to broaden their learning experience beyond the traditional classroom-based curriculum.

Language Enhancement (Not for Year 3 Entry)

Students in the programme are expected to develop the ability to communicate effectively in English and Chinese. To assist them in meeting this goal, the Centre for Language in Education (CLE) will offer a comprehensive package of credit-bearing English enhancement courses of up to 78 hours (two 3-cp courses) over the four years of the programme. Students will also need to take a credit-bearing Chinese enhancement course (a 3-cp course). The final grades will be recorded on the student transcripts.

Medium of Instruction

All major courses will be conducted in English. Some electives or GE courses may be conducted in Cantonese or Putonghua.

Career Prospects/ Professional Qualification

The programme is a passport to a wide range of employment opportunities including positions such as teaching/education assistants, educational/social researchers, civil servants and other related services, educational officers in NGOs, editors/editorial assistants in business/publication companies as well as media workers and journalists.

Students may choose to pursue a teaching career by completing an additional year of professional teacher training (e.g. Full-time Postgraduate Diploma in Education). Qualified teachers who can teach interdisciplinary subjects in primary and secondary schools are in high demand in Hong Kong.

Students interested in further studies after graduation may pursue the Faculty's Masters programmes.

Entrance Scholarship

There are several scholarships available. Candidates are awarded on the basis of academic and related merits.

Last updated Aug 2020

About the School

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