College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

College requirement - 2014/15 & 2015/16

(Applicable to Normative 4-year degree students admitted to CLASS, Advanced Standing I and Transfer-in students admitted to CLASS departments between 2014/15 and 2015/16)


Aim of the College Requirement

To introduce students to the range of disciplines in liberal arts and social sciences offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) through cross-disciplinary learning.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO) of the College Requirement

Upon completion of the College Requirement, students will have acquired foundational knowledge of different disciplines in the College. Students will also have developed broader perspectives and enhanced critical thinking skills in their academic as well as intellectual pursuit. In addition, students will be able to demonstrate the attitude and/or ability to accomplish discovery and/or innovation.

Course Structure

Normative 4-year degree students admitted to CLASS between 2014/15 and 2015/16

Students will take seven College Core Courses (at 2 credit units each) and the College Mentoring Course (1 credit unit), total 15 credit units for fulfilment of the College Requirement in their first-year of study in CLASS. (see Table 1).

Table 1: College Core Courses for Normative 4-year degree students admitted to CLASS between 2014/15 and 2015/16
College Requirement (15 credit units)
Course code Course title Credit units
CLA1002 Fundamentals of University Learning 1
CLA1102 Understanding Asia in the World 2
CLA1202 Fundamentals of Media and Communication 2
CLA1302 The Many Faces of Language 2
CLA1402 Re-imagining English 2
CLA1502 Discovering Government 2
CLA1602 Individuals and Society 2
CLA1702 Cultural China 2

Courses in Table 1 have already been phased out. Students can take the following prescribed courses approved by the College Board to recover failed grades or to improve D grades in the 3-credit unit course(s). Students who wish to apply to take the prescribed courses should return the completed application form in person to the College Office c/o G7612, 7/F Academic 1 by the end of the course add/drop period in the semester concerned. Late application will normally not be considered.

College core course to be phased out after Semester B 2015/16 Equivalent College foundation course for redemption of failed grades / improvement of D grades
Course Code Course Title Course Code Course Title
CLA1102 Understanding Asia in the World AIS2801 Asia in the World: A Critical Appreciation through Film
CLA1202 Fundamentals of Media and Communication COM1101 Fundamentals of Media and Communication
CLA1302 The Many Faces of Language LT1101 Amazing Things about Language
CLA1402 Re-imagining English EN2011 English on the Move
CLA1502 Discovering Government POL2109 Understanding Politics and Policy
CLA1602 Individuals and Society SS1600 Discovering the Mystery of Applied Social Sciences
CLA1702 Cultural China CAH1603 Great Works in the Humanities
Notes:
1. The prescribed courses will be offered by departments at least once in each academic year (either Semester A or B), subject to class size policy of the University.
2. After the first attempt, only two repeat attempts are permitted. The attempt(s) of College core course is/are inclusive. According to Academic Regulations for 4-year Undergraduate Degrees, students’ studies will be terminated if they fail to pass a required course, or its equivalent/substitute course, after three attempts.
3. Course grades for all attempts will appear on the student's transcript, but only the latest grade earned will be included in the calculation of the student's grade point averages.

Advanced Standing I and Transfer-in students admitted to CLASS departments between 2014/15 and 2015/16

Students entering the four-year degree with Advanced Standing I between 2014/15 and 2015/16 are required to take three courses (total 9 credit units) from a list of courses approved by the College Board for fulfilment of the College Requirement. The courses chosen to fulfil the College Requirement must be offered outside the students’ home departments (see Table 2).

Double counting of courses is permissible between the Major/Minor Requirement and College Requirement. However, the credit units would count only once toward the total credits on graduation for the student, regardless of the number of requirements the course serves to fulfil. (Clause 4.4 under Academic Regulations for 4-year Undergraduate Degrees)

A student (of 2014 entry) who changes his/her home major of undergraduate degree within CLASS in subsequent years of study, the student should choose courses which are offered outside his/her new home department to fulfil the College Requirement.

Students who are transferred from another College/School to CLASS departments between 2014/15 and 2015/16 are required to take three courses (total 9 credit units) offered outside their home departments to be chosen from Table 2 below to fulfil the CLASS College Requirement, following the same arrangements for Advanced Standing I students.

If a transfer-in student has already fulfilled the University Gateway Education English Requirement by successfully completed a Discipline-specific English course (GE English II) in or reorganized by CityU, the student will not be required to take another GE English II course after transferring to CLASS.

Table 2: Courses for fulfillment of College Requirement by Advanced Standing I and Transfer-in students admitted to CLASS departments between 2014/15 and 2015/16
(applicable for Advanced Standing I and Transfer-in students admitted to CLASS departments between 2014/15 and 2015/16)
College Requirement (9 credit units)
Department Course Code Course Title Credit Units
Asian and International Studies (AIS) AIS2030 Traditions of Inquiry in the Social Sciences 3
AIS2040 History and Society in Asia 3
AIS3031 Political Dynamics in Asia 3
AIS3032 State and Economy in Asia 3
AIS3033 Culture and Change in Asia 3
Chinese and History (CAH) CAH2140 Modern Chinese Literature 3
CAH2141 Classical Chinese Literature 3
CAH2502 Introduction to Asian Art and Culture 3
CAH2503 Introduction to Western Art and Culture 3
CAH3152 Creative Writing in Chinese 3
Media and Communication (COM) COM2201 News Writing and Reporting 3
COM2401 Fundamentals of Advertising 3
COM2402 Principles of Public Relations 3
COM2501 Internet Communication 3
COM3109 Media and Communication in Chinese Contexts 3
COM3203 Digital Journalism 3
COM3406 Strategic Media Planning 3
COM3510 Digital e-Marketing Communication 3
English (EN) EN2320 Fantasy in Literature 3
EN2324 Critical Discourse Analysis 3
EN2848 Language and Digital Media 3
EN3329 Discourse and Pragmatics 3
EN3504 Intercultural Communication 3
EN3580 Digital Humanities in English Studies 3
EN4166 Writing for New Media 3
EN4565 Negotiation in Professional Contexts 3
Linguistics and Translation (LT) LT2203 Language in Society 3
LT2341 General Translation 3
LT3210 Electronic Publishing 3
LT3322 Reading Bilingual Literature 3
LT3354 Computer-Aided Translation 3
Public Policy (POL) POL2107 Government, Law and Society 3
POL2402 Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy 3
POL3111 Democracy and Democratization 3
POL3208 Education Policy and Administration 3
POL3238 Introduction to Environmental Policy and Governance 3
POL3239 Sustainable Development: Theory, Research and Policy 3
Applied Social Sciences (SS) SS1101 Social Welfare Services and Issues 3
SS2024 Social problems and interventions 3
SS2025 Sociology of Politics and Deviance 3
SS2029 Basic Sociology 3
SS2030 Introduction to Criminology 3
SS2105 Introduction to Social Work 3
SS2701 Developmental Psychology 3
SS2712 Personality and Individual Differences 3
SS3121 Crime Prevention 3
SS3503 Crime, Deviance and Anti-social Behaviour in Cyberspace 3
Notes
  1. Advanced Standing I students (2014 & 2015 entry) who failed in a course for fulfillment of the College Requirement may repeat the same course to recover a failure .After the first attempt, only two repeat attempts are permitted. Alternatively, the students could choose to take another course from the above list offered outside their home departments to fulfill the College Requirement. In the latter case, the original failed course will be counted in the calculation of the student’s CGPA.

Exemption on College Requirement courses for Advanced Standing I and Transfer-in Students between 2014/15 and 2015/16

Students who are granted approval for exemption on a College Requirement course in CLASS are required to choose another course within the approved list of College Requirement courses offered outside their home departments to fulfil the College Requirement. Transfer-in students should take a College Requirement course offered outside their new home departments in lieu of the exempted course. Credit units are not earned for the exempted course.

Advanced Standing II students

Students entering the 4-year degree with Advanced Standing II will be given full exemption from College Requirement.