Professions in Hong Kong and Beyond: Critical Insights and Issues
2 - Study of Societies, Social and Business Organisations
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Related GE Programme Intended Learning Outcome
PILO 1:Demonstrate the capacity for self-directed learning
PILO 2:Explain the basic methodologies and techniques of inquiry of the arts and humanities, social sciences, business, and science and technology
PILO 3:Demonstrate critical thinking skills
PILO 4:Interpret information and numerical data
PILO 5:Produce structured, well-organised and fluent text
PILO 6:Demonstrate effective oral communication skills
PILO 7:Demonstrate an ability to work effectively in a team
PILO 8:Recognise important characteristics of their own culture(s) and at least one other culture, and their impact on global issues
PILO 9:Value ethical and socially responsible actions
PILO 10:Demonstrate the attitude and/or ability to accomplish discovery and/or innovation
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Official Course Info.
As universities prepare students to become professionals of the 21st-century increasing numbers of occupations claim to be ‘professionalised’ and greater ‘professionalism’ is desired from employers. These trends pertain to what has been called the professionalization “of everyone” (Wilensky 1964) and “of everything” (Neal and Morgan 2000) and it is amidst such enthusiasm that this course takes stock to make sense of all things professional. Inherently multi-disciplinary in scope and application, the course introduces key concepts of professionalization and professionalism using examples drawn from established (e.g. medicine, law, engineering), new (e.g. accountancy, social work) and emerging (e.g. information technology, human resource management) professions. The course offers a general overview of professional work that is grounded in historical and cultural perspectives and suitable for students from all disciplines. Combining theoretical, practical, empirical and reflective insights, the course will require students to apply the basic principles of professions to chosen subject areas and for the purposes of career and academic planning. Whatever profession students pursue after graduation understanding the theory and skills about professionalism is critical to career development. Accordingly, this course will enhance students’ whole person development through the knowledge, skills and attitudes of professions, without losing sight of broader issues.
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.
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