General Education

The General Education programme for all undergraduates will consist of three domains: General Education Foundation Course, General Education Breadth Courses and General Education Consolidation Course.

A set of General Education Learning Outcomes (GELOs) has been developed. The GELOs are as follows:

By the end of their studies in General Education, students will be able to:

GELO 1 Knowledge:
Demonstrate an understanding of how knowledge is acquired within and across different disciplinary domains, and how it applies to aspects of their own lives and experiences;

GELO 2 Application:
Apply a broad range of attitudes and skills, including those relating to different kinds of thinking and communication, in dealing with academic and practical issues;

GELO 3 Judgements:
Make good judgements and decisions, based on values and standards which are sensible and reasonable;

GELO 4 Expression:
Express their own ideas clearly and confidently; and show “where they stand” with respect to the ideas they have learned in different subject areas;

GELO 5 Awareness:
Show that they are aware of local, regional and global issues, and construct informed and thoughtful responses to these issues.


General Education Foundation Course (3 credit points)

Students take General Education Foundation Course in Semester two of the first year of study at EdUHK. The course lectures are delivered by practitioners and senior academics of the University. They will share with students the knowledge and academic pursuits which most inspire them. In addition to the lectures, students will have the opportunity to conduct in-depth discussions in regard to the lecture topics in small-class tutorials.

Course Intended Learning Outcomes for the General Foundation Course (CILOs)

By the end of the General Education Foundation Course, students will be able to:

Demonstrate appropriate levels of understanding and knowledge in a range of disciplines and subject areas;

Demonstrate an understanding of what knowledge is, and how knowledge is learned and communicated, across different disciplines and subject areas;

Demonstrate a commitment to thinking, speaking and writing critically about a range of views and ideas;

Make meaningful connections between the course content and their own beliefs, values and goals.

General Education Breadth Courses (12 credit points)

The General Education Breadth Courses aims at broadening students’ intellectual horizons beyond their chosen major and minor studies. The General Education Breadth Courses are categorized into four strands, namely,

Strand 1- Persons, Interpretations, Perspectives

Strand 2- Community, Society, Culture

Strand 3- Nature, Science, Technology

Strand 4- Positive and Values Education

Students are allowed to take General Education Breadth Courses after completion of General Education Foundation Course or concurrently with the General Education Foundation Course in Semester 2 (Year 1) if they are interested and their curriculum schedule allows. For cohorts of 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19, students have to take one course from each strand. For cohorts 2015/16 and before, students have to take at least one course each from Strands 1 to 3, Strand 4 is optional.

General Education Consolidation Course (3 credit points)

Students will take the one-semester General Education Consolidation Course towards the end of their undergraduate studies, students take General Education Consolidation Course after completion of all General Education Breadth Courses required or concurrently with the fourth (i.e. last) General Education Breadth Course. Also, they have to take the General Education Consolidation Course in the year of study assigned by individual programmes. However, students are not allowed to take the General Education Consolidation Course together with any exchange programmes, block practices, field experiences or internship programmes.

In this course students will reflect critically on their undergraduate experience and develop an integrated view of how and where they position themselves in relation to their future aspirations. Students will be required to submit an annotated ePortfolio, spanning their time of study at the University. After taking the course, students will be well-placed to “take a stand” on the value and significance of what they have learned.

Course Intended Learning Outcomes for General Education Consolidation Course (CILOs)

By the end of the General Education Consolidation Course, students will be able to:

Communicate (orally and in writing) personally, reflectively and critically about their undergraduate journey (including, but not restricted to, GE), utilizing the University structures of the 4Cs Learning Framework and Generic Intended Learning Outcomes , in particular Critical Thinking Skills, the GE Learning Outcomes (GELOs) and GE Criteria;

Make, and reflect critically on, connections between what they have learned in their undergraduate studies and specific aspects of their own lives and experiences beyond the classroom;

Articulate their own beliefs, values and goals in order to describe a personal description or vision for living a worthwhile life.

For detailed information and the course synopsis about General Education courses, please refer to the General Education booklet or visit the website at