Second Major/Minor in Urban Governance

  • Programme Structure *4-year Cohort

    The Geography curriculum is structured to permit students to explore the geography discipline, through studying a range of courses, in pursuit of their academic interests and future career development. Courses are taught in the form of lectures, discussion classes, fieldwork and/or practical classes.  Courses are assessed by either a combination of coursework and examination or by 100% coursework.  Under the curriculum, much flexibility is permitted in the choice of courses so that students can exert control over the direction of their study.  Students should consider their career aspirations when making their choice.

    Disciplinary Major (single or double) or Minor in Urban Governance
    (For new 4-year cohort of students admitted in 2012-2013)

      No. of credits




    (a) Introductory course    
    i) Disciplinary 6 6
    ii) Pre-requisites* 12 -
    (b) Advanced courses    
    i) Core courses 18 12
    ii) Disciplinary Electives 30 18
    iii) Capstone Experience 6 -

    * Candidates who opt to declare two major programmes offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences, the pre-requisites of the majors should not be double-counted.

    Candidates who wish to declare a Major (72 credits) or Minor (36 credits) in Urban Governance must complete:

    (a) Introductory course

    (18 credits for major; 6 credits for minor) - to be taken in Years 1-2

    i) One disciplinary course from the following list:

      GEOG1012 Economic and social development in an urbanizing world (6 credits)
      GEOG1016 Nature conservation for sustainable societies (6 credits)
      GEOG1017 Human geography in a globalizing world (6 credits)
    ii) Two pre-requisite courses from the following 6 units, but not more than one from a single unit (12 credits):
    • Faculty of Social Sciences
    • Geography 
    • Politics and Public Administration
    • Psychology
    • Social Work and Social Administration
    • Sociology

    (b) Advanced courses

    (54 credits for major; 30 credits for minor) - to be taken in Years 2-4

    i) Core courses
     (18 credits for major; 12 credits for minor)

    Candidates who  Major in this programme should take three courses (6 credits each, with a total of 18 credits), and candidates who Minor should take two courses (with a total of 12 credits), from the following ‘Core course’ list. Once the core requirements are fulfilled, other courses from this list may be taken to fulfill the elective requirement:

      GEOG2013 Sustainable development (6 credits)
      GEOG2030 Global development (6 credits)
      GEOG2065 Urban planning: principles and practices (6 credits)
      GEOG3403 Urban planning in practice in Hong Kong (6 credits)
      GEOG4101 Sustainable urban and transport planning (6 credits)
      SOWK2084 Theoretical foundations in social policy and planning (6 credits)
    ii) Disciplinary electives (30 credits for major ; 18 credits for minor)

    Candidates who Major in this programme should take at least 30 credits of ‘Elective courses’ from the elective course list below (also refer to the remarks in the core course list for elective requirement), whereas candidates who Minor in this programme should take at least 18 credits of ‘Elective courses’. The following courses are grouped under three major themes. Students are free to specialize within one theme or select courses from different themes. In course registration, students are advised to pay special attention to the pre-requisite requirement (if any) of individual course as specified in the syllabus. 

    Candidates who major in this programme are strongly advised to take one of the following methods-related courses, which are listed in each of the three major themes: - Applicable to 2016-17 intake and thereafter.

    GEOG2090 Introduction to geographic information systems (6 credits)
    GEOG2120 Introductory spatial analysis (6 credits)
    GEOG2137 Introduction to research design (6 credits)

    (a) Urban Planning & Transport Management

    GEOG2018 Transport geography (6 credits)
    GEOG2078 Urban geography I: growth, function and pattern of cities (6 credits)
    GEOG2090 Introduction to geographic information systems (6 credits)
    GEOG3304 Tourism policy and planning (6 credits)
    GEOG3401 Retail location (6 credits)
    GEOG3402 Port and airport development (6 credits)
    GEOG3420 Transport and society  (6 credits)
    GEOG4102 Transportation economics (6 credits)
    POLI3027 Public policy-making: Theories and application (6 credits)
    POLI3037 Managing people in public organizations (6 credits)
    SOWK2122 Community building and the civil society (6 credits) 

    (b) Sustainability & Development

    GEOG2014 Countryside recreation and management (6 credits) 
    GEOG2120 Introductory spaital analysis (6 credits) 
    GEOG2127 Environmental management (6 credits) 
    GEOG2132 World cities (6 credits) 
    GEOG2136 Political geography (6 credits)
    GEOG2138 Hong Kong's environment: issues and policies (6 credits)
    GEOG2139 Modern environmentalism: society-environment relations (6 credits)
    GEOG3202 Environmental GIS (6 credits)
    GEOG3203 Climate change and the environment (6 credits)
    GEOG3204 Urban hydrology and water quality (6 credits)
    GEOG3207 Environmental management: impact assessment (6 credits)
    GEOG3210 Trees for green and liveable cities (6 credits)
    GEOG3211 Climate change and social responses (6 credits)
    GEOG3213 Ecosystem services and sustainable society (6 credits)
    GEOG3302 Principles and practice of ecotourism (6 credits) 
    POLI3069 Public policy, politics and social change (6 credits)
    SOCI2002 Social stratification and social class: finding and knowing your place (6 credits)
    SOCI2054 Triads and organized crime (6 credits)
    SOWK2034 Youth crime and juvenile justice issues (6 credits)
    SOWK4055 Management in human service organizations (6 credits) 

    (c) Urban Economy & Society

    GEOG2109 Changing population structure in modern society (6 credits)
    GEOG2124 Environmental change and socio-political conflicts (6 credits)
    GEOG2137 Introduction to research design (6 credits)
    GEOG3214 Corporate social responsibility and environmental auditing (6 credits)
    GEOG3414 Cultures, social justice and urban space (6 credits)
    GEOG3417 Introduction to GIS in environmental health (6 credits)
    POLI3012 East Asian political economy (6 credits)
    POLI3085 Globalization and health care policy (6 credits)
    POLI3095 Civil society and governance (6 credits)
    SOCI2008 Culture and society (6 credits)
    SOCI2009 Economic development and social change (6 credits)
    SOCI2064 Information society in global perspective (6 credits)
    SOCI2066 The Asian economic miracles and beyond (6 credits)
    SOCI2087 Urban society and culture (6 credits)
    SOWK3058 Managing people in human services (6 credits)

    iii) Capstone experience (for major only, 6 credits to be taken in Year 4) - Applicable to 2016-17 intake and thereafter.

    GEOG4001 Overseas field trip (6 credits - compulsory*)
    GEOG4004 Directed project in urban governance (6 credits - optional,  Urban Governance majors only, can be counted for fulfilling disciplinary elective)

    *The GEOG4001 course is a compulsory capstone experience course that all Urban Governance majors must take to fulfill the programme requirement. In the event of time conflict with other required academic activities, the candidate can apply for deferring the overseas field trip participation towards the end of Year 4 of study before graduation (see the GEOG4001 course description for details).

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