The schedule for the teaching of courses conforms to the dates of semesters of the Faculty of Social Sciences. Each course entails one session of two lecture hours per week over one semester.

CORE COURSES (6 credits each)
GEOG7101 The Chinese Economics: Location, Transformation, and Integration
GEOG7120 Urban China: Cultural Basis and Contemporary Issues
GEOG7128 Geography of International Trade and FDI in China
GEOG7129 Climate Change, Environmental Resources and Human Carrying Capacity in China
ELECTIVE COURSES (6 credits each)
GEOG7116 China Field Trip
GEOG7117 Public Policies and Regional Development
GEOG7118 China: Environment and Sustainable Development
GEOG7124 Globalization and Spatial Economic Transformation in China
GEOG7126 Cultural Tourism in Hong Kong, Macau and South China
GEOG7135 Sustainable Urban and Transport Planning
GEOG7136  Research Methods and Directed Project in China Development Studies
GEOG7137  Land governance and development in China
DISSERTATION (equivalent to 12 credits)
GEOG7122 Dissertation in China Development Studies
Contemporary China Seminar Series

Course Outlines

GEOG7101 The Chinese Economics: Location, Transformation, and Integration

This course provides an overview of the location, transformation, and integration of regional economies in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau.  Major theoretical perspectives are introduced to explain the growth dynamics of the Chinese economies,  the shifting spatial distribution of economic activities and their outward direct investment flows across the globe.
Assessment: 50% coursework, 50% examination.

GEOG7116 China Field Trip

This programme-based field trip is designed to provide opportunities for students to examine first hand development issues and problems in China. Students are encouraged to incorporate what they have learned from the field trip into their dissertations or directed projects. 
Assessment: 100% coursework

GEOG7117 Public Policies and Regional Development

This is a seminar-type course about the concepts, theories, and practices of regional development. Course contents include the changing interpretations of the meanings of regional development; key policy issues in the practice of regional development such as transport infrastructure development, transnational capital, environmental management, metropolitan development, industrial clusters, learning regions;  and different approaches to regional development in selected world regions including North America, Western Europe, East Asia and China. The objective is to assist students to develop critical thinking in the evaluation of different perspectives and competing interpretations about the nature and dynamics of public policy and regional development in different historical and geographic contexts. 
Assessment: 50% coursework, 50%examination.

GEOG7118 China: Environment and Sustainable Development

This course comprises three main sections. Section I provides an overview of the state of China's natural environment. This is followed by a discussion of the institutional, legislative and administrative systems for environmental protection and nature conservation. Finally, Section III assesses government policies for sustainable development as stipulated in recent Five-Year Plans and in China's Agenda 21. 
Assessment: 50% coursework, 50% examination

GEOG7120 Urban China: Cultural Basis and Contemporary Issues

This course is taught as a reading seminar and aims to provide a forum for discussion of issues in China's urban development. Topics include major social and cultural processes, such as migration, gender, and identity politics; as well as issues in urban political economy, such as urban planning, urban growth politics, and land and real estate reform. This course will concern itself with the rich diversity of approaches and methods in urban geography. 
Assessment: 100% coursework

GEOG7122 Dissertation in China Development Studies (equivalent to two courses)

The dissertation shall be a structured presentation of findings of guided independent research on a topic which addresses a topic of China's development issues. The topic shall be chosen by the candidate and the dissertation shall be 10,000-20,000 words. Candidates are expected to present the dissertation orally in the Contemporary China Seminars series and in written form as well. The date for submitting the dissertation would be announced at the start of the first year of study (for full-time candidates) or at the start of the final year of study (for part-time candidates). 
Assessment: 100% coursework 

GEOG7124 Globalization and Spatial Economic Transformation in China

This reading-intensive seminar-type course aims to help students develop perspectives for analyzing the interplay between China’s spatial development and globalization. First, we will examine the extent to which China’s post-Mao industrialization and urbanization are shaped by global process. Second, by investigating into important issues such as China’s outward investments in Africa and Latin America, we ask how the rise of China as global economic power is reshaping the landscape of the world economy. Important globalization theories and theories of China’s post-Mao development will be introduced and examined critically throughout the semester. 
Assessment: 60% coursework, 40% examination

GEOG7126 Cultural Tourism in Hong Kong, Macau and South China

Cultural tourism offers a promising alternative to conventional tourism development, which also contributes to the preservation of the heritage and customs of the place. This course arouses students’ interests in exploring the rapid development of cultural tourism in Hong Kong, Macau and the South China region. The course examines the dynamic relationship among conservation, sustainable management, social and cultural factors, stakeholders’ interests, tourism marketing and development trends, with selected case studies.
Assessment: 50% coursework, 50% examination.

GEOG7128 Geography of International Trade and FDI in China

This course introduces students with the changing paradigms in theorization of international trade and FDI (foreign direct investment) as well as its profound implications to this globalizing world and China. The impact of foreign trade and investment on China's regional economic development is also discussed. 
Assessment: 60% coursework, 40% examination

GEOG7129 Climate Change, Environmental Resources and Human Carrying Capacity in China

The course introduces the concept of human carrying capacity in China. The capacity symbolizes the balance between population size and environmental resources. In Chinese history, it is shown that the human carrying capacity was periodically shrunk by climate deterioration and human-induced environmental degradation, resulting in catastrophic social consequences such as wars, population collapses and even dynastic changes. Based upon the lessons of the past, together with recent trends in climate change and social development, the human carrying capacity in contemporary China will be systematically examined. Some controversial issues related to man-environment interaction will also be discussed. 
Assessment: 50% coursework, 50% examination 

GEOG7135 Sustainable Urban and Transport Planning

There has been a rapidly increasing literature, since the 1990s, on how cities in general, and urban transport systems in particular, could be planned and managed to make them compatible, and aligned, with sustainable development goals. This course examines some key theoretical issues pertaining to this two-tiered topic—such as the relationships between cities, sustainability and environmental justice. It then explores the questions of how, and to what extent, the practices of sectoral policies—in transport, urban design, and planning—have contributed to, or have hindered, the attainment of sustainable development goals at the city level. Changes in the philosophy of urban transport planning, as evidenced by a shift from a mobility-focused perspective to an accessibility-centred mindset, as well as the paradigm shifts towards low-carbon low-impact modes of transport, are highlighted and the associated debates elucidated. Comparing and contrasting various policy and planning approaches exemplified by a range of urban planning and urban transport planning projects and programs introduced and implemented in both developed and developing countries, an overall emphasis is placed on how and why "sustainable cities" need to be considered at the broader regional and global context. 
Assessment: 50% coursework, 50% examination.

GEOG7136 Research Methods and Directed Project in China Development Studies

This is a course on the nature and methods of research in social, economic, and spatial developments in China. Topics to be covered will include the identification of research problems, preparation of a research proposal, formulation of research questions and research hypotheses, collection of data from various sources, critical assessment of the data collected from China, different techniques of data analysis, and presentation of research findings. The purpose is to introduce to students a workable framework for independent research and to demonstrate how statistical techniques could be utilized to solve various research problems concerning China's economic growth and spatial transformation, through the writing of a directed project.
Assessment: 100% coursework

GEOG7137 Land governance and development in China

The aim of this course is to explain the role of land, with special reference to its use and management, for China's overall development. It will firstly introduce the fundamental principles and best practices of land governance and land use that characterise market-based economies in Western countries and Hong Kong. It will then explain the importance of land governance in China's developmental process, as well as the resulting economic, social and environmental problems caused by past and present land policies and land administration institutions. Finally, the cause will introduce recent changes in China's land and land-related policies, with a view to evaluating the extent to which modern Western land governance principles and practices can be applied to China's development in the context of the country's relatively unique political, economic and social paths of transition from a planned economy to a market-oriented model of development.
Assessment: 50% coursework, 50% examination.

Additional Pedagogic Requirements

Contemporary China Seminars
Candidates will be required to attend a series of seminars to be offered by scholars, Government officers, and business elites from Hong Kong, Mainland China and overseas on the development issues in contemporary China. They may also be required to present findings from their independent dissertation research in the seminar series. Attendance in the seminars is required.

Candidates must satisfy the examiners in coursework assessment for each of the courses taken. The assessment of coursework will include written assignments, candidates' seminar presentations, their role as discussants in other candidates' seminars, their general contribution to seminars, and other relevant activities, including field trips.