• COMPULSORY COURSES

    (6 credits each)

  • DISSERTATION

    (Equivalent to 12 credits)

  • OTHERS

    (Additional Pedagogic Requirements)

2020-2021 Syllabuses

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.

GEOG7101 

  COMPULSORY  

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.

GEOG7120

  COMPULSORY  

Urban China: Cultural Basis and Contemporary Issues

This course is taught as a reading seminar and aims to provide a forum for discussing China's urban development since (and largely as a result of) the "o ening-up" reform policies dating back to the early 1980' s. The course will examine the position o rcities within China's social, economic, political, and cultural transformations; and will attempt to put the Chinese situation within the context of urban developments occurring in other parts of the world. The purpose of the course is to help students understand these transformational processes and what they mean for China and for the rest of the world. The course offers a detailed empirical view of China's urbanization and a rigorous conceptual understanding of city development through a dose reading of scholarly research works in the fields of urban geography, urban studies, and a wide array of interdisciplinary pursuits. The readings, lectures and in-class activities are designed to introduce students to a wide range of methodologies commonly deployed in urban research, focusing on developments in contemporary China. These include macroscopic quantitative analysis using large data sets, intensive interviewing and survey research, participant observation and other forms of qualitative research, community studies, policy analysis, evaluation research, and some of the multiple new ways to do research using the internet. To develop analytical skills in interpreting social science research, students will be required to read, describe and critique research studies that have been published recently in the world's leading professional journals, in a range of overlapping disciplines (focused on urban China issues).

GEOG7128

  COMPULSORY  

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.

GEOG7129

  COMPULSORY  

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.

GEOG3102

  ELECTIVE  

China: Environment and Sustainable Development

Due to its geographic characteristics and its large population, China is prone to natural resources degradation.  Environmental problems have been accelerated by the rapid economic growth of recent years, high intensity of energy use, particularly in the industrial sector, and economic and pricing policies that have not taken into account the intrinsic value of the resources.  These factors combine to cause over-exploitation of natural resources.  To critically analyze China’s development, this course comprises three main parts.  Following the introduction, Part I provides an overview of the state of the country’s natural environment.  Part II focuses on the institution, legislative and administrative framework for environment protection and nature conservation.  Finally, Part III discusses the government’s strategy for the environment and sustainable development as stipulated in recent Five-Year plans and China’s Agenda 21.

GEOG4101

  ELECTIVE  

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.

GEOG7116

  ELECTIVE  

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.

GEOG7117

  ELECTIVE  

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 dusters, 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.

GEOG7124

  ELECTIVE  

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 and examined critically throughout the semester.

GEOG7126

  ELECTIVE  

Cultural Tourism in Hong Kong, Macau and South China

This is an introductory 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.

GEOG7136

  ELECTIVE  

Research Methods and Directed Project in China Development Studies (Mandatory for "Non-dissertation option")

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

GEOG7137

  ELECTIVE  

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 course 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 unigue political, economic and social paths of transition from a planned economy to a market-oriented model of development.

GEOG7122 (For "Dissertation option" only)

  DISSERTATION  

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).

Additional Pedagogic Requirements

  OTHERS  

Contemporary China Seminar Series

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.

Additional Pedagogic Requirements

  OTHERS  

Coursework

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.