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Community Partnerships


 Part of CEF Reimbursable Course "Understanding Cultural Landscape and Community Partnerships" (CEF Course Code: 44Z114575)

Course Title:
Community Partnerships
Course Code:
Mode of Study:
Part Time
Contact Hours and Study Period:
1-2 sessions per week, a total of 36 contact hours in three months’ time
Teaching Medium:
English, supplemented with Cantonese
Commencement Date:
May 2020 (tentative)

Tuition Fee:
HKD3,960 (expense for site visits is excluded)

Application Deadline:
April 20, 2020 (Monday)

Application Method:
Download and fill in Course Application Form (proof of academic qualification is required) and return to Academy for Sustainable Communities by application deadline

Monday-Friday 9:00am-6:00pm Tel: 3917-4767 Email: ruralsd@hku.hk

Class Venue:
The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
(Weekday evenings)

Mr Tse Chun Man
Mr Angus Lam

Course Description:
This course is designed to provide basic theoretical foundations and applied skills in building community-based environmental partnerships. It looks into contemporary environmental and cultural challenges and how they can be managed sustainably through community partnerships. It also explores different types of partnerships, tools and strategies that facilitate the successful design, development, implementation and management of community partnerships.

Assessment and Recognition:
Students, who have attained an attendance rate of not less than 70% and have the course assessment passed, will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement by the Policy for Sustainability Lab. This course is one of the four modules of the "Certificate in Sustainable Communities" programme (QF Level: 3; QR Registration No.: 18/000784/L3; QR Registration Validity Period: From 11 Sep 2018 - on-going). Students who have obtained a Certificate of Achievement in all four modules are eligible for the "Certificate in Sustainable Communities" awarded by the HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education.

Entry Requirements:
(a) have gained in the HKDSE Examination Level 2 in five subjects including Chinese Language and English Language; or
(b) have passed five subjects in HKCEE, including Chinese Language and English Language; or
(c) hold equivalent academic qualifications, taking into consideration individual merit

Course Contents and Timetable:

Date Contents
April to May 2020 Lecture: The basic concepts of community
- What is community?
- The evolution of communities in Hong Kong
- Criteria of forming a community
Site visit to urban community: To Kwa Wan
Lecture: Understanding community building in rural villagers from cultural prospective
- Traditional culture : geo-cultural and kinship contexts
- Village governance
- Village community network
Site visit to rural community: Yin Tin Tsai
Urban-rural community building integrated workshop
- Case studies on building a new community
- Course round up and group project discussion
Group Presentation on group community partnership project proposal

Please note:
The course "Understanding Cultural Landscape and Community Partnerships" has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund. Students who have completed both the "
Understanding Cultural Landscape" course and the "Community Partnerships" course are eligible for the reimbursement. The mother course (Certificate in Sustainable Communities) of this module is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level 3).

Students' Feedbacks:

“Field trips and Case Studies allow us to have concrete discussions, and I learn different analytical methods to understand a community.”

“No other similar courses and very useful for different local organizations/groups in Hong Kong.”

“Tutors have rich experience in the community building works.”


Sustainable Communities Fellowship Scheme: 
Graduates of the course will be invited to join the Academy’s Fellowship Scheme as Fellows. The Scheme aims to form a network of committed individuals which provide not only continuous support for the members but also a platform for experience sharing in pursuit of community-based sustainability across different disciplines and sectors. Fellows are also eligible to participate in the Sustainability Hackathons and the Rural in Action Start-up Scheme.

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