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Understanding Cultural Landscape


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

Course Title: 
Understanding Cultural Landscape
Course Code: 
Mode of Study: 
Part Time
Contact Hours and Study Period: 
1-2 sessions per week, a total 18 contact hours in a month’s time
Teaching Medium: 
English, supplemented with Cantonese
Commencement Date
September 10, 2019 (Tuesday)
Tuition Fee: 
HKD3,960 (expense for site visits is excluded)
Application Deadline: 
August 30, 2019 (Friday)
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
Ms Katie CHICK Ms Anna YAU

Course Description:
This course introduces the basic concepts of cultural landscape and their importance as heritage in the global context. The course will investigate into the different typologies of cultural landscape and explore the natural and cultural elements of a cultural landscape through lectures and field study.

What is Cultural Landscape?
Cultural landscapes are defined by the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO as cultural properties and represent the "combined works of nature and of man". It denotes “a diversity of manifestations of the interaction between humankind and its natural environment” (UNESCO, 2012).

Assessment and Recognition:
Students, who attained 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
September 10, 2019 (Tuesday) 7:00pm-9:30pm Lecture: Concepts and typology of cultural landscape
September 17, 2019 (Tuesday) 7:00pm-9:30pm Lecture: Components of cultural landscape resources and examples in Hong Kong
September 21, 2019 (Saturday) Full Day Field Trip: Lai Chi Wo
September 24, 2019 (Tuesday) 7:00pm-9:30pm Lecture: Oversea cases on cultural landscape conservation and the roles of stakeholders
September 28, 2019 (Saturday) 2:00pm-5:00pm Field Trip
October 12, 2019 (Saturday) 2:00pm-5:00pm Contingency
October 15, 2019 (Tuesday) 7:00pm-9:30pm Presentation

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:

"Rich content with field trips."

"Used cases and examples to explain concepts."

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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