General Education Foundation Course

It is a 4-credit point course that will run for the whole academic year and be taken by all first-year students at EdUHK. This course will equip students for their intellectual development in the university context by introducing a skill-/ theme-based development component in Semester 1 of Year 1. In Semester 2, students will be introduced to a selection of major themes and topics in general education. The purpose of the course is to equip and motivate students to think carefully about a broad range of issues, construct and attain knowledge, and apply what they have learned to their own lives.  This course will also highlight the complexities of ideologies and the persistence of various ideological tensions in the world. Different perspectives on the various topics of general education will be emphasized. Through explanations and demonstrations, students will be inspired to participate as active thinkers in the disciplines and traditions of thought that constitute knowledge and understanding.

Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs)

By the end of the General Education Foundation Course, students will be able to:

CILO 1   Demonstrate appropriate levels of understanding and knowledge in a range of disciplines and subject areas;
CILO 2   Demonstrate an understanding of what knowledge is, and how knowledge is learned and communicated, across different disciplines and subject areas;
CILO 3   Demonstrate a commitment to thinking, speaking and writing critically about a range of views and ideas;
CILO 4   Reflect critically on and make meaningful connections between the course content and their own beliefs, values and goals, based on moral and reasoned judgements.

The Structure 
Classes of the General Education Foundation Course will be composed of weekly face-to-face/ e-learning/ video lectures and tutorials.

Course Outline

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Lectures (1.5 hours per week)
The lectures will be given by eminent scholars and practitioners who will introduce students to a range of disciplines and topics across different knowledge domains. In addition to face-to-face lectures, e-learning and video lectures will be arranged as appropriate. For the e-learning and video lecture weeks, students will not be required to attend the face-to-face lectures and tutorials. Instead, students are strongly encouraged to watch video(s), read supplementary resources, complete the online quizzes and take part in discussion forums which are based on the suggested inquiry questions.

Tutorials* (2 hours per week)

The tutorials will be held in small-class environments in which students sharpen their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, and learn to think critically about the issues presented in the lectures. These activities will enable students to develop deeper understanding of the course content, and to construct and reflect on their own interpretations. Students will interact with tutors on a regular basis to improve communication skills and nurture critical but constructive attitudes towards various academic arguments and debates.


*The General Education Foundation Course tutorials will be held on Tai Po Campus and at Tseung Kwan O Study Centre. Students have to attend tutorials at one of the locations as assigned.

Credit Transfer

According to Registry, normally no credit transfer will be granted to General Education Foundation Course except for identical course completed previously at EdUHK. Please click here for details.

(Last updated on 31 July, 2023)