Framework – 2017/2018 GE Model
The GE Programme is one of the key elements of the University 4-in-1 education model. It was introduced in the academic year 2011/2012 and has come to the end of its first cycle in the academic year 2014/2015.
A comprehensive review of GE Programme was conducted in 2014 and the review report was completed in early 2015. Based on the report, a revised GE Programme was developed with the following major changes:
- The areas will be reduced from 13 to 4 and they are:
- Global Awareness
- Literature and Humanities
- Science and Technology
- Society and Behaviour
- There is a compulsory GE course in each GE area and each area will have around 20 GE courses.
- Global Awareness – Macao and Chinese Civilization
- Literature and Humanities – Chinese Language and Culture
- Science and Technology – Quantitative Reasoning
- Society and Behaviour – Ethics, Values, Law and Society
- The credits for GE will be reduced from 36 to 24-27 and these credits cannot be counted towards other course types. Each Faculty/Programme will design its own distribution of GE courses among the four areas.
- In additional to the four compulsory GE courses, students are required to complete the remaining GE credits from the four areas according to the distribution requirement as decided by individual Faculty/Programme.
The area of Global Awareness enhances students’ understanding of human societies from a global perspective. The area includes courses drawn from the social sciences, humanities, business, education, and law. The courses in this area are designed to equip students with the knowledge necessary to engage with global issues, understand the function of international organizations, and to analyze global power from historical and multidisciplinary angles. The aim of each course is to prepare students to be knowledgeable and productive global citizens.
Courses offered in this area invite students to explore what it means to be human with reference to a range of texts and modalities. Students are offered a range of courses that discuss different kinds of text critically, often from a cross-cultural or inter-cultural perspective. They can also participate in discussions and activities in domains such as aesthetics, creative arts, performing arts, literatures of different languages and cultures, and different cultural expressions of religion, spirituality, philosophy, ethics and memory.
Science provides an understanding of all natural phenomena, while technology utilizes them for human benefit. In today’s world, students should be aware of the meaning and methods of science and technology, and how they shape the world around us. Courses in this area aim to acquaint students with scientific thought, observation, and experimentation so as to appreciate the impact of science and technology on the planet and human life. These courses will also help promote students’ interest, competence, and commitment to continued learning about contemporary science and technology. Upon completion of these courses, students are expected to understand the sequential nature of science and technology, to recognize and appreciate scientific or technological developments, to develop scientific thinking and methods for solving problems in our daily life, and to understand and communicate how technology facilitates the process of discovery in science and related disciplines.
The area of Society and Behaviour enhances students’ understanding of the theories and methods of the social sciences and behavioural sciences. The courses in the area are offered by departments and programs in the social sciences, business, education and law. This multidisciplinary approach aims to equip students with the intellectual abilities to analyze issues and values of modern society, and to draw on the tools of the social and behavioral sciences to critically engage with everyday social life. Courses in this area also enhance students’ communication and personal development skills. This area prepares students to make informed judgements, perform critical reasoning, and ultimately to be productive citizens.