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Community Partnerships


Notice: In light of the latest development of the Novel Coronavirus outbreak, the course timetable and teaching mode are subject to change.


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 CEF Reimbursable Course 
(CEF Course Code: 44Z114575, for 2019/20 year, which includes 18 hr Understanding Cultural Landscape course + 18 hr Community Partnerships course) 
(CEF Course Code: 44Z127642, for 2020/21 year, which is for 30 hr Community Partnerships course)

Course Title:
Community Partnerships
Course Code:
Mode of Study:
Part Time
Contact Hours and Study Period:
1-2 sessions per week, a total of 30 contact hours in two months’ time
Teaching Medium:
English, supplemented with Cantonese
Commencement Date:
July 6, 2021 (Tuesday)

Tuition Fee:
HKD6,600 (site visit expenses not included)

Application Deadline:
June 22, 2021 (Tuesday)

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, by post or email

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 (Updated on April 20, 2021):

Date Contents
Jul 6, 2021 (Tuesday) 7:00pm-9:30pm

Lecture - Urban Context

  • Brief definition of community
  • Main scopes of community development
  • Need-based and asset-based community development
  • Intervention practice models and examples
  • Why should we do community development
Jul 13, 2021 (Tuesday) 7:00pm-9:30pm

Lecture - Rural Context

  • Formation and development of communities in rural setting
  • Understanding community building in rural villages from a cultural perspective
  • Community based governance system and network
  • Introduction to rural community work approach
Jul 20, 2021 (Tuesday) 7:00pm-9:30pm

Lecture - Rural-Urban Interactions

  • Concept of rural-urban interactions and its value in modernization
  • Models of rural-urban link
Jul 24, 2021 (Saturday) 2:00pm-5:30pm

Lecture and Workshop - Blue House in Wanchai

  • Grassroots participation in community building
Jul 27, 2021 (Tuesday) 7:00pm-9:30pm

Lecture - Online Community Building

  • Brief history of online community
  • Some important types of online platform
  • Community in online-offline scenario
  • Case study of online, offline community building
  • Criticisms and cautions on online community development
  • Reflection on building sustainable community via online approach
Jul 31, 2021 (Saturday) 10:00am-5:00pm

Field Trip / Workshop: Rural Context

  • Rural community challenges and resilience facing modernisation
Aug 3, 2021 (Tuesday) 7:00pm-9:30pm

Integrated Workshop and Group Project Discussion 

  • Urban-rural community building integrated workshop: Case studies on building a new community 

Aug 7, 2021 (Saturday) 2:00pm-5:00pm

Group Project Discussion

  • Group project discussion
Aug 14, 2021 (Saturday) 2:00pm-5:00pm


Aug 21, 2021 (Saturday) 10:00am-12:30pm
& 2:00pm-5:00pm

Lecture - Lessons Learnt

  • Course round up

Group Presentation on Group Community Partnership Project Proposal

Please note:
This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund. The mother course (
Certificate in Sustainable Communities) of this module is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level 3).
It is the CEF applicants' own responsibility to ensure they meet the CEF reimbursement criteria. Approval of CEF application is at the sole discretion of the HKSAR government.

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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