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Understanding Cultural Landscape


 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: 44Z127634, for 2020/21 year, which is for the updated 30 hr Understanding Cultural Landscape course)

Course Title: 
Understanding Cultural Landscape
Course Code: 
Mode of Study: 
Part Time
Contact Hours and Study Period: 
1-2 sessions per week, a total 30 contact hours in two months' time
Teaching Medium: 
English, supplemented with Cantonese
Commencement Date
September 7, 2021 (Tuesday)
Tuition Fee: 
HKD6,600 (site visit expenses not included)
Application Deadline: 
August 24, 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
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 (Last Update: July 9, 2021):

Date Contents
September 7, 2021 (Tuesday) 7:00pm-10:00pm Lecture: Concepts and typology of cultural landscape
September 14, 2021 (Tuesday) 7:00pm-10:00pm Lecture: Components of cultural landscape resources and examples in Hong Kong
September 19, 2021 (Sunday) 2:00pm-5:00pm Field Trip at Cemetery
September 26, 2021 (Sunday) 9:00am-3:00pm Field Trip at Lai Chi Wo
September 28, 2021 (Tuesday) 7:00pm-10:00pm Lecture: Significance of Cultural Landscapes and General Issues
October 3, 2021 (Sunday) 10:00pm-5:00pm Field Trip at Temple Street
October 5, 2021 (Tuesday) 7:00pm-10:00pm Lecture: Oversea cases on cultural landscape conservation, the roles of stakeholders and management issues
October 9, 2021 (Saturday) 2:00pm-5:00pm Contingency
October 19, 2021 (Tuesday) 7:00pm-10:00pm Student presentation and course roundup

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.

Lessons may change to online delivery depending on future Covid-19 restrictions and guidelines.

Students' Feedbacks:

"Given me a new aspect to understand the topic."

"Lots of local and overseas examples."

"Can feel the enthusiasm from the teachers"

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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