The Liberal Art University in Hong Kong
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Core Curriculum

The Core Curriculum forms an essential part of the undergraduate curriculum at Lingnan University.  Taking up 33 of a total of 120 credits, it is a key element of the 4-year undergraduate curriculum and a requirement for all undergraduate students, irrespective of their majors. 

The Core Curriculum aims to provide students with a broad and balanced foundation through an exposure to a wide range of cross-disciplinary subjects.  Designed to cultivate in the students a crucial set of generic and transferable skills treasured highly and widely by educators and employers across the globe, the Core Curriculum is crucial to the realisation of a cohesive, humanistic and all-round education for students in Hong Kong today.  This approach is what distinguishes Lingnan as a liberal arts university.

The Core Curriculum courses are not organised as supplements to the undergraduate programme curricula, but are embedded and integrated with the major disciplines throughout the 4-year studies, in order to foster students’ development of those qualities one would expect from a graduate of a liberal arts university.

Broad  Goals and Objectives of the Core Curriculum

On completion of the Core Curriculum students will be able to:

  • Exercise their intellect critically and their imagination freely
  • Be aware of the values embodied in their own cultural tradition as well as in the traditions of other cultures
  • Become aware of the complexity of modern life and society and of the changing rules as well as of relationships in an interdependent world where many cultures co-exist and interact
  • Understand personal responsibilities in a democratic milieu and recognise the difficulties often inherent in establishing a right course of action
  • Pursue excellence and to be encouraged to seek truth and justice as well as to make a commitment to moral and spiritual values
  • Structure of the Core Curriculum
    (Current structure applies to students of 2017-18 or earlier cohorts.)

    Common Core (共同核心)

    • CCC8001 Logic and Critical Thinking (邏輯與慎思明辨)
    • CCC8002 The Making of Hong Kong (香港社會)
    • CCC8003 Understanding Morality (認識道德)
    • CCC8004 World History and Civilisations (世界歷史與文明)
    5 Clusters (五大範疇)
    Creativity and Innovation
    Humanities and the Arts
    Management and Society
    Science, Technology, Mathematics and Society
    Values, Cultures and Societies

    Curriculum Requirements

    The Core Curriculum is made up of a Common Core and 5 Clusters.  Students are required to take all 4 courses in the Common Core and a total of 7 courses from the 5 Clusters, with at least one course from each cluster. The number of cluster courses students can take is capped at seven, except for special cases with the approval of the Director of Core Curriculum and General Education to take more.

    The first year will expose students to two of the four compulsory Common Core courses namely, ‘Logic and Critical Thinking’ and ‘The Making of Hong Kong’, while students will take ‘Understanding Morality’ and ‘World History and Civilisations’ in the second year. Of the 7 courses (21 credits) to be taken from the 5 Clusters, students should take 2 courses (6 credits) in the first year, and at least 1 course (3 credits) in each of their next three years of studies to ensure continuity between the Core Curriculum and the majors.

    It is recommended that students follow this course of study throughout their 4 years of undergraduate studies to ensure continuity between core and majors as well as seamless progression of student development.

    Distribution of Core Curriculum Credits

    Common Core courses
    No. of Cluster courses to be taken
    3 Possible Paths*
    • Logic and Critical Thinking
    • The Making of Hong Kong
    9 - 12
    • Understanding Morality
    • World History and Civilisations
    3 - 6
    3 - 6
    33 credits
    4 Common Core courses - 12 credits
    7 courses (at least one from each cluster) - 21 credits

    * 3 possible ways of taking cluster courses throughout the 4 year of study.


    About the Courses and Intended Learning Outcomes

    Approved Cluster Courses

    Course Exemption/Credit Transfer for Core Curriculum Courses