New College Environmental Education Course
A. Course Information
|1. Course Name||Sustainable Living|
|2. Course coordinator||Dr. Billy Hau, Deputy Master|
|3. Course aim||The course is designed for students from all walks of life including those without any prior training in environmental science, management and policy. This course teaches students what is sustainable development and how should they relate sustainability in their daily living. Through lectures, seminars and field trips, students will be exposed to knowledge, skills and real-life examples of implementation of sustainable living in all three pillars of sustainable development i.e. social, environmental and economic sustainability. The course will highlight the impacts of human activities on the environmental and what human should do in achieving sustainable development.|
|4. Course contents||There are four core lectures (2 hours each) covering the basic concepts of sustainable development and sustainable living. These four lectures are compulsory and will be run once at the beginning of each semester. There will be regular seminars (2 hrs each) on hot environmental topics in current affairs throughout the residential year by outside guests or the course coordinator. Students are required to attend a minimum of four seminars in a year. Examples of seminar topics are Convention on Biological Diversity; developments in green belts and country parks; the 3rd Runway System of the HK International Airport. The seminar will also cover case studies on sustainable development such as corporate social responsibility programmes of multi-national companies in Hong Kong. Lastly, students have to attend at least two field trips or visits in a year. Apart from the “Nature Appreciation Series”, special field visits will be organized in this course such as guided tours in the Zero Carbon Building; the Refuse Transfer Station in Kennedy Town.|
|5. Learning hours||8 hours of lecture plus a minimum of 8 hours of seminars and 16 hours of field trips/ visits i.e. minimum 32 contact hours|
|6. Assessment methods||Course test on core lectures 40%; One seminar report (30%); One field trip report (30%)|
|7. Learning outcomes||After completing the course, students will be able to:
– Correlate sustainable development with their major curricular at HKU
– Practice sustainable living in their daily life
– Evaluate the sustainability of development plans or projects in the society
|8. Course quota||60|
B. Class Schedule
Requirements: All students taking the course must attend all four compulsory lectures plus any four seminars and any two field trips/visits
|Compulsory lectures (7:30-9:30pm at D304)|
|Lecture 1||27/1/16||What is sustainable development?||Dr. Winnie Law, Kadoorie Institute|
|Lecture 2||3/2/16||Biodiversity and sustainable development||Dr. Billy Hau, New College|
|Lecture 3||17/2/16||How to measure sustainability?||Dr. Winnie Law, Kadoorie Institute|
|Lecture 4||25/2/16||Who cares about sustainable development?||Dr. Billy Hau, New College|
|Seminars (any 4) and Field visit (any 2)|
|Seminar||27/2/16||Waste management in HK||Dr. Billy Hau|
|12:00pm-5:00pm||The plastic recycling centre at Eco-Park, Tuen Mun||Yan Oi Tong|
|Seminar: Dinner & film screening||2/3/16
|Film screening: Jumbo Wild (presented by Patagonia) at College hall http://www.patagonia.com/us/the-new-localism/Jumbo-Wild||Dr. Billy Hau|
|The environmental concerns on the 3rd airport runway of the HK Airport||Dr. Billy Hau|
|Coastal biodiversity and development threats||Mr. Samson So, Eco-Institute and Billy Hau|
|Field trip||11/3/16 am||Lung Mei and Ting Kok, Tai Po||Mr. Samson So|
|Seminar & Field visit tbc||19/3/10 pm||Green Building Development in HK and Zero Carbon Building||Seminar + guided tour|
|Corporate Sustainability programmes of HSBC (College Hall)||A representative from HSBC|
|Developing our Country Parks?||Dr. Billy Hau|
|Seminar & Field visit tbc||9/4/16 am||Urban Trees and wall trees on Forbes Street||Mr. Ken So, Conservancy Association|
|Dinner seminar tbc||11/4/16
|Green Monday (College Hall)||A representative from Green Monday http://greenmonday.org/|
|Seminar &||13/4/16 7:30-9:30pm||HK Butterflies and Dragonflies||Mr. Samson So|
|Field trip||16/4/16 8am-2pm||Hok Tau Reservoir, Fanling||Mr. Samson So|
|MCQ examination (40%)||Dr. Billy Hau|
Other suitable public seminars in HK will be listed on the course when appropriate!
C. Additional Information
The examination on the core lectures will be a MC questions paper. The examination will be held 20 April 2016 in the evening.
The seminar report should be around 1000 words which should contain the views of the respective student on the seminar topic.
The field trip report should be a PowerPoint presentation of the field visit highlighting the key messages of the field trip.
Students must complete the 4 core lectures plus 4 seminars and 2 field trips to meet the minimum course requirement and gain 24 learning credits (2 credits per lecture/ seminar and 4 credits per field trip). Students meeting the minimum course requirement and passing the course assessment will gain an extra 12 learning credits. Student passing the course will gain additional learning credits for attending additional seminars (2 credits each) and field trips (4 credits each). All students passing the course will receive a certificate of completion signed by the master.
Up to 3 scholarships (HK$5000 each) will be awarded to students with outstanding performances in the course.
- Full name in English;
- Room number e.g. D2601A;
- Mobile phone number and
- Email address