The Liberal Art University in Hong Kong
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Five Clusters

5 Clusters (五大範疇)

Creativity and Innovation
(創意與創新)
Humanities and the Arts
(人文與藝術)
Management and Society
(管理與社會)
Science, Technology, Mathematics and Society
(數理、科技與社會)
Values, Cultures and Societies
(價值、文化與社會)


Intended Learning Outcomes of the Five Clusters

 

Creativity and Innovation
Courses in this cluster aim at nurturing students’ creative potential by exposing them to various fields (including arts, music, culture, design, visual studies, business and others), and engaging them in a wide interdisciplinary range of activities.  This cluster embraces practical, historical, and theoretical courses examining the history, sociology, psychology, and aesthetics of creative activities across a range of domains, including the arts, business, and politics.

On satisfactory completion of this cluster course area, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of creative solutions to problems involving one or more creative disciplines, such as arts, music, culture, design, visual studies, business, and others
  • Identify social and psychological conditions under which creative solutions have emerged in specific historical and cultural contexts
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the diversity of valuable forms of novelty and innovation in various domains

 

Humanities and the Arts
This cluster embraces a wide range of courses offering insight into the diversity of expressions of aspects of human existence, with an emphasis on artistic, literary, and philosophical achievements.  Courses in this cluster will instill in students an understanding and appreciation of the value and significance of the arts in a very broad sense. Works and achievements arising from a range of contexts and media will be explored in an effort to gain a greater understanding of forms of human expression and creativity.

On satisfactory completion of this cluster course area, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of artistic, literary, and philosophical achievements
  • Demonstrate appreciation of artistic, literary, and philosophical  achievements in human cultures by informed critical analysis and evaluation

 

Management and Society
Courses in the cluster expose students to the conditions and control in organisations and discuss and identify the implications of wider management issues such as managing technology, managing diversity, resources and globalisation.   Students will also examine issues of governance, government, power and people’s rights.  The understanding of the social responsibility and ethics of individuals and corporations in society, including consumers, businesses and business professionals will enable students to establish effective and productive relationship with people in various organisational contexts, and to manage an entity’s resources.

On satisfactory completion of this cluster course area, students will be able to:

  • Identify conditions and means of control in organisations, and wider management issues including issues of diversity, resources and globalisation, and the application of technology
  • Evaluate issues of social responsibility involving the ethics of individuals and corporations
  • Demonstrate a broad knowledge of societal and cultural behaviours that support the development of effective and productive relationships

 

Science, Technology, Mathematics and Society
Courses in this cluster introduce students to topics in science, technology, or mathematics (STM). Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of important theories and concepts and then apply their knowledge to examining the interrelation and interaction between STM, society, and the humanities.

On satisfactory completion of this cluster course area, students will be able to: (effective from 2018-19)

  • analyze and discuss how science, mathematics and technology shape society and vice versa
  • discuss and be able to apply the principles of a field of science, mathematics, or technology or examine the field of science through the lens of other disciplines

 

Values, Cultures and Societies
Courses under this cluster will introduce students to the knowledge and frameworks required to examine values from personal, societal and cultural perspectives.  The courses will explore the complexity of human values as they impact on family, work and society, particularly the changes in societies and cultures in the last 100 years. Where appropriate, a cross-cultural and comparative approach will be adopted to enhance student’s emotional maturity. The cluster embraces courses offering an enhanced understanding of the relevance of a variety of methods of inquiry.

On satisfactory completion of this cluster course area, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding necessary to evaluate societal and cultural development and values from personal, cross-cultural and global perspectives
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply cross-cultural and comparative approaches of  political and/or sociological inquiry to the analysis and evaluation of contemporary issues