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Global Leaders of Tomorrow


Concentrations and Elective Courses

GDS Curriculum

The degree award and major title will be changed to Bachelor of Liberal Arts (Hons) in Global Development and Sustainability from academic year 2022-23.


Students must choose one of four Concentrations and complete 15 credits of coursework in the chosen Concentration. A minimum of two courses must be at the 3000- or 4000-level.

  • Policy and Institutions
  • Culture and Community
  • Business and Economy
  • Human-Environment Interactions

Elective Courses

Students are required to select 15 credits of courses from Lingnan and/or study-abroad institutions that complement their major programme interests. Course choices must be proposed to and approved by the student’s academic adviser. A minimum of one course must be at the 3000-level or 4000-level. Courses may include, but are not limited to:


a. Introductory or prerequisite courses for chosen focus areas
b. Relevant cluster courses
c. Technical, methodological and/or advanced courses to further a specific expertise
d. Language, culture and politics courses in a particular world area
e. Courses not already taken within the chosen Concentration
f. Courses from the other (not-chosen) Concentration areas
g. Relevant credit-bearing internships or service-learning projects


Please refer to Programme Structure for more details.


GDS students can make use of the free elective credits to take a minor programme.


GLA Curriculum


Students are required to select 10 courses, at least 1 course from each study area, to form a coherent individualised path of study in consultation with their academic adviser. Of the 10 courses taken, at least 3 must be at the 4000-level.


Completion of 4 GLAP inter-disciplinary elective courses in a particular study area will qualify for a declaration of such concentration in:

  • Global Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Arts, Science, Technology and Society
  • Greater China: History, Culture and Society
  • Globalisation: Challenges and Opportunities


Please refer to Programme Structure for the indicative course list of each study area.


GLA students can make use of the free elective credits to take a minor programme.