Introduction and Objectives
Master of Arts in Practical Philosophy provides an environment for students to cultivate their awareness of roles, responsibilities and relationships with others within communities. These could be reflected in their making sensible choices and decisions in political, social, moral and aesthetics areas.
Learning Outcomes
Master of Arts in Practical Philosophy aims to train students in a wide range of philosophical methods and types of argumentation, thus providing them with the tools to reason efficiently and clearly about problems of evaluation and understanding; to give students knowledge of central areas of philosophical debates involving questions pertaining to value; and to stimulate students to reflect on issues of the meaning of life, the way they are used to living and the practical path they would like to adopt.
Course Assessment
The assessment for each individual course varies from course to course and is spelled out in the syllabi. Details of the assessment methods and the relative weighting of each component will be given to the students in writing at the start of each course.

Letter grades are used to indicate a student's academic performance in a course.

Grades are awarded according to the following system :

GRADE STANDARD SUB-DIVISIONS GRADE POINTS
A Excellent A
A-
4.00
3.67
B Good B+
B
B-
3.33
3.00
2.67
C Pass C+
C
C-
2.33
2.00
1.67
F Fail F 0.00
ABS Absent
0.00
I Incomplete
0.00
Progression and Continuation of Studies ( Applicable to the 2012-13 or after intakes )
A student should be subject to an academic review at the end of each term generally.  In the case where a student enrolled in less than 6 credits in a term, the academic review shall be done when he / she has cumulatively enrolled in 6 credits or more.

A student whose Cumulative G.P.A. is below 2.33 at the academic review will be put on academic probation in the following term.

At the end of the term in which the student on academic probation has cumulatively enrolled in 6 or more credits, if he / she obtains a Cumulative G.P.A. of 2.33 or above, probation will be lifted.  Otherwise, his / her studies will be discontinued.

A student may be put on academic probation for only one time in his / her whole period of study on the programme.  After the academic probation is lifted and the student continued on the programme, if his / her Cumulative G.P.A. is below 2.33 at an academic review, his / her studies will be discontinued.

For more information, please see Regulations Governing Taught Master's Degree Programmes
Progression and Continuation of Studies ( Applicable to the 2009-2010, 2010-11 or 2011-12 intakes )
A student should be subject to an annual academic review after studying on a programme for a year. A student will not be permitted to progress if his / her Cumulative G.P.A. is below 2.33 at the annual academic review. A student whose Cumulative G.P.A. is below 2.33 in the term(s) before the annual academic review should be issued a warning concerning the need to improve his/ her academic performance.

The studies of a student will normally be discontinued if he/ she obtains a Cumulative G.P.A. below 2.33 at the annual academic review.

A student who has enrolled in 8 courses but failed to satisfy the requirements for graduation will be required to pay a fee on a per course basis subsequently.
Progression ( Applicable to the 2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2008-2009 intakes )
Students whose Cumulative G.P.A. falls below 2.33 will be issued a warning and be required to lift it to 2.33 or above by the end of the following term. Those who fail to do so will be discontinued from study.
Continuation of Studies ( Applicable to the 2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2008-2009 intakes )
Students who have enrolled in 8 courses but failed to satisfy the requirements for graduation will be required to pay a fee on a per course basis subsequently.
Graduation Requirements
A student will be evaluated for graduation at the conclusion of the term in which he/she may satisfy all the conditions for award and with a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.67 or above.

The student should have fulfilled all graduation requirements stipulated in the programme. For the M.A. in Practical Philosophy, a student must be passed 8 courses and earned 24 credits.

If a student is not allowed to graduate, he/she will be re-evaluated for graduation at the end of subsequent terms. The maximum period of study shall be 4 years.
Award of Postgraduate Diploma
Award of Postgraduate Diploma (Applicable to the intakes after 2016-2017)
If a student is unable to continue with his / her studies due to financial or other constraints, the student may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Practical Philosophy provided that 12 credits have been awarded and the Cumulative G.P.A stands at 2.33 taking the best four subjects out of all the courses he/she has taken. 

The award of the Postgraduate Diploma is at the discretion of the Department of Philosophy and is subject to the approval of the Postgraduate Studies Committee and the University Senate.

Award of Postgraduate Diploma (Applicable to the intakes before 2016-2017)
If a student is unable to continue with his / her studies due to financial or other constraints, the student may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Practical Philosophy provided that 12 credits have been awarded and the Cumulative G.P.A stands at 2.67 taking the best four subjects out of all the courses he/she has taken. 

The award of the Postgraduate Diploma is at the discretion of the Department of Philosophy and is subject to the approval of the Postgraduate Studies Committee and the University Senate.

Award Classification
In accordance with the University's academic regulations, students are awarded the MA in Practical Philosophy based on the following guideline :

Degree Classification Minimum Final G.P.A
Distinction 3.50
Pass 2.67
Extenal Academic Advisor
The appointment of External Academic Advisor is intended to provide an external and impartial check that internal standards are being fairly applied, and support on benchmarking of academic standards.

2018-2019 External Academic Advisor
Professor LAU Chong-Fuk (劉創馥教授), Department of Philosophy, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Regulations
Website to Lingnan University Ordinance
→ https://www.ln.edu.hk/about-lu/university-governance

Regulations Governing Taught Doctoral/Master's Degree Programmes (for implementation from Term 2, 2018-19 academic year)
Learn More

Programme Curriculum Committee (PCC)
The aim of the Committee is to consider programme including the design, implementation and review of the curricula and make decision; such as course offerings for each academic year, review admissions policy for the programme; and to deal with all academic matters related to the programme.

2018-2019 is the last academic year of MA in Practical Philosophy programme, there would be no meeting in 2018-2019.

Further Enquiries
For further enquiries, please contact MA Programme Coordinator, Ms Tsang Chiu-yu at 2616 7409.
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