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Course Description

Globalisation, Policy and Society (3 credits)

This course focuses on several key topics in education and society in East Asia and the rest of the world, with particular reference to analyze how education and society have been affected by the growing trends of globalization. The course takes an explicitly comparative approach with each of the issues examined through case studies of societies located in East Asia like Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mainland China, Japan, Korea and Singapore, critically examining how the globalzing economy and the growing tide of neo-liberalism have affected educational development and social change. Largely student-centered, the course is structured around student-guided discussions of assigned readings, with the goal of encouraging the drawing of conclusions about important educational issues from the comparison of different cases. Through preparation for discussions, organizing group presentations and completing written assignments, students will develop independent inquiry skills to explore the interrelationships between education and social phenomena.


Organisational Psychology (3 credits)

This course introduces students to the field of Organisational psychology, which is the study of human behaviour and social processes in groups and organisations. Students will learn about the dynamics between individuals and groups, and how these dynamics affect individual's behaviours in organisational contexts. Students will build their knowledge by learning the principles underlying the analysis and understanding of human behaviours in organisations.


Research Methods in Work Psychology (3 credits)

This course provides an overview of advanced research methods used in industrial and organisational psychology including research ethics. Students will learn to determine whether the data investigation approaches are the best ones for the research purpose. Tips on writing research articles are also discussed. Students will have hands-on practice in actual data analyses using statistical software and in research report writing. This course may also include extensive fieldwork experience at a selected site in the local community.


Managing Talents and Finance in Education Institutions (3 credits)

This course covers the management two of the most important resources of an institution, namely human resource and financial resource. Students will learn the essential knowledge in human resource management and financial management and be required to apply it in role plays, cases, and project.


Coaching and Counselling in the Workplace (3 credits)

This course is intended as an introduction to the basic concepts and issues of workplace coaching and counselling. Various problems faced by employees that hinder their professional and personal growth are also examined in order to promote civility, teamwork, work-life balance, and well-being in the workplace.


Regional Study on Education Management in Greater China and East Asia (3 credits)

In collaboration with major universities in Taiwan, Mainland China, Macau and East Asia, special lectures and class discussions, professional visits and cultural tours will be organised for students. In selected Asian societies, students will be engaged in field observations and field visits to develop a more critical understanding of education management and governance through their active participation in and personal experience and critical reflection. More specifically, this course is an intensive and experiential unit, which provides a platform for students to study beyond classroom. Through observing different higher education institutions, student learning experience will be enhanced through theory-field experience integration and reflection. 


Internationalising Education: Institutional Strategy and Development (3 credits)

In this module you will explore the origins and development of international higher education with particular focus on current drivers and practices. Drivers include economic, political, cultural and academic pressures, while the practices covered will include transnational campuses, international collaborations in teaching and research, the recruitment of overseas students and staff, and the use of new distance learning technologies. These will be illustrated through specific examples in different contexts, making use of both the literature and invited speakers.


Managing Conflict in Organisations (3 credits)

This course is designed to introduce the role, importance, and methods of managing conflict in organisations. Students will be asked to consider the different forms of conflict in organizations and work-home interface. They will review and discuss research on conflict in work and cross-discipline teams, top management teams, leadership, between departments, and between organisations. Studies also indicate that well-manage conflict can promote quality decision-making, stronger relationships, innovation, organisational commitment, and employees’ well-being. Students will review and discuss research identifying major dynamics and conditions under which conflict can be constructive. Techniques in stress management and crisis management will also be introduced. The emphasis will be on giving students both an understanding and skills that they can use to manage conflict productively.


Applied Education Management Project (6 credits)

This course aims to provide students with hands-on research experience. In particular, a research project related to education management and applied psychology will be conducted. In their projects, students will implement research ideas by extending theories and research skills that they have learned and acquired. They will produce a research report under the supervision of the instructor.


Educational Management Summer School

Students will have opportunities to join the Summer / Winter School in renowned universities in the UK and USA, to exchange ideas with other educators from all around the world.