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The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong SAR, China

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is a comprehensive research university with a global vision. As the second oldest university in the territory, CUHK distinguishes itself from other local universities with its firmly rooted Chinese culture, bilingualism and multiculturalism, and a unique college system that complements the formal learning experience through whole-person development and pastoral care.

CUHK has been at the forefront of research. It boasts a galaxy of distinguished scholars and researchers, including Nobel Laureates, a Fields medalist, a Turing Award winner, and members of the Royal Society. In its latest strategic plan, CUHK has identified four research priorities to build on its strengths and leading advantages in those areas to address some of the most pressing issues of the world today. These areas are China Studies, Translational Biomedicine, Information and Automation Technology and Environment and Sustainability. The prowess, variety and impact of research at CUHK can be further demonstrated from its establishment of five state key laboratories, past and ongoing Areas of Excellence research projects, and the many research institutes and collaborations with eminent overseas research institutions.

The University engages in academic and research partnerships with over 340 universities and institutions from around the world, internationalizing education and advancing the frontiers of knowledge and technology to address the many global challenges of today.

Website: www.cuhk.edu.hk

Course Offerings for the semester from January to August 2021

APPLICATION CLOSED

Students must submit an application online before:
December 16, 2020 12:00nn Hong Kong Time (UTC+8)

Home universities must submit the list of endorsed students to VSE Central Office before:
December 17, 2020 12:00nn Hong Kong Time (UTC+8)



Additional Application Instructions

Students should submit an application to the CUHK online application system immediately after submitting their VSE online application. Detailed instructions to complete and submit the CUHK online application are available at this link. Please submit the required documents to alexchaukw@cuhk.edu.hk before December 11, 2020 Hong Kong time.


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Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentDepartment of Anthropology
Course TeacherProf. Gordon MATHEWS
Language of Instruction English
First Day of ClassJan 14, 2021
Last Day of ClassApr 22, 2021
Course ComponentLectureTutorial
Mode of TeachingSynchronousSynchronous
Meeting TimeThu 1330-1515

Course recordings available for VSE students.
Session 1: Thu 1630-1715 or
Session 2: Thu 1730-1815 or
Session 3: Fri 1030-1115 or
Session 4: TBA
Time ZoneHong Kong Time (UTC+8)
Restrictions-
Course Description Globalization is economically transforming the world, as national borders become increasingly irrelevant before the global flow of money and goods. But globalization also has a great impact on cultures across the globe, as products from Coca-Cola to iPods, and ideas from human rights to ideals of beauty to ideologies of terrorism, intrude everywhere. This course examines how globalization is fundamentally transforming the meanings of culture. The course objectives are to enable students: (1) to have greater insight into the processes of “the globalization of culture”, and (2) to better understand the nature of their own culture and selves within a globalizing world.
Course OutlineEnglish

Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentSchool of Journalism and Communication
Course TeacherProf. Lik Sam Chan
Language of Instruction English
First Day of ClassJan 13, 2021
Last Day of ClassApr 21, 2021
Course ComponentLectureTutorial
Mode of TeachingSynchronousSynchronous
Meeting TimeWed 1030-1215

Course recordings available for VSE students.
Wed 0930-1015 or Wed 1230-1315 or Wed 1330-1415
Time ZoneHong Kong Time (UTC+8)
RestrictionsFor Communication majors, First or Second year of study.
Course Description This course introduces you to the most important phenomena in global communication as well as the basic concepts, theories, and approaches in studying these phenomena. The course covers issues, among others, the definition, history, and current status of globalization, how media communications (including the internet, news, marketing communication, and popular culture) relate to the social, cultural, economic, and political aspects of globalization, and the characteristics of the processes of the global information and media flows. This course is organized in three modules: history, theories, and phenomena.
Course OutlineEnglish
Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentData Science and Policy Studies Programme
Course TeacherDr. Chi Pui Ho
Language of Instruction English
First Day of ClassJan 12, 2021
Last Day of ClassApr 20, 2021
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeTue 1030-1315
Time ZoneHong Kong Time (UTC+8)
Restrictions-
Course Description This introductory course provides an overview on the study of data science, covering the development of data industry and challenges in working with big data. Topics to be covered include the definition of data science, data analytics, data visualization, data science process, development of data industry, data science coding, and the wide applications of data science in social science and policy studies. This course also equips students with the essential quantitative skills and knowledge to prepare them for the advanced data science courses (such as DSPS2102 and DSPS2201). Topics covered include data types, data presentation, data transformations, frequency analysis, descriptive statistics, probability theories, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, correlation, as well as their applications in social science and management problems.
Course OutlineEnglish
Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentGlobal Studies Programme
Course TeacherDr. Toru Horiuchi
Language of Instruction English
First Day of ClassJan 13, 2021
Last Day of ClassApr 21, 2021
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeWed 1030-1315
Time ZoneHong Kong Time (UTC+8)
Restrictions-
Course Description This course looks at the "Rise of China" from the perspective of Global Governance and specifically sheds light on its diplomatic, trade and cultural relations with others in the Global Community. It provides a critical analysis on the transformation of Chinese foreign policies since the establishment of the People's Republic of China and the momentum behind this change of practices. This course covers, but not limited to, i) the History and evolution of Chinese foreign policies; ii) the analytical framework of policy-making process in China, particularly in handling foreign and security affairs; iii) its foreign relations with both the developed and developing nations; iv) its booming economy and integration with the global economy; v) assessment on the rhetoric of "Peaceful Rise" and "Charm Offensive" with reference to the Confucius Institute.
Course OutlineEnglish
Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentGlobal Studies Programme
Course TeacherDr. James Floyd Downes
Language of Instruction English
First Day of ClassJan 14, 2021
Last Day of ClassApr 22, 2021
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeThu 1430-1715
Time ZoneHong Kong Time (UTC+8)
Restrictions-
Course Description This course adopts various approaches to unravel the complexity of the ongoing integration project in Europe. Alongside the theoretical analysis, this course sheds light on the connection between Europe and the World. It will cover topics including, but not limited to, the Common Foreign and Security Policy, the EU Law, as well as EU’s contribution to Global Governance.
Course OutlineEnglish
Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentGlobal Studies Programme
Course TeacherKa Shing Kalvin Fung
Language of Instruction English
First Day of ClassJan 12, 2021
Last Day of ClassApr 20, 2021
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeTue 1430-1715
Time ZoneHong Kong Time (UTC+8)
Restrictions-
Course Description This course aims to provide students with the analytical skills and critical knowledge over the concepts, theories, and cases relating to the scholarship of international relations (IR) and international law (IL) (Liberalism, Realism, Constructivism and Neo Colonialism, etc.), which govern the world order and structure the states’ behavior in the twenty-first century. This course will particularly explore a number of theoretical debates in IR literature, and the practice of IL in different political arena, for instances, trading relationship, multinational cooperation and territorial administration. This course will also cover the historical evolution of the international system after the Second World War and the transformation of the IL. Finally, the course will be concluded with the discussion of latest development of IR. Relevant real-world examples and case studies will be adopted to illustrate the big ideas and key concepts of IL and politics. This course intends to offer students a more comprehensive idea of IR and IL. This course prepares students a deeper insight into not only on study of global politics and IL, and but also provide a farsighted idea of todays’ issues and to meet future challenges. The course is designed to introduce essential concepts, major theoretical perspectives and basic mechanisms of IR and IL, allowing students to communicate issues in world politics effectively in group work and individually, in oral as well as written forms.
Course OutlineEnglish
Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentGlobal Studies Programme
Course TeacherProf. Fung Lee
Language of Instruction English
First Day of ClassJan 12, 2021
Last Day of ClassApr 20, 2021
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeTue 1030-1315
Time ZoneHong Kong Time (UTC+8)
Restrictions-
Course Description This course aims to provide a comprehensive overview of major global environmental challenges, with the focus put on the nature of various global environmental problems and how different actors (e.g. governments, NGOs, international organizations, etc.) respond to the problems in political and socio-economic dimensions. The societal impacts of environmental problems are also discussed. It aims to offer students with basic knowledge and analytical tools for making sense of how global environmental issues are shaped by world politics and international policies. It adopts a multi-disciplinary approach that integrates theoretical issues with empirical case studies. The course will first offer a general introduction of current global environmental challenges such as climate change and deforestation. After providing a brief historical advancement of addressing trans-boundary environmental problems, it proceeds to examine how different actors respond to the problems. Also, the roles played by different actors in global environment governance on selected topics are discussed. It focuses not only on how the responses of different actors towards global environmental crisis are driven by world politics, but also the tight connection between global political-economy and physical environment, including how socio-economic factors contribute to, and also being affected by, global environmental problems. Finally, the course will be concluded with the discussion of the latest trends and future of global environmental governance, particularly the recent dynamics of international and regional organizations. Relevant real world examples and case studies will be presented to illustrate the big ideas and key concepts of global environmental politics.
Course OutlineEnglish



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