CCGL6001 Global Issues

Change for a Better Community

This course is under the thematic cluster(s) of:

  • Sustaining Cities, Cultures, and the Earth (SCCE)

[This is a 3-credit Common Core Microcredential course (CCMC) focused on transdisciplinary project-based learning in a highly compressed format.]

  • CCMCs are optional, i.e. whether or not you take CCMCs (in place of one standard 6-credit CC course) for fulfilling the UG5(c) Common Core requirements, is at your discretion. However, if you opt to take CCMCs, you must take TWO of them, not more or less.]
  • Students who have been granted Advanced Standing / Credit Transfer / Course Exemption / Internal Transfer for Common Core courses in their current programme are NOT eligible.
  • Students who have completed CCMCs are NOT eligible for the Common Core Special Proviso in the determination of the Graduation GPA.


January 15, 2024 (Mon) (10:00 am) – February 9, 2024 (Fri)

Course Description

Have you ever heard of improving the communities you care for? Community involvement built upon Theories of Change can bring innovation and changes, and this course will provide you with chances to improve them as a global citizen. You will be able to collaborate with students across different disciplines in a project-based learning process to acquire basic knowledge and skills of designing social changes with valuable and measurable outcomes on specific issues, such as poverty and mental health. Students from all walks will come together to design different initiatives for a selected offline or online community. By the end of this course, you will be capable of putting initiatives into action through a variety of interactive and engaging learning activities, such as case studies, workshops and field visits.

Course Learning Outcomes

On completing the course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the capability of identifying and selecting a critical lens to assess and address social issues, e.g., poverty and mental health, etc.
  2. Apply a logic model to design feasible and ethical initiatives for the selected social issues, and link them to expected outcome changes for the selected community.
  3. Develop basic project planning and management skills of community-based initiatives from a trans-disciplinary collaboration approach.
  4. Analyze project results using real-time data.

Offer Semester and Day of Teaching

Summer Semester

June 24 – July 2, 2024

Study Load

Activities Number of hours
Lectures 15
Tutorials 4
Fieldwork / Visits 3
Reading / Self-study 8
Consultation with the instructor 2
Assessment: Essay / Report writing 5
Assessment: Presentation (incl preparation) 3
Assessment: Creative productions 12
Assessment: Group project 16
Total: 68

Assessment: 100% coursework

Assessment Tasks Weighting
Participation 20
Fieldtrip reflection 30
Group project presentation 30
Project report 20

Required Reading

  • Archibald, T., Sharrock, G., Buckley, J., & Cook, N. (2016). Assumptions, conjectures, and other miracles: The application of evaluative thinking to theory of change models in community development. Evaluation and Program Planning, 59, 119–127. From
  • Minckas, N., Shannon, G., & Mannell, J. (2020). The role of participation and community mobilisation in preventing violence against women and girls: a programme review and critique. Global Health Action, 13(1), 1775061–1775061. From
  • Van Belle S, van de Pas R, Marchal B. (2017). Towards an agenda for implementation science in global health: there is nothing more practical than good (social science) theories. BMJ Global Health, 2: e000181.

Course Co-ordinator and Teacher(s)

Course Co-ordinator Contact
Professor Y.W. Law
Department of Social Work and Social Administration, Faculty of Social Sciences
Tel:  3917 5940
Teacher(s) Contact
Professor Y.W. Law
Department of Social Work and Social Administration, Faculty of Social Sciences
Tel:  3917 5940