CCHU9001 Arts and Humanities
Designs on the Future

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

  • Sustaining Cities, Cultures, and the Earth (SCCE)
  • The Human Life Span (HL)

[This is a certified Communication-intensive (CI) Course which meets all of the requirements endorsed by HKU’s Senate, including (i) the teaching assessment of oral and digital communication ‘literacies’; and (ii) at least 40% of the course grade assigned to communication-rich assessment tasks.]

Course Description

‘Designs on the Future’ is intended to inspire thinking about the way we should construct our future living environments in order to find the most sustainable balance.  We will explore the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as they apply to Hong Kong, addressing issues of  population and urbanization, materials resources, and human systems,as a way of understanding what is a sustainable future might look like.  We will also evaluate the different media and strategies that people have used / are using to advocate for more sustainable approaches to the environment and community.

To deepen our learning, ee will be usings a socialised e-learning platform, the Digital Exhibition Space (DES).  This is an interactive virtual 3D environment within which student groups can collaborate, present and evaluate their coursework. Each week students are required to undertake up to one hour of online activities in preparation for interactive F2F workshop sessions which involve a wide range of group activities and exercises.   The on-line components deliver the bulk of the course content, while the workshop sessions help develop understanding of the content, and allow us to explore contexts and interconnections, and to apply the concepts to different scenarios.

The final output of last year’s course can be accessed via the CCC Student Learning Festival 2020-21  https://commoncore.hku.hk/slf2021/  (just look under ‘Student Work Exhibition’ + ‘CCHU9001: Designs on the Future’)

Course Learning Outcomes

On completing the course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the built environment in relation to its physical and socio-cultural context, and to develop and articulate ideas about the relationship between human beings, the environment and how human experience are expressed in their constructions.
  2. Identify current issues relating to sustainable development and evaluate the extent to which these influence, and are influenced by, the landscape and built environment.
  3. Be able to evaluate the strategies adopted by people in making sustainability arguments, and to be able to develop an effective proposal for action on a local sustainability issue.

Offer Semester and Day of Teaching

Second semester (Wed)


Study Load

Activities Number of hours
Online course material 12
Reading / Self-study 48
Workshop sessions 20
Assessment: Assignments 48
Total: 128

Assessment: 100% coursework

Assessment Tasks Weighting
Participation 20
Video production 20
Poster 20
Presentation 20
Peer evaluation 10
Reflective writing 10

Required Reading

Required readings will be advised at the outset of the course.


Course Co-ordinator and Teacher(s)

Course Co-ordinator Contact
Mr M.R. Pryor
Division of Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Architecture
Tel: 3917 7961
Email: matthew.pryor@hku.hk
Teacher(s) Contact
Mr M.R. Pryor
Division of Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Architecture
Tel: 3917 7961
Email: matthew.pryor@hku.hk