CCST6001 Science, Technology and Big Data
Change for a Better Self

This course is under the thematic clusters of:

  • The Quest for a Meaningful Life (UQM)

[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.

Course Description

“Who am I?”

“Will I be accepted?”

These are age-old questions that concern us all as humans. The quest for an answer, to each their own, is a lifelong journey that often begin in youth. This course is an experiential learning gateway to prepare students in their future exploration on what it means, and what it takes, to become a ‘better’ person. 

Drawing on the related disciplines of counselling, mental health, and psychological medicine, (bite-size) concepts will be introduced through mini-lectures. Students will experience the application of these concepts first-hand in tutorials with fun activities supported by HKU Master students, and sign up for relevant group/field visit/retreat activities offered by local and international youth programmes.    

Students will be partners in the course as we explore topics of self-identity, social intelligence, and self-acceptance, by contributing to the learning experience in groups and through self-reflection, such as interviewing and ‘human library’ sharing, and experiment with personal profile development through machine learning.

Course Learning Outcomes

On completing the course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand how self-identity and intimate relations form in emerging adults and their interactions with a person’s mental health.
  2. Take perspectives in understanding oneself and others, develop empathy and theory of mind about people from different background and cultures.
  3. Demonstrate ability in exploring one’s roles and strengths in different social groups and communities through experiential learning.
  4. Express in self-directed creative ways their self-exploration journeys to inspire fellow university students.

Offer Semester and Day of Teaching

Summer Semester
July 4, 5, 8 – 12, 2024

Study Load

Activities Number of hours
Lectures 6
Tutorials 14
Fieldwork / Visits 12
Reading / Self-study 6
Assessment: Essay / Report writing 10
Assessment: Group project (incl preparation) 20
Total: 68

Assessment: 100% coursework

Assessment Tasks Weighting
Tutorial participation 20
Reflective journal 30
Group project 30
Individual report on group project 20

Required Reading

Course Co-ordinator and Teacher(s)

Course Co-ordinator Contact
Professor K.W. Chan
Department of Psychiatry, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
Tel: 2255 4486
Teacher(s) Contact
Professor K.W. Chan
Department of Psychiatry, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
Tel: 2255 4486
Professor P.W.C. Wong
Department of Social Work and Social Administration, Faculty of Social Sciences
Tel: 3917 5029