Common Core Thematic Clusters

Sustaining Cities, Cultures, and the Earth (SCCE) (applicable to cohorts admitted in or after 2017-18)

Sustaining Cities, Cultures, and the Earth aligns with the University’s commitment to the United Nations’ Sustainability Development Goals and addresses the pressing question of sustainability across multiple domains of knowledge and practice.
Science, Technology and Big Data
CCST9001 Redesigning Life
CCST9002 Quantitative Literacy in Science, Technology and Society
CCST9003 Everyday Computing and the Internet
CCST9006 Chasing Biomedical Miracles: Promises and Perils
CCST9008 Infectious Disease in a Changing World
CCST9009 Living with Stem Cells
CCST9010 The Science of Crime Investigation
CCST9012 Our Place in the Universe
CCST9013 Our Living Environment
CCST9014 Science and Music
CCST9015 Electronic Technologies in Everyday Life
CCST9016 Energy: Its Evolution and Environmental Impacts
CCST9017 Hidden Order in Daily Life: A Mathematical Perspective
CCST9018 Origin and Evolution of Life
CCST9019 Understanding Climate Change
CCST9020 Sustainable Development of the Built Environment
CCST9021 Hong Kong: Our Marine Heritage
CCST9022 How the Mass Media Depicts Science, Technology and the Natural World
CCST9023 The Oceans: Science and Society
CCST9025 Genetics and Human Nature
CCST9026 Scientific Revolutions: Their Continuing Impact on Our World and Society
CCST9027 The Science of Irrational Thinking
CCST9029 Cyberspace Crime: Technology and Ethics
CCST9030 Forensic Science: Unmasking Evidence, Mysteries and Crimes
CCST9032 “Intelligent” Architecture and Sustainability
CCST9033 Left Brain, Right Brain: Science and Myth
CCST9034 Living in a Hazardous World
CCST9035 Making Sense of Science-related Social Issues
CCST9036 Material World: Past, Present, and Future
CCST9037 Mathematics: A Cultural Heritage
CCST9038 Science and Science Fiction
CCST9039 Statistics and Our Society
CCST9042 The World of Waves
CCST9043 Time’s Arrow
CCST9045 The Science and Lore of Culinary Culture
CCST9046 The Science of the Mind-body-health Relationship
CCST9047 The Age of Big Data
CCST9048 Simplifying Complexity
CCST9049 From Human Vision to Machine Vision
CCST9052 Coffee, Cigarettes, and Alcohol
CCST9053 Responding to Natural Disasters
CCST9054 War, Peace and the Natural World
CCST9055 Beauty Secrets: Science and Consumerism
CCST9056 The Force is with You: How Things Work
CCST9067 Leaving Earth: Our Future in Space
CCST9074 Water: The Next Oil?
CCST9075 Be Fit! Be Active!
Arts and Humanities
CCHU9001 Designs on the Future: Sustainability of the Built Environment
CCHU9002 Battles for Bodies: The Birth of Surveillance Society
CCHU9003 Making History: Engaging with the Powerful Past
CCHU9005 Food and Values
CCHU9006 Girl Power in a Man’s World
CCHU9007 Sexuality and Gender: Diversity and Society
CCHU9009 Moral Controversies in Contemporary Society
CCHU9010 Being Different: Understanding People with Disabilities
CCHU9011 Social Divisions in Contemporary Societies
CCHU9012 Body, Beauty and Fashion
CCHU9014 Spirituality, Religion and Social Change
CCHU9015 Sex and Intimacy in Modern Times
CCHU9021 Critical Thinking in Contemporary Society
CCHU9022 Journey into Madness: Conceptions of Mental Health and Mental Illness
CCHU9023 Shaping the Landscape: A Quest for Harmony between Nature and the City
CCHU9024 The Last Dance: Understanding Death and Dying
CCHU9026 Cultures of Violence: Making Sense of the Human Fighting Instinct
CCHU9030 Image, Space and Society
CCHU9032 Language, Institution and Power
CCHU9034 Architecture and Film
CCHU9038 Music and the Human Body
CCHU9039 Sexuality and Culture
CCHU9042 Human Language: Nature or Nurture?
CCHU9043 Rethinking Women: The Big Debates
CCHU9044 Creative Arts as a Way of Knowing
CCHU9045 Vision: The Science and Art of Perception
CCHU9047 The Press, the Public and the Public Sphere
CCHU9048 The City: Histories of Urbanism and the Built Environment
CCHU9049 Reinventing Classical Music
CCHU9050 Freedom: Spirits, Experiences, and Expressions
CCHU9052 The Best Things in Life: A Philosophical Exploration
CCHU9053 Contested Words, Disputed Symbols
CCHU9054 Borderlines – Questioning Boundaries in a Vague World
CCHU9056 Virtual Worlds, Real Bodies
CCHU9057 Killing Stories: A Search for Truth in the Narratives of War
CCHU9058 Nature in the City: Beyond the Concrete Jungle
CCHU9059 Making and Appreciating Drama
CCHU9060 Games: Play, Learning and Society
CCHU9061 Science and Religion: Questioning Truth, Knowledge and Life
CCHU9062 Buddhist Visions in World Cinema
CCHU9063 Cultures of Madness
CCHU9065 A Life Worth Living
CCHU9066 Human Learning: A Life-long Adventure
CCHU9069 Finance and Society: How Human Societies have Innovated to Deal with Risk
CCHU9079 FantASIA: Weaving Queer Intersections in Asia
Global Issues
CCGL9002 Hong Kong Culture in the Context of Globalization
CCGL9003 Contagions: Global Histories of Disease
CCGL9004 Governance and Democracy in the Age of Globalization
CCGL9007 Youth in a Global World
CCGL9008 Cybersocieties: Understanding Technology as Global Change
CCGL9009 Local Cultures and Global Markets
CCGL9014 Thinking about Global Ethics
CCGL9015 Globalization and Migration
CCGL9016 Feeding the World
CCGL9017 Food: Technology, Trade and Culture
CCGL9018 Corporate Social Responsibility
CCGL9019 Economic Globalization: Issues and Challenges
CCGL9020 Environment, Globalization, and Institutions
CCGL9021 Globalization and Tourism
CCGL9023 Internet, Media and Society
CCGL9024 The Life and Death of Languages: Diversity, Identity and Globalization
CCGL9026 Think Global, Act Local: You, Hong Kong, and the World
CCGL9027 Criminal Entrepreneurs, Clandestine Globalization and the Illicit World Political Economy
CCGL9028 Gender, Health, and Globalization
CCGL9030 Financial Crisis
CCGL9031 Entrepreneurship: Global and Social Development
CCGL9032 Rule of Law in a Globalizing World
CCGL9033 Weapons of Mass Destruction: Science, Proliferation and Terrorism
CCGL9034 Globalization and Architecture
CCGL9035 Challenges of Global Governance: Past and Present
CCGL9036 Dilemmas of Humanitarian Intervention
CCGL9038 English as a Global Language in Asian Contexts
CCGL9040 Energy Futures, Globalization and Sustainability
CCGL9044 Mobile Identities: Person, Place, and Global Flows
CCGL9047 Power, Leadership, and Legitimacy in a Globalizing World
CCGL9048 Global Crime and Injustice
CCGL9049 Carbon, Money, and Lifestyle
CCGL9050 Europe without Borders?
CCGL9051 Technology, Power, and Culture in the Global Age
CCGL9052 Some We Love, Some We Eat: Human-Animal Relationships in the Global Marketplace
CCGL9053 Suicide: Risks, Research, and Realities
CCGL9054 Responding to the Challenges of Aging Societies
CCGL9058 Villages and Global Futures
CCGL9062 Shaping Our Health Across Cultures
CCGL9065 Our Response to Climate Change: Hong Kong 2100
China: Culture, State and Society
CCCH9001 Chinese House and Garden: Architecture, Landscape, and Material Culture
CCCH9002 Chinese Cities in the 21st Century
CCCH9003 Modernity and Traditional Chinese Thought
CCCH9004 Ideas and Images of the West in Late Imperial China
CCCH9005 The Chinese Cultural Revolution
CCCH9006 China’s Modernization in the East Asian Context
CCCH9007 China in the Global Economy
CCCH9008 Hong Kong’s Environment: Issues and Policies 
CCCH9011 China’s Rise and Asia’s Future
CCCH9013 Love, Marriage and Sex in Modern China
CCCH9014 Social Development Challenges in China
CCCH9015 Population, Society and Sustainable Development in Hong Kong
CCCH9016 Hong Kong: Becoming a Chinese Global City
CCCH9017 People, Propaganda and Profit: Understanding Media in China
CCCH9020 Science and Technology: Lessons from China
CCCH9021 Chinese Business Practice and Society: Past and Present
CCCH9023 Family and Development in Modern China
CCCH9024 Following the Dao: Ways of Life in Chinese Thought
CCCH9025 Humanity and Nature in Chinese Thought
CCCH9028 Hong Kong and China’s Economic Development
CCCH9029 Ideas and Practices of Healing Arts in Traditional Chinese Medicine
CCCH9033 Sustainable Urban Development and Hong Kong
CCCH9035 Music Along the Silk Road
CCCH9036 Environmental Pollution in China
CCCH9039 Curing the Chinese: Medicine and Society in Modern China
CCCH9041 The Rule of Law in Contemporary China
CCCH9042 Corruption and Anticorruption in China
CCCH9050 Blessings or Curses? World Heritage Sites in China and their Sustainability 
CCCH9051 Digitizing Cultural Heritage in Greater China

 

The Quest for a Meaningful Life (UQM) (applicable to cohorts admitted in or after 2020-21) /
The Universe and the Question of Meaning (UQM) (applicable to cohorts admitted in 2017-18, 2018-19, and 2019-20)

‘The Quest for a Meaningful Life’ (previously ‘The Universe and the Question of Meaning) is designed for those most interested in cross-overs between different ways of knowing the world, practices of spirituality, and philosophical reflections on meaning, ethics and well-being.
Science, Technology and Big Data
CCST9001 Redesigning Life
CCST9012 Our Place in the Universe
CCST9018 Origin and Evolution of Life
CCST9026 Scientific Revolutions: Their Continuing Impact on Our World and Society
CCST9027 The Science of Irrational Thinking
CCST9043 Time’s Arrow
CCST9051 What are We Made of – the Fundamental Nature of Matter
CCST9058 Learning and the Brain
CCST9060 Exploring Human Longevity
CCST9072 Smile! Teeth and Society
CCST9077 The Quantum Revolution: From Secret Codes to Black Holes
Arts and Humanities
CCHU9009 Moral Controversies in Contemporary Society
CCHU9014 Spirituality, Religion and Social Change
CCHU9024 The Last Dance: Understanding Death and Dying
CCHU9051 Mysteries of the Human Mind
CCHU9052 The Best Things in Life: A Philosophical Exploration
CCHU9061 Science and Religion: Questioning Truth, Knowledge and Life
CCHU9062 Buddhist Visions in World Cinema
CCHU9065 A Life Worth Living
CCHU9078 Contemplative Practices: From Personal Awareness to Social Well-being
CCHU9080 Dead People’s Things: Excavating the Past with Archaeology
CCHU9083 Spiritual, not Religious: Technologies of the Soul
Global Issues
CCGL9003 Contagions: Global Histories of Disease
CCGL9008 Cybersocieties: Understanding Technology as Global Change
CCGL9014 Thinking about Global Ethics
CCGL9042 The Evolution of Civilization
CCGL9055 Genocide: Mass Violence and the Quest for Justice
CCGL9061 Digital Humanitarianism: Can You Save the World with Your Computer?
CCGL9064 Body Politics: Local Worlds, Global Processes
China: Culture, State and Society
CCCH9003 Modernity and Traditional Chinese Thought
CCCH9018 Buddhism and Chinese Culture
CCCH9024 Following the Dao: Ways of Life in Chinese Thought
CCCH9025 Humanity and Nature in Chinese Thought
CCCH9029 Ideas and Practices of Healing Arts in Traditional Chinese Medicine
CCCH9037 Chinese Mythology

 

Creative Arts (CA) (applicable to cohorts admitted in or after 2021-22)

‘Creative Arts’ offers students a combined experience of both making and interpreting the arts across multiple media-formats, historical periods, and social contexts.
Science, Technology and Big Data
CCST9014 Science and Music
CCST9038 Science and Science Fiction
Arts and Humanities
CCHU9018 Art and Ideas: East and West
CCHU9034 Architecture and Film
CCHU9044 Creative Arts as a Way of Knowing
CCHU9049 Reinventing Classical Music
CCHU9056 Virtual Worlds, Real Bodies
CCHU9062 Buddhist Visions in World Cinema
CCHU9070 Making Movies: Creative Expression on Screen
CCHU9072 Staging the Voice: Opera Today
CCHU9082 24 Frames: Communicating Ideas through Film
Global Issues
CCGL9001 Hong Kong Cinema through a Global Lens
CCGL9066 Music and Global Politics: From Beethoven to Beyoncé and Beyond
China: Culture, State and Society
CCCH9040 Representing Contemporary China through Film
CCCH9051 Digitizing Cultural Heritage in Greater China
 

The Human Life Span (HL) (applicable to cohorts admitted in or after 2021-22)

‘The Human Lifespan’ offers students a holistic transdisciplinary engagement with the multidimensional questions about the human lifespan from before conception to death and the debates that hover around the question of immortality.
Science, Technology and Big Data
CCST9006 Chasing Biomedical Miracles: Promises and Perils
CCST9009 Living with Stem Cells
CCST9025 Genetics and Human Nature
CCST9032 Intelligent” Architecture and Sustainability
CCST9050 Robot: Flesh, Machines, Intelligence
CCST9060 Exploring Human Longevity
CCST9062 Sports: For You and Hong Kong
CCST9073 Emotion, Cognition, and Brain
CCST9078 Health Literacy: Things to Know Before Consulting Dr. Google
Arts and Humanities
CCHU9001 Designs on the Future
CCHU9009 Moral Controversies in Contemporary Society
CCHU9010 Being Different: Understanding People with Disabilities
CCHU9014 Spirituality, Religion and Social Change
CCHU9015 Sex and Intimacy in Modern Times
CCHU9019 From Health to Well-being
CCHU9024 The Last Dance: Understanding Death and Dying
CCHU9051 Mysteries of the Human Mind
CCHU9052 The Best Things in Life: A Philosophical Exploration
CCHU9061 Science and Religion: Questioning Truth, Knowledge and Life
CCHU9065 A Life Worth Living
CCHU9066 Human Learning: A Life-long Adventure
CCHU9078 Contemplative Practices: From Personal Awareness to Social Well-being
Global Issues
CCGL9003 Contagions: Global Histories of Disease
CCGL9005 Poverty, Development, and the Next Generation: Challenges for a Global World
CCGL9025 The Political Economy of Growth and Poverty in the World
CCGL9042 The Evolution of Civilization
CCGL9053 Suicide: Risks, Research, and Realities
CCGL9054 Responding to the Challenges of Aging Societies
CCGL9058 Villages and Global Futures
CCGL9062 Shaping our Health Across Cultures
China: Culture, State and Society
CCCH9002 Chinese Cities in the 21st Century
CCCH9013 Love, Marriage and Sex in Modern China
CCCH9014 Social Development: China, Asia, and the World
CCCH9015 Population, Society and Sustainable Development in Hong Kong
CCCH9018 Buddhism and Chinese Culture
CCCH9023 Family and Development in Modern China
CCCH9025 Humanity and Nature in Chinese Thought
CCCH9029 Ideas and Practices of Healing Arts in Traditional Chinese Medicine
CCCH9033 Sustainable Urban Development and Hong Kong
CCCH9039 Curing the Chinese: Medicine and Society in Modern China

 

Gender, Sexuality, and Diversity (GSD) (applicable to cohorts admitted in or after 2021-22)

‘Gender, Sexuality, and Diversity’ offers students a space for the transdisciplinary holistic exploration of questions that bear deeply upon individual and social identities across multiple cultural contexts.
Science, Technology and Big Data
CCST9065 Women in Science
CCST9079 Gender, Science, and Self-Shaping: Biohacking and Techno-Identities
Arts and Humanities
CCHU9006 Girl Power in a Man’s World
CCHU9009 Moral Controversies in Contemporary Society
CCHU9007 Sexuality and Gender: Diversity and Society
CCHU9012 Body, Beauty and Fashion
CCHU9011 Social Divisions in Contemporary Societies
CCHU9015 Sex and Intimacy in Modern Times
CCHU9026 Cultures of Violence: Making Sense of the Human Fighting Instinct
CCHU9032 Language, Institution and Power
CCHU9036 Reflecting on Human Experience through Literature
CCHU9039 Sexuality and Culture
CCHU9043 Rethinking Women: The Big Debates
CCHU9053 Contested Words, Disputed Symbols
CCHU9071 Man Up: Masculinities in the Making
CCHU9079 FantASIA: Weaving Queer Intersections in Asia
Global Issues
CCGL9003 Contagions: Global Histories of Disease
CCGL9005 Poverty, Development, and the Next Generation: Challenges for a Global World
CCGL9007 Youth in a Global World
CCGL9028 Gender, Health, and Globalization
CCGL9064 Body Politics: Local Worlds, Global Processes
China: Culture, State and Society
CCCH9013 Love, Marriage and Sex in Modern China
CCCH9014 Social Development: China, Asia, and the World
CCCH9023 Family and Development in Modern China
CCCH9037 Chinese Mythology
CCCH9040 Representing Contemporary China through Film
CCCH9043 Chinese Poetry as Social Critique
CCCH9054 Mothering China: From the Womb to the Nation