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Undergraduate

Programmes Overview

The Department of Geography offers three undergraduate programmes and one minor programme:

provides a broad-based training of the discipline that allows students to have a balanced view of the contemporary world. 

 

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provides students with knowledge and skills in the academic discipline of Geography and a recognized teaching qualification for teaching of the Personal, Social and Humanities Education (PSHE) Key Learning Area in local schools.

 

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offered by Department of Geography for holders of Associate Degree (AD) or Higher Diploma (HD) who wish to continue on to a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Environment and Resources Management.

 

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Students seeking to pursue the study of a minor programme would need to fulfil 15 units of courses specified by the offering department/programme, and note that no registration priority will be given to enrolment in minor courses. Upon completion of the 15 units required for the minor programme, students should apply to the Academic Registry for approval.

 

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U-life

Student Advising Team

Student Advising Team (SAT) in the Department provides academic advising services to students.

Student Advising Team (SAT) in the Department provides academic advising services to students. The major tasks of the SAT include:

 

(1) To assist students with adapting to U-life smoothly

(2) To give students advice on choosing their suitable Majors

(3) To guide students to set up attainable academic & personal
goals.

 

Pamphlets for BAP and DD students

 

 

Contacts of SAT members:

 

Members Email Tel. Office Office Hour
Dr. Daphne Mah daphnemah@hkbu.edu.hk 3411-5941 AAB1231 By appointment
Dr. Barber, Lachlan B. lbarber@hkbu.edu.hk 3411-6542 AAB1222 By appointment
Dr. Hao Pu ppuhao@hkbu.edu.hk 3411-7166 AAB1233 By appointment
Miss Maggie Lam maggielam@hkbu.edu.hk 3411-2412

General Office

AAB1220

Mon – Fri:

9 am – 5:50 pm

Miss Joanne Leung joanneleung@hkbu.edu.hk 3411-7709

Student Advising Team (SAT) in the Department provides academic advising services to students. The major tasks of the SAT include:

 

(1) To assist students with adapting to U-life smoothly

(2) To give students advice on choosing their suitable Majors

(3) To guide students to set up attainable academic & personal
goals.

 

Pamphlets for BAP and DD students

 

 

Contacts of SAT members:

 

Members Email Tel. Office Office Hour
Dr. Daphne Mah daphnemah@hkbu.edu.hk 3411-5941 AAB1231 By appointment
Dr. Barber, Lachlan B. lbarber@hkbu.edu.hk 3411-6542 AAB1222 By appointment
Dr. Hao Pu ppuhao@hkbu.edu.hk 3411-7166 AAB1233 By appointment
Miss Maggie Lam maggielam@hkbu.edu.hk 3411-2412

General Office

AAB1220

Mon – Fri:

9 am – 5:50 pm

Miss Joanne Leung joanneleung@hkbu.edu.hk 3411-7709

Honours Project

The Department trains students’ independent study skills through the mandatory Honours Project requirement. The Honors Project enables students to complete a piece of significant, independent study on a geographic topic of their choice under the supervision of a faculty member in the Department. Many previous projects have been close to publishable standards, and some have subsequently been jointly published with their supervisors in journals or book chapters.

Honours projects completed in 2021

Older projects

 

4-year curriculum:

Under the 4-year curriculum, the Honours Project carries 6 credit units for the Geography Major, double degrees of GEOG-LST and GEOG-PSHET and the China Studies – Geography Concentration programmes. Topic selection for the project will take place towards the end of the third year of study (forth year for double degrees of GEOG-LST and GEOG-PSHET), under the guidance of the Chief Adviser. The project should be based on the analysis of a problem through fieldwork or through the analysis of secondary data. The project should demonstrate that students have developed geographical field, practical and analytical skills within the context of the chosen research topic. For Geography Major and double-degree  students, the project is to be written in English, except under special circumstances. For China Studies students, the project must be on an aspect of China. It can be written in either English or Chinese, which is to be determined by the student in consultation with the Chief Adviser.


Honours Project Handbook for Geography Major/China Studies/Double Degree (2021 – 22)

Honours Project Handbook for Geography Major/China Studies/Double Degree (2020 – 21)

 

 

 

Honours projects completed in 2021

Older projects

 

4-year curriculum:

Under the 4-year curriculum, the Honours Project carries 6 credit units for the Geography Major, double degrees of GEOG-LST and GEOG-PSHET and the China Studies – Geography Concentration programmes. Topic selection for the project will take place towards the end of the third year of study (forth year for double degrees of GEOG-LST and GEOG-PSHET), under the guidance of the Chief Adviser. The project should be based on the analysis of a problem through fieldwork or through the analysis of secondary data. The project should demonstrate that students have developed geographical field, practical and analytical skills within the context of the chosen research topic. For Geography Major and double-degree  students, the project is to be written in English, except under special circumstances. For China Studies students, the project must be on an aspect of China. It can be written in either English or Chinese, which is to be determined by the student in consultation with the Chief Adviser.


Honours Project Handbook for Geography Major/China Studies/Double Degree (2021 – 22)

Honours Project Handbook for Geography Major/China Studies/Double Degree (2020 – 21)

 

Field Camp

It is vital for geographic education to train students’ observational power and hands-on skills. Hence, classroom teachings are often supplemented with fieldwork and lab/practical sessions. To many students, fieldwork and project-based studies are the most welcoming aspects of geographic education. 

The Department has made the Annual Field Camp mandatory. Every student, including those in both the Major and the China Studies programmes, must fulfill the Field Camp requirement before they can graduate. The Field Camp is conducted during the second semester of the third year. This 6-9 day excursion has a variety of taken students to locations outside Hong Kong and offers an invaluable learning experience. In addition to the field camp, local and regional field trips are organized for many subjects offered by the Department. Experiences have shown that field camps and subject-related fieldwork activities encourage close interactions and friendly relationships between students and staff in a non-classroom setting. Apart from the pedagogical importance of fieldwork, it helps to strengthen student-staff relationships and interactions.

 

2019 Field Camp

The Department has made the Annual Field Camp mandatory. Every student, including those in both the Major and the China Studies programmes, must fulfill the Field Camp requirement before they can graduate. The Field Camp is conducted during the second semester of the third year. This 6-9 day excursion has a variety of taken students to locations outside Hong Kong and offers an invaluable learning experience. In addition to the field camp, local and regional field trips are organized for many subjects offered by the Department. Experiences have shown that field camps and subject-related fieldwork activities encourage close interactions and friendly relationships between students and staff in a non-classroom setting. Apart from the pedagogical importance of fieldwork, it helps to strengthen student-staff relationships and interactions.

 

2019 Field Camp

Scholarships

Students in this Department are able to compete for University-wide scholarships awarded on the basis of academic merit and other criteria.

Every year a substantial number of scholarships are credited to students of the Geography Department to honour their outstanding academic achievements and notable service contributions. Several scholarships are specially bestowed to geography students, including the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Hong Kong Dissertation Scholarship, Mrs. Leung Tong Pom-Sum Memorial Scholarship, Luk Yin Memorial Fund, Hong Kong Baptist University Geography Alumni Scholarship, Paul C K Wong Memorial Fund, Wong May Wai Esther Scholarship for Outstanding Geography Students and the Hongkong Electric Scholarships for Energy and Environmental Studies.

 

The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Hong Kong Dissertation Scholarship

The Royal Geographic Society (Hong Kong Branch) has supported an Honours Project Scholarship for HK$10,000 since 1999. This competitive award is intended to assist students with their project fieldwork, and targets an individual student who has proposed to carry out innovative research, either within or outside Hong Kong.

 

Mrs. Leung Tong Pom-Sum Memorial Scholarship

The Scholarship is set up in commemoration of the Department’s former Head, Mrs. Leung Tong Pom-sum, for her more-than three decades’ dedicated service to the Department and the University. The Department is most thankful for the generous contributions made by Mrs. Leung’s family and by alumni to the setting up of the Scholarship. Two scholarships of $5,000 each donated by the Department are available to Geography students on the basis of academic merit.

 

Luk Yin Memorial Fund

The Luk Yin Memorial Fund is a scholarship awarded for outstanding student studying in Geography major.

 

Hong Kong Baptist University Geography Alumni Scholarship

Merit-based scholarships donated by Geography alumni are available to undergraduate students in the Department of Geography (including students in China Studies).

 

Paul C K Wong Memorial Fund

The Department of Geography is honored to introduce the captioned fund, with a prize amount of up to HK$5,000 for each recipient. The fund was established in memory of Mr. Paul Wong Chun Keung, the late brother of Mr. Wong Chun Chuen, Mr. Sam Wong Chun Kai and Mr. Leo Wong Chun Fai. It is offered first to a full-time Geography student(s) with a physical disability and good academic attainment. In the absence of the above mentioned student(s), other student(s) with outstanding academic attainment or an excellent record of extra-curricular service to the community will also be eligible to receive this fund.

 

Wong May Wai Esther Scholarship for Outstanding Geography Students

This scholarship was donated by Ms Wong May Wai Esther with the aim of helping outstanding Geography students with financial difficulties while pursuing their studies.

 

Hongkong Electric Scholarships for Energy and Environmental Studies

Two scholarships of $5,000 each are available to full-time local undergraduate or postgraduate students of the Geography Department who have achieved outstanding academic results in energy or environmental studies.

 

scholarships

 

“The scholarships shall be awarded to geography students, subject to availability of funds.”

Every year a substantial number of scholarships are credited to students of the Geography Department to honour their outstanding academic achievements and notable service contributions. Several scholarships are specially bestowed to geography students, including the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Hong Kong Dissertation Scholarship, Mrs. Leung Tong Pom-Sum Memorial Scholarship, Luk Yin Memorial Fund, Hong Kong Baptist University Geography Alumni Scholarship, Paul C K Wong Memorial Fund, Wong May Wai Esther Scholarship for Outstanding Geography Students and the Hongkong Electric Scholarships for Energy and Environmental Studies.

 

The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Hong Kong Dissertation Scholarship

The Royal Geographic Society (Hong Kong Branch) has supported an Honours Project Scholarship for HK$10,000 since 1999. This competitive award is intended to assist students with their project fieldwork, and targets an individual student who has proposed to carry out innovative research, either within or outside Hong Kong.

 

Mrs. Leung Tong Pom-Sum Memorial Scholarship

The Scholarship is set up in commemoration of the Department’s former Head, Mrs. Leung Tong Pom-sum, for her more-than three decades’ dedicated service to the Department and the University. The Department is most thankful for the generous contributions made by Mrs. Leung’s family and by alumni to the setting up of the Scholarship. Two scholarships of $5,000 each donated by the Department are available to Geography students on the basis of academic merit.

 

Luk Yin Memorial Fund

The Luk Yin Memorial Fund is a scholarship awarded for outstanding student studying in Geography major.

 

Hong Kong Baptist University Geography Alumni Scholarship

Merit-based scholarships donated by Geography alumni are available to undergraduate students in the Department of Geography (including students in China Studies).

 

Paul C K Wong Memorial Fund

The Department of Geography is honored to introduce the captioned fund, with a prize amount of up to HK$5,000 for each recipient. The fund was established in memory of Mr. Paul Wong Chun Keung, the late brother of Mr. Wong Chun Chuen, Mr. Sam Wong Chun Kai and Mr. Leo Wong Chun Fai. It is offered first to a full-time Geography student(s) with a physical disability and good academic attainment. In the absence of the above mentioned student(s), other student(s) with outstanding academic attainment or an excellent record of extra-curricular service to the community will also be eligible to receive this fund.

 

Wong May Wai Esther Scholarship for Outstanding Geography Students

This scholarship was donated by Ms Wong May Wai Esther with the aim of helping outstanding Geography students with financial difficulties while pursuing their studies.

 

Hongkong Electric Scholarships for Energy and Environmental Studies

Two scholarships of $5,000 each are available to full-time local undergraduate or postgraduate students of the Geography Department who have achieved outstanding academic results in energy or environmental studies.

 

scholarships

 

“The scholarships shall be awarded to geography students, subject to availability of funds.”

General Education (GE) courses offered by the Department

The General Education (GE) Programme at HKBU provides the foundation of a well-rounded university education. The goal of the programme is to promote Whole Person Education through exposure to a range of transferable skills, guiding principles, and attitudes that all students will need in their future professional and personal lives.

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GE Capstone courses offered by the Department

 

 

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GE Capstone courses offered by the Department

 

Career Prospects

iCareer prospects in Geography

The geography curriculum equips students with a wide range of transferable skills and a capacity to keep on learning, especially through fieldwork and the honours project.

 

Such skills are keenly sought by prospective employers and make our graduates highly employable.

iiAlumni’s sharing

1. Helen Chan (website)
Geography major provided me with not only academic knowledge but also logical thinking, analytic power & strong leadership.

Ms. Helen Chan, Director (Operations), Hong Kong Post (Graduated in 1992)

3. Kami Hui (website)
Geography training enabled me to deal with nature conservation. I would like to inspire more people to care about nature through conservation education.

Ms. Kami Hui, Conservation Manager, Arborist (Graduated in 2003)

2. Eddie Chan (website)
Geography looks into spatial variation between various spaces & the environment. This offered me a unique opportunity to learn things by adopting a holistic approach.

Mr. Eddie Chan, Senior Director (E-Commerce), Walmart China (Graduated in 1997)

7. Kevin Lee (website)
Geography trained my critical thinking and inspired me to address issues from a global and innovative perspective. Always be kind, curious and well-prepared for new challenges!

Mr. Kevin Lee, Wedding & Event Specialist (Graduated in 2014)

Admission Requirements

Students who are interested in this programme will be admitted through the Broad-based Admission scheme (BAP). They will be provided with a broad-based social sciences training in their first year of study (Common Year 1 Study Schedule).  Before progressing to Year 2, students will be assigned to one of the following majors by internal applications:

 

  • History
  • Geography
  • Government & International Studies
  • Sociology

 

Programme Requirements (JS 2610)

 

Core Subject(s) Minimum Level
CHINESE LANGUAGE 3
ENGLISH LANGUAGE 3
LIBERAL STUDIES 2
MATHEMATICS COMPULSORY PART 2

 

Elective Subject(s) Minimum Level
ANY 2 SUBJECTS# 3

 

#Notes:

1) The first elective must be any Category A subjects including Extended Part of Mathematics (Module 1 or Module 2);

2) The second elective can be any of the following subjects:

  • Category A subjects;
  • Other Language subjects at Grade E or above.

3) This programme will consider Applied Learning subjects in the admissions selection process.

Students who are interested in this programme will be admitted through the Broad-based Admission scheme. They will be provided with a broad-based social sciences training, and theoretical and practical knowledge of educational practices in their first year of study. Before progression to Year 2, students will be assigned to one of the majors by internal application and enroll into one of the following programmes accordingly:

 

  • BA (Hons) in History and BEd (Hons) in Personal, Social and Humanities Education Teaching
  • BSocSc (Hons) in Geography and BEd (Hons) in Personal, Social and Humanities Education Teaching
  • BSocSc (Hons) in Sociology and BEd (Hons) in Personal, Social and Humanities Education Teaching

 

Programme Requirements (JS 2690)

 

Core Subject(s) Minimum Level
CHINESE LANGUAGE 3
ENGLISH LANGUAGE 3
LIBERAL STUDIES 2
MATHEMATICS COMPULSORY PART 2

 

Elective Subject(s) Minimum Level
ANY 2 SUBJECTS 3

 

 

 

To be eligible for admission, a candidate should hold

  • an Associate Degree (AD) in Environmental Conservation Studies or related disciplines from any of the local/overseas recognized institutions; or
  • a relevant Higher Diploma (HD) from any recognized institutions.

 

Candidates who possess equivalent qualifications are to be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

 

Students are expected to complete all programme pre-requisite and General Education courses in their AD/HD studies. Otherwise, they may have to complete additional units of study to make up for the programme pre-requisite and General Education courses at College of International Education (CIE), Hong Kong Baptist University.