Service Learning Courses

Service learning is a planned form of service intentionally designed to make connections between students’ educational goals and community services. Students can apply their academic knowledge to serve the community; while community members benefit from students' voluntary and quality services.

Below is a list of service learning courses offered at HKUST under various schools and divisions for reference

School of Science
SCIE 1010 Enrichment Project [1-3 credit(s)]

[Previous Course Code: SCIE 001] For Science students only. This course aims to provide complementary educational experience to students outside normal academic curriculum through engagements in internship or outside-classroom project activities related to his/her own discipline. Students enrolled would work under the supervision of a faculty member and are required to submit a report by the end of the semester, in addition to other criteria set by his/her supervisor. 

SCIE 1080 Development and Management on Science Activities [1-2 credit(s)]

[Previous Course Code: SCIE 008] For Science students only. Under the supervision of a faculty member, students are given an opportunity to apply scientific knowledge and experimental skills, through developing 6 to 12 hours Science courses/ workshops/activities for primary/secondary school students, and drafting the operation procedures. They would also be able to polish their skills in aspects like resource and manpower management, team building, etc.

SCIE 1090 Service Learning Program[1-3 Credit(s)]

[Previous Course Code(s): SCIE 009] The course aims to provide experiential education to students through engaging them in structured service program designed and scheduled by a local or non-local NGO / agency under the supervision of School of Science. Students are normally required to attend all the training sessions, actively participate in the service learning tasks and submit reflective paper / workbook / group projects by the end of the Program, in addition to other requirements of the relevant NGO / agency as appropriate. Some courses under this umbrella may be open to students of all Schools to enroll while some may be restricted to Science students only.

School of Engineering
ENGG 1900 Service Learning Program[1 credit(s)]
  With the collaboration of local or non-local NGO and support from the School of Engineering, students enrolled in this program would be provided an opportunity to engage themselves in community service. Lectures, talks or training sessions will be provided to students to build up their communication skills and/or broaden their horizon. Students should also fulfill the requirements set by the NGO. At the end of the Program, students are required to submit report, reflective paper, group projects or to make a presentation as appropriate. They may also be required to make evaluation. Cantonese may be used in off-campus trainings, in some situations. Enrollment in this course requires instructor's approval. Students may not repeat the course for credits. Graded P or F. Maybe graded PP.
ENGG 2900 Community Services Project[1 credit(s)]

[Previous Course Code: ENGG 100] This course aims to increase students' involvement in community services and provide them learning opportunities through the social services programs such as fund-raising events, greening the society and elderly services. Under the supervision of the School, students will gain experience from developing a plan, marketing through implementation of projects at a designated non-governmental organization (NGO).

School of Business and Management
SBMT 2100 Social Responsibilities Project[0-3 credit(s)]

[Previous Course Code: SBMT 102] This course is offered in the form of a community project at a designated non-governmental organization (NGO) under the supervision of the School's Undergraduate Programs Office. Each project will consist of at least four elements, namely training workshops delivered by members at the host NGO, design, implementation and execution of the service-project as instructed by the host NGO. 

SBMT 2110 Social Services Project[1-4 credit(s)]

[Previous Course Code: SBMT 112] The course is offered in two consecutive terms, such as Fall to Winter, Winter to Spring, or Spring to Summer. The course is in a form of a community project at a designated non-governmental organization (NGO) under the supervision of the School of Business and Management. Each project will consist of at least four elements, namely training workshops delivered by members at the host NGO, design, implementation and execution of the service-project as instructed by the host NGO.

SBMT 2200 Social Enterprise Internship Program[1-4 credit(s)]

[Previous Course Code(s): SBMT 104] The course is intended to give business undergraduate students an opportunity to gain exposure in the area of social entrepreneurship and apply their knowledge to solve real-world challenges facing these organizations. It is conducted in the form of an internship program at a designated social enterprise under the supervision of the School of Business and Management. 

GBUS 2020 Public Service Project[1 credit(s)]

[Previous Course Code: BMGB 102] This is a project-based service-learning course with the aim to nurture students' passion in socially responsible leadership. Students will collaborate with a non-governmental organization to design, lead, and implement a service project. 

MGMT 2010 Business Ethics and the Individual [2 credit(s)]
  This course presents and exemplifies three major traditions of ethical thought in East and West moral philosophy - namely utilitarianism, principle-based ethics and virtue-based ethics. Employing guest speakers, lectures, cases, contemporary readings, role-plays, fieldwork, reflective student writing, and discussion groups, the course engages students in a serious consideration of their own ethical standards as applied to their present academic environment and their future careers. Students come to understand through this course that while an ethical dilemma may be viewed in various ways depending on one's guiding assumptions, a decision and course of action nevertheless must be chosen in harmony with one's own moral convictions. For Business students only.

School of Humanities and Social Science
HUMA 3630 Community and Cultural Identity[3 credit(s)]

This course examines theories and case studies of cultural identity in the formation of human communities. Issues on kinship, locality, social stratification, ethnicity, multiculturalism, nationalism, and the expression of cultural identities will be explored.

SOSC 1662 Contemporary Hong Kong: Society [3 credit(s)]

[Previous Course Codes: SOSC 166; SOSC 103F] A sociologically informed examination of Hong Kong society. Topics include social change, political, economic and gender inequalities, the rise of the democracy movement, discrimination, consumer culture, identity, intimacy, and family life.

SOSC 2740 Gender and Society[3 credit(s)]

[Previous Course Codes: SOSC 274; SOSC 200Y] This course aims to understand the gender implications of various patterns of social development. The course will put an emphasis on sex role, culture and socialization, with considerations on the biological roots of gender division, and the social construction of gender identities. It will progressively broaden the focus to issues of work and the labor market, state and politics.

SOSC 3630 Democracy and Democratization [3 credit(s)]

[Previous Course Code(s): SOSC 363, SOSC 301I] Drawing from single-country and cross-national research, this course covers the following: i) basic features of democracy: its definitions, causes of emergence, strengths and problems; ii) global expansion of democracies since the late twentieth century; iii) research on whether democracy can promote human rights, whether there is a basic conflict between Asian values and democracy, and whether democracy is favourable or unfavourable to economic development; iv) causes of global democratization.

Interdisciplinary Programs Office
ENVR 4000 Special Topics in Environental Studies[1-4 credit(s)]
  Selected topics of current interest in environmental studies.