Practical Philosophy


Why should people study Practical Philosophy?

  • In face of the ever-changing challenges in political, social, economic, technological, and cultural areas, talents equipped with both interdisciplinary knowledge and problem-solving skills will be in high demand in order to analyse information related to the complex and controversial issues in those areas;
  • Students will be given training in critical, logical and philosophical thinking that enable them to be an independent thinker, so that they are able to express their viewpoints with strong justifications and make rational judgments in everyday life.

What are the differences between “Practical Philosophy” and “Philosophy” programmes in general?

  • Whereas Philosophy is often regarded as a conceptual subject without much relation to practices, we constantly apply philosophical theories and concepts in our daily life. Unlike philosophy programmes in general which focus on studying philosophical texts and theories, ‘Practical Philosophy’ puts more emphasis on dealing with philosophical and ethical issues we encounter in our daily life with an interdisciplinary approach;
  • Apart from core courses on logical thinking and introduction to Philosophy, the curriculum also consists of courses in various philosophical domains, including Technology and the Future of Humanity, Bioethics and Society, Political Philosophy, Moral Philosophy and Moral Psychology. Studying philosophical theories and the recent interdisciplinary issues not only equips students with the mindset of a global citizen and open their international horizons, but also enhances their critical, creative and cross-discipline thinking abilities which help them to tackle social and ethical issues, and meet the needs of the future job market better.

Who should study this Concentration Studies? What will I learn from it?

  • This Concentration Studies is good for those who are interested in enhancing their analytical and critical thinking abilities on various political, social and ethical issues;
  • Students will be able to:
    • investigate into a diversity of philosophical issues from an interdisciplinary perspective;
    • analyse and solve complex problems using an evidence-based, objective and critical approach;
    • apply philosophical knowledge and utilise analytical skills in religious, social, political and cultural discussions, the discussions of traditional philosophical theories, as well as in their daily life.

Is there any further articulation pathway upon completion of the Concentration Studies? What are the career prospects in the future?

  • Graduates can choose to study bachelor’s degree in Religion, Philosophy, Humanities or any related programmes offered by local or overseas institutions. They may also apply for senior year places (year 3) of UGC-funded undergraduate programmes such as: HKBU (Religion, Philosophy and Ethics; Humanities; Creative and Professional Writing), CUHK, HKU, LU (Philosophy);
  • Graduates could be articulated to HKBU BA (Hons) in Liberal and Cultural Studies under the Seamless 4-year Admission Scheme (SFAS);
  • Graduates will be well equipped with good analytical, logical and communication skills that allow them to work in various related positions in education sector, arts and cultural, legal, media and commercial companies. They will be suitable to work as teaching assistant, research assistant at religious and cultural research centres, assistant human resources officer, assistant project officer at social welfare organisations and liaison officer II in government, etc.

Curriculum

Concentration Studies (15 Units)
  • Logic: The Art of Thinking
  • Moral philosophy and Moral Psychology
  • Problems in Political Philosophy
  • Bioethics and Society
  • Technology and The Future of Humanity
Elective Studies (9 Units)
(Students are required to take 3 courses from the following)
  • Introduction to Philosophy**
  • World Civilizations*
  • Chinese Culture and Contemporary Society^*
  • Corporate and Media Communication in Chinese^*
  • Creative and Social Media
  • Essentials of Financial Technology
  • Essentials of Sociology
  • Event Management
  • Food Safety and Public Health Management
  • Graphic Design and Visual Communication
  • Human Physiology
  • Introduction to Media and Communication
  • Marketing Principles
  • Popular Culture in Contemporary China^
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Professional English for the Media
Core Courses and Required Courses (17 units)  
  • English Academic Writing
  • Written and Spoken Modern Chinese / Elementary Chinese 
  • Healthy Lifestyle
  • The Art of Persuasion 
  • English for Professional Communication / Literary Appreciation / Reading Contemporary Worlds  (select one course)
  • Planning for Academic and Career Pathways
General Education
Foundational Courses (9 units)
select one course from each category
  • History and Civilization
  • Values and the Meaning of Life
  • Quantitative Reasoning
Interdisciplinary Thematic Courses (6 units)
select two courses from any one or two themes
  • Science, Technology and Society
  • Sustainable Communities
  • Culture, Creativity and Innovation
Free Electives (6 units)
select two courses from a diversified range of disciplines
  • Applied Science
  • Arts and Languages
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Social Sciences
^ Taught in Cantonese
 For Non-Chinese Speaking Students
* Recommended Elective Courses offered by this Concentration Studies.
**Prerequisite course for Moral Philosophy and Moral Psychology
The course list is for reference only. The College reserves the right to make changes on the course list.