Historic Landmarks, Heritage and Community

This is a Service-learning course.


Recently, keywords such as “user-friendly,” “popular-oriented,” and “public participation” have emerged as keywords in historical and cultural education. New approaches to history in the twenty-first century will involve more practical and experience-led teaching methods.

Museums, cultural education centers, and historic landmarks will doubtlessly play an increasingly important role in stimulating public interest in historical education and heritage preservation. For example, the Jao Tsung-I Academy (饒宗頤文化館) which is located in Lai Chi Kok, is an extremely successful case of historic landmark preservation. Nowadays it serves as an important historical and cultural education centre in Hong Kong.

This course is intended to provide students with an interdisciplinary approach and an in-depth understanding of the history and cultural functions of some important historic landmarks in Hong Kong. Special attention will be given to the study of historical and cultural relations between the landmarks and their neighbouring communities. In collaboration with NGOs and relevant community members, such as the Jao Tsung-I Academy, students will then form teams and undertake innovative community projects that explore opportunities for the landmarks’ continuing development. The discussion will encompass approaches from several academic disciplines, including History, Sociology, Geography, Marketing, and Business Management and Cultural Studies. The innovative community projects will then allow students to integrate academic content (theories) with community-engaged experiences (practices) throughout the whole process of service-learning.


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