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Political Sciences and Public Administration
Politics, according to the father of the 1911 Chinese revolution, Sun Yat-sen, refers to "public affairs". Exactly because of the comprehensive scope of politics, it can be highly subjectively treated -- a situation of Hong Kong at the present. However, politics can be a highly objective academic discipline, backed up by rigorous literature review, accurate event descriptions, and objective political analyses. How can we achieve relative objectivity?
The Political Sciences and Public Administration Course Series includes four 1.5-hour online courses and three face-to-face Certificate for Modules (30 hours each) courses. In addition to university lecturers, secondary school teachers, parents, and ordinary citizens who are interested in Chinese politics, Hong Kong politics, and the economic integration of Greater China are all welcomed to enrol in these courses.
As a political scientist and an academic for 30 years, Professor Sonny Lo will offer some advice to students on how to analyze, understand and cope with political topics and issues more skillfully and objectively. He will put forward some scenarios for students' thinking, suggested solutions, and discussions. Students will find these courses interesting, interactive, academic, practical, and rewarding.
In addition, there are two executive certificate programmes which will be taught by industry practitioners and one senior executive diploma in political leadership programme which is commissioned by Path of Democracy/Hong Kong Academy of Politics and Public Policy.
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This programme offers an introduction to political and social media communication, a preeminently practical activity to inform, influence and legitimize decisions of domestic politics. The programme is practical-oriented. After an introduction that discusses historical aspects of communication and public relations in politics, the programme looks at fundamental themes of political communication, such as agenda setting, framing, and branding.
Students will also learn how to deal with the challenges facing most of the political campaigns such as how to persuade people (perhaps voters, opinion leaders and governmental decision makers, etc) through effective communication to join the politician’s side; how to get his/her supporters to do what he/she need them to do; how to mitigate the opposition; and how to finance the effort.