Certificate for Module (Hong Kong Politics) (CEF) - HKU SPACE: Political Sciences and Public Administration courses
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Certificate for Module (Hong Kong Politics)
證書(單元 : 香港政治)

CEF Reimbursable Course

CEF Reimbursable Course

Course Code

Study mode
Start Date
To be advised
about 7 weeks
English (some teaching materials are in Chinese. Hence the teacher may use Cantonese in this regard)
Course Fee
HK$3,000 per programme

This programme is designed for learners who would like to investigate and discuss the contemporary politics of Hong Kong after its sovereignty change from Britain to China on July 1, 1997. Special areas include Beijing’s policy towards Hong Kong and how the development of the political parties, interest groups, the rise of localism, and the international concerns about Hong Kong affect the local politics. The roles of the Chief Executive, the Legislative and the local District Councils in Hong Kong’s political development and governance will also be discussed.

On completion of the programme, students should be able to
  1. evaluate Beijing’s policy towards Hong Kong;
  2. explain the roles of Chief Executive, civil servants and political parties, and their importance in Hong Kong’s political development;
  3. critically interpret the rise of localism and its impact on Hong Kong’s political development;
  4. analyse the challenges and opportunities brought forth by social, political and economic development of the Big Bay Area for Hong Kong
  5. assess the Hong Kong’s external relations and the international concerns about the city.


1: Beijing’s Policy towards Hong Kong

2: The Roles of the Chief Executive in Hong Kong’s Political System

3: Civil Servants: Recruitment, Promotion, Policy-making and Implementation

4: Political Parties: Origin, Development and Constraints

5: Elections and District Councils: Local Politics and Factionalism

6: Interest Groups and the Rise of Localism: Impacts on Democratization

7: The Judiciary: Interpretations of the Basic Law and the Role of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress

8: The Political Economy of Development in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area: Challenges and Integration

9: The Politics of the National Security Law in Hong Kong: International Concerns


Prof. Sonny Lo
Deputy Director (Arts and Sciences), HKU SPACE
President of the Hong Kong Political Science Association from 2012 to 2016



A group project: (a)oral presentation (30-minutes plus 15-minute Q&A session); and (b) 3,000 words group written report.


Students who have  successfully completed the programme with at least 70% attendance will be awarded  "Certificate for Module (Hong Kong Politics)” within the HKU system through HKU SPACE.

Days / Time
  • Saturday, 9:00am - 1:00pm (normally). Last lesson will be scheduled on Sat 10:00am - 1:00pm and 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Applicants shall:

a)     hold a bachelor’s degree awarded by a recognized institution; 


b) i. have gained in the HKCEE Grade E in 5 subjects, and Level 3 in Chinese Language and English Language; or

    ii. have gained in the HKDSE Examination Level 3 in 5 subjects including English Language and Chinese Language; or

   iii. have gained in the HKALE Grade E in 2 AL subject(s) or 2 AS subject(s);


   possess at least 5 years of work experience;

For (a) applicants whose degree is from an institution where the language of teaching and assessment is not English), they must provide evidence of English proficiency, such as:

i. an overall band of 6.0 with no subtests lower than 5.5 in the IELTS; or

ii. a score of 550 in the paper-based TOEFL, or a score of 213 in the computer-based TOEFL, or a score of 80 in the internet-based TOEFL; or

iii. HKALE Use of English at Grade E; or

iv. HKDSE Examination English Language at Level 3; or

v. equivalent qualifications.

Applicants with other qualifications will be considered on individual merit.

Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$3,000 per programme
  • The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100
CEF Courses
Certificate for Module (Hong Kong Politics)
證書 (單元 : 香港政治)
COURSE CODE 44C133509 FEES $3,000 per student per programme ENQUIRY 3762-0868
Continuing Education Fund Continuing Education Fund
This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.

Certificate for Module (Hong Kong Politics)

  • This course is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level [6])

Application Form Download Application Form

Enrolment Method

Applicants should submit the filled HKU SPACE application form (SF26) with:

  • copies of academic qualifications;
  • resume;
  • copy of HKID card/passport;
  • cheque for course fee
  • In Person
    To any of our enrolment centres (https://hkuspace.hku.hk/learning-centre); or
  • By Post
    Mail to Ms Carrie Chan at Room 1109, Fortress Tower, 250 King's Road, North Point, Hong Kong, specifying “Course Application” on the envelope. 
Payment Method

1. Cash or EPS

Cash or EPS are accepted at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

2. Cheque or bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please write the programme title(s)  and the applicant’s name on the back of the cheque. 

3. VISA/MasterCard

Course applicants, who are alumni and holders of HKU SPACE Mastercard, may enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses of HK$2,000 and over. For enquiries, please contact our enrolment centres.


  1. For general and short courses, applicants may be required to pay the course fee in cash or by EPS, Visa or Mastercard if the course is to start shortly.
  2. Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, cheque or online PPS will be reimbursed by a cheque; fees paid by credit card will be reimbursed to credit card account used for payment.
  3. In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme teams for details.
  4. Fees and places on courses are not transferrable. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on each approved transfer.
  5. HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment, receipt, or personal information sent by mail.
  6. For additional copies of receipts, please submit a completed form, a sufficiently stamped and self-addressed envelope, and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to ‘HKU SPACE’ to any of our enrolment centres. Such copies will normally be issued at the end of a course.