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Date: Friday, January 05 2018

Service-Learning Subject

APSS2S05 Promotion of Children and Adolescent Development  

The objectives of this subject are to:

  • introduce different perspectives on child and adolescent development, needs and challenges of children and adolescents living in disadvantaged circumstances to students through design and implementation of service project;


  • enhance students’ competencies of problem-solving, decision making, communication and team work; 
  • cultivate positive values and strengths orientation among students;


  • nurture students' sense of social responsibility, social awareness and promote prosocial behaviours; and
  • nurture students’ sense of care and compassion towards other people in the community, especially underprivileged children and adolescents.


Service Targets
Students will be required to provide care and service in one of the following service settings :

Offering Semester

Service Settings

Service Location

Service Targets


Society of Boys’ Centres

Hong Kong

Children and adolescents with social and emotional problems

Project WeCan

Hong Kong

Children and adolescents with lower academic achievements and limited exposure


East China Normal University


Children and adolescents living in underprivileged circumstances such as poverty, new immigrant families, single-parent families, etc.

Zhejiang University



Service-Learning Project

Students are divided into small groups according to their disciplines and interests to plan for and implement a service project.  Students are required to utilize their knowledge and skills of this subject as well as their disciplines in service planning.  The tentative schedule for direct service delivery and type of services are listed below for reference :

Offering Semester


Direct Service Delivery

Type of Services


Hong Kong

*Throughout Semester One and Two (Serving on some weekends or weeknights may be expected)

Develop a meaningful learning curriculum for children and adolescents in Hong Kong


Shanghai or  Hangzhou

#Around 10 days in summer term

  • Shanghai (28 June – 7 July 2018)
  • Hangzhou (27 June – 6 July 2018)

Develop and implement educational and supportive service (such as summer camps, classes, etc) for the children and adolescents in Shanghai or Hangzhou


Tentative Schedule

The tentative schedule for this 2-semester subject is as below:

1st Term

  • E-learning through Blackboard
  • Preparatory Lectures, Seminars and Workshops
  • Service Planning and Preparation
  • Direct Service Delivery*
  • On-going Reflective Journals

2nd Term

  • Direct Service Delivery*#
  • Post-service Workshops and Group Presentation
  • On-going Reflective Journals


*Actual schedule depends on agency needs, instructor’s plan and discussion with students.
#Actual schedule for direct service delivery in the Chinese Mainland depends on the arrangement of the collaborative partners and will be announced by the instructors in due course.


Outbound Trips and Fees

As the service targets for the subject offered in Semester Two and Summer Term are resided in Shanghai or Hangzhou, students are required to travel to one of the locations for around 10 days in summer term for delivery of service.  Despite the availability of financial support from the University, students are required to pay a non-refundable outbound fee of HK$1,500 (subject to revision) to cover part of the expenses for the outbound trips such as transportation fees and accommodation expenses, etc.



The best student taking the subject in Semester One and Two will receive HK$5,000 scholarship funded by Wofoo Foundation.


Student Feedback

For Hong Kong services (2016/17), please click here.
For Hong Kong Trip (2015/16), please click here.
For Hangzhou Trip (2014/15), please click here.
For Hangzhou Trip (2015/16), please click here.
For Shanghai Trip (2015/16), please click here.



Full-time 4-year degree students are eligible to take the subject.  Students enrolling the subject in Semester Two and Summer Term should possess intermediate level of Putonghua for effective delivery of services in the Chinese Mainland.   


Pre-requisite Requirement



Subject Registration

Please enroll the subject (APSS2S05) at eStudent during the following periods :

Offering Semester

Subject Registration Period

Adjustment before Semester Commencement

Add/drop Period


7-9 Aug 2017

1-2 Sept 2017

4-16 Sept 2017


8-10 Jan 2018

12-13 Jan 2018

15-27 Jan 2018



Academic Enquiry

Service Location




Dr Jocelyn Lin

Hong Kong

2766 7740


Dr Lu Yu


2766 4859


Ms Yammy Chak


2766 7832



Administrative Enquiry




General Office (APSS)

2766 5773




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[Click here for video of Hope and Seeds: Journey of Hope 2017 (Shanghai)]