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Date: Thursday, June 03 2021

Service-Learning Subject

APSS2S09/S Service Leadership through Serving Children and Families with Special Needs  



The subject received the Bronze Award for the category of social enterprise in the Wharton-QS Stars Reimagine Education Awards 2016 for creating a pedagogical approach to ethical leadership that acknowledges that the intrapersonal competencies are as pertinent as the hard skills that enable successful leadership.

In 2018, the Leadership and Intrapersonal Development (LIPD) Team of APSS has been honoured with the 2018 University Grants Committee (UGC) Teaching Award in recognition of the remarkable contributions to teaching and learning in offering the leadership subjects including the above.



The objectives of the subject are to enable students to:

  • understand the core attributes of service leaders in terms of competence, character, and caring disposition;
  • apply the core components of service leadership and professional strengths through the engagement of community-based service activities;
  • demonstrate self-leadership and develop self-awareness of sharing and empathy with others and the community;
  • reflect on their service leadership qualities, particularly intrapersonal and interpersonal competencies.


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

S12 & S23

Heep Hong Society


Hong Kong

Preschool children with mental retardation, autism and learning difficulties

Society of Boys’ Centres


Children and adolescents with social and emotional problems

Wharf’s Project WeCan


Less-privileged secondary school students


Xi’an Jiaotong University西安交通大學


Children and adolescents with special needs (e.g., migrant children, left-behind children, live in poverty, children with emotional and behavioral problems etc.)

Sichuan University四川大學



Christian Zheng Sheng College


Hong Kong

Children and adolescents with substance abuse and/or delinquent behavior


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


Tentative Schedule for Direct Service

Type of Services

S12 & S23

Hong Kong

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

Develop and implement programmes to help children and adolescents to better manage their emotions, strengthen their self-esteem, nurture positive and healthy identities, improve their interpersonal skills, etc.


Xi’an or Chengdu

#Around 10 days in summer term (tentatively between late June and early July)


Hong Kong

*Throughout Summer Term (Serving on some weekends or weeknights may be expected)

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 Mainland China depends on the arrangement of the collaborative partners and will be announced by the instructors in due course.


Outbound Trips and Fees

Students taking the subject with direct services conducted in Mainland China in summer term are required to pay a non-refundable outbound activity fee of HK$1,500 (subject to revision) to cover part of the expenses such as accommodation, meals, transportation and other expenses for the outbound trips despite the availability of financial support from the University. If the pandemic continues, the outbound trip will be cancelled and changed to online mode.



In 2021-22, there are totally 3 quota of scholarship at HK$5,000 each to be awarded by Wofoo Foundation for students taking the subject in Xian, Chengdu or Hong Kong (Christian Zheng Sheng College)


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Full-time 4-year degree students are eligible to take the subject. Students enrolling the subject with direct services in Mainland China should possess intermediate level of Putonghua for effective delivery of services.


Pre-requisite Requirement




Academic Enquiry

Offering Semester & Location of Direct Services




Dr Yammy Chak

S12 (Hong Kong)

2766 7832


Dr Ann Li

S23 (Hong Kong & Chengdu)

2766 7827


Dr Julie Zhu

S23 (Xi’an)

2766 5741


Mr Wynants Ho

S3 (Hong Kong)

3400 3009



Administrative Enquiry




General Office (APSS)

2766 5773



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