GEYS1010 Creative Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development

The first year course ‘Creative Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development’ comprises four components and is co-taught by four teachers:

1) Our Roles for a Sustainable Future

How can we lead a good life in a just society? How can individual actions affect events at a global scale? These are the questions every student should ask and take seriously. We will explore them through the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in this section of the course.


2) Sustainable Development for Our Future

This section of the course seeks to help students to think about what their future is going to be like if humanity continues business-as-usual. Selected issues that critically impact the future of our planet will be discussed. In-depth discussion on the issues, including responses from various sectors of the society around the world, will be guided by the SDG Framework.


3) Sustainable Development of Cities and Communities to Ensure Good Health and Well-being

This section of the course enhances students’ knowledge on impact of urban development on health and well-being by making use of concept of Healthy City to illustrate socio-economic and political determinants of health. It aims to broaden the students’ concept of health and well-being to address issues of sustainable urban development. This section focuses on 2 key SDG’s, Good Health and Well-being (SDG 3) and Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG 11). Other determinants for health and well-being, such as reduction of poverty (SDG 1) and reduction of inequality (SDG 10), and health justice (SDG 16), will also be discussed.


4) Creativity and Design Thinking for a Sustainable Future

This section of the course examines the topic of creativity and design thinking. The key question to be discussed is how we can put design creativity to good use in our everyday life as well as in projects that we choose to pursue to create a world of peace and prosperity.



In Term 1, 2023-24, course teachers include:

Professor Albert Lee (JC School of Public Health and Primary Care)

Professor Annisa Lee (School of Journalism and Communication)

Dr. Po-kin Leung (Department of Physics)

Professor Ming-kay Poon (Department of Chinese Language and Literature)