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Capstone Course – GESH4010 Work and Productive Life

For senior year students entering a life of work, this course intends to be a bridge between formal university education and work life. The goal is to broaden the concept of work beyond vocation, by developing a deep understanding of the nature of work and its broad array of possibilities. Throughout the course, students would be directed to appreciate the many realms of life experiences over and beyond work towards the focal concept of a productive life. As students are approaching the end of their university life, this course would be an opportune framework for examining the meaning and value of university education in real life.

Different from the induction course, this course would be largely discussion-based. It is hoped that through reading, discussion and writing, students can: 
(1) have a chance to precipitate their reflections and studies in both S.H. Ho College and in university; 
(2) be equipped with concepts and methods for critical reflections, especially on issues related to their career and to leading a productive life. 
Thus our goal to bridge students between formal university education and work life can be achieved.

The Capstone Course consists of two parts

Discussion Modules

The course regularly consists of two discussion modules. Students are organized in groups to participate in two discussion modules, each of which covers three weeks. They are expected to complete their reading and suggested preparatory work before class. Each student then needs submit one short piece of individual writing.

Group Final Presentation

All students, including regular students and students who have applied for Self-organised Discussion Scheme, are required to conduct a group final presentation (GFP) to consolidate their learning experiences of the course, make critical reflections on the meaning of work and life, and share their reflections with their fellow students. Each FP group normally consists of five to seven students.

Self-organised (SO) Discussion Scheme for Medicine and Nursing students

This scheme is eligible for students who major in Medicine and Nursing only. A team of five to seven students may apply for the self-organised discussion scheme before registering the course. Students in SO groups are exempted from attending the regular classes but they have to self-organise two three-hour sessions of discussion workshops. Besides that, all learning experiences and assessments of SO students are the same as non-SO students.