Citizenship and Social Development

Overall Aims

The aims of Citizenship and Social Development are to help students:

  • enhance understanding of society, the country, the human world, the physical environment and related knowledge;
  • develop multiple perspectives on contemporary mature topics in different contexts (e.g. cultural, social, economic, political and technological contexts);
  • become independent thinkers; be able to adapt to the ever-changing personal, social, national and global circumstances and construct knowledge; understand the complexities of the topics, and the challenges and processes involved in decision-making for making law-abiding, rational and affective analysis, and learn how to handle conflicting values;
  • inherit Chinese culture and heritage in a pluralistic society, deepen understanding and sense of identity of individuals with Chinese nationality and Chinese citizenship, and at the same time appreciate, respect and embrace diversity in cultures and views;
  • develop skills relevant to life-long learning and strengthen their ability to integrate and apply knowledge and skills, including critical thinking skills, creativity, problem solving skills, communication skills, collaboration skills, data management skills, self-management skills, self-learning skills, and information technology skills; and
  • develop positive values and attitudes towards life, so that they can become informed and responsible citizens of society, the country and the world.


Features of the School-based Curriculum

Citizenship and Social Development adheres to the rationale of the senior secondary Liberal Studies curriculum. The curriculum emphasizes helping senior secondary students understand the situations of Hong Kong, the country and the contemporary world, as well as their pluralistic and interdependent nature. Through the learning process, students can connect the knowledge acquired in various subjects at the junior and senior secondary levels, and understand, study and explore different topics from 5 multiple perspectives, so as to construct more knowledge relevant to various themes and build up a more solid knowledge base. Furthermore, students can understand the complexities, major considerations and priorities involved in the topics, decision-making process and different solutions to problems, in order to:


  • acquire a broad knowledge base, and understand contemporary issues that may affect their daily life at personal, community, national and global levels;
  • become informed and responsible citizens with a sense of national identity and global perspectives;
  • respect pluralism of cultures and views, and become critical, rational, reflective and independent thinkers; and
  • acquire skills necessary to life-long learning, and be confident in facing future challenges.


Useful Links

Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority

Citizenship and Social Development / Liberal Studies Web-based Resource Platform

Basic Law