Briefing 1
Internationalisation of the Curriculum in the Common Core

To examine how internationalisation has been integrated into the curriculum at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), the Common Core Curriculum (CCC) may be a good place to start. The CCC is designed to help students develop a broader perspective; navigate between their culture and the culture of others; become responsible citizens in local, regional and global communities; and cultivate intellectual and communication skills. These goals echo well HKU’s overall educational aims of nurturing graduates with intercultural understanding and global citizenship.

With these ambitious goals in mind, it is illuminating to consider how the CCC has been designed and implemented to realise such goals. Based on informal interviews with 13 Common Core teachers as well as the Director of the Common Core, this briefing provides an overview of how the CCC integrates internationalisation in its curriculum and illustrates through specific course examples how the theme is embedded in course contents, learning outcomes, pedagogies, delivery, and assessment. It is clear from an analysis of the 13 HKU case examples that internationalising the curriculum involves far more than simply adding examples and alternative perspectives into course contents.

1. Internationalisation of the Curriculum in the Common Core

Author(s): Tracy Zou and Sonia Cheung
Published date: March 22, 2016
Themes: Curriculum design, Curriculum development, Internationalisation, Internationalising the curriculum

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Zou, T.X.P. & Cheung, S. (2016, Mar 22). Internationalisation of the curriculum in the common core. Retrieved from

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