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Liberal Studies

  • Curriculum Aims

    • The aims of Senior Secondary Liberal Studies are:​

      • to enhance students‘ understanding of themselves, their society, their nation, the human world and the physical environment;

      • to enable students to develop multiple perspectives on perennial and contemporary issues in different contexts (e.g. cultural, social, economic, political and technological contexts);

      • to help students become independent thinkers so that they can construct knowledge appropriate to changing personal and social circumstances;

      • to develop in students a range of skills for life-long learning, including critical thinking skills, creativity, problem-solving skills, communication skills and information technology skills;

      • to help students appreciate and respect diversity in cultures and views in a pluralistic society and handle conflicting values; and

      • to help students develop positive values and attitude towards life, so that they can become informed and responsible citizens of society, the country and the world.

  • Curriculum Framework and Outline

  • Assessment

Paper 1: Data-response questions

Data-response questions aim to assess abilities such as identification, application and analysis of given data. The data define the scope and reflect the complex or controversial nature of the issue involved; and such questions also reflect the cross-modular nature of the curriculum.


Paper 2: Extended-response questions

Extended-response questions provide a wider context for students to demonstrate various higher-order skills, such as drawing critically on relevant experience, creative thinking, and communicating in a systematic manner. Since Liberal Studies is concerned with the discussion and evaluation of issues, multiple-choice questions, as a kind of objective test, will not be adopted.


School-based Assessment:

The Independent Enquiry Study (IES) is adopted as the mode of SBA in Liberal Studies. The IES is an investigative study in which students are required to demonstrate various skills such as problem-solving, data gathering and analysis, and communication. Each IES project should include a certain amount of subject matter based on students‘ reading, research and personal experiences. Students can carry out an enquiry-based project, and the main body of the project can be in written or non-written form. The latter should be accompanied by a short written text explaining the main idea of the project, and showing the student‘s reflections on it.

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