Connecting Our Futures

The Gender Studies programme is launching a new initiative to connect Hong Kong’s academic and professional sectors through our shared values of women in leadership and diversity, equity, and inclusion. This two-part programme includes:

  • Executive Education: to introduce industry to the interdisciplinary research of Gender Studies and how it has been applied and its applicable to solving problems in the workplace.


Next Generation Leadership

The Hong Kong Exchange has called for an end to all-male boards. Offices around Hong Kong are looking to promote more local female talent to positions of leadership. Waiting for leaders at the senior level is too late. The Gender Studies Programme at HKU is preparing young women to become leaders in industry before they enter the workforce and training young men to be inclusive advocates of equity.


This course considers the intersection of gender, generation, and leadership in theory and practice. It also cultivates research, writing, and critical thinking skills building on the key objectives of the Gender Studies Program. We begin with student reflections on their own “leadership stories,” then expand class discussions to think about community and global leaders in light of key insights from gender and leadership studies scholarship. In addition to considering how identity and institutional formations shape each other we will draw on gender studies perspectives to historicize and interrogate workplace buzzwords and legal terms including “glass” and “bamboo ceilings,” “leaky pipelines,” “diversity and inclusion,” “affirmative action/positive discrimination,” and “unconscious/implicit bias.” Intersectional analysis of leadership will illuminate the barriers to power and position that exist when gender intersects with racial, ethnic, gender, economic, sexual, geographic, or religious discrimination (or any combination of the aforementioned) We will discuss case studies of transformative leaders who have shaped policies, institutions, and localities in gendered and gender-conscious ways. Throughout the term we will pay special attention to leadership and change in Hong Kong, China, and Asia today, drawing on the expertise of selected guest lecturers who are leaders in various settings and workplaces here in the region. Learners will combine reading and reflection with active participation in class discussions, small-group projects, and leadership training seminars.

Prerequisite: GEND1001 or CLIT1002 (for students admitted in 2017-18 or before).

Assessment: 100% coursework.

What will the future of work look like, and how do we prepare for our future careers? If in the future every industry will be touched by automation, what transferrable skills does Gender Studies and the Humanities offer that robots and AI cannot replicate? How do we translate the unique knowledge and experiences of a Gender Studies major into a career? Students will explore how Gender Studies scholars examine such workplace problems as the gender pay gap and unconscious bias and will develop skills for navigating their own career journey, from building a professional network to negotiating a first job. Final year Gender Studies majors are strongly encouraged to take this course.

Prerequisites:   GEND1001 or CLIT1002 (for students admitted in 2017-18 or before), and at least one 2000-level Gender Studies course.

Assessment:     100% coursework.

The Gender Studies internship offers students an opportunity to take their classroom knowledge into the community. Drawing on previous coursework in Gender Studies, students will apply a critical and intersectional knowledge of gender and sexuality to an experiential learning endeavor that demonstrates a real impact on society. An internship proposal must be submitted to the course supervisor the semester before the proposed start of internship. The student must pass an interview with the organization before being allowed to register for this course. The duration of the internship will depend on the arrangement between the student and the organization, but should involve at least 40 contact hours of service for the organization. Students will check-in with the supervisor at least twice to discuss internship progress. Students will complete a written report and critical reflection on the internship experience, signed by the organization.

Prerequisites: GEND1001 or CLIT1002 (for students admitted in 2017-18 or before), and at least one 2000-level Gender Studies course.

Assessment: 100% coursework (graded on a pass/fail basis).

Programmes and Activities

  • Mini internships

  • Social entrepreneurship

  • Career coaching

  • Career workshops

Next Generation Summer Institute and Internship Programme
To be launched in 2024

The Summer Institute is a one-week programme for HKU students to prepare them for their summer internship. Students will explore issues such as leadership, DEI, and teamwork. Each student will be placed in a summer internship for pay or credit. Students will present lessons learned to the community upon completion.

Pre-requisites: Introduction to Gender Studies; Gender, Generation and Leadership, or Work and Our Futures. Preference for Gender Studies majors and minors.

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Executive Education

Currently under development. Contact the Gender Studies Programme if you are interested in learning more.