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Capstone project in culture, heritage and tourism

Offer semester
1st & 2nd semester

Course description

The Capstone Project is a six-credit compulsory course for major students to be offered in the final year of study. It aims to provide students with the opportunity to integrate their knowledge and skills in the study of culture, heritage and tourism through a series of workshop, class discussion, student presentations, portfolio work and experiential learning.

The Capstone Project can be individual-based or group-based, though group projects are preferred. Students will be allocated a Supervisor who will help them identify a topic of interest that is relevant to the core discipline. All projects should contain an element of public engagement.

Course learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you are expected to have the ability to:

  • Demonstrate their sociological knowledge;
  • Analyse a topic of study with critical and reflexive perspectives;
  • Articulate their learning experience into a written paper, other forms of creative output or community activities;
  • Communicate the outcome of their study and their sociologically informed views to a public audience;
  • Participate in group environment as well as in a larger community.


Project Proposal10%
Process Records/Portfolios35%
Final Work35%
Peer Review5%

Required reading

Becker, Howard S. 1986. Writing for Social Scientists: How to Start and Finish Your Thesis, Book, or Article, with a chapter by Pamela Richards. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Becker, Howard S. 2007. Telling About Society. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Harper, Douglas. 1988. “Visual Sociology: Expanding Sociological Vision.” The American Sociologist, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp.54-70.

Turner, Victor W., and Edward M. Bruner. 1986. The Anthropology of Experience. Urbana : University of Illinois Press.

Course co-ordinator and teachers