General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW3273
Course name: Law, Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (LITE) Lab – Social Impact Entrepreneurship
Programme offered under: LLB Programme
Semester: First
Designated research course: Not applicable
Specialization: Commercial, corporate and financial law
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: Other LITE courses recommended but not required
Course offered to non-law students: Yes
Credit point value: 6 credits
Cap on student numbers: 30

1.2 Course description

The Law, Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (LITE) programme is an interdisciplinary and experiential programme for students of all backgrounds. In LITE Lab Social Impact Entrepreneurship, undergraduate students will work on projects relating to the legal and operational issues faced by social enterprises, NGOs, and civil society organizations in Hong Kong.

Paired with an Hong Kong-based organization, students will brainstorm ways to respond to and to raise awareness of and potentially address significant community, social, environmental, or humanitarian issues. Students will interview service providers and founders, conduct research, and gather relevant data in order to understand the context in which the social enterprise or NGO is operating, and to understand its current methods, target population/beneficiaries/positive social change desired, as well as the challenges it faces. In this context, each student will scope, design, and complete an appropriate term paper, explainer, project, video, or other deliverable in the substantive area identified. Students are encouraged to utilize entrepreneurial methods and creative approaches to their projects, as long as novel ideas demonstrate an understanding of the existing landscape and needs of stakeholders.

Student-organization pairings will be made based on each student previous work experience, academic focus, areas of particular interest, and relevant skillsets. Expected time commitment will be 12-15 hours per week devoted to the project, comprised of time spent on-site with the host organization, conducting research or other project-related tasks remotely, class discussions, and communicating with the LITE instructor about progress.

For this project-based experiential course, students will regularly interact with their host organizations at LITE Lab@HKU on campus, at HKU-Cyberport Fintech Nucleus, at the host organization premises and/or electronically under the supervision of instructors.

Final projects will be showcased for the HKU community and the general public as part of LITE online tools and resources, with a view toward enhancing wider availability of information relevant to social enterprises, local charities, and those who want to know more about the issues facing Hong Kong society.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor Brian Tang bwtang@hku.hk CCT 802 By email
Course convenor Stephanie Biedermann sbied@hku.hk CCT 802 By email

Learning Outcomes

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Students will gain practical and transactional experience by learning about, conducting research, and assisting daily operations of Hong Kong social enterprises, NGOs, and public interest organizations.

CLO 2 Students will use their knowledge, experience, and creativity to design, organize, and complete a project that illustrates, addresses and/or explains a legal, technological, or corporate issue affecting their host organization and that supplements the online tools and resources compiled by the LITE program for the Hong Kong entrepreneurship and public interest community.

CLO 3 Students will strengthen their awareness of the professional, legal, and technological challenges faced by social enterprises, NGOs, and public interest organizations, will reflect on these issues, and will create materials that explain and illustrate these considerations in context for a general audience.

2.2 LLB Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Please refer to the following link: https://course.law.hku.hk/llb-plo/

2.3 Programme Learning Outcomes to be achieved in this course



3.1 Assessment Summary

Assessment task Due date Weighting Feedback method* Course learning outcomes
Class contribution TBA 10% 1, 2, 3
Project service / product delivery TBA 45% 1, 2, 3
Research / case study TBA 45% 1, 2, 3
*Feedback method (to be determined by course teacher)
1 A general course report to be disseminated through Moodle
2 Individual feedback to be disseminated by email / through Moodle
3 Individual review meeting upon appointment
4 Group review meeting
5 In-class verbal feedback

3.2 Assessment Detail

To be advised by course convenor(s).

3.3 Grading Criteria

Please refer to the following link: https://www.law.hku.hk/_files/law_programme_grade_descriptors.pdf

Learning Activities

4.1 Learning Activity Plan

Seminar: 3 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks
Private study time: 9.5 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks

Remarks: the normative student study load per credit unit is 25 ± 5 hours (ie. 150 ± 30 hours for a 6-credit course), which includes all learning activities and experiences within and outside of classroom, and any assessment task and examinations and associated preparations.

4.2 Details of Learning Activities

To be advised by course convenor(s).

Learning Resources

5.1 Resources

Reading materials: Reading materials are posted on Moodle
Core reading list: TBA
Recommended reading list: TBA

5.2 Links

Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/learning-resources/