The majority of tertiary students welcome lessons on social ethics to brush up their skills ahead of the handover, according to a survey. More than 60 per cent of the 700 Lingnan College students interviewed agreed that courses such as 'The Art of Thinking', 'Business Ethics' and 'Law and Society' were useful. They said the programmes improved their critical thinking and taught them how to make better judgments. Teachers said the courses were becoming popular because young people uncertain about life after 1997 were keen to learn ways to distinguish good from bad and identify common fallacies. It is compulsory for all students of the college to take and pass four out of 20 courses in general education before they graduate. Dr Lee Hon-wing, director of the college's School of General Education, said the programmes aimed to encourage students to develop 'an understanding of personal responsibilities in a democratic milieu'. He said: 'We hope students will be able to think logically and apply analytical skills to their studies and everyday life, and that they will become morally sensitive and able to make sensible value judgments. The programmes, we believe, help develop greater cultural awareness and consolidate their cultural identity.'