BSocSc (Hons) in Sociology and BSocSc (Hons) in China Studies (Sociology Concentration)

The Department of Sociology offers two undergraduate degree programs: BSocSc (Hons) in Sociology and BSocSc (Hons) in China Studies (Sociology Concentration). Both programs emphasize students acquiring an intellectual foundation in sociological theory and social research methods as well as familiarity with the main features of social development and social organizations in China and Hong Kong. In addition to required courses, students are free to choose from a wide variety of electives. These electives may be grouped into three broad categories - occupational and industrial sociology, family and gender studies, population and development.

BSocSc (Hons) in China Studies (Sociology Concentration) is part of the larger China Studies program in the University, which was launched during 1989-90 with the purpose of training well-rounded China specialists. Sociology is one of the four participating departments of the program, with the other three being Economics, Geography, and History. In addition to basic training in sociological knowledge and methods, sociology students in the China Studies program are required to take courses from other options in the program and to participate in the five-week Summer Sojourn Program at Tsinghua University, Beijing, after the second year. During that five-week period, students undertake an immersion course in Putonghua and attend seminars on current issues related to the political, economic, historical, and social development of China. Students also visit places providing first-hand experience of life in contemporary China.

BSocSc (Hons) in Sociology
  1. To illuminate the complex patterns of relationships among individuals, groups, and larger social structures in a cross-cultural perspective;
  2. To enhance the understanding of continuities and changes at the local, regional and global levels;
  3. To provide a comprehensive and integrated understanding of Chinese cultures and societies;
  4. To enable students to appreciate the complexities of Hong Kong society in all its manifestations;
  5. To cultivate abilities and creativity in independent research and theoretical investigation;
  6. To develop critical thinking skills adequate for academic inquiry and everyday problem-solving;
  7. To enable students to acquire and apply such transferable practical skills as problem identification, argument formulation, evidence gathering, analytical logic, teamwork, information technology and communication ability suitable for a wide variety of professional careers in civil service, social service, education and business sectors;
  8. To encourage an enthusiasm for life-long learning which in some instances will lead to postgraduate studies;
  9. To train students to appreciate and respect human diversity, and recognize the significance of cultural and social differences; and
  10. To enable students to conduct and complete a research project independently.
BSocSc (Hons) in China Studies (Sociology Concentration)
  1. The illumination of the complex pattern of relationships among individuals, groups and larger social structures, in a cross-cultural perspective;
  2. The enhancement of an understanding of the dynamic interaction of various institutions of society as these affect and are affected by social change;
  3. The appreciation of the complexities of transitional modern Chinese society in all its manifestations;
  4. The thorough preparation appropriate for postgraduate studies in Sociology or a related discipline; and
  5. The critical acquisition and application of such transferable skills as problem identification, argument formulation, evidence gathering, analytical logic, teamwork and communication ability suitable for a wide variety of professional careers in public administration, social service, education, civil service and business.
BSocSc (Hons) in Sociology
 
Curriculum Structure BSocSc in Sociology
Major courses
Major required courses 27 units
Major elective courses 33 units
General education courses
Core requirements 26 units
Distribution requirements 12 units
Elective courses 30 units
Total 128 units


BSocSc (Hons) in China Studies (Sociology Concentration)
 
Curriculum Structure BSocSc in China Studies
(Sociology Concentration)
Main Discipline option core / elective courses
Core courses 18 units
Elective courses 12 units
General education courses
Core requirements 26 units
Distribution requirements 12 units
Free elective courses 15 units
China studies core courses
Introduction to China Studies 1 unit
Summer sojourn 3 units
Honours project 6 units
Elementary Putonghua 3 units
Social sciences foundation courses 12 units
China studies foundation courses 12 units
Advanced China studies courses 9 units
Total 129 units

 
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