Welcome!

The Department of Sociology at Hong Kong Baptist University is home to researchers and teachers who are deeply committed to the development and dissemination of critical knowledge in the service of addressing fundamental sociological questions about the social world. Faculty members are engaged with social issues in the Chinese societies that bear theoretical significance for understanding similar issues in other parts of the world. Some of these sociological inquiries include social network and social capital, family and caregiving, gender and sexuality, social stratification and inequality, kinship and property inheritance, consumption and popular culture, and globalization and development. Our research approach is characterized by methodological breadth and depth, with faculty members engaged in methods ranging from survey, in-depth interviews, ethnography, and archival work.

Built upon a close teaching-research nexus, our undergraduate program emphasizes thorough training in both qualitative and quantitative research methods, and offers courses closely related to faculty members’ research areas, for example, Social Networks, Marriage and the Family, Sex, Gender and Society, Popular Culture, Globalization and Social Transformations, and Careers and Life Courses. The combination of theoretical knowledge, academic investigation, and first-hand experience enables students to be skilled at social analysis and practical application. A major in Sociology provides a solid foundation for careers in academia, business, government, or community agencies.

The Department has a strong commitment to academic excellence, collegiality, and student support. We invite you to explore Sociology at Hong Kong Baptist University.

Sincerely,
Gina Lai
Head and Professor