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


The Department of Sociology offers two undergraduate degree programmes: BSocSc (Hons) in Sociology and BSocSc (Hons) in China Studies (Sociology Concentration). Both programmes 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 programme 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 programme, 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 programme are required to take courses from other options in the programme and to participate in the five-week Summer Sojourn Programme 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.


The China Studies Program has been revamped and the current program had the last intake of students in AY2019-2020.