Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Sociology

Programme Director: Dr LEUNG, Hon Chu

In this programme all students will be required to develop a sound knowledge of sociological theory and sociological research methods. They will also be required to be familiar with the main features of social development and social organization in Hong Kong and mainland China. Additionally, they will be free to choose from a wide range of electives.

The combination of theoretical knowledge, academic investigation and first-hand experience provided in this programme trains students in skills in social analysis and its practical application. In the changing circumstances of the modern world, where the ability to identify, analyse and solve problems is valued, a training in sociology is highly relevant. Graduates will be able to pursue a variety of worthwhile careers in the public or private sector which contribute to the social and economic well-being of Hong Kong.

The aims of the programme are:

  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 recognise the significance of cultural and social differences; and
  10. To enable students to conduct and complete a research project independently.

The structure of the curriculum is as follows:

I) Social Sciences Common Core 4 units
II) Major Courses 57 units
III) Honours Project 6 units
IV) University Core Courses 13 units
V) General Education Courses 18 units
VI) Free Electives 30 units
    128 units


I. Social Sciences Common Core 4 units
  Core Course (1 unit)  
  SOSC1006 Invitation to Social Sciences 1 unit
  Experiential Learning in Action (3 units)  
  SOSC3005 Community and Civic Engagement 3 units
  SOSC3006 Global Outreach  3 units
II. Major Courses 57 units
  Major Required Courses (21 units)  
  SOCI1005 Invitation to Sociology 3 units
  SOCI2005 Qualitative Methods of Social Research 3 units
  SOCI2006 Social Statistics 3 units
  SOCI2007 Quantitative Methods of Social Research 3 units
  SOCI2015 Sociological Theory I: Classical Theory 3 units
  SOCI2046 Introduction to Sociological Thinking and Writing 3 units
  SOCI3005 Sociological Theory II: Contemporary Approaches 3 units
  Major Elective Courses (36 units)*  
  Three of the following courses: 
  SOCI2016 Modern Chinese Society 3 units
  SOCI2017 Popular Culture and Society 3 units
  SOCI2025 Population and Social Issues 3 units
  SOCI2027 Social Problems 3 units
  SOCI2035 Social Inequalities 3 units
  SOCI2036 Sociology of Marriage and the Family 3 units
  SOCI2037 Unity and Diversity: The Making of Chinese Culture and Society 3 units
  SOCI2045 Urban Sociology 3 units
  SOCI2047 Hong Kong Society 3 units
  At least three of the following courses: 
  SOCI3007 Global Social Transformations 3 units
  SOCI3016 Political Sociology 3 units
  SOCI3017 Health and Society 3 units
  SOCI3025 The Internet and Society 3 units
  SOCI3026 Work and Society 3 units
  SOCI3027 Careers and Life Courses 3 units
  SOCI3035 Sex, Gender and Society 3 units
  SOCI3037 Children, Youth and Aging 3 units
  SOCI3045 China and Tourism 3 units
  SOCI3046 Chinese Capitalisms 3 units
  SOCI3047 Consumption in China 3 units
  SOCI3055 Population and Social Developments in China 3 units
  SOCI3056 Community Engagement for Social Sustainability 3 units
  At least four of the following courses: 
  SOCI4006 Chinese Family and Kinship 3 units
  SOCI4015 East Asia: Economic Miracles and Social Change 3 units
  SOCI4016 Globalization 3 units
  SOCI4017 Management, Organization and Society 3 units
  SOCI4026 Selected Topics in Contemporary Sociology I 3 units
  SOCI4027 Selected Topics in Contemporary Sociology II 3 units
  SOCI4035 Selected Topics in the Sociology of China I 3 units
  SOCI4036 Selected Topics in the Sociology of China II 3 units
  SOCI4037 Cultural Sociology 3 units
  SOCI4045 Social Movements 3 units
  SOCI4046 Social Networks and Chinese Society 3 units
  SOCI4047 Sociological Issues in Urban and Rural Development 3 units
  SOCI4055 Gender in Contemporary China 3 units
  SOCI4056 States and Power: Europe and China 3 units
  SOCI4057 China’s Social Classes under Economic Reform 3 units
  SOCI4065 Chinese Entrepreneurship and Overseas Chinese in the Global Context 3 units
  SOCI4066 Chinese Nationalism and Identity Politics 3 units
  * Students are required to take a total of 36 units of major elective courses. The requirements are as follows: a) 9 units from Level 2, b) 27 units from Level 3 or 4 of which at least 9 units should be selected from Level 3 and 12 units from Level 4.
III. Honours Project 6 units
  SOCI4898 Honours Project 3 units
  SOCI4899 Honours Project 3 units
IV. University Core Courses 13 units
V. General Education Courses 18 units
VI. Free Electives 30 units
    128 units


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