Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in China Studies – Economics Concentration

Since 1979 China has been following a new development strategy which emphasizes the roles of improving productivity and strengthening external economic relations. To implement this strategy, China is in the process of reforming her system of economic administration. This involves generally giving greater autonomy to local authorities and basic economic units, a greater use of market mechanism to regulate and co-ordinate economic activities, and enlarging consumer choice. These changes are in recognition of past problems and defects experienced in China’s socialist economic development. Theoretical work has been carried out to justify and guide the reforms, and policies have been adjusted frequently in response to problems emerged during the reform process. For both traders and researchers concerned with China, a sound understanding of China’s administrative system and development strategies has become increasingly important. Hong Kong’s business and other institutions with interests in China have become particularly keen to recruit economists with expertise in the Chinese economy, both to help formulate trade and investment decisions and to provide advice on the Chinese macroeconomic context.

The Economics Concentration of the BSocSc (Hons) in China Studies aims to meet a growing need for a programme oriented towards the Chinese economy in the belief that a sound training in economic theories and in Chinese economy gives a particularly useful perspective in understanding contemporary China. It aims to develop students’ critical and analytical ability, fluency in Putonghua, and in-depth understanding of contemporary China. The design of the curriculum of the Economics Concentration is based on this philosophy.

Specifically, it aims

  1. to provide a coherent academic programme on the Chinese economy, building on a solid foundation of economic theories and analytical tools;
  2. to equip students with immediately employable knowledge and with potential for future career development in occupations related to the Chinese economy; and
  3. to develop students’ analytical ability, critical thinking capacity for career enhancement in teaching, research and postgraduate studies.

The structure of the curriculum is as follows:

I) China Studies Courses 40 units
II) Main Concentration Courses 30 units
III) Honours Project 6 units
IV) General Education 38 units
V) Free Electives# 15 units
    129 units

# Students may take additional GE courses in any categories to fulfil the “Free Electives” requirement but only a maximum of 6 units will be counted towards the fulfilment of the “Free Electives” requirement.


I. China Studies Courses 40 units
  Programme Requirements (7 units)  
  CHST1005 Introduction to China Studies 1 unit
  CHST3005 Summer Sojourn* 3 units
  LANG1005 Elementary Putonghua 3 units
  Social Sciences Foundation Required Courses (12 units)  
  CHSE1005 Essentials of Economics 3 units
  CHSG1005 Geography and the Contemporary World 3 units
  CHSH1105 China in the Imperial Age 3 units
  CHSS1005 Understanding Society: An Introduction to Sociology 3 units
  China Studies Foundation Required and Elective Courses (12 units)  
  CHSE2005 Foundations of Chinese Economy 3 units
  Three of the following courses:  
  CHSG2025 Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta: A Survey 3 units
  CHSG3006 Regional Geography of China 3 units
  CHSH2105 Introduction to Modern Chinese History 3 units
  CHSP1005 Foundations of Political Science 3 units
  CHSP3017 Government and Politics of China 3 units
  CHSP3205 Chinese Legal System 3 units
  CHSP3216 Ideology and Socialism in China 3 units
  CHSS2016 Modern Chinese Society 3 units
  Advanced China Studies Elective Courses (9 units)  
  Three of the following courses, two of them must be taken from the Economics Concentration:  
  CHSE3035 Industrial Management and Development in China 3 units
  CHSE3047 Rural Economic Development in China 3 units
  CHSE3055 Urban and Regional Economic Development in China 3 units
  CHSE4005 China's Foreign Economic Relations and Trade 3 units
  CHSE4007 Money and Finance in China 3 units
  CHSG4016 Energy Development in China 3 units
  CHSG4047 Resource Management in China 3 units
  CHSG4055 Rural and Agricultural Development in China 3 units
  CHSG4056 Selected Topics in the Geography of China (Human Geography) 3 units
  CHSG4057 Selected Topics in the Geography of China (Physical and Environmental Geography) 3 units
  CHSG4085 Urban Development in China 3 units
  CHSH3105 Contemporary China 3 units
  CHSH3115 Engendering Imperial Chinese History 3 units
  CHSH3305 China and Asia since 1900 3 units
  CHSH3325 History of Chinese Food Culture in Global Perspective 3 units
  CHSH3406 Information Technologies and Quantitative Methods for Historical Studies 3 units
  CHSH4105 History of Chinese Women since 1912 3 units
  CHSH4116 Intellectual Trends in Modern China 3 units
  CHSH4117 Missionaries in Modern China 3 units
  CHSH4125 Revolution and Nationalism in Republican China (1912-1949) 3 units
  CHSH4126 Selected Themes in the History of Chinese Women 3 units
  CHSH4127 Social and Economic Development of Modern China 3 units
  CHSH4135 Topic Studies in Chinese History 3 units
  CHSH4136 Childhood in Imperial China 3 units
  CHSH4137 Legal History of Traditional China 3 units
  CHSH4145 Historical Anthropology of Chinese Society 3 units
  CHSH4305 Sino-American Relations 3 units
  CHSH4306 Sino-Russian Relations 3 units
  CHSH4315 Introduction to Museum Studies 3 units
  CHSH4327 Topic Studies in Comparative History 3 units
  CHSH4405 Oral History and Its Local Applications 3 units
  CHSH4407 Topic Studies in Social History 3 units
  CHSP4206 China and the World 3 units
  CHSS4006 Chinese Family and Kinship 3 units
  CHSS4007 Chinese Social Thought 3 units
  CHSS4025 Population of China 3 units
  CHSS4035 Selected Topics in the Sociology of China I 3 units
  CHSS4036 Selected Topics in the Sociology of China II 3 units
  CHSS4046 Social Networks and Chinese Society 3 units
  CHSS4047 Sociological Issues in Urban and Rural Development 3 units
  CHSS4055 Women in China 3 units
  CHSS4056 States and Power: Europe and China 3 units
* Students are required to attain grade "B" or above in CHST3005 Summer Sojourn and those who fail to meet this requirement are required to take LANG1006 Intermediate Putonghua as one of the "Free Electives".
II. Main Concentration Courses 30 units
  Main Concentration Required Courses (18 units)  
  ECON2015 Economies of Hong Kong and the Pan-Pearl River Delta 3 units
  ECON2016 Mathematics for Economists 3 units
  ECON2025 Basic Statistical Methods 3 units
  ECON3006 Asia-Pacific Economies 3 units
  ECON3037 Microeconomics 3 units
  ECON3045 Macroeconomics 3 units
  Main Concentration Elective Courses (12 units)  
  Four of the following courses:  
  ECON2026 Comparative Economics 3 units
  ECON2027 Transition and Emerging Economies 3 units
  ECON3005 Applied Econometrics 3 units
  ECON3007 Industrial Organization and Business Decision 3 units
  ECON3015 Public Finance 3 units
  ECON3016 International Trade 3 units
  ECON3017 International Financial Economics 3 units
  ECON3025 Money and Banking 3 units
  ECON3027 Mathematical Analysis for Economics 3 units
  ECON3036 Economics of Human Resources 3 units
  ECON3046 Economic Development 3 units
  ECON3066 Business Economics Internship 3 units
  ECON3085 Economics of Entrepreneurship 3 units
  ECON4006 Economic and Business Forecasting 3 units
  ECON4015 Big Data Analytics 3 units
III. Honours Project 6 units
  CHSE4898 Honours Project 3 units
  CHSE4899 Honours Project 3 units
IV. General Education 38 units
V. Free Electives 15 units
    129 units


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