Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in China Studies—Geography Concentration

Programme Director: Dr CHUNG, Him

The Geography Concentration of the BSocSc (Hons) in China Studies introduces students to the rapidly expanding horizons of the geography discipline and the study of China from a geographical perspective. The curriculum enables students to analyse in-depth the complexities of the geography of contemporary China.

Specifically, the programme aims at providing students with:

  1. A solid foundation of the theories and methodologies of the geography discipline;
  2. A sound knowledge of contemporary China, particularly in the understanding of its geographical assets and liabilities;
  3. The ability to use geographical tools to conduct independent research; and
  4. Proficiency in Chinese, especially Putonghua, as well as English.

More specific objectives include:

  1. To prepare students for careers in China-related business and other endeavours; and
  2. To prepare students for graduate studies in geography, China studies and cognate fields.

The structure of the curriculum is as follows:

I) Social Sciences Common Core 4 units
II) China Studies Required Courses 40 units
III) Main Concentration Courses 30 units
IV) Honours Project 6 units
V) University Core Courses 13 units
VI) General Education Courses 18 units
VII) Free Electives# 18 units
    129 units

# Students may take additional Healthy Lifestyle courses and/or General Education (Level 1 or 2) courses in any categories, subject to a maximum of 6 units, to fulfil the Free Electives requirement.


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. China Studies Required Courses 40 units
  Programme Requirement (7 units)  
  CHST1005 Introduction to China Studies 1 unit
  CHST3005 Summer Sojourn*+ 3 units
  LANG1005 Elementary Putonghua 3 units
  * In terms of the Putonghua requirement, LANG1005 Elementary Putonghua (or its equivalence as defined by the University) is the prerequisite for the Summer Sojourn, and we require all China Studies majors to pass LANG1005 Elementary Putonghua in the second semester of the third year before the Summer Sojourn. In addition, China Studies majors are required to get at least a B grade in the Putonghua Course taken during the Summer Sojourn. Students who fail to meet this requirement have to pass LANG1006 Intermediate Putonghua or its equivalence as defined by the University.
  Social Sciences Foundation 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 Courses (12 units)  
  CHSG3006 Regional Geography of China 3 units
  Three of the following courses: 
  CHSE2005 Foundation of Chinese Economy 3 units
  CHSG2025 Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta: A Survey 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 Courses (9 units)  
  Three of the following courses, and two of them must be taken from the Geography 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
  CHSE4017 Innovation and Entrepreneurial Economy: China and Global Development 3 units
  CHSG4016 Sustainable Energy and Technological Innovation in China 3 units
  CHSG4047 Resource and Environmental 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 Topics 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
  CHSS3045 China and Tourism 3 units
  CHSS3046 Chinese Capitalisms 3 units
  CHSS3047 Consumption in China 3 units
  CHSS3055 Population and Social Developments in China 3 units
  CHSS4006 Chinese Family and Kinship 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 Gender in Contemporary China 3 units
  CHSS4056 States and Power: Europe and China 3 units
  CHSS4057 China's Social Classes under Economic Reform 3 units
  CHSS4065 Chinese Entrepreneurship and Overseas Chinese in the Global Context 3 units
  CHSS4066 Chinese Nationalism and Identity Politics 3 units
III. Main Concentration Courses 30 units
  Main Concentration Required Courses (18 units)  
  GEOG2005 Cultures, Peoples and Landscapes 3 units
  GEOG2006 Earth Systems: Shaping Landscapes 3 units
  GEOG2007 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Geography 3 units
  GEOG2015 Maps and Map Making 3 units
  GEOG2016 Earth Systems: Atmosphere and Biosphere 3 units
  GEOG2017 Globalization of Economic Activities 3 units
  GEOG3005 Field Camp 0 unit
  Major Concentration Elective Courses (12 units)  
  GEOG3007 Energy Problems and the Environment 3 units
  GEOG3015 Geography of Health and the Environment 3 units
  GEOG3016 Geography of Pacific Asia 3 units
  GEOG3017 Global Environmental Issues and Sustainability 3 units
  GEOG3025 Population Geography 3 units
  GEOG3027 Urban Geography 3 units
  GEOG3036 Writing Spatial Stories through Qualitative Research  3 units
  GEOG4005 Advanced Climatology 3 units
  GEOG4006 Advanced Quantitative Methods in Geography 3 units
  GEOG4007 Applied Geomorphology 3 units
  GEOG4015 Coastal Environments and Processes 3 units
  GEOG4017 Geographical Information Systems 3 units
  GEOG4025 Geographical Imaginations 3 units
  GEOG4026 Geography of Economic Development 3 units
  GEOG4027 Geography of Environmental Hazards 3 units
  GEOG4035 Geography of Transportation 3 units
  GEOG4036 Political Geography 3 units
  GEOG4046 Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation 3 units
  GEOG4065 Energy Policy and Analysis 3 units
  GEOG4066 Seminar in Environmental Planning and Management 3 units
  GEOG4067 Seminar in Social Justice and the City 3 units
  GEOG4075 Seminar in Urban Geography 3 units
  GEOG4076 Urban Cultural Landscape 3 units
  GEOG4077 Urban Development and Planning in Hong Kong 3 units
  GEOG4086 Urban Planning 3 units
  GEOG4087 Natural Resource Evaluation and Policy Approaches 3 units
IV. Honours Project 6 units
  CHSG4898 Honours Project 3 units
  CHSG4899 Honours Project 3 units
V. University Core Courses 13 units
VI. General Education Courses 18 units
VII. Free Electives+ 18 units
  + Students taking CHST3005 Summer Sojourn will fulfil the course requirement of Experiential Learning in Action under “Social Sciences Common Core”. Students have to fulfil the 3 units derived from Experiential Learning in Action by taking Free Elective course(s). Hence, students are required to take a total of 21 units of Free Elective courses.
    129 units
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