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

China is now the second largest economy in the world. Impressive growth has been achieved since the launch of economic reform in 1979. Alongside the rapid economic growth are social, environmental and technological issues that pose challenges to the sustainability of development in China. China’s integration to the world economy and changing role in the international arena have aroused much academic and business interests. Its importance to Hong Kong can never be over-emphasised. 

The Economics Concentration of the BSocSc (Hons) in China Studies aims to meet a growing need for a programme oriented towards the Chinese economy. Apart from solid knowledge about Chinese economy, students will be equipped with economic theories and analytical tools useful for formulating business strategies and assessing government policies. 

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) Social Sciences Common Core 4 units
II) China Studies 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
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
  * 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 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
  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 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
  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
II. Main Concentration Courses 30 units
  Main Concentration Required Courses (15 units)  
  BUSI3007 Business Research Methods 3 units
  ECON2015 Economies of Hong Kong and the Pan-Pearl River Delta 3 units
  ECON3006 Asia-Pacific Economies 3 units
  ECON3037 Microeconomics 3 units
  ECON3045 Macroeconomics 3 units
  Main Concentration Elective Courses (15 units)  
  Five 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
  ECON3086 Programming for Economic and Business Analysis 3 units
  ECON3087 Understanding the Digital Economy  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. University Core Courses 13 units
V. General Education Courses 18 units
VI. 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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