Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Greater China Studies / Bachelor of Social Science Education (Honours) (Greater China Studies)


Program Description

Programme Aims

The BSocSc(GCS) programme aims to:

  • Enable students to acquire applied methods and analytical skills to critically examine issues arising from the regional cooperation and competition in a globalised world;
  • Provide students with knowledge of the dynamics of social transitions in Greater China and a comprehensive understanding of regional developments from the comparative and sociological perspectives;
  • Enhance students' understanding of the complex interplay of global, regional, national, and local factors that affect social transitions in Greater China with relation to development, governance, and policy across the region; and
  • Provide students with the academic and professional foundation to become professionals in government/non-government organisations, corporations; and local/national/international education-related associations and organisations, and provide a strong foundation for career advancement and future postgraduate studies.

Programme Features

In Hong Kong, there is a lack of Bachelor programme that can specifically equip students with the skills to identify and solve complex social problems within the context of Greater China. Similar programmes offered by local tertiary institutions mainly focus on modern China studies from the arts/social sciences/humanities perspectives. Despite a certain degree of diversity in terms of programme prospects and curriculum structures, existing programmes do not show a clear focus on the area studies of Greater China from the comparative perspective. They do not provide approaches to understanding regional variations in three important areas, i.e. development, governance, and policy in Greater China. Nor do they provide students with problem-solving training that focuses on the development and social issues in the region. Other unique features of our programme include the following:

  • The programme is the FIRST and ONLY of its kind at the undergraduate level in Hong Kong that focuses on development, governance and policy issues with a particular focus on the Greater China region, comparing mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau. It consists of intra-national and intra-regional comparative studies of these four Chinese societies.
  • The programme combines the perspectives and curricular strengths of the multidisciplinary and inter-linked areas of social sciences and the Greater China studies. These cover studies on Development (including Globalisation, Regionalisation, Urbanisation, Education and Social Transitions, Environment, and Sustainable Livelihood), Governance (including Political Sociology, Economics and Political Science, International Relations, and Human Security), Policy (including Policy-making, Legislation, Comparative Policy Studies, and managing city development, regional cooperation and integration), Communication and Education. The programme also provides students with possibilities in graduating with a Minor.
  • The programme provides students with opportunities to engage in diverse learning activities, including Coursework, Internship, Honours/Capstone Project and Comparative Field Visit. One distinctive feature of the programme is the Comparative Field Visit where students receive intensive training and attend seminars and field excursion across Greater China. The student internship aims to help students incorporate and apply in a real-life setting the subject knowledge and skills they have acquired from the earlier stages of the programme. The internship also provides practical experience of the challenges faced in various kinds of workplaces, including education-related associations and organisations, government/non-government organisations (NGOs), and corporations, and will facilitate students in making decisions regarding their education and career path.
  • The programme provides students with diversified graduation pathways. The elements of choice built into the programme through Electives, Minors, Internships and Comparative  Field Visit enhance their abilities to pursue a variety of career routes. Students can embark on different career pathways in government, NGOs, educational publication and service, business companies and media. Minors and the electives offered by the programme extend students' understanding of the Major and offer diversified graduation pathways. Students can pursue a teaching career by completing an additional year of professional teaching training or undertake further studies in higher-degree programmes.

Programme Structure

Domain and Credit Points

  • Major Studies
    • Coursework, 45 credit points
    • Interdisciplinary Course, 3 credit points
    • Comparative Field Visit, 3 credit points
    • Internship, 6 credit points
    • Research Methods, 3 credit points
    • Final Year Project (Honours Project/ Capstone Project), 3 credit points
  • Electives (including an optional 15 credit points Minor), 27 credit points
  • Language Enhancement, 9 credit points
  • General Education, 22 credit points
  • Total: 121 credit points

Note: Classes will be held in Tai Po Campus and Tseung Kwan O Study Centre / Kowloon Tong Satellite Study Centre / Sports Centre as decided by the University.

Major Studies

The Greater China Studies Major comprises the following:

  • Foundation Courses: Theoretical Framework for Social Sciences and Greater China Studies
    • e.g. Institutions and Development in the Greater China Region
  • Comparative Development in Greater China
    • e.g. Economic Growth and Sustainability in Greater China
  • Comparative Policy and Governance
    • e.g. Comparative Social Policy in Asia
  • Experiential Learning in Greater China
    • Comparative Field Visit
    • Internship
    • Honours/Capstone Project

Electives/ Minor

Students are free to choose elective courses offered by any of the University’s departments (27 credit points). They have the option of taking a Minor of 15 credit points of taught courses in the Elective domain for graduation with a Minor, subject to specific requirements of the Minor(s), which can further deepen the knowledge gained in the Major and diversify their graduation pathways.

General Education

Students can choose from a wide selection of General Education (GE) courses in the following three domains to enhance their whole-person development:

  • Foundation Course (4 credit points)
  • Breadth Courses (9 credit points)
  • Experiential Learning (6 credit points)
  • University ePortfolio (3 credit points)

Language Enhancement

The Centre for Language in Education (CLE) provides language enhancement in English and Chinese in the form of credit-bearing and non-credit-bearing programmes; self–access support programmes and social activities for cultural and language exchanges.

Students are required to take a total of two credit-bearing courses in English language proficiency and one credit-bearing Chinese enhancement course, each consisting of 3 credit points.

International Collaboration 2+2 Undergraduate Programme with The University of York

The programme collaborates with The University of York (York) in the United Kingdom on an international collaborative 2+2 Undergraduate Degree Programme. Selected students will study at EdUHK in the first 2 years and study at York in the last two years. Students who successfully meet the requirements of both universities will be awarded a BA (Hons) in Social Policy degree by York and, upon successful transfer of credits, a BSocSc(GCS) by EdUHK.

Entrance Scholarships

Full-time applicants with outstanding achievements are automatically considered for entrance scholarships. Most of the entrance scholarships are renewable subject to the students' continued outstanding academic performance. 

Last updated Aug 2020

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