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 an overview of social sciences and the disciplines that make up of the social sciences;
  • 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;
  • 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 Project and Comparative Education Field Visit. One distinctive feature of the programme is the Comparative Education 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 Education 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.

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.

Programme Structure

Medium of Instruction

The programme is primarily conducted in English.

Career Prospects/Professional Qualifications

The programme is a passport to a wide range of employment opportunities including positions such as educational research, working as officers in the HKSAR Government, district council, educational publication and service, educational officers in NGOs and business companies, administrators in arts and culture, media producers and journalists. The programme can be the first step along with professional career advancement in Greater China. There is growing community demand for professionals with expertise in the interdisciplinary areas of education, social sciences, arts and culture, and Greater China studies.

This programme will prepare graduates to become capable personnel with the capacity to enter a wide range of careers in the public and private sectors in which a solid foundation in social sciences and a comprehensive and sophisticated understanding of Greater China is essential to success. Students may choose to pursue a teaching career by completing an additional year of professional teacher training (e.g., the PGDE). Qualified teachers who can teach Greater China-related subjects in primary and secondary schools are in great demand in Hong Kong.

Last updated Sep 2019

About the School

The Education University of Hong Kong is a publicly funded tertiary institution dedicated to the advancement of teaching and learning, through a diverse offering of academic and research programmes on ... Read More

The Education University of Hong Kong is a publicly funded tertiary institution dedicated to the advancement of teaching and learning, through a diverse offering of academic and research programmes on teacher education and complementary social sciences and humanities disciplines. Read less