Bachelor of Social Sciences in Asian and International Studies

General

Program Description

Asian and International Studies

  • Major: Asian and International Studies
  • Degree / Award Title: Bachelor of Social Sciences in Asian and International Studies
  • Offering Academic Unit: Department of Asian and International Studies
  • Mode of Study: Full-time

Overview

The programme in Asian and International Studies (AIS) explores the exciting centrality of Asia (including Hong Kong) in world affairs, helping students to cultivate knowledge of the politics, cultures, economies, and societies of this dynamic, globe-leading region. With an inter-disciplinary teaching approach that uses social-science concepts built on top of real-world student travel and internship opportunities, AIS equips students with the tools, insights, and mentalities they will need to build rewarding careers so they can have enriched, meaningful lives wherever they may choose to settle and work, in any part of the world. Our graduates take jobs in business, project planning and management, public relations, politics, research and education, mass media, politics, social enterprises, and non-governmental community organizations – in the Asian region and beyond. They make good starting salaries and report unusually high levels of job satisfaction.

Our most talented and ambitious students can apply to build upon their studies at CityU AIS by pursuing a Joint Bachelor’s Degree with Columbia University in the City of New York. This joint programme is generously subsidized so that no student has ever been turned away for lack of funds. AIS graduates of the joint programme with Columbia are well on their way to becoming world leaders in their fields.

Aims of Major

The Bachelor of Social Sciences in Asian and International Studies (BSSASIS) explores Asia’s place in the contemporary world. It aims to develop students’ knowledge of social, political, economic, environmental, and cultural processes of change occurring in the countries of Asia and to situate them in the broader international context, reflecting the increasing significance of Asia in world affairs.

Through training and practice in social research, the major seeks to equip students with analytic skills of value to organizations in diverse economic sectors in Hong Kong, the region, and beyond. BSSASIS will prepare its graduates for professional careers in business, non-profit, and governmental organizations, education and research organizations, and other organizations whose operations require social research skills and an informed international outlook.

Through its interdisciplinary curriculum, the major prepares students for careers in diverse fields by enhancing students’ skills in critical reasoning and extending and deepening their international, regional, and global perspectives. It equips them to think independently, and to innovate in approaching problems and devising solutions in intellectual and professional contexts.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Major (MILOs)

Upon successful completion of this Major students should be able to:

  • Explain similarities, differences, and interrelations across a range of critical issues affecting social life and change in contemporary Asia and beyond.
  • Compare and contrast patterns of change in Asia with those in selected regions in the rest of the world.
  • Apply methods and theories from across the social sciences to a range of issues relating to Asia and the wider international sphere.
  • Analyze regional and international issues through the application of a substantive body of knowledge concerning social, political, economic, environmental, and cultural conditions in Asia and beyond.
  • Appraise problems organizations face in the conduct of regional and international projects and offer ways of resolving them.
  • Develop and independently conduct data gathering activities and analysis for decision-making in diverse organizational and professional settings.
  • Communicate effectively in oral and written formats.
  • Identify and reflect on the social and ethical dimensions of a range of critical issues and the responsibilities they entail for citizens and professionals in Hong Kong.
  • Work effectively in teams.
  • Display and continue to develop a positive and flexible approach to learning and/or employment.

Degree Requirements

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Notes:

  1. For students with recognised Advanced Level Examinations or equivalent qualifications.
  2. For Associate Degree/Higher Diploma graduates admitted to the senior year.

Additional Information

Requirements for BSSASIS students concerning International Experience (AIS3812)

Preamble

As an international studies department with an Asia focus and global orientation it is essential for students to understand something of the world beyond Hong Kong from an overseas exchange semester, international internship or summer study programme abroad of at least a month during their undergraduate studies. In this regard, all BSSASIS students have to fulfil at least one of the below-mentioned activities organized by the University for at least 4 weeks to fulfil the graduation requirements.

The below sets out the basic principles and arrangements governing the international experience of AIS undergraduate students in going at least 4 weeks of international experience.

Basic Principles and Arrangements

BSSASIS students will have to fulfil at least 4 weeks of international experience to fulfil the graduation requirements. The 4 weeks of international experience will include:

  • Joining overseas exchange programmes arranged by the University.
  • Participating in an overseas study tour, an overseas internship, overseas field trips arranged by the University.
  • Joining overseas service-learning programmes organized by the University.

Upon satisfying the international experience requirements, students are expected to submit the complete proofs to the departmental general office by semester before their expected graduation to facilitate recording AIS3812 International Experience in their academic transcripts.

If any student indicates that they cannot join any of the above programmes, they need to write to the Internationalisation Coordinator of the Department at the beginning of the final year of study before their expected graduation.

  • A letter with strong justifications they cannot join any of the above activities.
  • Documents proofing the difficulties mentioned in 1. should be provided.

The Head of Department or his delegates will consider the student's request on a case by case basis.

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BSocSc Asian and International Studies

  • Year of Entry: 2020
  • Mode of Funding: Government-funded
  • Admission Code: 1102 BSocSc Asian and International Studies
  • Mode of Study: Full-time
  • Indicative Intake Target (subject to change): direct application places
    • Local Students: 3 (the Combined figure for programmes 1102 and 1327A).
    • Non-Local Students: Direct Application route for international and mainland Non-Gaokao students: around 250. NUEE route [全国普通高等学校统一招生计划(统招)] for mainland Gaokao students: around 225
  • Normal Duration of Programme: 4 years
  • Direct/Non-JUPAS Application Deadline: 2 January 2020 (Local & Non-local)

Department of Asian and International Studies

Asian and International Studies explores Asia’s place in the contemporary world and Hong Kong’s strategic positioning in the region and the world. It aims to develop students’ knowledge of socio-political, economic, and cultural processes of change occurring in the countries of Asia and to situate them in the broader international context, reflecting the increasing significance of Asia in world affairs. Through its interdisciplinary curriculum and training in social research, the major seeks to equip students with analytic skills of value to organizations in diverse economic sectors in Hong Kong, Asia, and beyond.

The programme is taught by faculties from diverse disciplines of sociology, anthropology, and political science. It will enhance students’ skills in critical reasoning and problem-solving and will extend and deepen their regional and global perspectives. Upon graduation, students are well equipped for both public and private sectors to pursue careers in a variety of fields, including business, project planning and management, public relations, politics, research and education, mass media, politics, social enterprises, as well as non-governmental and community organizations.

Our Target

This major explores Asia's significance in contemporary world politics and Hong Kong’s strategic positions within China, Asia and the world. It aims to develop students’ knowledge of the socio-political, economic and cultural changes occurring in Asian countries and to situate them in the broader international context.

Students will learn to contemplate Asia's increasingly significant roles in world affairs and examine these roles with both theoretical and practical analytical tools. Through its interdisciplinary curriculum and social research training, the major seeks to equip students with analytical skills that are of great value to organisations in different administrative and economic sectors throughout Hong Kong, Asia and beyond. In addition, it enhances students’ critical reasoning and problem-solving skills and will deepen their regional and global perspectives.

Admission Arrangements for Direct/Non-JUPAS Applicants

Applicants to this programme (admission code: 1102) will be considered for admission to first-year studies in the Bachelor of Social Sciences in Asian and International Studies programme.

Applicants seeking advanced standing entry can submit an application for the following programme:

  • BSocSc Asian and International Studies (admission code: 1327A)

Entrance Requirements for Direct/Non-JUPAS Applicants

To be considered for admission, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements.

Bonus Features

  • This major is the first and only programme in Hong Kong to focus on the increasingly important Asian region in this Asian age.
  • It strengthens students’ international perspectives.
  • It is staffed by scholars conducting field-based research in Asian countries and provides students with up-to-date and in-depth regional knowledge.
  • It features opportunities for students to join overseas exchange programmes and field trips to different countries in and beyond Asia to broaden their horizons.
  • AIS’s internship programme offers on-site job training in a number of fields, such as non-government organisations, marketing and research firms, private companies, media sectors, political parties and policy consultancy agencies.

Did You Know?

Graduates from AIS have gotten jobs in teaching positions at all levels, as well as jobs in the private sector, such as editors, social workers, non-governmental organization members, reporters, journalists, public-relations personnel, etc.

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Last updated Jan 2020

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