Bachelor of Social Sciences in Criminology and Sociology

General

Program Description

Criminology and Sociology

  • Major: Criminology and Sociology
  • Degree / Award Title: Bachelor of Social Sciences in Criminology and Sociology
  • Offering Academic Unit: Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences
  • Mode of Study: Full-time

Aims of Major

This major aims to equip degree-level graduates with a broad knowledge of criminology and sociological practice; and professional competence to conduct sociological research to solve problems in organizational, community, societal, national, and international contexts with a particular interest in protecting the public and maintaining Hong Kong as one of the safest cities in the world. Students will procure knowledge and skills necessary to undertake managerial and executive responsibilities in a wide range of professions, including policing, crime prevention, security services, correctional services, conflict resolution, social analysis, societal planning, marketing research, and the operation of non-governmental organizations. Ample opportunities are provided for students to develop an interest in discovery and innovation to benefit society through crime control and reduction, and societal development and improvement with the application of various sociological practices.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Major (MILOs)

  1. Describe a range of key concepts, theories and professional values in criminology and applied sociology;
  2. Identify and criticize underlying assumptions of and devise interventions against social problems and criminal issues with a particular interest in different types of informal and formal strategies;
  3. Apply qualitative and quantitative research methods and analyse different sociological and criminological perspectives for explaining social problems and crimes;
  4. Evaluate the applicability of sociological and criminological theories and develop innovative ideas in preventing crimes and creative ways of reducing re-offending in the local context;
  5. Evaluate the function and operation of social institutions and law enforcement agencies in the criminal justice system;
  6. Conduct investigation of research independently; analyse the impacts of social, technological, and environmental changes on individuals and society; present research findings clearly and systematically to the public; and provide creative suggestions and/or solutions for preventing crimes and other social problems;
  7. Design programs, generate alternatives, invent ideas, and construct cost-effective means for sustaining social order and safety.

Degree Requirements

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Note 1: For students with recognised Advanced Level Examinations or equivalent qualifications.

Note 2: For Associate Degree/Higher Diploma graduates admitted as senior-year intake students.

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Students in this major will be able to take a certain number of courses in both criminology and sociology and will thus have a broadened exposure to theories and skills training in both disciplines. This broad knowledge base will surely strengthen the employability of graduates. Sample areas of employment for our graduates include positions in law enforcement agencies (e.g. Hong Kong Police Force, Correctional Services Department, Customs and Excise Department, Immigration Department, and Fire Services), schools and universities, non-governmental organisations, security or risk management departments in private companies, research institutes and marketing research firms, media industries, and public relations firms.

Bonus Features

This is the only UGC-funded undergraduate programme in Hong Kong to provide comprehensive training in the disciplines of Criminology and Sociology.

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Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences (options: BSocSc Criminology and Sociology, BSocSc Psychology, BSocSc Social Work)

  • Year of Entry: 2019
  • Mode of Funding: Government-funded
  • Admission Code: 1101 Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences (options: BSocSc Criminology and Sociology, BSocSc Psychology, BSocSc Social Work)
  • Mode of Study: Full time
  • Indicative Intake Target (subject to change): direct application places
    • Local Students: Direct Application Places (Local Students): 22 (the Combined figure for programmes 1101, 1298A, 1303A and 1358A).
    • 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: 3 January 2019 (Local & Non-local)

Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences

The Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences prides itself on its long track record of offering quality education delivered by a multi-disciplinary team of faculty members. "Social and Behavioural Sciences" is the term used to describe the scientific studies of the thoughts, feelings and behaviours of humans and animals and their surrounded social systems in order to understanding and resolve individual, social, and community issues. It includes the study of counselling, criminology, psychology, social work and sociology.

The Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences offers the following majors:

  • Criminology and Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Social Work

Criminology and Sociology provides students with a broad knowledge of criminology and sociological practice, and professional competence to conduct sociological research to solve problems in organisational, community, societal, national and international contexts. This major is suitable for students with a particular interest in protecting the public and maintaining Hong Kong’s status as one of the safest cities in the world. Psychology is a scientific study of thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. Students are provided with a comprehensive education in major fields of psychology, including biological, clinical, cognitive, developmental, educational, health, personality, and social psychology. They are also offered opportunities to design and conduct psychological research. Social Work is a helping profession that applies knowledge from various disciplines of the social sciences to develop theories and practices. We set out to strengthen and provide support for individuals, families, groups and the community, in problem-solving as well as in achieving growth and development.

Admission Arrangements for Direct/Non-JUPAS Applicants

Applicants to this programme (admission code: 1101) will be considered for admission to first-year studies in the Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences. Students will enter a major (current major options: Criminology and Sociology; Psychology; Social Work) after one year of study. The top 40% of students# will have a free choice of majors offered by the Department. The other 60% of students will be allocated a major within the Department, subject to the availability of places and the selection criteria set by individual majors.

# Based on CGPA with no failed grades and completion of at least 30 credit units including College/Department required courses.

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

  • BSocSc Criminology and Sociology (admission code: 1358A)
  • BSocSc Psychology (admission code: 1298A)
  • BSocSc Social Work (admission code: 1303A)

Entrance Requirements for Direct/Non-JUPAS Applicants

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

First-Year Curriculum

During their first year, students will study a broad range of Gateway Education (GE), College core and Departmental requirement courses.

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Last updated October 2019

About the School

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