What will I learn?

The Department of Sociology offers two undergraduate degree programmes: BSocSc (Hons) in Sociology and BSocSc (Hons) in China Studies (Sociology Concentration). Both programmes emphasize students acquiring an intellectual foundation in sociological theory and social research methods as well as familiarity with the main features of social development and social organizations in China and Hong Kong. In addition to required courses, students are free to choose from a wide variety of electives. These electives may be grouped into three broad categories - occupational and industrial sociology, family and gender studies, population and development.

BSocSc (Hons) in China Studies (Sociology Concentration) is part of the larger China Studies programme in the University, which was launched during 1989-90 with the purpose of training well-rounded China specialists. Sociology is one of the four participating departments of the programme, with the other three being Economics, Geography, and History. In addition to basic training in sociological knowledge and methods, sociology students in the China Studies programme are required to take courses from other options in the programme and to participate in the five-week Summer Sojourn Programme at Tsinghua University, Beijing, after the second year. During that five-week period, students undertake an immersion course in Putonghua and attend seminars on current issues related to the political, economic, historical, and social development of China. Students also visit places providing first-hand experience of life in contemporary China.

BSocSc (Hons) in Sociology

  • To illuminate the complex patterns of relationships among individuals, groups, and larger social structures in a cross-cultural perspective;
  • To enhance the understanding of continuities and changes at the local, regional and global levels;
  • To provide a comprehensive and integrated understanding of Chinese cultures and societies;
  • To enable students to appreciate the complexities of Hong Kong society in all its manifestations;
  • To cultivate abilities and creativity in independent research and theoretical investigation;
  • To develop critical thinking skills adequate for academic inquiry and everyday problem-solving;
  • To enable students to acquire and apply such transferable practical skills as problem identification, argument formulation, evidence gathering, analytical logic, teamwork, information technology and communication ability suitable for a wide variety of professional careers in civil service, social service, education and business sectors;
  • To encourage an enthusiasm for life-long learning which in some instances will lead to postgraduate studies;
  • To train students to appreciate and respect human diversity, and recognize the significance of cultural and social differences; and
  • To enable students to conduct and complete a research project independently.

BSocSc (Hons) in China Studies (Sociology Concentration)

  • The illumination of the complex pattern of relationships among individuals, groups and larger social structures, in a cross-cultural perspective;
  • The enhancement of an understanding of the dynamic interaction of various institutions of society as these affect and are affected by social change;
  • The appreciation of the complexities of transitional modern Chinese society in all its manifestations;
  • The thorough preparation appropriate for postgraduate studies in Sociology or a related discipline; and
  • The critical acquisition and application of such transferable skills as problem identification, argument formulation, evidence gathering, analytical logic, teamwork and communication ability suitable for a wide variety of professional careers in public administration, social service, education, civil service and business.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
HK$140,000.00 (US$ 18,060) per year
Start date

September 2020

Venue

Hong Kong Baptist University

Kowloon Tong,

Kowloon City, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants should have US High School Graduation Diploma; and successful completion of one year's study in a full-time AD programme at a recognised US university/ community college, provided that the duration of the programme should be at least two years in full-time mode. Students following Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) in community colleges must hold: US High School Graduation Diploma; and successful completion of IGETC with Grade C or above in each of the subjects. English Language Requirements : TOEFL- Internet-based test (iBT) - Score: 79; or Paper-based test (PBT) - Score: 550; IELTS Academic: Overall Band: 6.0. Grade C or above in GCE O-Level/ GCSE/ IGCSE English; or Grade E or above in GCE AS Level or AL Level English; Grade E or above in HKALE Use of English (AS Use of English); IB - Grade 4 in: IB English A (Higher or Standard Level); or IB English B (Higher Level); or IB English Literature and Performance (Standard Level) or Grade 5 in: IB English B (Standard Level).

For international students

Applicants who apply for admission with overseas qualifications are expected to have received 12-year pre-university education with appropriate school-leaving qualifications. Students from other countries should have qualifications equivalent to Hong Kong.

The following public examination results are recognised as meeting the English Language requirements stipulated by the University:

  • TOEFL: Internet-based test (iBT) - Score: 79; or Paper-based test (PBT) - Score: 550
  • IELTS Academic: Overall Band 6.0
  • IGCSE First Language English: Grade C/ Grade 4
  • IGCSE English as a Second Language: Grade B/ Grade 5
  • IB: Grade 4 in: IB English A (Higher or Standard Level); or IB English B (Higher Level); or IB English Literature and Performance (Standard Level) OR Grade 5 in: IB English B (Standard Level)

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