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Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Social Entrepreneurship and Development Studies

JUPAS Code
N/A

EdUHK Programme Code
A2B103

Abbreviated Programme Title
BSocSc(SEDS)

Study Mode
Full-time

Programme Duration
2 years (for Senior Year Admissions)

Medium of Instruction
English

Programme Leader
Dr Xiao Hanyu
  hxiao@eduhk.hk

Associate Programme Leader
Dr Nie Lin

  lnie@eduhk.hk

Enquiry (Admission)
 2948 6886
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Enquiry (Programme)
Ms Yanmi Lam
 2948 7428
  aps@eduhk.hk

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In recent years, the ecosystem of social business has speedily evolved, and some social entrepreneurs and successful social innovation projects have emerged. In a rapidly changing world, social entrepreneurs develop strategies by drawing on and merging inventive thought from both non-profit and business sectors, start businesses with the dual purpose of profit and social value, and address social problems, such as poverty and unemployment, unfair trade, etc., with innovation. This Programme with a focus on the developmental needs in the Greater Bay Area (GBA) and emerging economies in Asia, provides students with a holistic experience of social entrepreneurship, enhances students with academic and professional foundations, and helps students develop networks through internship and field visits with organisations in Hong Kong and other cities in the GBA, enables students’ understanding of the complex dynamics of social transitions in GBA and Asia, in order to equip students for their future careers.

Programme Aims

The programme prepares young people with the skills and knowledge to create high-impact social careers, with a focus on the developmental needs in the regions [such as Asia, and the Greater Bay Area (GBA)]. Specifically, it aims to:

provide students with a holistic experience of social entrepreneurship, taking students from ambition stages all the way to developing pitches for investors;
enable students to build support among stakeholders and manage and grow social ventures to scale and maximise impacts;
enable students’ understanding of the complex dynamics of social transitions and comprehensive understanding of regional developments from a comparative perspective;
provide students with the academic and professional foundation to become professionals in social enterprises and government / non-government organisations, corporations; and local / national / international associations and organisations, and provide a strong foundation for career advancement and future postgraduate studies.

Through dedicated and practical training, the programme will prepare more young people who have the ambition to start a social venture, and grab the numerous funding opportunities that governments and businesses have offered. Graduates may also pursue an impactful career by joining existing social enterprises, government, socially responsible corporations, and NGOs as project or executive officers. In Hong Kong, social enterprises and non-governmental organisations have already provided approximately 80% of social services. These organisations often need to solicit resources from public or private sources, and communicate effectively with different stakeholders in society. Graduates will find ample employment opportunities.

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Programme Structure

Domain Components Credit Points (cps)
Major Major Core 24
Major Interdisciplinary Course (IC) 3
Internship 6
Field Visit (Non-credit bearing) 0
Final Year Project Honours Project I: Research Methods and Proposal/
Capstone Project I: Research Methods and Proposal
3
Honours Project II: Research Report/
Capstone Project II: Project Output
3
Elective / Minor Elective / Minor 15
General Education (GE) 6
Total cps 60
Information Technology Competency Requirement (Non-credit bearing)
Notes: Classes will be held in Tai Po Campus and Tseung Kwan O Study Centre / Kowloon Tong Satellite Study Centre / Sport Centre as decided by the University.

Students admitted into this programme are required to visit the Greater Bay Area (GBA) for a short trip (e.g. 2-day 1-night or 3-day 2-night trip) and contribute 18% of the estimated cost of the trip in order to complete the programme.

Major (33cps)

Course Code Course Title Credit Points (cps)
Major Core Course (24 cps)
GCS4005 Regional Cooperation in Greater China: Challenges and Issues 3
PUA2013 Managing and Organising Social Enterprises 3
PUA2014 Organisational Budget Management 3
PUA3015 Institutions and Development in the Greater Bay Area 3
PUA3016 Leadership in Social Innovation and Development 3
SSC2327 Stakeholder and Customer Engagement 3
SSC4328 Economic Growth and Sustainable Livelihood in China 3
SSC4329 Tool Kits for Social Entrepreneurship 3
Major Interdisciplinary Course (3 cps)
GCS4029 Comparative Social Policy 3
Internship (6 cps) & Field Visit (Non-credit bearing)
SSC4330 Internship 6
SSC2331 Field Visit 0
 

Final Year Project (6cps)

Course Code Course Title Credit Points (cps)
SSC4332/
SSC4333
Honours Project I: Research Methods and Proposal /
Capstone Project I: Research Methods and Proposal
3
SSC4334@/
SSC4335^
Honours Project II: Research Report /
Capstone Project II: Project Output
3
@ SSC4332 is the pre-requisite for study SSC4334
^ SSC4333 is the pre-requisite for study SSC4335

Elective / Minor (15cps)

Students can freely take courses offered by any academic departments of the University as electives and/or Minor(s) to further develop their skills and knowledge of social entrepreneurship and development.

Students will be required to take one education course (3cps) through a GE course on education or an elective education course provided by the Faculty of Education and Human Development (FEHD) to fulfill the graduation requirement.

Students have the option of taking a Minor of 15 cps of taught courses in the Elective domain for graduation with a Minor, subject to specific requirements of the Minor(s).

Students of the BSocSc(SEDS) programme are encouraged to adopt “Public Policy and Management” Minor. This Minor is developed for students to introduce and apply the analytical assessment/evaluation skills to public policy and management problems. Students can communicate analysis of policy problems and solutions to policy-makers, relevant stakeholders and the broader community.

General Education (6cps)

Students admitted to in 2023/24 are only required to complete 6 cps in total for General Education.

For detailed information and the course synopsis about General Education courses, please visit the website at www.eduhk.hk/geo.

Tuition Fees

Potential applicants are advised to note that the following tuition fees are provisional subject to adjustment.

Local Students HK$42,100 per annum
Non-local Students* HK$140,000 per annum

*Please refer to www.eduhk.hk/acadprog/nonlocal/ for the definition of non-local students.

Scholarship

A variety of scholarship may be available in any given year.

Entrance Requirement

Final year students or graduates of Associate Degree/Higher Diploma programmes or equivalentfrom recognized post-secondary institutions are welcome to apply.
In general, applicants should fulfill the general entrance requirements, language requirements and admission interview/subject test, if applicable. Please click here for details.
 ^ Normally, qualification which is of Level 4 or above under Qualifications Register (QR) of Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ). Equivalent qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

How to Apply

You may apply via the University’s Online Application System. Please upload all relevant academic qualifications (including updated transcript, language exam reports, etc.) to the application system once available.

Application Fee**

Local Applicants: HK$150
Non-local Applicants: HK$300^^

** The fee once paid is non-refundable and non-transferable unless the programme in question is cancelled by the University.
^^ Each non-local applicant can submit applications for a maximum of two programme choices by paying an application fee of HK$300. To facilitate the admission process, applicants are required to indicate their first programme preference via the online application system. The application fee (i.e. HK$300) will be charged for the 1st preference. Priority of consideration for admission will be given to the first programme choice.

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DISCLAIMER

Every effort has been made to ensure that information contained in this website is correct. Changes to any aspects of the programmes may be made from time to time due to unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control and the University reserves the right to make amendments to any information contained in this website without prior notice. The University accepts no liability for any loss or damage arising from any use or misuse of or reliance on any information contained in this website.

Any aspect of the course and course offerings (including, without limitation, the content of the course and the manner in which the course is taught) may be subject to change at any time at the sole discretion of the University. Without limiting the right of the University to amend the course and its course offerings, it is envisaged that changes may be required due to factors such as staffing, enrolment levels, logistical arrangements, curriculum changes, and other factors caused by unforeseeable circumstances. Tuition fees, once paid, are non-refundable.