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Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Social Entrepreneurship and Development Studies (Two-year Full-time) (Subject to approval)

Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Social Entrepreneurship and Development Studies 
(Two-year Full-time) (Subject to approval)

Programme Code: A2B103

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 region (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;
  • enhance students’ understanding of the complex dynamics of social transitions and comprehensive understanding of regional developments from a comparative perspective; and
  • 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.

Programme Features

Social entrepreneurship is one of the most important parts of the modern social economy. In a world that is rapidly changing, it is the social entrepreneurs who create the innovations for problems that are so complex and no easy solutions are available. Students will be equipped with practical organisational and entrepreneurial skills that are necessary for their future career. Meanwhile, students will benefit from rigorous training in development studies and the network they develop through internship and field visits with organisations in Hong Kong and other cities in the GBA.

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs)

Upon successful completion of the Programme, students will be able to:

  • understand the principles, ethics, and practice of social entrepreneurship and social enterprise management (PILO1);
  • analyse contemporary development and social issues in GBA, Greater China, and Asia from a comparative and multidisciplinary perspective (PILO2);
  • apply substantive knowledge of development, institutions and processes in social entrepreneurship (PILO3);
  • design financially sustainable solutions to address issues related to human development in local, national, regional and global contexts (PILO4); and
  • communicate analysis of social and developmental problems and solutions to relevant stakeholders, investors, and the broader community (PILO5).

Programme Structure

Domain Components cps

Major Core 24
Internship 6
Major Interdisciplinary Course 3
Field Visit (non-credit bearing)
Final Year Project Honours Project I: Research Methods and Proposal/
Capstone Project I: Research Methods and Proposal
Honours Project II: Research Report/
Capstone Project II: Project Output
Electives / Minor Electives / Minor 15
Common Core University e-Portfolio 3
GE Breadth Course / GE Experiential Learning Course 3
Total cps 60
Information Technology Competence Requirement
  • 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.


Click here for the Programme Leaflet


Student Handbook:

Course Synopsis

List of Major Courses (all required)

No.  Level Course Title
Major Core Courses (24 cps)
1 2 Managing and Organising Social Enterprises
2 2 Organisational Budget Management
3 2 Stakeholder and Customer Engagement
4 3 Institutions and Development in the Greater Bay Area
5 3 Leadership in Social Innovation and Development
6 4 Economic Growth and Sustainable Livelihood in China
7 3 Regional Cooperation in Greater China: Challenges and Issues
8 4 Tool Kits for Social Entrepreneurship
9 2 Field Visit (non-credit bearing)
Internship (6 cps)
10 4 Internship
Major Interdisciplinary Courses (3 cps)
11 4 Comparative Social Policy
Final Year Project (6 cps)
12 4 Honours Project I: Research Methods and Proposal / Capstone Project I: Research Methods and Proposal
13 4 Honours Project II: Research Report / Capstone Project II: Project Output

Electives / Minor

Apart from the major courses, the programme includes the Minor(s)/ electives domain and the general education domain. Students are free to choose elective courses offered by any of the University’s departments.

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) in order to fulfill the two-way traffic graduation requirement.

General Education

General Education Breadth / Experiential Learning

The course encourages students to learn through experimentation, observation, reflection and (re-)conceptualisation while undertaking a wide variety of activities.

For more information, please visit General Education website.

University ePortfolio

University e-Portfolio requires students to articulate their learning experiences in both formal and non-formal learning by reflecting critically on the value and significance of what they have learned, making connections to their lives, and imagining or charting their own futures.

Medium of Instruction 



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.


Tel: (852) 2948 6886



Dr Xiao Hanyu (Programme Leader)
Tel: (852) 2948 7821

Dr Nie Lin (Associate Programme Leader)
Tel: (852) 2948 7779



As the 2022/23 academic year is the beginning of the 2022/23 – 2024/25 triennium for which the allocation of UGC-funded places is still subject to the Government’s approval, the number of intake places is indicative only and subject to changes or confirmation.

Course Level

Any aspect of the course (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, it is envisaged that changes may be required due to factors such as staffing, enrolment levels, logistical arrangements and curriculum changes.

Programme Level

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