Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Greater China Studies

Study Mode
Four-year Full-time
EdUHK Programme Code
A4B091 (Year 3 Entry)
Enquiry (Admissions)
(852) 2948 6886
Enquiry (Programme)
(852) 2948 7443
Due to the latest review of our programme offering plan, the University has decided NOT to offer Year-1 entry to this self-financed programme in 2021/22. Nevertheless, we still continue to accept eligible applicants with sub-degree qualifications to Year-3 of the programme.

Programme Aims

The BSocSc(GCS) programme aims to:

  1. enable students to acquire applied methods and analytical skills to critically examine issues arising from the regional cooperation and competition in a globalised world;
  2. provide students with knowledge of the dynamics of social transitions in Greater China and comprehensive understanding of regional developments from the comparative and sociological perspectives;
  3. enhance students' understanding of the complex interplay of global, regional, national, and local factors that affect social transitions in Greater China with relation to development, governance, and policy across the region; and
  4. provide students with the academic and professional foundation to become professionals in government/non-government organisations, corporations; and local/national/international education-related associations and organisations, andprovide a strong foundation for career advancement and future postgraduate studies.



Programme Features

In Hong Kong, there is a lack of Bachelor programme that can specifically equip students with the skills to identify and solve complex social problems within the context of Greater China. Similar programmes offered by local tertiary institutions mainly focus on modern China studies from the arts/social sciences/humanities perspectives. Despite a certain degree of diversity in terms of programme prospects and curriculum structures, existing programmes do not show a clear focus on the area studies of Greater China from the comparative perspective. They do not provide approaches to understanding regional variations in three important areas, i.e. development, governance, and policy in Greater China. Nor do they provide students with problem solving training that focuses on development and social issues in the region. Other unique features of our programme include the following:

  1. The programme is the FIRST and ONLY of its kind at the undergraduate level in Hong Kong that focuses on development, governance and policy issues with a particular focus on the Greater China region, comparing mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau. It consists of intra-national and intra-regional comparative studies of these four Chinese societies.
  2. The programme combines the perspectives and curricular strengths of the multidisciplinary and inter-linked areas of social sciences and the Greater China studies. These cover studies on Development (including Globalisation, Regionalisation, Urbanisation, Education and Social Transitions, Environment, and Sustainable Livelihood), Governance (including Political Sociology, Economics and Political Science, International Relations, and Human Security), Policy (including Policy-making, Legislation, Comparative Policy Studies, and managing city development, regional cooperation and integration), Communication and Education. The programme also provides students with possibilities in graduating with a Minor.
  3. The programme provides students with opportunities to engage in diverse learning activities, including Coursework, Internship, Honours/Capstone Project and Comparative Field Visit. One distinctive feature of the programme is the Comparative Field Visit where students receive intensive training and attend seminars and field excursion across Greater China. The student internship aims to help students incorporate and apply in a real-life setting the subject knowledge and skills they have acquired from the earlier stages of the programme. The internship also provides practical experience of the challenges faced in various kinds of workplaces, including education-related associations and organisations, government/non-government organisations (NGOs), and corporations, and will facilitate students in making decisions regarding their education and career path.
  4. The programme provides students with diversified graduation pathways. The elements of choice built into the programme through Electives, Minors, Internships and Comparative  Field Visit enhance their abilities to pursue a variety of career routes. Students can embark on different career pathways in government, NGOs, educational publication and service, business companies and media. Minors and the electives offered by the programme extend students' understanding of the Major and offer diversified graduation pathways. Students can pursue a teaching career by completing an additional year of professional teaching training or undertake further studies in higher-degree programmes.

Note: Classes will be held in Tai Po Campus and Tseung Kwan O Study Centre / Kowloon Tong Satellite Study Centre / Sports Centre as decided by the University.



Programme Structure


Credit Points




Interdisciplinary Course


Comparative Field Visit




Research Methods


Final Year Project (Honours Project /Capstone Project)


Elective (including an optional 15-cp Minor)


Language Enhancement


General Education


Total cps:




Major Studies

The Greater China Studies Major comprises the following:
  • Foundation Courses: Theoretical Framework for Social Sciences and Greater China Studies
    • e.g. Institutions and Development in the Greater China Region
  • Comparative Development in Greater China
    • e.g. Economic Growth and Sustainability in Greater China
  • Comparative Policy and Governance
    • e.g. Comparative Social Policy in Asia
  • Experiential Learning in Greater China
    • Comparative Field Visit
    • Internship
    • Honours/Capstone Project



Electives / Minor

Students are free to choose elective courses offered by any of the University’s departments (27 cps). They 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), which can further deepen the knowledge gained in the Major and diversify their graduation pathways.



General Education

Students can choose from a wide selection of General Education (GE) courses in the following three domains to enhance their whole person development:

  • Foundation Course (4 cps)
  • Breadth Courses (9 cps)
  • Experiential Learning (6 cps)
  • University ePortfolio (3 cps)



Information Technology Competence Requirement

Changes in emerging technologies have placed at the forefront the development of knowledge, skills and attitudes that will equip students with the required level of Information Technology Competency to succeed in learning and teaching. In recognition of the impacts of technologies in education, students have to fulfill the requirement by completing “IT e-Portfolio” before graduation.



Medium of Instruction

The programme will mainly be conducted in English. All Major courses will be taught in English. For some non-Major courses, Cantonese or Putonghua may be adopted as the medium of instruction when the language is considered to be the most effective for teaching.



Career Prospects/Professional Qualifications

The programme is a passport to a wide range of employment opportunities including positions such as educational research, working as officers in the HKSAR Government, district council, educational publication and service, educational officers in NGOs and business companies, administrators in arts and culture, media producers and journalists. The programme can be a first step along a professional career advancement in Greater China. There is a growing community demand for professionals with expertise in the interdisciplinary areas of education, social sciences, arts and culture, and Greater China studies.
This programme will prepare graduates to become capable personnel with the capacity to enter a wide range of careers in the public and private sectors in which a solid foundation in social sciences and a comprehensive and sophisticated understanding of Greater China is essential to success. Students may choose to pursue a teaching career by completing an additional year of professional teacher training (e.g., the PGDE). Qualified teachers who can teach Greater China-related subjects in primary and secondary schools are in great demand in Hong Kong.
Our graduates work in a wide spectrum of industries including government, NGOs, media, aviation, and the private sectors. Many of our graduates also gone on to prestigious international universities to pursue advanced studies, as University of Bath, University College London, Columbia University, the University of Edinburgh, and the London School of Economics and Political Science.



International Collaboration 2+2 Undergraduate Programme with The University of York

The programme collaborates with The University of York (York) in the United Kingdom on an international collaborative 2+2 Undergraduate Degree Programme. Selected students will study at EdUHK in the first 2 years and study at York in the last two years. Students who successfully meet the requirements of both universities will be awarded a BA (Hons) in Social Policy degree by York and, upon successful transfer of credits, a BSocSc(GCS) by EdUHK.



Entrance Scholarships

Full-time applicants with outstanding achievements are automatically considered for entrance scholarships. Most of the entrance scholarships are renewable subject to the students' continued outstanding academic performance. For more information, please see