Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Policy Science and Management

Study Mode
Four-year Full-time
(Senior Year Entry only)
EdUHK Programme Code
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Programme Aims

The Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Policy Science and Management (BSocSc(PSM)) is a unique programme. Its aims to develop skills associated with policy analysis and evaluation, critical and analytical capacities for assessing and understanding processes of policy formulation, implementation, and policy outcomes, and knowledge skills designed to allow students to understand diverse, international policy contexts and governance challenges in the contemporary world. Specifically, the programme provides interdisciplinary training in public policy, governance and public sector management and is designed to equip students with essential skills for careers in public management, policy analysis and evaluation, public and private sector consultancy, the non-profit sector (advocacy and civil society organisations) and government-business relations.

Programme Features

The programme is uniquely positioned within the higher education policy science landscape of Hong Kong. The programme not only provides policy science education, but also offers the depth of training, pathways for specialisation, or the depth of immersion into core evaluative and policy analysis skills and competencies.

The programme will add further capacity to the suite of programmes and activities broadly nestled around policy related themes/issues, providing a specific focus on policy analytics, evaluation, and specialisations in Public Sector Management and Social Policy and Management that will help position EdUHK at the forefront of policy science in Hong Kong and the region.

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

PILO1Understand the principles, theories and practice of policy sciences and public sector management;
PILO2Apply substantive knowledge of techniques, institutions and processes in public policy and management ethically;
PILO3Analyze critically contemporary public policy and management issues in Hong Kong, Greater China, and Asia from a comparative and multidisciplinary perspective;
PILO4Apply analytical assessment/evaluation skills to policy and organisational problems;
PILO5Apply critical thinking skills related to human development in local, national, regional and global contexts ethically by upholding moral values and integrity;
PILO6Apply managerial and leadership competence required for effective organisational and public sector management ethically; and
PILO7Communicate analysis of policy problems and solutions to policy-makers, relevant stakeholders and the broader community.

Programme Structure (for Senior Year Entrants)

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.
Domain Components Credit Points (cps)
Major Major core 6
Major electives 18
Major Interdisciplinary Course 3
Internship (Applied Policy Analysis Consultancy) (APAC) 6
Final Year Project Capstone Project (Phase I): Applied Policy Analysis Consultancy (APAC) - Project 3
Capstone Project (Phase II): Applied Policy Analysis Consultancy (APAC) - Project and Conference 3
Electives / Minor Electives / Minor
(Must take a 3-cps education course to fulfill the graduation requirement)
Common Core University e-Portfolio 3
General Education (GE)
Experiential Learning / GE Breadth Course
Total: 60
Information Technology Competence Requirement

Major Studies

The BSocSc(PSM) programme comprises two Major courses namely “Tool Kits for Policy Analysis” and “Qualitative Approach to Policy Analysis” which train students with analytical skills and competencies in policy analysis and evaluation. On top of the two Major core courses, students will gain greater insights, functional knowledge, and specific skills in the area concerned through taking the Major electives. Students choose a total of six Major electives either from the same specialisation for claiming respective specialisation or any from the two specialisations without claim on specialisation upon graduation.

The Internship provides a real-life placement (organisational embedding) that is designed to provide students with a case study on which to build their Capstone Project (Phase I & II). This level of capstone integration [Internship, Capstone Project (Phase I & II)] provides a distinctive basis for experiential learning and skills development/application.

Domain Course Title
Major Courses
  1. Tool Kits for Policy Analysis
  2. Qualitative Approach to Policy Analysis
  3. Comparative Social Policy
  4. Capstone Project (Phase I): Applied Policy Analysis Consultancy (APAC) - Project
  5. Capstone Project (Phase II): Applied Policy Analysis Consultancy (APAC) - Project and Conference
  6. Internship (Applied Policy Analysis Consultancy)(APAC)
Major electives
(6 courses from Specialisation 1 or 2 for claiming respective specialisation; or any free choices for 6 courses from the two specialisations without claim on the specialisation)
Specialisation 1: Public Sector Management

  1. Organisational Analysis and Behaviour
  2. Policy Processes and Institutions
  3. International Relations and Global Governance
  4. Human Resource Management
  5. Principles of Public Finance and Management
  6. Knowledge Management and Organisational Learning
  7. Leadership, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
  8. Stakeholder Engagement, Coalition Building and Advocacy
  9. Strategic Communication and Public Relations Management
  10. Comparative Public Sector Management in Asia
  11. International Public Management
  12. Public Organisation and Leadership
  13. Regulation and Regulatory Governance
  14. Advanced Methods for Public Policy Analysis and Evaluation: Quantitative Research
  15. Advanced Methods for Public Policy Analysis and Evaluation: Qualitative Research
Specialisation 2: Social Policy and Management

  1. Strategic Management in the Non-Profit Sector
  2. Management of Social Services
  3. Inequality and Social Policies in Contemporary Society
  4. Human Resource Management
  5. Managing Social Protection
  6. Aging and Social Policy
  7. Comparative Health Policy and Management
  8. Comparative Housing Policy
  9. Labour and Migration in a Globalized World
  10. Strategic Communication and Public Relations Management
  11. International Relations and Global Governance
  12. Advanced Methods for Public Policy Analysis and Evaluation: Quantitative Research
  13. Advanced Methods for Public Policy Analysis and Evaluation: Qualitative Research

Electives / Minor

Students are free to choose elective courses offered by any of the University’s departments. 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). Students are also required to complete one education course through a GE course on education, if available, or one elective education course provided by the Faculty of Education and Human Development (FEHD).

General Education

Students can choose from a wide selection of General Education(GE) courses to enhance their whole person development.

GE Experiential Learning Course

Students may choose a GE Experiential Learning course which encourages students to learn through experimentation, observation, reflection and (re-) conceptualization while undertaking a wide variety of activities, such as creative work, field studies, projects, thematic overseas trips, outward-bound training etc. These courses enrich students’ learning experiences and skills through learning, thinking and reflecting on practice, in practice and for practice, while exposing them to authentic and real-life contexts.

University ePortfolio

Students will take a 3-cp course at Consolidation Level to complete their University ePortfolios normally before the final year. Based on their on-going evidence-based reflections on learning during the study, students are required to complete the construction of their University ePortfolios that are made up of the artifacts and evidence derived from a wide variety of learning. It provides an intellectual platform for students to synthesize their learning experiences garnered from the academic journey at the EdUHK by critically reflecting on the values and significance of what they have learned, making connections to their lives, and charting or imagining their own future.

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

There are numerous prospective employment pathways, including:

  • Advocacy, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), think tanks, and civil society organisations (not for profit sector)
  • Government, statutory bodies/organisations, and government linked corporations
  • Government – Business relations (including the provision of services to government; contracting out, procurement, program analyst, regulatory compliance)
  • Private sector (including consultancy organisations)

It is further noted that employment pathways for graduates of policy science programmes are often international in orientation, especially for students who pursue careers in NGOs, advocacy and civil society organisations, and international/regional organisations [e.g., The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)] .