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Social Studies


The Social Studies minor integrates social theories with the practices of social research in order to expose students to multiple perspectives, enable them to understand the interrelationship between theories and practices, and equip them with practical skills for conducting social research. In spatial dimension, it leads students to apply the theories and research methods to in-depth studies of various issues related to the local, the national and the global levels. In temporal dimension, it guides students to explore how the past has shaped the present and future developments in different contexts.

After completing this minor, students should be able to:

  1. Understand some major social theories and social research methods;
  2. Integrate and apply the theories and research methods to the study of the issues and problems at different temporal and spatial dimensions;
  3. Grasp and revisit the key concepts and theories through in-depth case studies;
  4. Appreciate the diversity of thoughts, cultures and perspectives.

To claim Social Studies as a minor, students are required to complete the following courses:

Programme Info
Subject Coordinator
Dr. Gregory Paul FAIRBROTHER

Course Outline
Minor Course Code Course Title Credits
Social Studies SSC1148 Introduction to Sociology and Social Research* 3
SSC2210 / SSC2253 Classical Social Thought and Contemporary Social Theories / 
Social Theory for Critical Thinking *
( SSC2210 would be replaced by SSC2253 from 2018-2019 )
SSC2211 Conducting Survey Research* 3
SSC3134 Self and Society# 3
SSC3212 Global Political Economy# 3
SSC3234 Values Pluralism and Cultural Diversity in Hong Kong# 3
SSC3213 Society and Culture: Hong Kong Context# 3
SSC4214 China and the Modern World# 3

*Students should choose 2 courses out of the 3 courses
#Students should choose 3 courses out of the 5 courses


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.


Admission Enquiries

Tel: (852) 2948 6886

Programme Enquiries

Dr. Gregory Paul FAIRBROTHER
Tel: (852) 2948 8583