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Faculty of Social Sciences

Faculty of Social Sciences

The Faculty of Social Sciences encompasses the Department of Applied Psychology, the Department of Economics, the Department of Political Science, and the Department of Sociology and Social Policy.   We offer a unique Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) Programme that provides students with different degrees of specialisation and interdisciplinary training.  Our Programme is an integral part of the University’s mission to become an internationally recognised liberal arts university. We emphasise interdisciplinary training in the social sciences and offer students the choice to major in one of the four social sciences disciplines (Economics, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology) or in one of the two interdisciplinary streams (China and Asia Pacific Studies, Social and Public Policy Studies). As such, students have the opportunity to study a variety of courses in any of the social sciences disciplines as well as courses on local, regional and global affairs. We aim to provide our students with a broad and coherent intellectual base for understanding various contemporary economic, political, psychological and social issues, especially those related to public and social policy. Through service-learning, field trips, exchange programmes and guest lectures/seminars, students have opportunities to experience the practical and theoretical integration of the courses. We believe such a broad-based training will prepare our students well to face the challenges of the ever fast-changing world environment.

At postgraduate level, our MPhil/PhD Programmes in Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and/or Social Policy nurture research postgraduate students from around the globe.  The Faculty also offers taught postgraduate programmes to cater to the needs of different students.  The Department of Economics offers the distinctive Master of Science in International Banking and Finance (MIBF) Programme to those who are eager to develop a promising career in the financial and related industries or to advance to a higher degree.  The Master of Science in Work and Organizational Psychology (MWOP) Programme offered by the Department of Applied Psychology focuses on the core elements of modern work and organizational psychology.  It aims to prepare students for a career in managerial positions particularly in health care, training, human resources, organizational consulting industries, or further studies in the field.  The International Master of Social Sciences in Comparative Social Policy (IMCSP), offered by the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, is a unique programme that offers an applied international and comparative focus to the study of social policy, development, policy analysis and governance. Students will have the opportunity to choose an international pathway to take two courses at the University of York in the United Kingdom.

Over the years, our faculty members have established expertise in relevant subject areas.  Strategic research and knowledge transfer projects stretching from economic and financial development issues, social policy, gerontology, public policy, international relations and occupational psychology have gained local and international recognitions.