Faculty of Social Sciences

Bachelor of Social Sciences in Global and China Studies ^

Programme Code

JS2670


Year of Entry

Year 1

Mode of Study

Full Time

Duration of Study

4 Years

Medium of Instruction

The medium of instruction for formal classroom teaching at HKBU is English, except for those courses that are granted exemption.

Fund Type

Government Funded

Class Start Date

September 2020

Annual Tuition Fees

HK$42,100 (local); HK$140,000 (non-local)

Credits Required for Graduation

128

The Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) in Global and China Studies Programme is a newly developed programme which studies transformation in globalisation and transformation in China as two sides of one coin. It aims to equip and aspire students to engage with a global order increasingly including China. The programme has three core elements: (a) inter-disciplinary knowledge on political economic and sociocultural processes in their geographical and historical contexts; (b) regional/linguistic specialisms; and (c) research skills training. The programme works with academic partners in China and overseas to provide exchange and experiential learning opportunities for students, allowing them to study China from both inside and outside the country. The research-led philosophy prepares students to be resourceful graduates who value knowledge and can work in teams to produce knowledge. Meanwhile, students are able to advance their Putonghua proficiency through language courses and internship opportunities in Hong Kong,
China and all over the world.

 

Unique Features

  • Required courses outside HKBU in two regions
  • A global work placement in China or other Asian cities
  • Research-led with financial support for student research project (merit- based)

 

Student Learning Experiences

Apart from the off-campus learning experience and work placement provided by the programme, students can make use of the university’s network and the "one- semester off" initiative of the Faculty of Social Sciences to engage in a wide range of internship, exchange and service-learning experiences. Some of these experiences are credit bearing; students can undertake such initiatives either during a semester or semester break.

 

Career Opportunities

This programme prepares students to engage in exciting global development dynamics in Hong Kong, China and beyond. Graduates may pursue careers in international business, foreign services, sustainable development, journalism and education. Within these areas, graduates may pursue opportunities in management, public relations, marketing, research and training with large and small employers including international organisations, government, commercial and community- based organisations.


Remarks

Students may take an integrated programme by extending their undergraduate study by one year, leading to the award of a bachelor's degree plus a Diploma in Education.

^ Subject to the University's final approval, this new programme will be launched in September 2020.

 

We adopt a holistic approach in selecting applicants on individual merits. Applicants are required to meet the University entrance requirements, English Language requirements and Programme entrance requirements (if any).

 

General Certificate of Education (GCE), International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma & SAT

GCE: Grade E or above in three AL/ IAL subjects; or Grade E or above in two AL/ IAL subjects plus two Advanced Supplementary Level (ASL) subjects (Not including Chinese and English Language subjects. The same subject cannot be counted at both the AL and ASL.) Applicants sitting the 2018 GCE examinations should submit their predicted grades to the University upon the application.

IB: IB Diploma. Applicants should request the IB organisation to send their scores to the University via internet (HKBU institution code: 000247). Applicants sitting the 2018 IB examinations should submit their predicted scores to the University upon the application.

SAT: Minimum score of 1,190 (out of 1,600) in new SAT or 1,650 (out of 2,400) in old SAT (minimum score of 550 in each of Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing), and a sub-score on essay writing of no less than 8. Applicants should request the College Board to send scores to the University (HKBU institution code: 7904).

 

Other Overseas Qualifications by Region

Applicants who apply for admission on the basis of overseas qualifications should refer to particular region for details. Given the diversity of education systems around the world, the acceptable overseas qualifications listed may not cover every region.

The University normally expects applicants to have obtained 12-year pre-university years of schooling. School-leaving qualifications that are acceptable for admission to universities in other places may not necessarily be acceptable or sufficient for admission to the University.

 

English Language Requirements

The following public examination results are recognised as meeting the English Language requirements stipulated by the University:

Public examination results
Proficiency Tests Minimum Requirements
TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) - Score: 79; or
Paper-based test (PBT) - Score: 550
IELTS Academic Overall Band: 6.0
SAT Minimum score of 550 in both Critical Reading and Writing with a sub-score of 8 or above in Essay in old SAT; or
Minimum score of 590 in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing in new SAT
ACT Minimum score of 23 in both ACT English and Reading
AP Score 4 or above in AP English Language and Composition/ AP English Literature and Composition
GCE O-Level/ GCSE English/ English Language/ English Literature Grade C/ Grade 4
IGCSE First Language English Grade C/ Grade 4
IGCSE English as a Second Language Grade B/ Grade 5
GCE AS or A-Level English Grade E
HKDSE English Language Level 3
HKALE Use of English Grade E
IB Grade 4 in:
IB English A (Higher or Standard Level); or
IB English B (Higher Level); or
IB English Literature and Performance (Standard Level)

OR

Grade 5 in:
IB English B (Standard Level)
Others Other English language qualifications deemed acceptable by the University