Department of Applied Social Sciences (options: BSocSc Criminology and Sociology, BSocSc Psychology, BSocSc Social Work)


Year of Entry 2018
Mode of Funding Government funded
Admission Code JS1101
Department of Applied Social Sciences (options: BSocSc Criminology and Sociology, BSocSc Psychology, BSocSc Social Work)
Mode of Study Full time
Normal Duration of Programme 4 years
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Department of Applied Social Sciences

The Department of Applied Social Sciences prides itself on its long track record of offering high-quality education delivered by a multi-disciplinary team of faculty members. “Applied Social Sciences” is the term used to describe the application of social science models and theories to the understanding and analysis of social issues and to the solution of individual and community problems. It includes the study of counselling, criminology, psychology, social work and sociology.

The Department of Applied Social Sciences offers the following majors:

  • Criminology and Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Social Work

Criminology and Sociology provides students with a broad knowledge of criminology and sociological practice, and professional competence in conducting sociological research to solve problems in organisational, community, societal, national and international contexts. This major is suitable for students with a particular interest in protecting the public and maintaining Hong Kong’s status as one of the safest cities in the world.  Psychology is the scientific study of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Students are provided with comprehensive education in major fields of psychology, including biological, clinical, cognitive, developmental, educational, health, personality and social psychology. They are also offered opportunities to design and conduct psychological research.  Social Work is a helping profession that applies knowledge from various disciplines of the social sciences to develop theories and practices. We set out to strengthen and provide support for individuals, families, groups and the community in problem solving as well as in achieving growth and development.  

 

「犯罪學和社會學」提供廣博的犯罪學和社會學知識和實踐,學生擁有專業能力進行社會研究以解決組織、社區、社會,以至國家和國際環境的問題。該主修亦適合有志於投身紀律部隊以保護公眾的學生,維持香港作為世界上最安全的城市之一。「心理學」是有關思維,情感和行為的科學研究。我們的課程讓學生理解心理學的主要範疇,包括生物心理學、臨床心理學、認知心理學、發展心理學、教育心理學、健康心理學、人格心理學以及社會心理學等;學生亦有機會親身設計和進行心理學的研究。「社會工作」是一門跨學科的助人專業,應用不同社會科學的知識來發展理論和實踐,以協助個人、家庭、群體以至社會面對和解決問題,推動其成長與進步。


Admission Arrangements for JUPAS Applicants

JUPAS applicants will be considered for admission to first-year studies at the  Department of Applied Social Sciences. Students will enter a major (current major options: Criminology and Sociology; Psychology; Social Work) after one year of study. The top 40% of students# will have a free choice of majors offered by the Department. The other 60% of students will be allocated a major within the Department, subject to the availability of places and the selection criteria set by individual majors.

 

# based on CGPA with no failed grades and completion of at least 30 credit units including College/Department required courses


Entrance Requirements for JUPAS Applicants

To be considered for admission, you must satisfy the minimum entrance requirements.

 


First-Year Curriculum

The new four-year curriculum allows students to gain in-depth knowledge through major studies, and diversify students’ learning through GE courses, electives and optional minors. Here in SS, we have Departmental requirements in the first year of the curriculum, which exposes students to the three major disciplines prior to major declaration, giving students the opportunity to make a more informed decision on their choice of major. As well as the three courses which make up the departmental requirements, SS also offers students the opportunity to get involved in non-credit bearing course, which help students with the adjustment to university life.


Major Option(s) Currently Available (The University reserves the right to make changes to the major offerings.)


Social Work

Programme Title
BSocSc Social Work
社會科學學士(社會工作)
Our Target

This major is designed for young adults wishing to pursue a career in social work, a helping profession that promotes human and community well-being, underpinned by a commitment to uphold human dignity, social justice and social changes. The programme produces social work practitioners who are competent, reflective, and ethical in professional practice.

Start Your Career Here

Upon graduation, you will have the competence to practise as a professionally qualified social worker in a variety of settings through which human services are delivered (e.g. social services agencies, schools and health care institutions); work in the field of human resources (e.g. customer service and staff training); or pursue further studies in social work or related fields (e.g. psychology and education). You will also be eligible to apply for social work positions as a Registered Social Worker (RSW) in government and non-government organisations.

What You Will Be Studying

This major enables students to evaluate and align their personal values with the value base of the social work profession, and to acquire knowledge, skills, understanding and competence in reflective professional practice. Upon successful completion of this major, student should be able to:

  • evaluate and align their personal values with the value base of the profession and its ethical standards and principles, and practise accordingly;
  • integrate the liberal arts perspective that enriches understanding of the person-in-environment context of professional practice with critical analysis and assessment of interpersonal, bio-psycho-social, cultural and environmental factors;
  • explain the use of comparative theories of working with individuals and families, groups, organisations and communities;
  • use communication skills differentially and creatively across client populations, colleagues and communities;
  • apply the knowledge and skills of generalist social work practice with systems of all sizes and integrate new ideas into practice;
  • demonstrate the skills to practice without discrimination, with respect and knowledge of clients’ characteristics, cultural beliefs and contexts;
  • apply critical thinking skills within the context of professional social work practice;
  • describe the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination and apply advocacy and social change strategies that advance social and economic justice;
  • conduct research studies and evaluate and apply research findings to provide creative solutions to practice within the community, with an aim to engage in evidence-based practice; and
  • demonstrate knowledge, understanding and competence in practice through reflection to accomplish discovery and innovation in social work practice.

Based on its learning objectives, this major has the following main components:

  • College Core Courses
  • Social Work Core Courses
  • Social Work Elective Courses
  • Concurrent Practicum

Please refer to the Departmental homepage for further details on these courses: http://www.cityu.edu.hk/ss.

Major Selection

Our programme looks for students who have leadership, social awareness, maturity and with volunteer service experiences. The prerequisites required for admission to Social Work major are two: all applicants have to (1) produce a personal statement; (2) attend an interview hold by the Department in the end of first year of study.

Professional Recognition

Graduates are qualified to register with the Social Workers Registration Board as Registered Social Workers (RSW). This qualification is recognised by the majority of societies throughout the world.

Bonus Features
  • For every year since 2015, 10 full-time undergraduate social work students will be awarded HKD 25,000 each under the HSBC Social Work Scholarship Scheme.
  • Students with the best performance will be jointly awarded scholarships by CityU and the University of Houston (UH) to study at the UH Graduate School of Social Work for a semester. Credits earned at UH and CityU will qualify students to pursue a Master's degree at UH.
  • Access to a rich array of co-curricular activities, such as student exchanges, summer internships, study tours, volunteer services and other whole person development activities, and the like.
  • Opportunities to work alongside teachers in research and action learning projects locally or overseas.
  • Minor studies in psychology, applied sociology and criminology are offered to students within the Department.
  • Minor studies in disciplines outside the Department are also offered to students.
Did You Know?

Over the past 10 years:

  • Seven colleagues at the Department have won the Teaching Excellence Award in the University on eight occasions; two Social Work colleagues also won the UGC Teaching Excellence Award in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
  • Four Social Work colleagues and two Psychology and one Counselling colleague won the CLASS’ Excellence in Knowledge Transfer Award in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
  • Two social work students, one won the Champion, 2016 Disocvery Enriched Curriculum DEC (individual) competition, and another won the First Runner-up Award in the DEC Competition held by CLASS in 2016 and 2015 respectively.
  • Nine of our Social Work graduates have won the Outstanding Social Workers Award, four of whom were winners of the Junior Outstanding Social Workers Award. The event was organised by the Hong Kong Social Workers’ Association.
  • The Department has sponsored over 300 students in cross-cultural learning programmes and internships outside Hong Kong;
  • More than twenty students who studied under the exchange programme at the University of Houston have been granted scholarships to pursue a Master in Social Work.
  • More than 100 students have received scholarships to study overseas under the Academic Exchange Programme.
Major Leader
Dr Chow Oi Wah, Esther
MSW (HKU), PhD (HKU), Hong Kong; BA (Hons.) (Concordia U), Canada; Master of Narrative Therapy & Community Work (Melbourne & Dulwich), Australia; Remotivation Therapy (HK Remotivation Therapy Association), Hong Kong; Registered Social Worker (Hong Kong)
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