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
Indicative Intake Target
JUPAS and non-JUPAS government-funded places : 113
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.)


Criminology and Sociology

Programme Title
BSocSc Criminology and Sociology
社會科學學士(犯罪學及社會學)
Our Target

This major aims to equip degree-level graduates with broad knowledge of criminology and sociology; and with professional competence to conduct criminological and sociological research to solve problems at the organizational, community, societal, national, and international levels, with a particular interest in protecting the public and maintaining Hong Kong's status as one of the safest cities in the world. Students will procure the knowledge and skills necessary to undertake managerial and executive responsibilities in a wide range of professions, including policing, crime prevention, security services, correctional services, conflict resolution, social analysis, societal planning, marketing research, and the operation of non-governmental organisations. Ample opportunities are provided for students to develop an interest in discovery and innovation to benefit society through crime control and reduction, and societal development and improvement through the application of various sociological practices.

Curriculum

For details of the programme’s curriculum structure, please visit the Undergraduate Catalogue (Note: The catalogue for the 2017 cohort is for reference only. The 2018 catalogue will be published around July 2018.)

Start Your Career Here

Students in this major will be able to take a certain number of courses in both criminology and sociology and will thus have a broadened exposure to theories and skills training in both disciplines. This broad knowledge base will surely strengthen the employability of graduates. Sample areas of employment for our graduates include positions in law enforcement agencies (e.g. Hong Kong Police Force, Correctional Services Department, Customs and Excise Department, Immigration Department, and Fire Services), schools and universities, non-governmental organisations, security or risk management departments in private companies, research institutes and marketing research firms, media industries, and public relations firms.

What You Will Be Studying

Upon successful completion of this major, students should be able to:

  • describe a range of key concepts, theories and professional values in criminology and applied sociology;

  • identify and criticise the underlying assumptions of and devise interventions to address social problems and criminal issues with a particular interest in different types of informal and formal strategies;

  • apply qualitative and quantitative research methods and analyse different sociological and criminological perspectives for explaining social problems and crimes;

  • evaluate the applicability of sociological and criminological theories and develop innovative ideas for preventing crimes and creative ways of reducing re-offending in the local context;

  • evaluate the function and operation of social institutions and law enforcement agencies in the criminal justice system;

  • conduct independent research; analyse the impacts of social, technological, and environmental changes on individuals and society; present research findings clearly and systematically to the public; and provide creative suggestions and/or solutions for preventing crimes and other social problems; and

  • design programmes, generate alternatives, invent ideas, and construct cost-effective means for sustaining social order and safety.

Bonus Features

This is the only UGC-funded undergraduate programme in Hong Kong to provide comprehensive training in the disciplines of Criminology and Sociology.

Major Leader
Dr CHAN Heng Choon, Oliver
BA (Psychology); MA (Forensic Psychology); PhD (Criminology)
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