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

社會及行為科學系 [選項: 社會科學學士(犯罪學及社會學)、社會科學學士(心理學)、社會科學學士(社會工作)]

Academic Year of Entry 2023/24
Mode of Funding Government funded
Admission Code JS1110
Department of Social and Behavioural 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 Social and Behavioural Sciences

The Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences prides itself on its long track record of offering quality education delivered by a multi-disciplinary team of faculty members.  “Social and Behavioural Sciences ” is the term used to describe the scientific studies of the thoughts, feelings and behaviours of humans and animals and their surrounded social systems in order to understanding and resolve individual, social, and community issues. It includes the study of counselling, criminology, psychology, social work and sociology.

The Department of Social and Behavioural 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 to conduct 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 a 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.  



Admission Arrangements for JUPAS Applicants

The Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences currently offers the following JUPAS programmes:
  • Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences (options: BSocSc Criminology and Sociology, BSocSc Psychology, BSocSc Social Work) (admission code: JS1110)
  • BSocSc Criminology and Sociology (admission code: JS1111)
  • BSocSc Psychology (admission code: JS1112)
  • BSocSc Social Work (admission code: JS1113)
The first-year curriculum of JS1110, JS1111, JS1112 and JS1113 are identical.
JUPAS applicants will be considered for admission to first-year studies at the Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences (admission code: JS1110). Students will have a free choice of majors (current major options: Criminology and Sociology; Psychology; Social Work) offered by the Department after one year of study.
The programmes of JS1111, JS1112 and JS1113 allow students who have a special interest in Criminology and Sociology / Psychology / Social Work to directly enter the major. 
Students interested in any of the three majors can include either majors (JS1111 / JS1112 / JS1113) or Department studies (JS1110), or both, in their JUPAS programme choices.

Entrance Requirements for JUPAS Applicants

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


Curriculum Structure


In general, the 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.
​​For details of the programme’s curriculum structure, please visit the ‘Undergraduate Catalogue’ (Note: The catalogue for the 2022 cohort is for reference only. The 2023 catalogue will be published around July 2023.)

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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
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 acquire 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.

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 use different sociological and criminological perspectives to explain 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.

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.

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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