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It is believed that change is an essential element of life in the globalised society of Hong Kong today and survival depends very much on people’s ability to cope readily with the challenges of the fast changing environment. Knowing oneself and others, mastering the underlying logic of change, and understanding its consequences on us are the ways by which we can attain success in the future. It is to this end that the programme of Associate of Social Sciences (ASocSci) has been developed to build a gateway to the professional world.

Programme Aims & Features

This programme aims at developing students’ social consciousness, training their ability to evaluate phenomena objectively and critically as social scientists. The two-year programme features a broad-based curriculum which covers subjects like Psychology, Social Sciences Research Methods, Social Policy and Administration, Sociology, Contemporary Social Work, Global Governance and International Organizations, Chinese Politics, Globalization issues etc. Students will develop their social consciousness, international awareness, critical and logical reasoning ability, and gain a new understanding of human social interaction.

Behavioral Science (with focus on Psychology)

This theme provides knowledge and skills of maintaining psychological and behavioral well-being. Major perspectives on psychological and behavioral health will be introduced. After studying courses within this theme students are expected to be able to analyze factors affecting individual's psychological well-being.

Social Welfare and Social Administration Theme

The theme "Social Welfare and Social Administration" aims at helping students examine that the roles of social welfare services and social policies in promoting human well-being. It includes courses such as Social Policy and Administration and Contemporary Social Work and Social Welfare.

Government and Public Administration Theme

The Associate Degree Programme in Social Sciences has been offering courses related to politics for over a decade. Many graduates of this theme were successfully admitted to degree programmes of both local and overseas universities, having embarked on their journey to become either practitioners or academics in politics. Social Sciences students who choose to study this theme will be introduced to basic concepts and theories of politics and different models in public administration. In both local and global context, the theme provides students with the courses of Government and Politics of Hong Kong, Introduction to Chinese Politics, Global Governance and International Organizations, Introduction to Chinese Politics, and Sustainable Development in Globalizing World.

Sociology Theme

This provides students with maximum exposure to Sociology and to courses that help us to understand our society better. It covers courses like Introduction to Criminology and Hong Kong Society.

Opportunities for Further Studies

2016 Overall Progression Rate: 79%
Government-funded Bachelor’s Degree Programmes: 56%

Many of our graduates/students are admitted to UGC-funded degree programmes every year. The list below shows the programmes that our graduates/students of the past three years articulated to*:

The University of Hong Kong
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
BA Cultural Management
BA Religious Studies
BSc Exercise Science and Health Education
BSc Gerontology
BSc Public Health
BSSc Global Studies
BSSc Government and Public Administration
BSSc Psychology
BSSc Social Work
BSSc Sociology
City University of Hong Kong
BA Chinese & History
BA English Studies
BSc Environmental Science & Management
BSocSc Applied Sociology
BSocSc Asian & International Studies
BSocSc Criminology
BSocSc Environmental Policy
BSocSc Psychology
BSocSc Public Policy & Politics (Housing & Urban Studies)
BSocSc Public Policy & Politics (Political Science)
BSocSc Public Policy, Management, & Politics
BSocSc Social Work
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
BA (Hons) Social Policy and Administration
BA (Hons) Social Work
BSc (Hons) Investment Science
BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing
BSc (Hons) Nursing
Hong Kong Baptist University
BA (Hons)
BA (Hons) English Language & Literature and BEd English Language Teaching (Double Degree)
BSSc (Hons) China Studies - Sociology
BSSc (Hons) European Studies - German Stream
BSSc (Hons) Government & International Studies
BSSc (Hons) Sociology
BSW (Hons)
Lingnan University
BA (Hons) Cultural Studies
BSocSc (Hons)
The Education University of Hong Kong
BA (Hons) Teaching Chinese as a Second Language
BA (Hons) Language Studies - English Major
BEd (Hons) Chinese Language
BEd (Hons) Early Childhood Education
BEd (Hons) Visual Art
BEd (Hons) (Secondary) History
BSSc (Hons) Global & Environmental Studies
BSSc (Hons) Psychology

Through-train Pre-enrolment Scheme

Swansea University

  • BA in Politics

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University of Huddersfield

  • BSc(Hons) Psychology
  • BSc(Hons) Psychology with Criminology
  • BSc(Hons) Behavioral Sciences
  • BSc(Hons) Sociology and Criminology
  • BSc(Hons) Sociology and Psychology
  • BSc(Hons) Sociology

Macquarie University

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Social Science

Graduates are also eligible to apply for admission to the full-time top-up degree programmes offered locally by HKU SPACE International College in collaboration with the following university:

The University of Hull, UK

  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Criminology
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Criminology with Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Criminology and Sociology
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Sociology

Middlesex University London, UK

  • BA (Hons) Publishing and Digital Culture
  • BA (Hons) Journalism and Media
  • BA (Hons) Media and Cultural Studies

University of the West of England, Bristol, UK

  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Media Culture and Practice

The University of Western Australia, Australia

  • Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) - Japanese Language Pathway
  • Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) - Korean Language Pathway
  • Bachelor of Arts (Communication and Media Studies) - Communication Studies Pathway
  • Bachelor of Arts (Communication and Media Studies) - Language Studies Pathway

Career Prospects

The intellectual and analytical training provided by this programme equips students with competence in academic work and gives them a practical foundation in a range of skills which will be useful in careers such as commerce, human resources, education, government and public administration, as well as being helpful in professions like social work and social administration.

*The above list is not exhaustive and only shows some of the examples.

Articulation of Associate of Social Science Graduates



  • General English III
  • English for Academic and Professional Purposes Parts I and II
  • Advanced Chinese Language
  • Intra- and Interpersonal Competencies
  • Quantitative Analysis I or Mathematics with Applications
  • Introduction to Multimedia / Intellectual Property, Technology and Ethics
  • English for Arts and Humanities


Year 1

  • Introduction to Political Science
  • Sociology of Social Problems #
  • Introduction to Psychology

Year 2

  • Social Science Research Methods

Behavioural Science Theme  (with focus on Psychology)

  • Human Behaviour and Social Environment
  • Introduction to Counseling
  • Introduction to Mental Health
  • Introduction to Positive Psychology

Gerotology Theme

  • Aging and Gerontology
  • Social Policy and Adminstration
  • Sociology of Health
  • Working with Older People

Politics and Public Administration Theme

  • Government and Politics of Hong Kong
  • Introduction to Chinese Politics
  • Introduction to Comparative People
  • Introdiction to International Relations

Social Welfare and Social Administration Theme

  • Contemporary Social Work and Social Welfare
  • Human Behaviour and Social Environment
  • Introduction to Counseling
  • Social Policy & Administration

Sociology Theme

  • Class and Inequliaty
  • Hong Kong Society
  • Introduction to Criminlogy
  • Social Policy and Administration


Year 1
(Choose ONE to TWO courses from the following)

  • Economics and the Society
  • Introduction to Literature in English
  • Understanding Culture and Everyday Life ^
  • Introduction to Chinese Literature

Year 2
(Choose ONE to TWO courses from the following)

  • About "Me" & "Not Me": Creating Life Histories
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Fundamentals of Journalism
  • Any courses listed under "Specialism Core" above

Year 1

(Choose Two courses from the following, at least ONE from each domain)

Reasoning & Science

  • Ideas that Shaped the Modern World
  • Energy and Environment
  • Food and the Body

Chinese Societies: Heritage and Culture

  • From Revolution to Modernisation: A History of Modern China

Year 2

(Choose Two courses from the following, at least ONE from each domain)

Humanities and Arts

  • The Process of Theatre Making
  • Applied Ethics

Global Issues and Development

  • Social Institutions and Everyday Life
  • Global and Local Cultures