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It is believed that change and volatility are essential elements of life in the globalised world. To thrive in this fast-changing, unpredictable environment, it is essential to develop one’s ability to cope with, and even foresee, the challenges. Knowing oneself and others, mastering the logic underlying change, and understanding its consequences are how we could find our niche and prosper in the society. It is to this end that the programme of Associate of Social Sciences (ASocSci) has been developed to build a gateway to the academic and professional world.

Programme Aims & Features

The broad-based curriculum covers major social sciences disciplines, including Psychology, Gerontology, Politics and International Relations, Social Policy and Social Work, Sociology, and Research Methods. The programme focuses on enhancing students’ understanding of human social interaction, social groups and the logic underlying social change. Students will be trained to evaluate social phenomena objectively, scientifically and critically as social scientists. The programme aims at developing students’ social consciousness, international awareness, critical and logical reasoning ability, and self-learning ability. Students will be prepared for academic pursuit in the field of social sciences, and equipped with a practical foundation for entering a wide range of career in different sectors.

Behavioural Science Theme (with focus on Psychology)

This theme provides knowledge and skills of maintaining psychological and behavioural well-being. Major perspectives on psychological and behavioural 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.

Gerontology Theme

The theme aims at training students’ evaluation of the social, demographic, economic and other aspects of ageing and an ageing population from a variety of theoretical perspectives.

Politics and International Studies Theme

Social Sciences students who choose to study this theme will be introduced to basic concepts and theories of politics. Students are trained to explain and analyse political issues with different political concepts and theories.

Social Welfare and Social Administration Theme

The theme aims at helping students to examine the roles of social welfare services and social policies in promoting human well-being. Students are trained to critically analyse social problems, social service and social policy with various psychological, sociological and political theories.

Sociology Theme

Students of this theme are trained in sociology traditions. This theme aims to develop students’ critical, analytical thinking in analyzing the society and social issues with different sociological perspectives.

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.

  • Introduction to Academic English
  • English for Academic Purposes I & II
  • Advanced Chinese Language
  • Intra- and Interpersonal Competencies
  • Quantitative Analysis I or Mathematics with Applications
  • Information Technology and Application
  • English for Arts and Humanities


Year 1

  • Introduction to Political Science
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • The Basics of Sociology

Year 2

  • Social Sciences Research Methods

Behavioural Science Theme (with focus on Psychology)

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

Gerontology Theme

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

Politics and International Studies Theme

  • Government and Politics of Hong Kong
  • Introduction to Chinese Politics
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • Introduction 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 and Administration

Sociology Theme

  • Class and Inequality
  • Hong Kong Society
  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Social Policy and Administration


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

Ho Cheuk Lam
Ho Cheuk Lam
  • Associate of Social Sciences

It is fine for you to be sad for a while after you receive an unsatisfactory result in the public examination, but don’t let the depressed feeling engulf you. It is undeniable that studying in a community college is very stressful as most students are “GPA-oriented”. Although it will be a tough journey for those who embark on it, remember to keep a positive learning attitude and find some buddies with a similar goal. Studying Social Sciences in HKU SPACE CC is a fruitful journey and you will definitely meet many enthusiastic students and lecturers. Work hard and believe in yourself!

Fung Ming Him
Fung Ming Him
  • Associate of Social Sciences

“What didn’t kill you makes you stronger.” I failed in HKDSE but it didn’t defeat me. I wiped my tears and prepared the best for upcoming challenges. HKU SPACE CC has provided everyone a platform to introspect for previous deficiency. Lecturers from Social Sciences domain are all nice and passionate. They are good role models for students. They provide useful consultations on both future career and academic which has encouraged me to embrace challenges. I would never say studying in Associate Degree programmes is the end of the story. Instead, it turns you to a new leaf and brand new chapter.

Sze Kwai Fong, Jessica
Sze Kwai Fong, Jessica
  • Associate of Social Sciences

For me, HKU SPACE CC is generally regarded as a stepping stone to get into university. It provides me with profound acknowledgement on studying Social Sciences. Besides that, participating in different service trips and study tours that were held by Social Sciences domain have broadened my horizons and made me be more concerned about social issues in our society. These experiences are memorable; they turned me to become enthusiastic and passionate about studying social affairs. With these experiences, I have become well equipped to prepare for my university education. To be frank, studying in HKU SPACE CC is a journey but not a destiny. Let’s seize every chance and strive for excellence.

Suen Hin
Suen Hin
  • Associate of Social Sciences

Life is like a roller coaster; sometimes it’s not as smooth as we expect. Indeed, on the day of the release of my HKDSE results, it was a disaster for me. However, I didn’t give up and I chose to enter HKU SPACE CC to strive my best to get into university. In these two years I realized that studying in a college is never a bad thing. Here I met a lot of companions who have the same goal as me. I also met many awesome lecturers who are passionate in teaching and show every support to me. I feel really blessed to have them. What’s more, I can finally choose to study something I’m interested in, which is Psychology and find my career goal. Studying in HKU SPACE CC is definitely a valuable experience for me.
Here is one of my favourite quotes from the Batman movie, “Why do we fall? So we can learn to pick ourselves up.” Sometimes we do fall down badly, but in this process we will become stronger. Staying positive will always be a key to success. Let bygones be bygones and get well prepared for the future challenge. Good luck!

Kong Cheuk Yan, Michelle
Kong Cheuk Yan, Michelle
  • Associate of Social Sciences

Due to my failure in public examination, I decided to apply for HKU SPACE CC, not only as a second option to further my study, but also a second opportunity to strive for my future. Despite the enormous amount of academic pressure I encountered during my study in CC, the sense of success and fulfilment was even greater when I realized that my GPA was better than expected. I would like to thank the lecturers in Social Sciences Domain, who were always there to help me with my difficulties. I also found them to be extremely passionate as I as always welcomed to ask questions outside classes and had received a lot of extra knowledge. I truly appreciate their efforts as well as passion towards teaching.

Yeung Suen Yan, Eunice
Yeung Suen Yan, Eunice
  • Associate of Social Sciences

Studying in HKU SPACE CC helps me broaden my horizon. It is not only a stepping stone to get into university, but also equips me to be an all-rounded student. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes and asking questions. These learning processes can make us grow and gain more knowledge. Failure in public examination does not mean that you are a loser. On the contrary, studying in HKU SPACE CC offers you another opportunity to achieve your goals.
“No one can decide your way, only you can.”

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