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Social Sciences Social Sciences

Associate of Social Sciences

Government and International Studies

Programme Code: AD 119 3416 6338 2305 5315
QF Level: 4
QR Registration No.: 08/001726/4
Registration Validity Period: 01/09/2008 to ongoing

Application Code 報名編號 : AD119

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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 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, such as political science, psychology and sociology. 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.

Psychology and Wellness Theme
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 analyse factors affecting individual’s psychological well-being.
Government 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 analysing the society and social issues with different sociological perspectives.

Opportunities for Further Studies

2023 Overall Progression Rate: 88%
UGC-funded Bachelor’s Degree Programmes: 83%

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

The University of Hong Kong
BASc Social Data Science
BEd Early Childhood Education & Special Education
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
BA Anthropology
BA Cultural Management
BA Cultural Studies
BA History
BA Linguistics
BA Philosophy
BA Religious Studies
BSc Community Health Practice
BSc Exercise Science and Health Education
BSc Gerontology
BSc Public Health
BSocSc Gender Studies
BSocSc Geography and Resource Management
BSocSc Global Studies
BSocSc Government and Public Administration
BSocSc Psychology
BSocSc Social Work
BSocSc Sociology
City University of Hong Kong
BA Chinese & History
BA Creative Media
BA Media & Communication
BA English
BA Linguistics & Language Applications
BA Translation & Interpretation
BBA Management
BSc Biomedical Sciences
BSc Environmental Science & Management
BSocSc Applied Sociology
BSocSc Asian & International Studies
BSocSc Criminology & Sociology
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
BSocSc Sociology
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Broad Discipline of Computing
BA (Hons) Applied Ageing Studies and Senior Management
BA (Hons) Scheme in Applied Social Sciences
BA (Hons) Social Design
BA (Hons) Social Policy and Administration
BA (Hons) Social Policy and Social Entrepreneurship
BA (Hons) Social Work
BASocSc (Hons)
BSc (Hons) Investment Science & Finance Analytics
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)
BA (Hons) History
BA (Hons) Religion, Philosophy & Ethics
BComm Journalism Major (International Journalism)
BSocSc (Hons) China Studies - Sociology
BSocSc (Hons) Communication - Film & Media Arts
BSocSc (Hons) European Studies - German Stream
BSocSc (Hons) Geography
BSocSc (Hons) Global & China Studies
BSocSc (Hons) Government & International Studies
BSocSc (Hons) Psychology
BSocSc (Hons) Social Policy
BSocSc (Hons) Sociology
BSW (Hons)
Lingnan University
BA (Hons) Chinese
BA (Hons) Cultural Studies
BSocSc (Hons) International Economy & Politics
BSocSc (Hons) Social & Public Policy Studies
BSocSc (Hons)
BSocSc (Hons) Health and Social Services Management
BSocSc (Hons) Psychology with Counselling Psychology Concentration
The Education University of Hong Kong
BA (Hons) Creative Arts & Culture - Music / Visual Arts
BA (Hons) Teaching Chinese as a Second Language
BA (Hons) Language Studies - English Major
BA (Hons) Liberal Studies Education
BA (Hons) Special Education
BEd (Hons) Chinese Language
BEd (Hons) English Language - Primary
BEd (Hons) Early Childhood Education
BEd (Hons) Geography
BEd (Hons) (Primary) - General Studies
BEd (Hons) Visual Art
BEd (Hons) (Secondary) History
BSc (Hons) Sport Sciences and Coaching
BSocSc (Hons) Global & Environmental Studies
BSocSc (Hons) Global & Hong Kong Studies
BSocSc (Hons) Greater China Studies
BSocSc (Hons) Policy Science & Management
BSocSc (Hons) Psychology

HKU SPACE International College

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:

University of the Arts London

Edinburgh Napier University

University of the West of England, Bristol


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 in different sectors such as commerce, human resources, education,  government and public administration, as well as 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
  • Information Technology Fundamentals
  • English for Arts and Humanities
  • Applied Statistics

Experiential Learning

  • Intra- and Interpersonal Competencies


Year 1

  • Introduction to Political Science
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • The Basics of Sociology
  • Experiential Learning: Intra- and Interpersonal Competencies

Year 2

Common across all Themes

  • Introduction to Research Methods in Social Sciences

Psychology and Wellness Theme

  • Abnormal Psychology

  • Social Psychology

  • Life Span Development Psychology 

  • Introduction to Personality 

Government and International Studies Theme

  • Global Governance and International Organizations 

  • Introduction to Public Policy and Administration 

  • Introduction to Comparative Politics

  • Introduction to International Relations

Social Welfare and Social Administration Theme

  • Introduction to Counseling
  • Social Policy and Administration
  • Contemporary Social Work and Social Welfare
  • Ageing and Gerontology

Sociology Theme

  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Hong Kong Society: A Sociological Perspective 
  • Class and Inequality
  • Sociology of the Family


Core Curriculum Courses


  • Critical Analysis and Reasoning in Discipline-based Studies
  • Choose THREE courses from the Core Curriculum

Courses offered in each semester are subject to student enrolment and resources available.

CHAN Wai Man David
  • 2016-17 Associate of Social Sciences (Global and China Studies)
  • Offer received: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, BA (Hons) Social Policy and Administration, Year 3
  • Offer received: City University of Hong Kong, BSocSc Public Policy and Politics, Year 3
  • Offer received: The Education University of Hong Kong, BSSc (Hons) Global and Environmental Studies, Year 3

Studying in HKU SPACE CC was one of the best learning experiences in my life. The lecturers were passionate in teaching and willing to help students with their difficulties. The ASSc programme was designed to enhance our knowledge and prepare us for further study. Cheer up and keep moving forward, the best is yet to come!

HUNG Lok Hin Deren
  • 2016-17 Associate of Social Sciences (Global and China Studies)
  • Advancement to The Chinese University of Hong Kong, BSSc Global Studies, Year 3
  • Other offer received: City University of Hong Kong, BSocSc Public Policy and Politics, Year 3
  • Other offer received: Hong Kong Baptist University, BSSc (Hons) China Studies, Year 3

From the foundation in social sciences to the training in international relations, what I learned in HKU SPACE CC changed me to become an informed citizen. The concepts/theories might not be easy to understand and the study methods were different from secondary school. The passionate and helpful lecturers guided me to fit into the new environment. The two-year study equipped me with knowledge. I also made friends and gained support from them. Most importantly, the two-year time here led me to a clear path in my future.

NG Long Shing Samuel
  • 2016-17 Associate of Social Sciences (Global and China Studies)
  • Advancement to The University of Hong Kong, Bachelor of Social Science, Year 3
  • Other offer received: The Chinese University of Hong Kong, BSSc Government and Public Administration, Year 3

Political studies helped me find a pathway to pass through "the valley of the shadow of death". I could explore the world of politics with systematic research methods, and develop an understanding of international relations. Moreover, I have to thank all the lecturers. I would not be able to pursue my further studies without their warm support and guidance throughout these two years.

AU Ho Yin Sam
  • 2017-18 Associate of Social Sciences (Politics and International Studies)
  • Advancement to The University of Hong Kong, Bachelor of Social Science, Senior year
  • Other offer received: The Chinese University of Hong Kong, BSSc Government and Public Administration
  • Other offer received: City University of Hong Kong, BSocSc Public Policy and Politics, Year 3
  • Other offer received: City University of Hong Kong, BSocSc Asian and International Studies, Year 3

I got only 20 marks in HKDSE and only level 3 for the English subject; therefore, I chose to study in HKU SPACE CC in pursuit of a chance to enter university. The learning style was totally different from the secondary school. Time management was very important, and early preparation for Non-JUPAS application, such as taking the IELTS and GCE examination, is also crucial. Besides, lecturers and counsellors helped me a lot, for example, they organised mock interview for us. They were also willing to help me overcome my academic difficulties and share me experiences about applying for bachelor's degree programmes in universities.

WONG Oi Kuen Sandy
  • 2017-18 Associate of Social Sciences (Gerontology)
  • Advancement to The Chinese University ofOffer received: The Chinese University of Hong Kong, BSc Geronotology, Year 3
  • Other offer received: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, BA (Hons) in Applied Ageing Studies and Service Management, Year 3

Studying in HKU SPACE CC is a great experience to me. I learnt a lot from the lecturers and classmates. Be hardworking and stay positive!

Hui Ngai Hung, Rainbow
Hui Ngai Hung, Rainbow
  • 2015-16 Associate of Social Sciences (Global and China Studies)
  • Offer received: CUHK Global Studies
  • Offer received: CityU Asian and International Studies
  • Offer received: CityU Environmental Studies
  • Offer received: CityU Public Policy and Politics

Don’t think about the DSE anymore! What you need to do now is prepare yourself well to accept the challenges and opportunities in HKU SPACE CC. To obtain a good result in CC, the methods are quite simple. These include reading extensively after lessons, searching for online resources and directly asking lecturers any questions you may have (they are extremely nice!). This is a new chapter in your life so you must try your best to strive for more knowledge and obtain the very best results you are capable of getting. HKU SPACE CC Social Sciences is the best choice! Trust me!

Cheuk Chun Kit, George
  • Offer received: CityU BSc in Public Policy, Management, and Politics

Studying in HKU SPACE CC was a truly empowering, educational experience for me. The lecturers who taught me in Social Sciences had made a great deal of effort to make their students realize how interesting it can be to reflect on our daily experience. CC is a place that offers changes. Treasure it and you will never regret.