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Associate of Social Sciences

Politics and International Studies

Programme Code: AD 119 Online Application 3416 6338 2305 5315

Application Code 報名編號 : AD119

Associate of Social Sciences
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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, 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.

Ageing Studies 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.
Psychology and Wellness
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.
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

2019 Overall Progression Rate: 85%
UGC-funded Bachelor’s Degree Programmes: 79%

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
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
BA Anthropology
BA Cultural Management
BA Cultural Studies
BA Philosophy
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 Creative Media
BA English
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
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
BA (Hons) Social Design
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)
BA (Hons) History
BComm Journalism Major (International Journalism)
BSSc (Hons) China Studies - Sociology
BSSc (Hons) Communication - Film & Media Arts
BSSc (Hons) European Studies - German Stream
BSSc (Hons) Geography
BSSc (Hons) Government & International Studies
BSSc (Hons) Psychology
BSSc (Hons) Social Policy
BSSc (Hons) Sociology
BSW (Hons)
Lingnan University
BA (Hons) Chinese
BA (Hons) Cultural Studies
BSocSc (Hons)
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) Early Childhood Education
BEd (Hons) Geography
BEd (Hons) Visual Art
BEd (Hons) (Secondary) History
BSSc (Hons) Global & Environmental Studies
BSSc (Hons) Greater China Studies
BSSc (Hons) Policy Science & Management
BSSc (Hons) Psychology
BScEd (Hons) Sports Science

Through-train Pre-enrolment Scheme

Swansea University
BA in Politics
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 (70 majors available)
Bachelor of Social Science (16 majors available)

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 Western Australia

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 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
  • Information Technology Fundamentals
  • English for Arts and Humanities
  • Applied Statistics

Experiential Learning

  • Intra- and Interpersonal Competencies


Year 1

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

Year 2

Common across all Themes

  • Introduction to Research Methods in Social Sciences

Ageing Studies Theme

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

Psychology and Wellness

  • Introduction to Mental Health

  • Social Psychology

  • Introduction to Counseling

  • Human Behaviour and Social Environment

Politics and International Studies Theme

  • Government and Politics of Hong Kong

  • Introduction to Chinese Politics

  • Introduction to Comparative Politics

  • Introduction to International Relations

Sociology Theme

  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Hong Kong Society
  • Class and Inequality
  • Sociology of the Family

Social Welfare and Social Administration Theme

  • Introduction to Counseling
  • Social Policy and Administration
  • Contemporary Social Work and Social Welfare
  • Human Behaviour and Social Environment
Core Curriculum Courses


  • Critical Analysis and Reasoning in Discipline-based Studies
  • One Core Curriculum Course from the Area of Culture, Media and Society (Refer to List of College Core Curriculum courses)
  • One Core Curriculum Course from the Area of Scientific and Technological Literacy (Refer to List of College Core Curriculum courses)
  • One Core Curriculum Course from the Area of Perspectives in Arts and Humanities (Refer to List of College Core Curriculum courses)

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 program 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)
  • Offer received: The Chinese University of Hong Kong, BSSc Global Studies, Year 3
  • Other Offer: City University of Hong Kong, BSocSc Public Policy and Politics, Year 3
  • Other Offer: 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)
  • Offer received: The University of Hong Kong, Bachelor of Social Science, Year 3
  • Other Offer: 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)
  • Offer received: The University of Hong Kong, Bachelor of Social Science, Senior year
  • Other Offer: The Chinese University of Hong Kong, BSSc Government and Public Administration
  • Other Offer: City University of Hong Kong, BSocSc Public Policy and Politics, Year 3
  • Other Offer: 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 organized 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.

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.