POSTGRADUATE DEGREES
Master of Social Sciences (Contemporary China Studies)
The Master of Social Sciences (Contemporary China Studies) is a multidisciplinary postgraduate coursework degree programme designed to meet the professional and practical needs of employees of government, non-profit organizations and private companies, as well as the educational needs of those new university graduates including local and international students who want to pursue postgraduate work in China studies or related fields. It may be pursued either as an end in itself or in preparation for further studies. The curriculum is designed to accomplish the following objectives:
1. To provide students with a systematic training in and critical understanding of contemporary China from political, historical, economic, geographical and sociological perspectives;
2. To sharpen students' awareness of the complex relationships of historical, economic, geographical, political and sociological factors in China through a multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary approach, and which affects the work situation in China; and
3. To enhance students' understanding of the processes of change which will shape the future relation between Hong Kong and the rest of China .
Most subjects are taught by a combination of lecture-discussions and seminars held on weekday evenings and/or Saturday mornings. During the second year of study, students have to complete an independent project under the guidance of their supervisors.
 
Requirements  
In order to graduate, students must complete 27 units, of which 24 units from coursework (1 core subject, 3 subjects from one major Concentration/Field and 4 subjects from the others) and 3 units from completing an independent project within the duration of the course, and obtain:
1. Grade C- or above in all subjects, and
2. A cumulative GPA of 2.50 or above.
Concentrations/Fields  
Economic Development and Reform:
ECON 4510 China 's Economic Development & Reform
ECON 4520 China 's Foreign Trade & Investment
ECON 4530 Graduate Seminar on China 's Economy
 
History and Culture:
HIST 4510 South China Studies
HIST 4520 Chinese Culture in Transformation
HIST 4530 Graduate Seminar on Contemporary Chinese History

Society and Community:
SOC 4510 Social Networks in the Contemporary Chinese Society
SOC 4520 Material & Popular Culture, Art, & Society in Contemporary China
SOC 4530 Graduate Seminar on Contemporary Social Issues in China
 
Urban Development and Environmental Management:
GEOG 4510 Resource & Environmental Management in China
GEOG 4520 Urban & Regional Development of China
GEOG 4530 Graduate Seminar on Geography of China

Normally, students should complete the course in two calendar years. With special permission a student may extend his or her study but in no cases would the period of study be allowed to exceed three calendar years.
Core Subject 3 units
POLS 4010 Advanced China Studies 3 units
Elective Subjects 18/15/12 units
Required:
HIST 2210 Introduction to Modern Chinese History

3 units
ECON 4510 China 's Economic Development & Reform
ECON 4520 China 's Foreign Trade & Investment
GEOG 4510 Resource & Environmental Management in China
GEOG 4520 Urban & Regional Development of China
HIST 4510 South China Studies
HIST 4520 Chinese Culture in Transformation
SOC 4510 Social Networks in the Contemporary Chinese Society
SOC 4520 Material & Popular Culture, Art, & Society in Contemporary China
3 units
3 units
3 units
3 units
3 units
3 units
3 units
3 units
Seminars 3/6/9 units
ECON 4530 Graduate Seminar on China 's Economy
GEOG 4530 Graduate Seminar on Geography of China
HIST 4530 Graduate Seminar on Contemporary Chinese History
SOC 4530 Graduate Seminar on Contemporary Social Issues in China
3 units
3 units
3 units
3 units
Project 3 units
SOSC 4510 Project 3 units
Total 27 units
Note: Students can take no more than three subjects in each semester.