Bachelor of Social Sciences

Programme Overview

Social policy innovation for sustainable development has increasingly become a concern in the region where countries are facing rapid industrialization, urbanization, and at the same time aging of their populations. This minor programme will adopt an interdisciplinary and multidimensional approach introducing students to fundamental theories and debates in both local and global social policies and development strategies. Apart from looking at the global dimensions of poverty and development policies, including the role of states, transnational corporations (TNCs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and multilateral donor organizations in alleviating and exacerbating social inequalities, it also uniquely examines Asian perspectives on development and responses to poverty and inequality, livelihood strategies, the importance of political empowerment, and the conditions under which development strategies have been successful.


Programme Objectives

By completing this programme, students will be equipped with:


Programme Structure

No. of credits
Components Major
a) Introductory courses  
  • 6
b) Advanced courses
  • compulsory courses
  • disciplinary electives

  • 18
  • 12
  • 36


This new minor programme is also offered to current students admitted before academic year 2016-17. Detailed regulations and syllabus can be found at Faculty of Social Sciences homepage. (Students declaring major/minor in BSocSc ‘Social Work and Social Administration’ programme cannot declare minor in ‘SocialDevelopment’ simultaneously.)


Career Prospects

This programme equips you with the knowledge and skills to intervene professionally to the challenges of social innovation. You can start your career in civil service, non-governmental organizations, international aid and development organizations, policy advocacy and development agencies, and business sectors in order to strive for the betterment of human condition.



BSocSc Social Development Programme Coordinator
Name: Dr. Lucy JORDAN
Tel: (852) 3917 1094
Programme Secretary
Name: Ms. Ariel POON
Tel: (852) 3917 2099