BSocSc (Hons) in Geography

Introduction

With the implementation of four-year undergraduate degree programmes in 2012, the Faculty of Social Sciences has introduced a joint admission practice for four Majors, namely Geography, Government & International Studies, History and Sociology. Under this new admission practice, students will be provided with a broad-based social sciences training in their first year with no specific majors.  Upon the completion of the first year of study, students may apply to take “Geography” as their Major and enroll in the Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Geography programme based on individual interest and academic performance.

Programme Description

The BSocSc (Hons) in Geography is structured so that students can either choose to specialize in certain sub-fields of the discipline at later stages of their study or to undertake a well-rounded training in Geography, in line with its synthesizing tradition. The BSocSc (Hons) in Geography enables students to obtain a firm foundation in geographical methodology while at the same time acquiring an understanding of the spatial order and interdependence of the world’s peoples and regions. Emphasis is placed on the ways in which geographers may assist in finding solutions to real world problems. Students are offered considerable freedom to take a broad spectrum of courses, particularly in their third and final years, when they may choose to concentrate on aspects of either physical or human geography.

Specifically, the Programme aims to:

1. Enable students to develop their knowledge of spatial order and their understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of geography;
2. Enable students to apply geographical perspectives in the analysis of  global-local problems;
3. Facilitate students acquisition of the intellectual and practical skills needed to analyse, assess and interpret geographical information both independently and as part of a team;
4. Provide students with transferable skills applicable to both geographical and non-geographical careers as well as the ability to pursue postgraduate studies;
5. Enhance student communication and presentation skills; and
6. Promote a sense of life-long learning and a spirit of enquiry

Curriculum Structure and Study Schedule

The structure of the curriculum is as follows:

Major Required Courses: 30 units
Major Elective Courses: 30 units
Elective Courses: 30 units
General Education Courses:38 units
Total: 128 units

(A)   Major Courses
The major component provides 60 units of required and elective courses offered by the Department of Geography that provide students with a comprehensive training in the discipline. The Honours Project enables students to complete a piece of significant, independent study on a geographical topic of their choice under supervision of a faculty member. Moreover, all geography students must participate in the mandatory Field Camp of the Department, which is conducted during the second semester of Year III.

(B)  General Education
The aim of the GE curriculum is to provide students with a well-rounded education as part of the University’s Whole Person ethos. This involves a exposure to a wide range of transferable skills, guiding principles, and attitudes that all students will need for their future professional and personal lives. The 38 units required under the GE requirements are divided into two categories, core requirements (26 units) and distribution requirements (12 units).

(C)  Electives
“Electives” serve to encourage a free pursuit of academic interests. They may be used to pursue a minor (with a minimum of 15 units), strengthen the major field, or choose other courses of general interest in different disciplines, or which a student considers to be useful for their future careers or postgraduate studies.

Major Required Courses (30 units)
GEOG 1005 Geography and the Contemporary World 3 units
GEOG 2005 Cultures, Peoples & Landscapes 3 units
GEOG 2006 Earth Systems: Shaping Landscapes 3 units
GEOG 2007 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Geography 3 units
GEOG 2015 Cartography 3 units
GEOG 2016 Earth Systems: Biosphere and Atmosphere 3 units
GEOG 2017 Globalization of Economic Activities 3 units
GEOG 3005 Field Camp 0 units
GEOG 3006 Regional Geography of China 3 units
GEOG 4898-9 Honours Project 6 units
Major Elective Courses (30 units)
At least one course from each of the following four areas
A) Geographical Methodology
GEOG 4006 Advanced Quantitative Methods in Geography 3 units
GEOG 4017 Geographical Information Systems 3 units
GEOG 4025 Geographical Imaginations 3 units
GEOG 4046 Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation 3 units
B) Physical and Environmental Geography
GEOG 3007 Energy Problems & the Environment 3 units
GEOG 3015 Geography of Health & the Environment 3 units
GEOG 3017 Global Environmental Issues and Sustainability 3 units
GEOG 4005 Advanced Climatology 3 units
GEOG 4007 Applied Geomorphology 3 units
GEOG 4105 Coastal Environments & Processes 3 units
GEOG 4016* Energy Development in China 3 units
GEOG 4027 Geography of Environmental Hazards 3 units
GEOG 4047* Resource Management in China 3 units
GEOG 4057* Selected Topics in the Geography of China (Physical & Environmental Geography) 3 units
GEOG 4065 Energy Policy and Analysis 3 units
GEOG 4066 Seminar in Environmental Planning & Management 3 units
GEOG 4087 Natural Resource Evaluation and Policy Approaches 3 units
 C) Human Geography
GEOG 3025 Population Geography 3 units
GEOG 3027 Urban Geography 3 units
GEOG 4026 Geography of Economic Development 3 units
GEOG 4035 Geography of Transportation 3 units
GEOG 4036 Political Geography 3 units
GEOG 4055* Rural & Agricultural Development in China 3 units
GEOG 4056* Selected Topics in the Geography of China (Human Geography) 3 units
GEOG 4067 Seminar in Social Justice and the City 3 units
GEOG 4075 Seminar in Urban Geography 3 units
GEOG 4076 Urban Cultural Landscape 3 units
GEOG 4077 Urban Development & Planning in Hong Kong 3 units
GEOG 4085* Urban Development in China 3 units
GEOG 4086 Urban Planning 3 units
 D) Regional Geography
GEOG 2025 Hong Kong & the Pearl River Delta: A Survey 3 units
GEOG 3016 Geography of Pacific Asia 3 units

* Geography major students can choose up to two of these China Studies courses. The contents of GEOG 4056/GEOG 4057 Selected Topics in the Geography of China vary from year to year. Whether this course is considered a “human” or “physical and environmental” geography course depends on the exact contents of the course at the time it is offered.