BSocSc (Hons) in China Studies — Geography Concentration

Programme Description

The Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours in China Studies Programme was established in September 1989. The Programme aims at providing students with a broad-based education, which includes a solid training in a selected discipline and a multi-disciplinary knowledge base, in addition to mastering knowledge about China. At the same time, students will be able to develop their critical and analytical abilities in general, and enhance their communication skills in written and spoken Chinese and English, and their proficiency in Putonghua.

The programme is composed of four discipline options: Economics, Geography, History, and Sociology. The Option of Economics is provided by the Department of Economics under the Faculty of Business, and the other three options are provided by the departments of Geography, History and Sociology under the Faculty of Social Sciences. Department of Government and International Studies participates in the Programme by providing political science courses related to China.

Students are admitted to the China Studies Programme without a specific discipline option and have a common foundation curriculum in the first year. At the end of the first year, they will be allowed to choose and join one discipline option through an internal competitive application procedure. Upon graduation, students receive a degree of Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in China Studies with one of the four discipline options (Economics, History, Geography, or Sociology).

Summer Sojourn

A distinctive feature of the China Studies course is the summer sojourn programme in which all students have to spend one month at Tsinghua University, Beijing to receive intensive training in Putonghua during the summer at the end of the second year. Since the students have taken the six-unit subject Elementary & Intermediate Putonghua during the second year, the sojourn acts as an “immersion” programme in Putonghua training. Students will undertake Putonghua training for three hours per day, five days per week.

Another part of the summer sojourn programme consists of seminars on topics relating to contemporary issues in China, which include political, economic, sociological, historical and geographical perspectives. A third part of the programme is composed of visits to places of particular interest to this course. It is felt that students should be given some field experience in China by visiting factories, farms, historical sites, government offices, etc. Moreover, students also require conducting mini-social survey in Beijing to gain first hand understanding of the Capital City of China.

Concentration Description

The Geography Concentration of the BSocSc (Hons) in China Studies introduces students to the rapidly expanding horizons of the geography discipline and the study of China from a geographical perspective. The curriculum enables students to analyze in-depth the complexities of the geography of contemporary China.

Specifically, the programme aims at providing students with:

1. A solid foundation of the theories and methodologies of the geography discipline;
2. A sound knowledge of contemporary China, particularly in the understanding of its geographical assets and liabilities;
3. The ability to use geographical tools to conduct independent research; and
4. Proficiency in Chinese, especially Putonghua and English.

More specific objectives include:

1. To prepare students for careers in China-related business and other endeavours; and

2. To prepare students for graduate studies in geography, China studies and cognate fields.

Curriculum Structure and Study Schedule

The structure of the curriculum is as follows:

Social Sciences Common Core: 4 units
China Studies Core Courses: 46 units
Main Concentration Courses: 30 units
General Education: 31 units
Free Electives#: 18 units
Total: 129 units

# Students may take additional GE courses in any catagories to fulfill the “Free Electives” requirement but only a maximum of 6 units will be counted towards the fulfillment of the “Free Electives” requirement.

Social Sciences Common Core (4 units)
Core Course (1 unit)
SOSC 1006                   Invitation to Social Sciences                                                   1 unit
Experiential Learning in Action (3 units)
SOSC 3005                  Community and Civic Engagement                                                   3 units
SOSC 3006                  Global Outreach                                                   3 units
China Studies Core Courses (46 units)
Programme Requirements (13 units)
CHST 1005 Introduction to China Studies 1 unit
CHSG 4898-9 Honours Project 6 units
CHST 3005* Summer Sojourn 3 units
LANG 1005 Elementary Putonghua 3 units
Social Sciences Foundation Courses (12 units)
CHSE 1005 Essentials of Economics 3 units
CHSG 1005 Geography & the Contemporary World 3 units
CHSH 1105 China in the Imperial Age 3 units
CHSS 1005 Understanding Society: An Introduction to Sociology 3 units
China Studies Foundation Courses (12 units)
CHSG 3006 Regional Geography of China 3 units
Three of the following courses, and one of them must be taken from the Geography Concentration:
CHSE 2005 Foundation of Chinese Economy 3 units
CHSG 2025 Hong Kong & the Pearl River Delta: A Survey 3 units
CHSH 2105 Introduction to Modern Chinese History 3 units
CHSP 1005 Foundation of Political Science 3 units
CHSP 3017 Government & Politics of China 3 units
CHSP 3205 Chinese Legal System 3 units
CHSP 3216 Ideology and Socialism in China 3 units
CHSS 2016 Modern Chinese Society 3 units
Advanced China Studies Courses (9 units)
Three of the following courses, and two of them must be taken from the Geography Concentration:
CHSE 3035 Industrial Management & Development in China 3 units
CHSE 3047 Rural Economic Development in China 3 units
CHSE 3055 Urban and Regional Economic Development in China 3 units
CHSE 4005 China’s Foreign Economic Relations & Trade 3 units
CHSE 4007 Money & Finance in China 3 units
CHSG 4016 Sustainable Energy and Technological Innovation in China 3 units
CHSG 4047 Resource and Environmental Management in China 3 units
CHSG 4055 Rural & Agricultural Development in China 3 units
CHSG 4056 Selected Topics in the Geography of China (Human Geography) 3 units
CHSG 4057 Selected Topics in the Geography of China (Physical & Environmental Geography) 3 units
CHSG 4085 Urban Development in China 3 units
CHSH 3105 Contemporary China 3 units
CHSH 3115 Engendering Imperial Chinese History 3 units
CHSH 3305 China & Asia since 1900 3 units
CHSH 3325 History of Chinese Food Culture in Global Perspective 3 units
CHSH 3406 Information Technologies & Quantitative Methods 3 units
CHSH 4105 History of Chinese Women since 1912 3 units
CHSH 4116 Intellectual Trends in Modern China 3 units
CHSH 4117 Missionaries in Modern China 3 units
CHSH 4125 Revolution & Nationalism in Republican China (1912-1949) 3 units
CHSH 4126 Selected Themes in the History of Chinese Women 3 units
CHSH 4127 Social & Economic Development of Modern China 3 units
CHSH 4135 Topic Studies in Chinese History 3 units
CHSH 4136 Childhood in Imperial China 3 units
CHSH 4137 Legal History of Traditional China 3 units
CHSH 4145 Historical Anthropology of Chinese Society 3 units
CHSH 4305 Sino-American Relations 3 units
CHSH 4306 Sino-Russian Relations 3 units
CHSH 4315 Introduction to Museum Studies 3 units
CHSH 4327 Topic Studies in Comparative History 3 units
CHSH 4405 Oral History and its Local Applications 3 units
CHSH 4407 Topic Studies in Social History 3 units
CHSP 4206 China and the World 3 units
CHSS 4006 Chinese Family & Kinship 3 units
CHSS 4035 Selected Topics in the Sociology of China I 3 units
CHSS 4036 Selected Topics in the Sociology of China II 3 units
CHSS 4046 Social Networks & Chinese Society 3 units
CHSS 4047 Sociological Issues in Urban & Rural Development 3 units
CHSS 4055 Women in China 3 units
CHSS 4056 States & Power: Europe & China 3 units

*Students are required to attain grade ‘B’ or above in CHST 3005 Summer Sojourn and those who fail to meet this requirement are required to take LANG 1006 Intermediate Putonghua as one of the ‘Free Electives’.

Students taking CHST3005 Summer Sojourn will fulfil the requirements of SOSC3006 Global Outreach under “Social Sciences Common Core”.

Main Concentration Courses (30 units)
Main Concentration Core Courses (18 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 Maps and Map Making 3 units
GEOG 2016 Earth Systems: Atmosphere & Biosphere 3 units
GEOG 2017 Globalization of Economic Activities 3 units
GEOG 3005 Field Camp 0 unit
Major Concentration Elective Courses (12 units)
GEOG 3007 Energy Problems & the Environment 3 units
GEOG 3015 Geography of Health & the Environment 3 units
GEOG 3016 Geography of Pacific Asia 3 units
GEOG 3017 Global Environmental Issues & Sustainability 3 units
GEOG 3025 Population Geography 3 units
GEOG 3027 Urban Geography 3 units
GEOG 3036 Writing Spatial Stories through Qualitative Research 3 units
GEOG 4005 Advanced Climatology 3 units
GEOG 4006 Advanced Quantitative Methods in Geography 3 units
GEOG 4007 Applied Geomorphology 3 units
GEOG 4015 Coastal Environments & Processes 3 units
GEOG 4017 Geographical Information Systems 3 units
GEOG 4025 Geographical Imaginations 3 units
GEOG 4026 Geography of Economic Development 3 units
GEOG 4027 Geography of Environmental Hazards 3 units
GEOG 4035 Geography of Transportation 3 units
GEOG 4036 Political Geography 3 units
GEOG 4046 Remote Sensing & Image Interpretation 3 units
GEOG 4065 Energy Policy and Analysis 3 units
GEOG 4066 Seminar in Environmental Planning & Management 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 4086 Urban Planning 3 units
GEOG 4087 Natural Resource Evaluation and Policy Approaches 3 units

In terms of the Putonghua requirement, LANG 1005 Elementary Putonghua (or its equivalence as defined by the University) is the prerequisite for the Summer Sojourn, and we require all China Studies majors to pass LANG 1005 Elementary Putonghua in the second semester of the third year before the summer sojourn. In addition, China Studies majors are required to get at least a B grade in the Putonghua course taken during the Summer Sojourn. Students who fail to meet this requirement have to pass LANG 1006 Intermediate Putonghua or its equivalence as defined by the University.

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