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).