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About Us

Introduction

The Department of Geography can be traced back to the then History and Geography Department, established in 1960. In 1978, our predecessor, Hong Kong Baptist College, split it into two independent departments. The Department is now one of the seven academic departments that constitute the Faculty of Social Sciences.

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The Department offers three undergraduate programmes: the Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc) (Hons) in Geography; the BSocSc (Hons) in Geography and Bachelor of Education (Bed) (Hons) in Liberal Studies Teaching; and the BSocSc (Hons) in Geography and BEd (Hons) in Personal, Social and Humanities Education Teaching. In addition, we also offer a top-up degree jointly with the HKBU School of Continuing Education: the BSocSc (Hons) in Environment and Resources Management.

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Our undergraduate curriculum reflects the University’s emphasis on the importance of “Whole Person Education” by providing students with a wide range of interactive learning experiences. Geography distinguishes itself by its integrated approach to studying the interactions between people and their physical and social environments. The existing geography curriculum at HKBU gives students rigorous training in geographical methodologies while fostering an understanding of the spatial order and interdependence of the world’s peoples and regions. The curriculum also promotes the application of relevant geographical concepts and the techniques needed to solve real-world problems.

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At the postgraduate level, the Department offers research-focused studies, leading to the M.Phil and Ph.D degrees. Postgraduate students may specialize in methodological, physical, or human geography. Currently, we participate, along with other departments, in offering two coursework-based postgraduate programmes: the MSocSc in Contemporary China Studies, which offers a concentration in “urban development and environmental management”; and the Master of Arts in Global Society.

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Overall, the Department will continue to promote and sustain the value of geographical education, and to encourage the application of geographic theories and techniques in solving real-world problems, explicit in the mottoes that we have adopted for our Department:

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Building Theories and Practices

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Promoting Scholarly Interactions

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Achieving Academic Excellence