BSocSc (Hons) in Geography and BEd (Hons) in Personal, Social and Humanities Education Teaching

The BSocSc (Hons) in Geography and BEd (Hons) in Personal, Social and Humanities Education Teaching programme will provide thorough preparation over five years in two distinct disciplines: Geography and Education Studies. Students who successfully complete the programme will be conferred recognized teacher status. During the progression of their studies, students will undertake periods of school experience and teaching practice. In addition, students can participate in overseas exchange or off-campus internship through the one-semester off-campus programme. Students will take the full set of General Education courses in accordance with the University requirement.

Curriculum Structure and Study Schedule

Social Sciences Common Core: 4 units
Geography Courses: 54 units
Education Courses: 51 units
Honours Project: 6 units
General Education Courses: 31 units
Free Electives: 21 units
Total: 167 units

Students may take additional Healthy Lifestyle courses and/or General Education (Level 1 or 2) courses in any categories, subject to a maximum of 6 units, to fulfil the Free Electives requirement.


BSSc GEOG Handbook (2024/25)

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
Geography Required Courses (24 units) 
GEOG 1005   Geography & 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 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
GEOG 3006 Regional Geography of China 3 units


Geography Elective Courses (30 units)
At least one course from each of the following four areas:
a) Geoanalytics and Research Practice:
GEOG 3036 Writing Spatial Stories through Qualitative Research 3 units
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 Systems and Environmental Dynamics:
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 4015 Coastal Environments & Processes 3 units
GEOG 4027 Geography of Environmental Hazards 3 units
GEOG 4057* Selected Topics in the Geography of China (Physical & Environmental Geography) 3 units
GEOG 4066 Seminar in Environmental Planning & Management 3 units
GEOG 4096 Biogeography 3 units
GEOG 4097 Ecosystems and Processes 3 units
c) Urban Studies, Cities and Everyday Life:
GEOG 3025 Population Geography 3 units
GEOG 3027 Urban Geography 3 units
GEOG 4035 Geography of Transportation 3 units
GEOG 4056* Selected Topics in the Geography of China (Human Geography) 3 units
GEOG 4076 Urban Cultural Landscape 3 units
GEOG 4085* Urban Development in China 3 units
GEOG 4086 Urban and Environmental Planning 3 units
d) Regions, Development and Resource Management:
GEOG 2025 Hong Kong & the Pearl River Delta: A Survey 3 units
GEOG 3007 Energy Problems & the Environment 3 units
GEOG 3016 Geography of Pacific Asia 3 units
GEOG 3037 Environmental Health and Policy 3 units
GEOG 4016* Sustainable Energy and Technological Innovation in China 3 units
GEOG 4026 Geography of Economic Development 3 units
GEOG 4036 Political Geography 3 units
GEOG 4047* Resource and Environmental Management in China 3 units
GEOG 4055* Rural & Agricultural Development in China 3 units
GEOG 4065 Energy Policy & Analysis 3 units
GEOG 4087 Natural Resource Evaluation & Policy Approaches 3 units


*Choose up to two of these China Studies courses. The contents of GEOG 4056/GEOG 4057 Selected Topics in the Geography of China may 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.


Education Required Courses (33 units)
EDUC 1005 Introduction to Educational Psychology 2 units
EDUC 1006 Introduction to PSHE in Schools 2 units
EDUC 1007 Instructional and Assessment Strategies for PSHE 2 units
EDUC 1015 Teaching and Learning with Information and Communication Technology (ICT) 2 units
EDUC 1016 Introduction to Sociology of Education 2 units
EDUC 1017 Introduction to Philosophy of Education 2 units
EDUC 2005 Classroom Communication and Management 3 units
EDUC 2006 Curriculum, Assessment and Learning 3 units
EDUC 2007 Educational Research 3 units
EDUC 3007 Inclusive Education & Special Educational Needs 2 units
EDUC 3015 Teacher’s Personal & Professional Development 2 units
EDUC 3025 Teaching Geography in Secondary Schools I 2 units
EDUC 3026 Teaching Geography in Secondary Schools II 2 units
EDUC 3027 Teaching Life and Society in Secondary Schools 2 units
EDUC 3045 Citizenship Education in Schools 2 units


Education Integrated Practicum (11 units)
EDUC 1025 School Experience 2 units
EDUC 3006 Supervised Teaching Practice I+ 4 units
EDUC 3017 Supervised Teaching Practice II 5 units
+Students taking EDUC3006 Supervised Teaching Practice I (3 out of 4 units) will fulfil the requirements of SOSC3005 Community and Civic Engagement under “Social Sciences Common Core”.


Education Elective Courses (7 units)^
EDUC 3035 Development of Children & Adolescents 2 units
EDUC 3036 Teaching History in Secondary Schools I 2 units
EDUC 3037 Teaching History in Secondary Schools II 2 units
EDUC 4005 Creative and Critical Thinking 2 units
EDUC 4015 Teaching General Studies to Young Learners 2 units
EDUC 7070 Student Self Development 2 units
EDUC 7100 Education System and Policy in Hong Kong 2 units
EDUC 7110 Psychology of Adolescence 2 units
EDUC 7130 School Management and Decision Making 2 units
EDUC 7170 School Guidance 2 units
EDUC 7180 Action Learning in the Classroom 2 units
EDUC 7230 Advanced Communication Skills 2 units
EDUC 7290 Moral & Civic Education 2 units
EDUC 7901-9 Teaching of a Second Subject 2 units
EDUC 7540 Introduction to STEM Education

2 units


^Students have to fulfil the 3-unit coursework derived from Experiential Learning in Action by taking EDUC (PSHE) Major Elective course(s). Hence, students are required to take a total of 10 units of EDUC (PSHE) Major Elective courses.

1 course preferably from HIST 3 units
1 course preferably from SOCI 3 units
1 course 3 units
One-semester off campus programme (non-compulsory) 12 units
  167 units

Students are required to fulfil their respective programme requirements listed in the University Student Handbook at the admission year. For details, please visit: http://ar.hkbu.edu.hk/curr/calendar_bulletin/