The life in Erasmus University of Rotterdam (EUR) is fast-paced and hustle, but being an exchange student is never an excuse for me to slower my steps. In this new school, the arrangement of semester term represents the most different perspectives compared to HKUST. Instead of taking 5 courses in a row, as usual, EUR breaks down the semester into two blocks with 2 to 3 courses each block. This is a new tempo demanding the understanding as well as mastering the course material under a packed schedule. Never regretting my decision to exchange, I learnt to embrace my culture so as to present it confidently. What’s more important is the courage to explore the field I never been to.

Ricky PUN
Erasmus University of Rotterdam, Netherlands
Exchange-out: Year 3


A minimum of 120 credits are required for the BSc Program in Global China Studies: Humanities and Social Science

  1. Required Courses

    The required courses include (a) School Core courses on modern and contemporary China, world global development, and language communication; (b) methodology courses that cover fundamental research skills and methods; and (c) a thesis or project option.

    • HUMA 1440 Modern China
    • SOSC 1350 Contemporary China: Continuity and Change
    • HUMA 2590 The Making of the Modern World: Renaissance to the Present OR SOSC 2290 Understanding Globalization
    • SHSS 1010 First-Year Seminar
    • Language Requirements: English Communication and Chinese Communication

    • HUMA 2400 Approaches to Humanities in China Studies
    • SOSC 2140 Research Methods in the Social Sciences

    • SHSS 4991 Capstone Project + one H&SS 3000/4000-level course OR
    • SHSS 4991 Capstone Project + SHSS 4993 Honors Research OR
    • SHSS 4992 Honors Thesis

  2. Restricted Elective Courses

    Building on the Foundation courses, the restricted electives aim to provide extensive and in-depth knowledge relating to various critical aspects of China and the world in four interdisciplinary areas. The courses in these areas are designed in a progressive sequence from comparative humanities and social science perspectives at the intermediate level to certain China-specific content at the advanced level.

    Students are required to take three 3000-level courses and three 4000-level courses from three of the following four interdisciplinary areas:

    China experienced very rapid economic development after 1978. The current integration into the global economy provides new opportunities and poses unprecedented challenges both internally and externally. Why has China experienced such high speed development and are the high growth rates sustainable in the long run? Has China’s path to economic development inflicted enormous damage on its environment as well as the well-being of its people, or has it demonstrated the capacity to take a leading role in global sustainable development? Courses offered in this area address such critical issues from historical, theoretical and comparative perspectives.

    • SOSC 3150 Science, Technology and Environment
    • SOSC 3120 Economic Development
    • SOSC 4260 China’s Economic Transformation
    • SOSC 4280 China in the Global Political Economy
    • SOSC 4290 China’s Sustainable Development

    In face of a rise in both nationalism and globalization, the questions of cultural heritage and its preservation and the construction of national and local identities have become some of the most important issues in both China and Hong Kong. How have these challenges contributed to the destruction of China’s old traditions and to the construction of new traditions? In what ways have these challenges helped increasing or reducing a stronger awareness of Chinese heritage and identity? What was the historical root of such changes? Courses offered in this area address these questions through fostering a critical awareness of cultural identity, heritage, and diversity with historical sensitivity.

    • HUMA 3630 Community and Cultural Identity
    • HUMA 3900 Philosophical Inquiry into the Modern World
    • HUMA 4610 Heritage in Cross-Cultural Perspectives
    • HUMA 4700 Confucianism in Global Context

    The state has played a dominant role in China’s development and yet it is itself undergoing changes whilst facing challenges from a changing economy as well as an emerging civil society. These changes are having tremendous impact on the class structure, rural-urban divide, family and gender relations, citizenship and livelihood. Are such changes creating more social and political opportunities or are they giving rise to greater social inequalities and new forms of domination? What are the social gains and costs of economic reform? What are the prospects of democracy? Courses offered in this area take a critical look at the major political and social issues in China in the context of global modernity.

    • SOSC 3520 Comparative Politics
    • SOSC 3880 Social Inequality and Social Mobility
    • SOSC 4270 Social Change in Contemporary China
    • SOSC 4600 Understanding Chinese Politics

    Language, literature and media are some of the most important means through which the Chinese people express their artistic and cultural values. These linguistic and visual means of self and collective expression also provide us with important clues to understanding the historical, socio-cultural, and economic-political forces that have given rise to these means and the countless significant representations that they have created, as much as the society itself. Courses offered in this area help students hone their understanding of traditional as well as contemporary approaches of how Chinese re-invent their traditions and create a new expressive synthesis. They also increase appreciation of and insight into the linguistic diversity of the Chinese language, the indispensable roles that modern literature and film play in representing fundamental Chinese values and their transformation, and a balanced perspective of the influence of the West and the self-innovativeness of the Chinese traditions.

    • HUMA 3030 Language, Communication and Culture
    • HUMA 3200 Questions of Humanity in World Literature
    • HUMA 4020 Language and Literature in Modern China
    • HUMA 4220 Verbal and Visual Representation of China

  3. Humanities and Social Science Electives

    Also offered are a wide spectrum of Humanities and Social Science courses to cater for students’ diverse academic interests. Students may take elective courses to broaden their knowledge and to develop a focus within the Global China Studies major.

  4. Free Electives

    Students may choose from the wide-ranging courses offered by any Schools (including the School of Business Administration, School of Engineering, School of Humanities and Social Science, and School of Science) and by the Interdisciplinary Programs Office. They may develop a Minor in another program with the credits earned from these courses.

  5. Common Core Requirements

    Students are required by the University to fulfill the common core requirements by taking courses in the following domains:

    • Humanities
    • Social Analysis
    • Science and Technology
    • Quantitative Reasoning
    • English Communication
    • Chinese Communication
    • Healthy Lifestyle