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

Having an exchange study at Peking University is definitely a life-changing experience. I chose School of Law as my faculty there. I observed quite a lot of differences in learning between Peking University and HKUST. Most students there would prefer continuing their study in postgraduate level. Unlike Hong Kong, job market in Mainland China encourages freshmen to equip themselves in order to succeed in the career. Learning in Beijing is not restricted to classrooms. I developed my professional network in Mainland China by participating activities inside and outside university. Through personal observation and interaction with locals, I gained a better understanding on China’s economic landscape and culture deposits.

Peking University, China
Exchange-out: Year 3

Sciences Po is one of the best universities in France which is famous for the field of political sciences. The learning atmosphere is quite tense when compared to HKUST, all the students pay full attention to the professors during the lessons. Parisians look cold, but I can always find love and caring here. I have fully experienced how the French living style and in to it during my stay in the Paris’s apartment. Paris is my favorite city in Europe. There are lots of previous memories in these four months. I have gained a lot for my exchange out program.

Joey NG
Sciences Po, Paris, France
Exchange-out: Year 3

Being an exchange student in the University of Copenhagen is surely one of my most memorable experiences in my university life. I have taken three courses focusing on the study of Danish society, using sociological and cultural perspectives. I even learnt basic Danish. Talking about the methods of teaching in Denmark, basically it is the same as the one in Hong Kong. But more excursions are provided for students to gain first-hand experiences, so as to develop deeper insights on the subject. Apart from stressful school work, the local students often organise parties and gatherings, to mingling around and meet new people. They reminded me that performing well in academics does not necessarily mean to sacrifice social and family life.

Jamie TSE
University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Exchange-out: Year 3

I took a total number of three courses in York University. The professors in York University always try to involve students in the discussion and encourage them to express their views and opinions in lesson. The students are all very attentive and they frequently give response to the professors as well as taking the initiative to ask questions. When I was studying in HKUST, I seldom took the initiative to express my views in class as I found that it was very embarrassing. Apart from the fruitful school life, I have also got a lot of chances to explore the city. Toronto is actually a very lovely city and it is often referred to as “the most multicultural city in the world”.

Hiuda LEE
York University, Canada
Exchange-out: Year 3

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

The exchange life in Japan was valuable and unforgettable. During the period in Japan, I have experienced the difference between Japan Universities and Hong Kong Universities, especially in the learning environment. The most benefit point in living Japan is my Japanese level improved a lot during my stay in Japan. Since most Japanese could not speak fluent English in daily life, the social environment forces me to improve my Japanese level in order to communicate with Japanese and have a more pleasure life in Japan. I love Japanese cuisine culture a lot, especially Japanese sushi. To learn more things about sushi culture, I have tried to find different persons to teach me about the process to make sushi, operation issues related to sushi restaurants etc.

Darren YIP
Kyoto University, Japan
Exchange-out: Year 3

One of the biggest differences between HKUST and CUA in terms of courses are the varieties. As for me I don’t exactly have an equivalent major in CUA as in HKUST (which is Global China Studies), I have a greater flexibility in choosing courses. One of the most interesting course that I have chosen is Terrorism and Counterterrorism, which you can never easily find an institution that actually put emphasis on teaching students what terrorism is. The best part of this course is the instructor, who is an ex-FBI field agent specializing in counterterrorism office. 

The Catholic University of America, Washington D.C., USA
Exchange-out: Year 3