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  • Regulations for the degree of Bachelor of Social Sciences in Liberal Studies and Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours in Liberal Studies

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    These regulations are made under paragraphs 1 to 4 of the Regulations for the Award of Undergraduate Degrees.

    In these regulations, definitions shall apply as in the Regulations for the Award of Undergraduate Degrees and in the Interpretation Section of the Academic Rules and Regulations.

    Bachelor of Social Sciences in Liberal Studies (BSSCLS) (see Note 10)
    1.
    To be eligible for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Social Sciences in Liberal Studies, a student shall:
     
    a)
    comply with the Regulations for Admission, Registration and Maintenance of Status; and
     
    b)
    comply with the Regulations for the Award of Undergraduate Degrees; and
     
    c)
    obtain at least 120 credits of which no more than 40 credits shall be obtained at Foundation level; and
      d) obtain at least 100 credits in courses prescribed by the regulations as appropriate to the degree for which notice has been given, including at least 20 credits in courses at Higher level.
    2.
    For the degree of Bachelor of Social Sciences in Liberal Studies, the University has prescribed that a student must:
     
    a)

    successfully complete 20 credits from courses labelled F in Table 1; and

     
    b)
    successfully complete 20 credits from courses labelled MP in Table 1; and
     
    c)

    successfully complete 20 credits from courses labelled MC in Table 1; and

     
    d)

    successfully complete 20 credits from courses labelled MT in Table 1; and

      e)

    successfully complete 20 credits from courses labelled HC in Table 1; and

      f)

    successfully complete additional 20 credits from any courses in Table 1 or any Foundation, Middle or Higher level courses offered by the University, provided that, of the total 120 credits, no more than 40 are at Foundation level.

     
    Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours in Liberal Studies (BSSCHLS) (see Note 10)
    1.
    To be eligible for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours in Liberal Studies, a student shall:
     
    a)
    comply with the Regulations for Admission, Registration and Maintenance of Status; and
     
    b)
    comply with the Regulations for the Award of Undergraduate Degrees; and
     
    c)
    obtain at least 160 credits of which no more than 40 credits shall be obtained at Foundation level; and
      d) obtain at least 60 credits in courses at Higher level; and
      e) successfully complete the prescribed programme of studies.
    2.
    For the degree of Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours in Liberal Studies, the University has prescribed that a student must:
     
    a)
    successfully complete 40 credits from compulsory courses labeled H in Table 1; and
     
    b)

    successfully complete 20 credits from courses labelled HF in Table 1; and

     
    c)

    successfully complete 20 credits from courses labelled HMP in Table 1; and

     
    d)

    successfully complete 20 credits from courses labelled HMC in Table 1; and

      e)

    successfully complete 20 credits from courses labelled HMT in Table 1; and

      f)

    successfully complete 20 credits from courses labelled HHC in Table 1; and

      g)

    successfully complete additional 20 credits from any courses in Table 1 or any Foundation, Middle or Higher level courses offered by the University, provided that, of the total 160 credits, no more than 40 are gained at Foundation level.

    3.
    Each degree with Honours shall be conferred with a classification of First Class, Second Class (Upper division), Second Class (Lower Division) or Third Class save that exceptionally a degree may be conferred without classification.
    4. Subject to the requirements of the relevant programme of study, each person on whom an Honours degree is to be conferred shall be assigned to a classification determined by the University according to its regulations.
    5.
    For the calculations of scores for the classification purposes in the degree of Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours in Liberal Studies, the University has deemed that "Group (a)" shall consist of the best 40 credits in courses at Higher level listed in Table 1, and that "Group (b)" shall consist of the best 40 credits in courses at Higher or Middle level listed in Table 1, where such credits are not taken into account in "Group (a)". Further, that "X" shall equal one, that is "Group (a)" and "Group (b)" shall be equally weighted. (Refer to the paragraphs on Classification of the Degree with Honours of the Regulations for the Award of Undergraduate Degrees.)



    Table 1

    Course Code

    Course Title

    Credits

    BSSCLS

    BSSCHLS

    Honours
    Classification Group

    Foundation level

    ENGL A101 1,2

    University English Writing Skills

    5

    F

    HF

    --

    ENGL A122 1

    Presentation Skills

    5

    F

    HF

    --

    CHIN A172C

    Introduction to Chinese Language

    5

    F

    HF

    --

    MGT B160 1

    Business Management Fundamentals

    5

    F

    HF

    --

    SCI S121 1,3,6

    A Foundation Course in Physics and Chemistry
    10
    F
    HF
    --

    SCI S122 1

    A Foundation Course in Biology and Earth Science

    10
    F
    HF
    --
    SCI S123 1,6 Foundation Physics
    5
    F
    HF
    --
    SCI S124 1,6 Foundation Chemistry
    5
    F
    HF
    --

    SOSC A101 1

    Social Sciences: A Foundation Course

    20

    F
    HF
    --

    SOSC A101W 1

    Social Sciences: A Foundation Course

    20

    F
    HF
    --

    SOSC A111C 1,3,9

    Foundations of Social Sciences: Psychology and Sociology

    10

    F

    HF

    --

    SOSC A111CW 1

    Foundations of Social Sciences: Psychology and Sociology

    10

    F

    HF

    --

    SOSC A112C 1

    Foundations of Social Sciences: Economics and Politics

    10

    F

    HF

    --

    SOSC A121C 1,9 Foundations of Social Sciences: Psychology
    5

    F

    HF

    --

    SOSC A122C 1,9 Foundations of Social Sciences: Sociology
    5

    F

    HF

    --

    IT S101 1

    Introduction to Information and Communications Technology

    10
    F
    HF
    --

    Middle level

    CHIN A202C 7

    Contemporary Chinese Culture

    10

    MC

    HMC

    b

    CHIN A213C 1,8

    A History of Hong Kong (1842-1997)

    10

    MC

    HMC

    b

    CHIN A270C

    Introduction to Chinese Literature and Culture

    10

    MC

    HMC

    b

    CHIN A291C

    Logic and Methodology

    10

    MC

    HMC

    b

    HIST A202 1

    Modern China (1900-1978)

    10

    MC

    HMC

    b

    HIST A213 1

    A History of Hong Kong (1842-1997)

    10

    MC

    HMC

    b

    CHST A201 1

    Understanding Chinese Society

    10

    MC

    HMC

    b

    PSYC A212 1

    Exploring Psychology

    20

    MP

    HMP

    b

    ECON A202C 1

    Economic Development of Contemporary China

    10

    MC

    HMC

    b

    ECON A203 1

    Hong Kong Economy

    10

    MC

    HMC

    b

    LIBS A201 The Pacific Century
    10
    MC
    HMC
    b

    LESM A201

    Hong Kong Criminal Justice System

    10

    MC

    HMC

    b

    POLS A201 1 Introduction to Political Science

    10

    MC

    HMC

    b

    POLS A201C 1 Introduction to Political Science

    10

    MC

    HMC

    b

    SOCI A202 1

    Hong Kong Society

    10

    MC

    HMC

    b

    SOCI A202C 1

    Hong Kong Society

    10

    MC

    HMC

    b

    POLS A211 1

    Government and Politics of Hong Kong

    10

    MC

    HMC

    b

    POLS A211C 1

    Government and Politics of Hong Kong

    10

    MC

    HMC

    b

    PSYC A212C 1

    Introductory Psychology: Theory and Application

    20

    MP

    HMP

    b

    ENVR S206 1,3,4 Environment

    20

    MT

    HMT

    b

    ENVR S216 1,4

    Environment: Change, Contest and Responses

    20

    MT

    HMT

    b

    Higher level

    LANG A331 Language and Society in Hong Kong

    10

    HC

    HHC

    a or b

    TRAN A335 Culture and Translation

    10

    HC

    HHC

    a or b

    CHST A300C

    Chinese Law and Legal System

    10

    HC

    HHC

    a or b

    CHST A301

    Critical Issues in Contemporary China

    10

    HC

    HHC

    a or b

    CHST A304C 1

    China Since 1949: A Historical Review

    10

    HC

    HHC

    a or b

    CHST A312 1

    Global Politics and China

    10

    HC

    HHC

    a or b

    CHST A322 1

    Governing China

    10

    HC

    HHC

    a or b

    PSYC A307 1,5

    Social Psychology: Critical Perspectives on Self and Others

    20

    HC

    HHC

    a or b

    PSYC A317 1,3,5

    Social Psychology: Personal Lives, Social Worlds

    20

    HC

    HHC

    a or b

    PSYC A317C 1

    Social Psychology: Personal Lives, Social Worlds

    20

    HC

    HHC

    a or b

    SOCI A318

    Culture, Media and Identities

    20

    HC

    HHC

    a or b

    LIBS A301

    A World of Whose Making? Politics, Economics, Technology and Culture in International Studies

    20

    HC

    H

    a or b

    ENVR S341 1 Environmental Legislation and Management

    10

    HC

    HHC

    a or b

    PUAD A301 1

    Public Sector Management in Hong Kong

    10

    HC

    HHC

    a or b

    BIOL S328 1 Ecology

    10

    HC

    HHC

    a or b

    POLS A301 International Organizations

    10

    HC

    HHC

    a or b

    SOSC A313 1 Research Methods in Social Sciences
    20
    --
    H
    a or b
    SOSC A313C 1 Research Methods in Social Sciences
    20
    --
    H
    a or b

    Notes:

    1. Courses form excluded combinations with other courses. Only one of the courses of the excluded combinations can count towards an OUHK award. Students should refer to the attached list for details.
       
    2. ENGL A100 was replaced by ENGL A101. If students have successfully completed ENGL A100, they are deemed to have satisfied the requirements for ENGL A101.
       
    3. Courses no longer available.
       
    4. If students have successfully completed ENVR S206, they are deemed to have satisfied the requirements for ENVR S216.
       
    5. If students have successfully completed PSYC A317, they are deemed to have satisfied the requirements for PSYC A307.
       
    6. SCI S121 was replaced by SCI S123 and SCI S124. If students have successfully completed SCI S121, they are deemed to have satisfied the requirements for SCI S123 and SCI S124.
       
    7. CHST A202C has been replaced by CHIN A202C. Students who have successfully completed CHST A202C will be deemed to have satisfied the requirements of CHIN A202C.
       
    8. HIST A213C has been replaced by CHIN A213C. Students who have successfully completed HIST A213C will be deemed to have satisfied the requirements of CHIN A213C.
       
    9. SOSC A111C has been replaced by SOSC A121C and SOSC A122C. Students who have successfully completed SOSC A111C will be deemed to have satisfied the requirements of SOSC A121C and SOSC A122C.
       
    10. The programmes of Bachelor of Social Sciences in Liberal Studies and Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours in Liberal Studies has been phased out with effect from April 2015 semester. The last conferment of these programmes will be December 2020.

    March 2020

     
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