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

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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 (BSSC)
    1. To be eligible for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Social Sciences, 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 80 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, the University has prescribed that a student must:
      a) successfully complete 20 credits from course(s) labelled FD in Table 1, i.e.
        20 credits from SOSC A101/SOSC A101W; and
        OR
        20 credits from both SOSC A111C/SOSC A111CW and SOSC A112C; and
        OR
        20 credits from SOSC A121C and SOSC A122C and SOSC A112C; and
      b) obtain at least 60 credits from Social Science courses (labelled OD in Table 1), of which at least 20 credits must be gained at Higher level; and
      c) successfully complete 40 credits from any Foundation, Middle or Higher level courses offered by the University, provided that, of the total 120 credits*, no more than 40 credits are gained at Foundation level.
        * Of the 120 credits required for the attainment of the degree, students can complete up to 40 credits of courses in a language of instruction other than English.
           
    Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours (BSSCH)
    1. To be eligible for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours, 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 40 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, the University has prescribed that a student must:

      a) successfully complete 40 credits of compulsory courses labelled HC in Table 1, i.e.
        (i) 20 credtis from SOSC A101/SOSC A101W; and
          OR
          20 credits both SOSC A111C/SOSC A111CW and SOSC A112C; and
          OR
          20 credits from SOSC A121C and SOSC A122C and SOSC A112C; and
        (ii) 20 credits from SOSC A303 or SOSC A313 or SOSC A313C
      b) successfully complete 40 credits from courses labelled ME in Table 1; and
      c) successfully complete 40 credits from courses labelled HE in Table 1; and
      d) successfully complete 40 credits from any Foundation, Middle or Higher level courses offered by the University, provided that, of the total 160 credits *, no more than 40 credits are gained at Foundation level.
        * Of the 160 credits required for the attainment of the degree, students can complete up to 50 credits of courses in a language of instruction other than English.
    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 calculation of scores for classification purposes in the degree of Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours, 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

    BSSC

    BSSCH

    Honours
    Classification Group

    Foundation level

    SOSC A101 1

    Social Sciences: A Foundation Course

    20

    FD

    HC

    --

    SOSC A101W 1

    Social Sciences: A Foundation Course

    20

    FD

    HC

    --

    SOSC A111C 1,2,7

    Foundations of Social Sciences: Psychology and Sociology

    10

    FD

    HC

    --

    SOSC A111CW 1

    Foundations of Social Sciences: Psychology and Sociology

    10

    FD

    HC

    --

    SOSC A112C 1 Foundations of Social Sciences: Economics and Politics

    10

    FD

    HC

    --

    SOSC A121C 1,7 Foundations of Social Sciences: Psychology
    5

    FD

    HC

    --

    SOSC A122C 1,7

    Foundations of Social Sciences: Sociology

    5

    FD

    HC

    --

    Middle level

    CHST A201 1

    Understanding Chinese Society

    10

    OD

    ME

    b

    ECON A230 1,2,3

    Introduction to Economics

    10

    OD

    ME

    b

    ECON A231 1,3

    Introduction to Microeconomics

    5

    OD

    ME

    b

    ECON A232 1,3

    Introduction to Macroeconomics

    5

    OD

    ME

    b

    ECON A231C 1

    Introduction to Microeconomics

    5

    OD

    ME

    b

    ECON A232C 1

    Introduction to Macroeconomics

    5

    OD

    ME

    b

    HIST A202 1

    Modern China (1900-1978)

    10

    OD

    ME

    b

    LESM A201

    Hong Kong Criminal Justice System

    10

    OD

    ME

    b

    LIBS A201

    The Pacific Century

    10

    OD

    ME

    b

    MATH S242 1,2,6

    Statistics in Society

    10

    OD

    ME

    b

    POLS A201 1

    Introduction to Political Science

    10

    OD

    ME

    b

    POLS A201C 1

    Introduction to Political Science

    10

    OD

    ME

    b

    POLS A211 1

    Government and Politics of Hong Kong

    10

    OD

    ME

    b

    POLS A211C 1

    Government and Politics of Hong Kong

    10

    OD

    ME

    b

    PSYC A202 1,2

    Introduction to Psychology

    20

    OD

    ME

    b

    PSYC A209

    Child Development

    20

    OD

    ME

    b

    PSYC A212 1

    Exploring Psychology

    20

    OD

    ME

    b

    PSYC A212C 1

    Introductory Psychology: Theory and Application

    20

    OD

    ME

    b

    PSYC A215C

    Developmental Psychology

    20

    OD

    ME

    b

    PSYC A226 Biological Psychology: Exploring the Brain
    10
    OD
    ME
    b
    PSYC A227 Positive Psychology
    10
    OD
    ME
    b

    PUAD A202

    Introduction to Public Administration

    5

    OD

    ME

    b

    PUAD A203

    Introduction to Public Policy

    5

    OD

    ME

    b

    SOCI A201 1,2

    Sociology and Society

    20

    OD

    ME

    b

    SOCI A202 1

    Hong Kong Society

    10

    OD

    ME

    b

    SOCI A202C 1

    Hong Kong Society

    10

    OD

    ME

    b

    SOCI A208 Welfare, Crime and Society

    20

    OD

    ME

    b

    SOCI A213 1,2

    Understanding Modern Societies

    20

    OD

    ME

    b

    STAT S242 1,6

    Statistics in Society

    10

    OD

    ME

    b

    Higher level

    SOSC A303 1,2

    Principles of Social and Educational Research

    20

    OD

    HC

    a or b

    SOSC A313 1

    Research Methods in Social Sciences

    20

    OD

    HC

    a or b

    SOSC A313C 1

    Research Methods in Social Sciences

    20

    OD

    HC

    a or b

    CHST A312 1

    Global Politics and China

    10

    OD

    HE

    a or b

    CHST A322 1

    Governing China

    10

    OD

    HE

    a or b

    LESM A302

    Public Order Management

    5

    OD

    HE

    a or b

    LESM A303

    Law Enforcement and Policing in Chinese Society

    5

    OD

    HE

    a or b

    LESM A305

    Major Issues in Criminology and Penology

    10

    OD

    HE

    a or b

    LIBS A301

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

    20

    OD

    HE

    a or b

    POLS A301

    International Organizations

    10

    OD

    HE

    a or b

    POLS A308 1,2

    Democratic Government and Politics

    20

    OD

    HE

    a or b

    POLS A312 1

    Global Politics: Theory and Practice of International Relations

    20

    OD

    HE

    a or b

    POLS A316 1,2

    Democracy: From Classical Times to the Present

    20

    OD

    HE

    a or b

    PSYC A303 1 Cognitive Psychology and the Mind
    20
    OD
    HE
    a or b
    PSYC A307 1,4 Social Psychology: Critical Perspectives on Self and Others
    20
    OD
    HE
    a or b

    PSYC A309 1,2

    Cognitive Psychology

    20

    OD

    HE

    a or b

    PSYC A309C 1

    Cognitive Psychology

    20

    OD

    HE

    a or b

    PSYC A317 1,2,4

    Social Psychology: Personal Lives, Social Worlds

    20

    OD

    HE

    a or b

    PSYC A317C 1 Social Psychology
    20
    OD
    HE
    a or b
    PSYC A318 History of Psychology
    10
    OD
    HE
    a or b
    PSYC A319 Theories of Personality Psychology
    10
    OD
    HE
    a or b

    PUAD A301

    Public Sector Management in Hong Kong

    10

    OD

    HE

    a or b

    SOCI A301 1,5 Crime and Justice
    20

    OD

    HE

    a or b

    SOCI A310 1,2

    Crime, Justice and Society

    20

    OD

    HE

    a or b

    SOCI A315 1,2,5

    Crime, Order and Social Control

    20

    OD

    HE

    a or b

    SOCI A318

    Culture, Media and Identities

    20

    OD

    HE

    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. Courses no longer available.
       
    3. If students have successfully completed ECON A230, they are deemed to have satisfied the requirements for ECON A231 and ECON A232.
       
    4. If students have successfully completed PSYC A317, they are deemed to have satisfied the requirements for PSYC A307.
       
    5. SOCI A315 will be replaced by SOCI A301. Students who have successfully completed SOCI A315 will be deemed to have satisfied the requirements of SOCI A301.
       
    6. If students have successfully completed MATH S242, they are deemed to have satisfied the requirements for STAT S242.
       
    7. If students have successfully completed SOSC A111C, they are deemed to have satisfied the requirements for SOSC A121C and SOSC A122C.

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