Society and Wellness Studies


What are the differences between “Society and Wellness Studies” and “Health Studies” programmes in general?

  • “Health Studies” programmes generally put more emphasis on equipping students with generic knowledge of scientific research and health care while “Society and Wellness Studies” focuses more on interdisciplinary knowledge and skills including Sport and Recreation, Psychology, Nutritional Science, Neuroscience, Sociology, Counselling as well as Philosophy;
  • Upon completion of the programme, students will have learned the essentials of individual health, holistic well-being and basic health counseling skills. On this basis they will be able to apply their professional knowledge of healthy living to the promotion of wellness at both individual and community levels.

Who should study this Concentration Studies? Would students be expected to have taken any science-related subjects beforehand?

  • Those who are interested in studying Physical Education, Psychology, and Sociology subjects, and in particular those who would like to learn about the relationship between health and the society;
  • This Concentration Studies provides students with fundamental knowledge and theories in respect of health and wellness promotion. The programme allows students to choose the learning targets that suit their own interests and abilities. Everyone is welcome to apply to this Concentration Studies in spite of not having studied science subjects before.

What are the articulation opportunities upon completion of the Concentration Studies?

  • This Concentration Studies which covers a variety of areas in Social Sciences and Health Research provides graduates with an array of programme choices and a wider articulation pathway. They can pursue further studies to attain a degree from a local or overseas university in any Social Sciences related programmes, such as Health Education, Sports and Recreation, Psychology as well as Sociology;
  • Graduates can articulate to the Senior Year Places (Year 3) through the Non-JUPAS scheme to obtain a bachelor’s degree granted by UGC-funded local universities, which includes: HKBU (Sociology), CUHK (Community Health Practice; Psychology), HKU (Psychology; Sociology), CityU (Criminology and Sociology; Psychology), PolyU (Applied Ageing Studies and Service Management), EdUHK (Psychology), LU (Health and Social Service Management Stream);
  • Graduates may also apply for the HKBU self-funded undergraduate programmes including Sport and Recreation Leadership, Psychology and Social Policy;
  • Graduates could be articulated to HKBU BSocSc (Hons) in Psychology under the Seamless 4-year Admission Scheme (SFAS).

Apart from health services-related jobs, are there any other alternative job opportunities for graduates?

  • The demand for professionals in community works and health education has been rising greatly;
  • Graduates can pursue a variety of career opportunities in various sectors and industries such as health care, community health education, social enterprise, and sport and leisure management. They will be well-equipped and able to apply for positions such as: social welfare administrative officers or assistants, leisure services coordinators, teaching assistants, executive assistants, and liaison officer II.

Curriculum

Concentration Studies (15 Units)
  • Fundamentals of Health Psychology
  • Introduction to Leisure, Sport and Recreation
  • Mind, Body and Wellness
  • Nutrition Through the Life Cycle
  • Sociology of Health and Fitness
Elective Studies (9 Units)
(Students are required to take 3 courses from the following)
  • Basic Counselling Skills for Health and Wellness* *
  • Basic Social Research*
  • Essentials of Sociology*
  • Corporate and Media Communication in Chinese^
  • Creative and Social Media
  • Essentials of Financial Technology
  • Essentials of Sociology
  • Event Management
  • Food Safety and Public Health Management
  • Graphic Design and Visual Communication
  • Human Physiology
  • Introduction to Media and Communication
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Marketing Principles
  • Popular Culture in Contemporary China^
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Professional English for the Media
  • Text and Image: A Critical Analysis^
Core Courses and a third English Language Course (16 units)  
  • English Academic Writing I & II
  • Written and Spoken Modern Chinese / Elementary Chinese 
  • Healthy Lifestyle
  • The Art of Persuasion 
  • English for Professional Communication / Literary Appreciation / Reading Contemporary Worlds (select one course)
General Education
Foundational Courses (9 units)
select one course from each category
  • History and Civilization
  • Values and the Meaning of Life
  • Quantitative Reasoning
Interdisciplinary Thematic Courses (6 units)
select two courses from any one or two themes
  • Science, Technology and Society
  • Sustainable Communities
  • Culture, Creativity and Innovation
Free Electives (7 units)
select two courses from a diversified range of disciplines
  • Applied Science
  • Arts and Languages
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Social Sciences
^ Taught in Cantonese
 Taught in Cantonese / Putonghua
 For Non-Chinese Speaking Students
* Recommended Elective Courses offered by this Concentration Studies
The course list is for reference only. The College reserves the right to make changes on the course list.