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自資學士學位課程

Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Social Policy
社會政策社會科學學士 (榮譽) 學位課程



Major Core Courses (48 units)

Diversity and Social Structure of Modern States [SOPY3005] (3 units)
1. Provide a basic understanding of the key concepts, ideologies and values related to the life in a modern state; 2. Provide an understanding on the dynamics and interactions of the individual actors and structural issues in the society; 3. Develop and identify different patterns of interactions as a result of different structural causes; 4. Discuss the problems and challenges as a result of unique structural factors or a social context.

Principles and Theories of Social Policy [SOPY3025] (3 units)
1. Develop students’ understanding of the concept of social policy and to appreciate the relationship between social policy and social welfare in a changing world; 2. Appreciate the changes taken place in the global welfare context, and to examine the continuity and change of social policy in Hong Kong from colonial era to the HKSAR; 3. Examine different welfare theories and to discuss their implications for social policy in the local and global scene; 4. Develop a systematic approach to social policy analysis.

Social Justice and Social Movements [SOPY3035] (3 units)
1. Provide a basic understanding of social justice and its different underlining values and principles including equality, human rights, freedom and virtues in different political perspectives; 2. Provide an understanding of the rationale, dynamics and interactions of different actors of social movements in modern societies; 3. Identify and analyse different causes, development, patterns and strategies of selected social movements in local context, with reference to the experience of other countries; 4. Discuss relevant theories about the emergence of social conflicts and social movements as a result of the unique social, economic and political structure in a territory and its relation to social justice and the civil society.

Social Research [SOPY3045] (3 units)
1. Promote students’ understanding of the basic principles and limits of scientific inquiry and their relation to social research. 2. Develop basic knowledge of skills of conducting quantitative and qualitative research. 3. Enhance students’ critical thinking in evaluating their own and others’ social research studies. 4. Evoke students’ awareness of doing evidenced-based social research to evaluate feasibility of current and to-be implemented social policies in Hong Kong context.

Communications and Networking of the Non-profit-making Organizations [SOPY3055] (3 units)
1. Provide a basic understanding of the relevant theories about communications, networking, team building and liaison with stakeholders of the non-profit-making organizations. 2. Provide an understanding of the patterns of formal and informal communications within the organizations as well as the management of conflicts and differences 3. Develop an understanding of the processes and strategies of actual network building, community liaison and publicity works initiated by these organizations; 4. Discuss the problems, roles and challenges of non-profit-making organizations in specific areas such as image building, resource developments and service promotion.

Culture and Social Policy [SOPY3065] (3 units)
1. Facilitates students’ understanding of the basic principles and limits of culture theories and their relation to social policy. 2. Develop basic knowledge of skills of re-evaluating social policy content as part of anti-oppressive practice. 3. Enhance students’ critical thinking in evaluating their own and others’ social policy discipline.

Globalization and Social Policy [SOPY3075] (3 units)
1. Develop the students’ understanding of the concept of globalization such as the social context shaped by the common globalization and the normative criteria developed by the global actors and to appreciate the relationship between social policy and globalization. 2. Appreciate the changes taken place in the global welfare context, and to examine the continuity and change of social policy in Hong Kong. 3. Examine different globalization theories and discuss their implications for social policy in the local scene. 4. Develop a systematic approach to the analysis of global social policy.

Policy Processes and Politics [SOPY3085] (3 units)
1. Provide a basic understanding of the key concepts, ideologies and values related to policy making processes. 2. Provide an understanding on the dynamics and interactions of the actors in the policy making processes. 3. Develop and identify different patterns of policy making in a selected number of states or territories. 4. Evaluate the problems and challenges of the policy implementation.

Social Policy in Chinese Societies [SOPY3095] (3 units)
1. Gain an overview of the social development and right entitlements of citizens of contemporary Chinese societies; 2. Develop an understanding of the institutional structure of modern China and other Chinese societies. 3. Explore the current welfare issues and challenges; 4. Examine the actual welfare implementation and training of welfare personnel.

Policy Analysis and Evaluation [SOPY4005] (3 units)
SOPO2140 Social Research
1. Guide students understand the basic process and factors involved in policy making and implementation 2. Extend the knowledge to political and social problems in contemporary Hong Kong and China context. 3. Direct students to apply analytic methods in evaluating governmental policies at Hong Kong and national level.

Honours Project [SOPY4008] (3 units)
SOPY3045 Social Research
1. Enable students to develop an in-depth knowledge, in terms theoretical and empirical understanding, about a particular area of social policy; 2. Facilitate students to investigate effectively into the policy area with a deliberate plan of systematic study and utilization of a range of research skills.

Honours Project [SOPY4009] (3 units)
SOPY3045 Social Research
1. Enable students to develop an in-depth knowledge, in terms theoretical and empirical understanding, about a particular area of social policy; 2. Facilitate students to investigate effectively into the policy area with a deliberate plan of systematic study and utilization of a range of research skills.

Social Enterprises and the Third Sector [SOPY4015] (3 units)
1. Develop students’ understanding of the theoretical perspectives and concepts of social enterprises within the third-sector context. 2. Appreciate the management issues of social enterprises particularly with respect to entrepreneurship and social investment purposes. 3. Enable the students to develop basic skills in enhancing the functions and operations of social enterprises.

Administration in Non-profit-making Organizations [SOPY4045] (3 units)
1. Provide a basic understanding of the administration of non-profit organizations and to differentiate between social administration, social policy and social planning. 2. Provide an understanding on organizations and how they operate. Special reference will be given to perspectives on organizational analysis. 3. Develop an understanding of theories and functions of management with reference to the study of non-profit making organizations. 4. Evaluate the problems, roles and tasks of administrators in human service management and the implementation of managerialism on social work practice.

Challenges of Sustainable Development [SOPY4055] (3 units)
1. Enhance students’ understanding different perspectives of development as well as the notion of sustainability and their relation to social policy. 2. Develop students’ knowledge of the key concerns to sustainable development and social policy. 3. Enhance students’ critical analysis on issues in sustainable development and social policy and considering green social policy principles and strategies.

Comparative Social Policy [SOPY4065] (3 units)
1. Develop students’ understanding of the concepts of comparative social policies, and to appreciate the relationship between comparative social policy studies and production of social welfare in relation to social needs and human rights; 2. Appreciate the changes taken place in the global welfare context, and to examine the continue and change in comparative social policies relevant to China, Taiwan, Hong Kong as well as other related regions. 3. Examine different policies in foreign countries and to evaluate their implications for social policy in the local scene with the emphasis on the concepts of policy and knowledge transfers in different societies or cultures. 4. Develop a systematic approach to comparative social policy analysis.

Major Elective Courses (15 units)

Community Development and Community Economic Practices [SOPY3105] (3 units)
1. Uncover the nature of community development. 2. Understand the needs of different members of the community. 3. Get to know how community economic practices are implemented. 4. Learn the basic skills and knowledge of how community organisations perform their roles.

Secondary Data Analysis, Mixed Method Research and Programme Evaluation [SOPY3115] (3 units)
1. Learn about the data management skills of using secondary data; 2. Equip students with basic statistical skills for social science research by using statistical software, such as SPSS; 3. Enhance students’ critical thinking in evaluating their own and others’ social research studies; 4. Recognize the uniqueness of mixed research methods and their implication both in social policy research and programme evaluation critically; 5. Evoke students’ sensitivity and ability in conducting evidenced-based programme evaluation by combing quantitative and qualitative research methods with particular aim at evaluating feasibility of current and to be implemented social policies in Hong Kong context.

Youth and Citizenship [SOPY4105] (3 units)
1. Develop students’ understanding of the concept of youth citizenship and youth participation and to appreciate the relationship between youth, participation and citizenship. 2. Appreciate the socio-political and ideological underpinnings of various different youth citizenship theories and models. 3. Examine different youth citizenship and participatory models and discuss their practice implications with reference to diversity and disadvantage.

Youth in Transition, Employment and Education [SOPY4115] (3 units)
1. Develop a conceptual understanding of the different patterns and pathways of youth transitions and the risks and disadvantages confronted during transition journeys in contemporary capitalist societies. 2. Appreciate the diversity, differences and contradictions of as well as resistance to youth transitions. 3. Critically examine activation policy and inclusion measures to facilitate youth transitions in capitalist economies.

Gender, Identity and Young People [SOPY4125] (3 units)
1. Identify the social construction of gender and gender practices. 2. Explain the struggles of gender and identity formation and representation among young people. 3. Analyse how gender is embedded and reproduced in local cultures, institutional sites and social policies and everyday interactions of young people. 4. Critically examine how the above have impacts on the identities, citizenship and lives among young people.

Poverty and Social Exclusion [SOPY4205] (3 units)
1. Develop students’ understanding of the meanings and development of the concept of poverty, inequality and social exclusion; 2. Examine the policy implications of alternative understanding of poverty; 3. Analyse the political implications of different conception of poverty and social exclusion; 4. Explore the social and economic changes in the domestic and global context; 5. Develop alternative strategies for alleviation of poverty in Hong Kong.

Pension and Retirement Protection [SOPY4215] (3 units)
1. Develop students’ understanding of the concept of retirement, social security and retirement protection; 2. Identify the nature, role and operation of the social policy and pension schemes in different countries and their controversies; 3. Examine the strategies and values adopted in the pension systems and their limitations and contributions to retirement protection. 4. Analyze the local social policy on retirement protection and future implications.

Public Health Care Systems [SOPY4225] (3 units)
1. Provide students a framework for an understanding of the social dimensions of well-being, health, illness and disability; 2. Enable students to appreciate the significance of the “health-and-illness” dimension of human life and its implications for human behavior, professional intervention and the social environment; 3. Enable students to understand the health care systems.

General Education Capstone Course (3 units)

Facing the Digital World and Issues [GCAP3885] (3 units)
1. Provide a basic understanding of the key features of the digital life from the social quality perspective; 2. Discuss the digital issues faced by different individuals, families and groups with reference to the historical and cultural context; 3. Develop a theoretical and analytical framework in understanding the connection between different disciplines in the analysis of the relationship between people’s well-being and digital issues from various worldviews; 4. Through a group project based on experiential learning activities with community members in the field, explore a holistic solution to digital issues encountered by different groups.