SOSC School-sponsored Courses
Course Code Course Title Credit
SOSC 1350
[Previous Code: SOSC 135]
Contemporary China: Continuity and Change
This course introduces students to the
major developments and changes in China since 1949 from a multidisciplinary
social science perspective. It reviews the transformative and developmental
strategies in the spheres of politics, economics, society and external
relations during that historical epoch. It critically examines change and
continuity over three periods, namely 1949-1977 or the Mao years, 1978-1989,
the earlier reform and open-up years, and 1989-present, the post-Tiananmen
SOSC 1661
[Previous Code: SOSC 179]
Contemporary Hong Kong: Government & Politics
By unfolding the multi-dimensions of
Hong Kong ‘s political system, political culture, and political dynamics
before and after its handover, this course aims to review the factors
shaping the governance of Hong Kong. Throughout the course, intensive class
interaction will be encouraged and multi-media teaching instruments will be
adopted to stimulate learning.
Exclusion(s): SOSC 1662, SOSC 1663
SOSC 1662
[Previous Codes: SOSC 166, SOSC 103F]
Contemporary Hong Kong: Society
A sociologically informed
examination of Hong Kong society. Topics include social change, political,
economic and gender inequalities, the rise of the democracy movement,
discrimination, consumer culture, identity, intimacy, and family life.

Exclusion(s): SOSC 1661, SOSC 1663

SOSC 1663 Contemporary Hong Kong: Critical Issues
The course provides an overview about Hong Kong society and addresses from
an interdisciplinary perspective a set of critical issues arising from its
socio-economic, cultural and political development. It looks at Hong Kong
comparatively and globally, drawing students’ attention to its uniqueness
and similarities vis-à-vis other global cities, as well as its relation with
China and the world.
Exclusion(s): SOSC1661, SOSC 1662
SOSC 1850
[Previous Codes: SOSC 185]
Understanding Society
This course will help students appreciate the power of the sociological imagination in understanding their everyday lives. This is an age in which we tend to explain human behavior in terms of our individual achievements, personalities, and even our genetic make-up. The sociologist, however, looks at human behavior as the product of groups, organizations and culture. In order to master this sociological outlook, the course shall examine a number of topics central to our lives from the point of view of sociological perspectives and methods. These topics will include: culture, deviance, inequality, religion, education, social change and development, gender, intimate relations and the family, and power and politics.


SOSC 1960
[Previous Codes: SOSC 196]
Discovering Mind and Behavior
This course introduces the fundamental scientific knowledge about human thinking and behavior processes, and illustrates the relevance of this knowledge to the betterment of human performance and well-being in a wide variety of settings in the society (e.g., education, business, healthcare). Topics include but are not limited to sensation and perception, sleep and dreams, learning , memory, intelligence, personality, development, psychological disorders, and health. This course is also prerequisite for student who want to study psychology further.


SOSC 1980
[Previous Code: SOSC 198]
Psychology and Everyday Life
This course introduces major challenges
of adjustment individuals face during their transition to adulthood from a
psychosocial perspective. Topics include role identities, personality,
emotion, stress and coping, interpersonal attraction and communication, and
workplace issues.
Exclusion(s): SOSC 195 (prior to 2008-09)
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