What Is Asian and International Studies?
The Department of Asian and International Studies is a new social sciences
department which brings together two successful programmes of teaching and
research – the Bachelors degree in East and Southeast Asian Studies, and the
university's Southeast Asia Research Centre – combined with a new
undergraduate self-financed Bachelors degree programme in International
Studies, and a new Masters programme in Development Studies.
Scholars, researchers, and students in this new department will join in
explorations of contemporary societies in Asia, the ways in which they
influence each other, and the international forces and trends which affect all
of us. The teaching includes studies of globalization, social and political
trends, economic and social development and related problems, and
international exchanges of knowledge, policies, practices, and popular
culture. The core disciplines of the new department are sociology,
anthropology, and political science.
(1) Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in East and Southeast Asian
Studies (BSS ESAS) (full-time, UGC funded). The BSS ESAS has been
operating successfully since 1995, and is continually updated to reflect new
developments and new research in the region.
(2) Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in International Studies (BSS IS)
(full-time and part-time, self-financed, two year top-up degree). The BSSIS is
a new programme, commencing in the Fall of 2006, which will provide an
opportunity for graduates from higher diploma/associate degree programmes to
pursue further studies for a Bachelors degree in International Studies.
** $10,000 scholarships available for the top six applicants **
(3) Masters in Development Studies: A new programme, commencing in the
Fall, 2006, for practitioners,educators, staff in NGOs, media, and government,
and persons working for large international organizations which operate in
Asian societies, or which deal with Asian development issues. Admissions Information
(4) Research degree studies (MPhil, PhD): individual supervision for
studies of social, cultural, and political developments in Hong Kong, China,
and the region, with a focus on policy-oriented research.
Southeast Asia Research Centre
The Department will provide an excellent home for CityU's Southeast Asia
Research Centre (SEARC). SEARC was inaugurated in February 2001 under founding
Director Professor Kevin Hewison, who led the Centre until his departure for
the University of North Carolina in December 2004. SEARC has already
established an international reputation for applied studies of contemporary
Southeast Asia . Scholars affliated with the Centre also teach in the BSS East
and Southeast Asian Studies programme, the BSS International Studies, and the
MSS Development Studies, and publish internationally on applied and
policy-oriented research on Southeast Asian societies.