Public Policy and Politics (Major Code: PPP)
Public Policy and Politics (Major Code: PPP)
Degree / Award Title
Bachelor of Social Sciences in Public Policy and Politics (Major Code: PPP)
Offering Academic Unit
Department of Public Policy
Mode of Study

Aims of Major

The major aims to ……

1. provide students with a comprehensive education in the common core theories, concepts, and knowledge bases of public policy, public management, and political science.

2. enable students to specialize in public policy, public management, or political science for gaining an understanding of the essential theories, principles, dynamics, and analytic approaches of these bodies of knowledge.

3. equip students with the theoretical, conceptual, and analytical tools to understand comprehensively public policy, public management, and political developments in Hong Kong, China, and the contemporary global world

4. produce graduates who can meet effectively the human resources needs of a wide range of public and private sector employers in administrative, management, and policy and political analysis positions, as well as in the media and non-governmental organizations.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Major (MILOs)

Upon successful completion of this major, students should be able to:

  1. analyze issues in public affairs and the public management concerns associated with them for generating new perspectives at the local, international, and global levels.

  2. discover new challenges facing Hong Kong within the broad spheres of political studies, public policy, and public administration.

  3. evaluate critically the ethical issues in public policy, management, and politics for creating new ideas.

  4. develop the intellectual and analytical competence required for effective performance and life- long learning in a range of public- and private-sector careers related to policy studies, public management, and public affairs.

  5. apply communication and leadership skills as they relate to public policy, management, and politics. 

Degree Requirements

Requirements Normative 4-year
Advanced Standing I1 Advanced Standing II2
Gateway Education requirement 30 credit units 21 credit units 12 credit units
College requirement # 6 credit units 6 credit units 0 credit unit
Major requirement

66 credit units

48 credit units

48 credit units
Free electives / Minor (if applicable) 18 credit units 15 credit units 0 credit unit

Minimum Graduation Requirement:

120 credit units 90 credit units 60 credit units

Maximum Credit Units Permitted:

144 credit units 114 credit units 84 credit units


1.   For students with recognised Advanced Level Examinations or equivalent qualifications.

2.   For Associate Degree/Higher Diploma graduates admitted to the senior-year.

3.   # Students of 2015 entry or before transferred from another department of CLASS to the Major will be required to take 15 / 9 credit units of College Requirement for normative four-year degree / Advanced Standing I.   Normative four-year degree and Advanced Standing I students transferred from departments outside CLASS to the Major in 2016/17 and thereafter will be required to take 6 credit units of College Requirement.

Professional Recognition

Housing and Urban Studies Stream: Accredited by the Hong Kong Institute of Housing and the Chartered Institute of Hong Kong.