Asian and International Studies
Asian and International Studies
Degree / Award Title
Bachelor of Social Sciences in Asian and International Studies
Offering Academic Unit
Department of Asian and International Studies
Mode of Study

Aims of Major

The Bachelor of Social Science in Asian and International Studies (BSSASIS) explores Asia’s place in the contemporary world. It aims to develop students’ knowledge of social, political, economic, environmental, and cultural processes of change occurring in the countries of Asia and to situate them in the broader international context, reflecting the increasing significance of Asia in world affairs.

Through training and practice in social research the major seeks to equip students with analytic skills of value to organizations in diverse economic sectors in Hong Kong, the region, and beyond. BSSASIS will prepare its graduates for professional careers in business, non-profit, and governmental organizations, education and research organizations, and other organizations whose operations require social research skills and an informed international outlook.

Through its interdisciplinary curriculum the major prepares students for careers in diverse fields by enhancing students’ skills in critical reasoning and extending and deepening their international, regional, and global perspectives. It equips them to think independently, and to innovate in approaching problems and devising solutions in intellectual and professional contexts.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Major (MILOs)

Upon successful completion of this Major students should be able to:

  1. Explain similarities, differences, and interrelations across a range of critical issues affecting social life and change in contemporary Asia and beyond; 
  2. Compare and contrast patterns of change in Asia with those in selected regions in the rest of the world;
  3. Apply methods and theories from across the social sciences to a range of issues relating to Asia and the wider international sphere;
  4. Analyze regional and international issues through the application of a substantive body of knowledge concerning social, political, economic, environmental, and cultural conditions in Asia and beyond;
  5. Appraise problems organizations face in the conduct of regional and international projects and offer ways of resolving them; 
  6. Develop and independently conduct data gathering activities and analysis for decision-making in diverse organizational and professional settings;
  7. Communicate effectively in oral and written formats. 
  8. Identify and reflect on the social and ethical dimensions of a range of critical issues and the responsibilities they entail for citizens and professionals in Hong Kong.
  9. Work effectively in teams
  10. Display and continue to develop a positive and flexible approach to learning and/or employment

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

48 credit units
(Core: 39
Elective: 9)

48 credit units
(Core: 39
Elective: 9)
48 credit units
(Core: 39
Elective: 9)
Free electives / Minor (if applicable) 36 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
Note 1: For students with recognised Advanced Level Examinations or equivalent qualifications.
Note 2: For Associate Degree/Higher Diploma graduates admitted to the senior year.