Social Sciences Common Core

SOSC3006 Global Outreach

Who will need to take this course?

From AY2019/20 intake onwards, undergraduate students under the Faculty of Social Sciences are required to fulfil a 3-unit requirement of Social Sciences Experiential Learning in Action (SOSC ELA) under Social Sciences Common Core (SSCC) by taking either SOSC3005 Community and Civic Engagement or SOSC3006 Global Outreach in their Year 3 or 4 of study. 

What is the course about?

SOSC3006 Global Outreach (3 units)

This Experiential Learning course aims to enrich students’ awareness of and respect for the diversity of cultures and people across the globe. Students are required to engage in 4+ weeks (or equivalent) of non-local experiential learning activity. They are expected to spend roughly 120 hours (6 hours per day, 30 hours per week) and the total workload may include the time spent on field trips/visits, services, research, data collection, conferences, workshops, seminars, lectures, tutorials, assignments/reports, etc. Through the non-local outreach experience, students are expected to develop global perspectives on various social, political, economic and environmental issues across different cultures and geographical regions.


Students are required to initiate their own global outreach activities (physical or virtual) on either an individual or a group basis. Proposal of the self-initiated global outreach activity will be vetted by the Faculty.


Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOS)

  1. Compare and contrast the home and host communities with respect to their economic, political, and social systems, cultures, and norms
  2. Demonstrate awareness of and respect for the diversity of cultures and people in the world through designing and implementing a self-initiated non-local experiential learning project
  3. Recognize the social responsibility of an individual within the global community by reflecting on their own commitment to the society
  4. Identify creative solutions to authentic problems relevant to the local, regional or the global community by integrating knowledge from a variety of disciplines


Social Issues

Through the non-local outreach experience, students are guided to address the social issue(s) identified in the following areas:

  • Environmental and Urban Systems
    (e.g. Environmental Conservation and Sustainable Development, Urban Renewal)
  • Populations and Well-being
    (e.g. Public Health, Child & Youth Development, Social Welfare, Education Needs, Ageing, Gender, Ethnicity and Equal Opportunities, Social Inequity, Human Rights)
  • Learning, Praxis and Governance
    (e.g. Cultural Diversity, Heritage and Community Collective Memory, Political Governance)


Course Assessment

  • Proposal of the self-initiated non-local experiential learning programme (20%)
  • Reflection Report (40%)
  • Communication with Experiential Learning Coordinator/ Supervisor (20%)
  • Oral Presentation (20%)


For the Course Outline, please go to the BUniPort (Programme & Courses Information > Course Information > Undergraduate)

SOSC ELA vs GE Capstone

The course is double-listed as two course types: (1) Social Sciences Experiential Learning in Action and (2) GE Capstone with two different course codes for respective groups of target students.


Course Type

Social Sciences Experiential Learning in Action (applicable for AY2019/20 intake or after)

GE Capstone (applicable for AY2018/19 intake or after)

Course Code & Title

SOSC3006 Global Outreach

GCAP3146 Global Outreach

Target students

  • Students studying the UGC-funded undergraduate programmes offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences; AND
  • Students of Year 3 standing or above in course offering period
  • Students studying the UGC-funded undergraduate programmes in HKBU; AND
  • Students of Year 3 standing or above in course offering period


Students completed and passed the course will fulfil a 3-unit requirement of SOSC ELA

Students completed and passed the course will fulfil a 3-unit requirement of GE Capstone


  • This course CANNOT be counted towards a GE Capstone
  • Students majoring in GEOG/GIS/HIST/SOC may apply for double-counting a recognised GE Capstone course* towards SOSC3006 Global Outreach
  • GE Capstone course CANNOT be counted as Free Elective
  • Students majoring in GEOG/GIS/HIST/SOC may apply for double-counting GCAP3146 Global Outreach (GE Capstone*) towards SOSC ELA requirement


*Remarks: Please check the GE Capstone courses list for double-counting towards SOSC ELA and respective replacement courses list on GEO’s website


[Important Note for SOSC students]

As the two course codes (SOSC3006 vs GCAP3146) represent different course types, eligible students should pay attention to the course code they have enrolled after the confirmation of non-local experiential learning activity(ies) or release of course application result. Students are advised to plan ahead if they will apply for double-counting of GE Capstone towards SOSC ELA requirement so as to apply the course with the respective course code. They CANNOT change and register another course code after course enrolment.



How to apply?

Normally, students will be invited to submit the course application in the semester preceding the course offering period.


Course Application

Course Offering & Enrolment Period Period of Non-local experiential learning activities

Course Application Period  (in the previous semester)

Semester 1, AY2022/23

Semester 1, AY2022/23
(Jun – Nov 2022)

Semester 2, AY2021/22 (Mar – Apr 2022)

Semester 2, AY2022/23

Semester 2, AY2022/23
(Non-final year students: Dec 2022 - Aug 2023;
Final year students: Dec 2022 - Apr 2023)

Semester 1, AY2022/23 (Oct-Nov 2022)


Note: Students with confirmed non-local experiential learning activities vetted by the Faculty will be enrolled in the course in the aforementioned course offering period. The course enrolment will be done by Academic Registry, students do not need to register the course by themselves.


Current Round of Application

Course application with proposal/ plan of activity and supporting documents (e.g. a 4+ weeks planner)


Online Application Form

End by 14 April 2022, 23:59 (Hong Kong Time)



Note: By submitting the application, applicants acknowledge that he/she has read and understood the “Privacy Policy Statement" and "Personal Information Collection Statement” (PPS/PICS) from the University (Accessible here: And applicants have authorized the Faculty Office to use those information/data collected for the purpose of course application and any other related purposes for the exercise. They will be presented to the Faculty and other appropriate parties in the University for consideration and processing.


Please refer to the section of SOSC3006 Global Outreach under the FAQ section.


Faculty of Social Sciences

Hong Kong Baptist University

Tel : (852) 3411 2679, (852) 3411 2680, (852) 3411 2607


Office: AAB 1325, Academic and Administration Building, Baptist University Road Campus, HKBU

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