Broad-based Admission Programmes

Message from Programme Coordinator

Welcome to the website of the Broad-based Admission Programmes for European Studies [French/German Stream], Geography, Global & China Studies, Government & International Studies, History and Sociology.


In the Programmes, students receive broad-based training in social sciences to take a glance at the participating Majors at the time of entrance, and select a Major of study before the second year. In this broad-based arrangement, students gain more exposure to different Majors in Social Sciences, and have more chances to interact with the teaching staff and senior students from the Majors. This experience will help students select the social scientific Major that best fits their interest to pursue in university study.


We would like to invite you to explore our website to obtain more details. We hope you will find the information helpful. Please feel free to contact me and the Advisors from the Majors if you have further enquiries about the Broad-based Admission Programmes.


Dr. LI Jianfeng
Programme Coordinator
Associate Professor, Department of Geography


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About Us

As European Studies [French/German Stream], and Global & China Studies will join the Broad-based Admission Programmes with effective from September 2022, the programmes (JUPAS code: JS2610) would be retitled as follows starting from 2022 Entry:

Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Social Sciences (European Studies [French/German Stream] / Geography / Global & China Studies / Government & International Studies / History / Sociology)

文學⼠/ 社會科學學⼠ (歐洲研究 [法文/德文] / 地理 / 全球及中國研究 / 政治及國際關係學 / 歷史 / 社會學)


Students who are interested in European Studies [French/German Stream], Geography, Global & China Studies, Government & International Studies, History, and Sociology will be considered for a joint admission.  Students will choose their Majors via internal application.

Description & Career Opportunities of Major Programmes

BSocSc (Hons) in European Studies – French/German Stream:

European civilisation is among the most influential in the world. The European Union has emerged as a major actor in world politics and economics; its growth and development are of vital global importance. Students will undergo rigorous training in French or German up to levels of academic and professional fluency. They may also be eligible for one of the double degree programmes with our European partners. By the time of graduation, students will have a firm knowledge of the European world and possess the communicative skills necessary for a future professional or academic career in the fields of European-Asian relations.


Career Opportunities:

Multinational corporations; European government or business organisations; media and communication; finance/banking; trading/merchandising; transport/logistics; retail; tourism, cultural and education sectors.


BSocSc (Hons) in Geography:

The Programme provides a solid training in geographical theories and methods, and helps students acquire the intellectual and practical skills to analyse, assess and interpret geographical information both independently and as part of a team. It aims to provide students with a comprehensive knowledge of spatial order and the interdependence of different regions of the world, and a critical understanding of environmental and socio-economic development issues with a focus on global-local connections. The Programme also provides students with the ability to apply a variety of geographical techniques and methods to analyse and to interpret diverse people-environment interactions.


Career Opportunities:

Commerce/finance, teaching/research, civil service, the media, tourism, administration/management, community/social services, and non-governmental organisations


BSocSc (Hons) in Global & China Studies:

The Programme trains students to explore the on-going transformations and engage with indigenous communities inside and beyond China. It highlights the situation of a changing China in the evolving world order. Students will study the socio-political, economic, environmental, and cultural processes of globalisation and the developments in China, and gain opportunities of language training and experiential learning in Hong Kong, Mainland China, and overseas via international exchange opportunities. The Programme trains students to understand Hong Kong, China and the world in relational and comparative perspectives. It also cultivates cosmopolitan, intercultural citizens who think globally and act locally.


Career Opportunities:

International business, trade and development, consultancy work, tourism, marketing, education and research, management, public relations, media and communication, international organisations, government agencies, NGOs.


BSocSc (Hons) in Government & International Studies:

The Programme provides students with a firm grasp of the different areas of political science including political sociology (e.g. political institutions, political culture and political behaviour), public policy, international relations, political economy, political theory and political thought and methodology. Geographically, the Programme focuses on the politics of Hong Kong, Mainland China, the Asia-Pacific region and the European Union. The Programme seeks to sharpen the student’s awareness by incorporating a systematic, comparative and international dimension, drawing both on the European Studies and Global & China Studies Programmes.


Career Opportunities:

Civil service, media, local and international non-governmental organisations, social services, academic and commerce, district organisations, local and international think tanks.


BA (Hons) in History:

The Programme aims to help students develop a holistic perspective of history. It provides a balanced curriculum with equal emphasis on China and the global world. After completing the programme, students will possess a sound understanding of

major events and movements that have shaped the growth of the human community, as well as the skills necessary to trace the historical roots of contemporary issues and to analyse worldwide the impact of individual events. Students will develop a critical and broadminded attitude toward the traditions and cultural heritage of different civilisations.


Career Opportunities:

Teaching, museum and archive work, civil service, cultural affairs, business, the media, publishing, or journalism.


BSocSc (Hons) in Sociology:

The Programme offers a sociological approach to the study of social relationships in different institutional settings and at different scales with rigorous research methods. It aims to provide students with (1) knowledge of the persistence and changes in social structures and their relationships with various social institutions; (2) a critical understanding of social values and meanings of behaviour in different social situations; and (3) the ability to conduct independent research on social issues.


Career Opportunities:

Careers in social research, journalism and media, social services, education, civil services, public relations, marketing, administrative management, and human resources management.


A substantial number of students continue on to postgraduate studies in Hong Kong and overseas.


JUPAS students

JUPAS Catalogue

No. JS2610

Programme Full Title

(From 2022 Entry onwards)

Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Social Sciences
(European Studies [French/German Stream] / Geography / Global & China Studies / Government & International Studies / History / Sociology)

文學⼠/ 社會科學學⼠ (歐洲研究 [法文/德文] / 地理 / 全球及中國研究 / 政治及國際關係學 / 歷史 / 社會學)

Programme Short Name


Study Level

Bachelor Degree

Duration of Study

4 years

Programme Entrance Requirements

(From 2022 Entry Onwards)

HKDSE Requirements

Core Subjects

English Language

Level 3

Chinese Language

Level 3


Level 2

Liberal Studies

Level 2


2 Elective Subjects

Level 3


Notes for elective subjects:


1)One of the electives must be any Category A subjects including Extended Part of

Mathematics (Module 1 or Module 2);


2)The other elective can be any of the following subjects:

a) Category A subjects;

b) Other Language subjects at Grade E or above.


Remarks on other requirements:

Applied Learning subjects will be considered in the admissions selection process.


Interview Requirement


Admissions Score

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Non-JUPAS students

Direct (Non-JUPAS) Admission Scheme is for local and non-local applicants who are applying for admission on the basis of qualifications other than Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) or National Joint College Entrance Examination (JEE) of the current year. For the details, please visit to HKBU Academic Registry official website:

Major Advisors

Programme Advising Coordinator in Year 1

  • Programme Advising Coordinator will give students advice on the general issues of the programmes.

Programme Advising Coordinator



Phone Number

Dr. LI Jianfeng


AAB 1234



Major Advisors in Year 1

  • Major Advisors will handle students' enquiries on subject discipline matters

Major Advisors



Phone Number

European Studies – French/German Stream

Prof. Roger SCULLY


AAB 1109


Mr. Cedric LEBAYLE


AAB 1121


Mr. Fabian RAETZER


AAB 1120



Dr. HAO Pu ppuhao

AAB 1233


Dr. MAH Ngar-yin, Daphne daphnemah AAB 1231


Global & China Studies



AAB 1114


Government & International Studies

Dr. YUEN Samson


AAB 1111


Dr. Martin CHUNG C.K


AAB 1113


Dr. IP Kevin K W


AAB 1112



Prof. CHUNG Po Yin


AAB 1145


Dr. KWONG Chi Man


AAB 1161


Dr. LAW Yuen Han


AAB 1131B



Dr. CHAN Kwok Shing


AAB 1049


Dr. SIU Kaxton Y


AAB 1055



Programme Structure

Students are required to take a total of 128 units in the 4-year programme.

For students who enroll into BSocSc (Hons) in European Studies [French/German Stream] Programme

Social Sciences Common Core                                                   4 units

Core Course*

Experiential Learning Component#

Major                                                                                           72 units        

Major Required Courses (including Honours Project)

Major Elective Courses                                                     

General Education Courses                                                       31 units
Electives                                                                                     21 units                                                                                      

                                                                                                  128 units 

For students who enroll into BSocSc (Hons) in Global & China Studies Programme

Social Sciences Common Core                                                   4 units

Core Course*

Experiential Learning Component#

Major                                                                                           60 units

Major Required Courses (including Honours Project)

Major Elective Courses                                                     

General Education Courses                                                       31 units 
Electives                                                                                     33 units                                                                                      

                                                                                                  128 units 

For students who enroll into BA/BSocSc (Hons) in Geography / Government & International Studies / History / Sociology Programme

Social Sciences Common Core                                                   4 units

Core Course*

Experiential Learning Component#

Major                                                                                           63 units

Major Required Courses (including Honours Project)

Major Elective Courses                                                     

General Education Courses                                                       31 units 
Electives                                                                                     30 units                                                                                      

                                                                                                  128 units 

* Core Course (1 unit): SOSC 1006 Invitation to Social Sciences.

# Experiential Learning Component (3 units): SOSC 3005 Community and Civic Engagement or SOSC 3006 Global Outreach.


Courses suggested / required to be taken for "Electives" in Year 1 

These courses are the introductory courses of the six Majors. All first year Studies students are suggested to take these courses during the first year of study, as an understanding of the fundamentals of the main social science disciplines is essential to the advanced study in specific discipline.


Offering Department


Semester 1 European Studies [French/German Stream]

EURO 1205

French & German Societies through the World of Film *


This level 1 course is designed for, but not limited to, students who aim to be admitted to the BSocSc (Hons) in European Studies (either French or German) in Year I-Semester 2. Through an overview of different types of films and filmmaking practice of French & German cinema, students will familiarise themselves with cultural, socio-economic, political and historical trends in contemporary France and Germany. In-class analyses and discussions about the film content will enable students to gain an understanding of French and German societies.


This course does not require any knowledge in French or German.

EURO 1206

Unity & Diversity *


Where and what is Europe? What is the idea of Europe and what ideas has Europe given birth to? This course seeks to equip students with the tools to answer these and other questions about the forces and factors that made contemporary Europe and, in turn, enabled Europeans to make – for better or worse – the modern world. Students will be introduced to various understandings of ‘Europe’ and the political, cultural and historical connotations it embodies. We begin with an examination of Europe’s roots in the ancient Mediterranean civilisations of Greece and Rome. We then continue with an examination of Christian Europe in the Middle Ages, before moving into the Modern period with an exploration of Renaissance, Reformation and Enlightenment. Students will come away from this course with a deep appreciation of Europe’s heritage, and the ways in which that heritage is contested, instrumentalised, and continuously reinvented in the present.


GEOG 1005

Geography & the Contemporary World


The course deals with the complex physical and cultural realities of the world. It adopts a topical approach, encompassing major issues in the contemporary world and studies these issues from a geographical perspective. It is designed in a manner that helps students to understand the varied and complex environmental interactions of the Earth. The course also assists students in recognizing the diverse ways in which geography can open new horizons and contribute to the building of an environmentally and culturally sustainable world.

Global & China Studies

GCST 1005

Approaches in Global Studies


This course introduces students to global studies. It introduces key concepts, theories and institutions that make up the field of global studies. It provides students with a common language and academic repertories that enable their own inter-disciplinary and professional development.


HIST 1405

History, Heritage & Human Communities


This is a course that introduces about the nature of history and how historians make sense of major issues in their worlds professionally and personally. Through the guided reading of selected historical texts, students will develop an understanding of the complexity of how history operates within frameworks under different factors—economic, cultural, religious, political—and how these factors have interacted with individual aspirations and with the deliberate efforts of individuals to control and shape events in specific contexts and historical moments.

This course will introduce the major conceptual tools so that students may understand different approaches and explanatory paradigms in historical scholarship. Selected texts will be used to demonstrate and examine and how history and collective identity would be associated with creating the stories, including the origin, customs and achievements of a people. While recognizing the social and cultural values of historical writing, this course will address the subtlety of how different worldviews and political consequences that different versions of history produce.

Semester 2

Global & China Studies

GCST 2005

China & the Contemporary Global Order


This course aims to (1) introduce students to alternative explanations for Chinese economic miracle; (2) provide students with the evidence and skills to examine the global implications of China’s rise; and (3) equip students with the knowledge to interpret China’s changing roles in global issues from the Chinese perspective and the perspective of Western democracies.

Government & International Studies

POLS 1005

Foundations of Political Science


This is a course which introduces students to a comprehensive review of the field of political science. Basic concepts, political theories and methodologies, political institutions, political parties are all examined. The subfields of comparative politics and international relations are also integral parts of the course so as to lay down the foundation for further studies. Political developments in Europe and China are frequently employed as examples and related to the introduction of political ideas.


SOCI 1005

Invitation to Sociology


This course introduces some basic sociological concepts, theories and methods to appreciate and evaluate social phenomena or issues in the modern world. The course aims to highlight the relevance of sociology for understanding everyday life or experiential contexts. Some topics/areas as shown below will be the focus of this course; they will be illustrated with examples from the Hong Kong and China contexts with which students are by and large familiar. The topics/areas are: (1) family and marriage; (2) groups, organizations and society; (3) gender and sexuality; (4) deviance and social control; (5) stratification and inequalities; (6) social movements; (7) race and ethnicity; (8) religion; (9) population, ageing and migration and (10) urbanization, population and globalization. Through a sociological lens, students will develop a sensitivity to and think critically about the nature of the world that they live in.

* Students who wish to major in European Studies [French/German Stream] are REQUIRED to take BOTH of the following courses in Semester 1 of Year 1.