1 A Subject-based Experience Sharing on New Bachelor Degree Programme in Applied Social Studies Raymond K H CHAN Associate Head Dept of Applied Social Studies City University of Hong Kong
2 Applied Social Studies Psychology Applied Sociology Criminology (2-year UGC funded programme with senioryear entry only) Social Work
3 Four-year Programme - principles From CityUHK Strategic Plan student learning & career development Goal 1 - Strengthen curriculum reform, enhance international perspectives, and foster outcomefocused learning to support excellence in research and professional education introduce General Education competent and reflective practitioners aligned with the professional bodies or employers requirements
4 Goal 2 - Develop forward-looking professional programmes that meet local needs with national/regional/global relevance enhance the intellectual capability of students through the broadening of the new four-year undergraduate curriculum by enriching exposure to cultural, historical and philosophical perspectives and enquiry methods; cultivate students' moral reasoning and appreciation for humanistic values
5 Goal 3 - Improve language instruction, e-learning and library support to enhance effective learning Goal 4 - Strengthen internship, service learning, career preparation and advising increase local and overseas internships and summer job opportunities to enhance the international experience of students
6 The new agenda General education Language Professional competency Soft skills in work setting Global perspective Moral reasoning and values
7 Four-year Programme - Structure Degree in a College (College of Humanities & Social Sciences): Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Students admitted to the BSocSc degree (except BSocSc Social Work) and have to declare their major at the end of the first year of study. Graduation requirement to 144 credit units
8 Major requires 45 to 72 credits may be sub-divided into streams to designate the specialties of the subject discipline, and students can select one or more streams in the major Double major: at least 30 credit units in new courses are completed for the second major.
9 Minor requires credit units General Minor for educational enrichment and open to students in all degrees Linked Minor designed to complement a specific set of majors.
10 General Education to achieve a breadth of knowledge through exposure to multiple disciplines requires 30 credit : English (6 credit units) Chinese Civilization History & Philosophy (3 credit units) Area requirements (21 credit units) Area 1: Arts and Humanities Area 2: Study of Societies, Social and Business Organizations Area 3: Science and Technology
11 College Requirements All students must fulfill 18 credits from courses offered at the introductory level and organized in 6 streams: Applied social studies (psychology, sociology) Asian and international studies English Language and linguistics Media and communication Public & social administration
12 Free electives After fulfilling the credit unit requirement for the major, minor and GE, students can choose free electives, and must do so if their cumulative credit load is below 120 credit units.
13 Admission HKDSE points as the General (minimum) Entrance Requirements Level 3 or above in Chinese Language and English Language Level 2 or above in Mathematics and Liberal Studies; AND Level 3 in one elective (Category A) Applied Learning Subjects will be used as additional support information. No additional requirement for BSocSc degree
14 English / Chinese requirement starting 2012/13, the required English proficiency level is Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Level 4 (though the minimum entrance requirement is Level 3) Students who cannot meet the required level of English proficiency will have to take 6 credits of English proficiency courses offered by the English Language Centre Chinese language requirement pending
15 Admission advanced standing "Advanced Standing II" -- Credit exemption scheme for the entrants with advanced standing those who have completed AD/HD Minimum credit required: 60 GE credit: 12 College Requirements: waived English Attainment Requirement: Part 1: Admission requirement: students are required to achieve a certain standard of English based on an externally benchmarked test, e.g. TOEFL or IELTS on admission; Part 2: Exit requirement: students are required to achieve a still higher standard of English at graduation (also applied to 4-yr degree entrants) Chinese Language Requirement: pending determined)
16 General Education Component 4-year Normative Curriculum English 6 3 Chinese Civilisation, History & Philosophy Distributional Area Requirements Major + College Requirement Minor (optional) Free Electives Remainder to fulfill the credit requirement for graduation, if necessary Minimum credit units for graduation Advanced Standing II (AD / HD) Not compulsory requirement Remainder to fulfill the credit requirement for graduation, if necessary Maximum credit units permitted for students
17 Planning for the new BSocSc programme our concerns
18 Programme re-structuring Liaison with professional bodies and involvement of stakeholders in the planning process Double major, linked minor and recommended minor (e.g., Sociology & Criminology) Foundation course removed (replaced by General Education and College Requirements) Progression schedule adjusted
19 Programme content Adjusting the major credit load and content while fulfilling these goals Academic - education Professional - training Student personal development (e.g., co-curricular activities) Soft skills in work settings (e.g., inter-personal skills, teamwork) Internship and overseas exchange (quantity and quality)
20 Admission and other concerns Comparability of GPA score among institutions Preference to major in AD/HD study (issue of linking ), or have prior education in certain areas (e.g., psychology, research) Language proficiency Interviews Entry into which year? Year credits; Year 2-90 credits; or Year 3-60 credits (normal route for AD / HD graduate) and the details of credit exemption (e.g., general social sciences, introductory level course, methodology)