Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Policy and Social Entrepreneurship
Sept 2020 EntryProgramme code: JS3765
Duration and Credit Requirement
112 (plus 9 clinical/field credits)
Dr Tam Kin Yuen, Raymond
BASW, MASW, PhD
- This programme is offered within the BA(Hons) Scheme in Applied Social Sciences.
Aims and Characteristics
Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes
This programme has two main aims: first, to educate students to become effective, efficient and caring social policy practitioners who are responsible for analysing, formulating and implementing policies for the improvement of social well-being; and second, to enable students to become competent, innovative and ethical social entrepreneurs who can turn social problems into opportunities. Students are also expected to develop their informational literacy, critical thinking and problem-solving skills and to uphold core social values. The programme will also facilitate students to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for lifelong learning.
Students are expected to demonstrate knowledge and skills in social policy analysis and social enterprise operation. Students are also expected to develop social empathy, moral sensibilities and a critical capacity, and a sustained interest in understanding the main issues and challenges faced by social policy practitioners and social entrepreneurs.
This programme is designed to integrate theory and practice. The curriculum is heavily geared towards meeting the growing demands for trained professionals and practitioners in the fields of social policy and social enterprise. Students are expected to be equipped with the theoretical knowledge necessary for working in a wide range of organisations dealing with labour and welfare issues, health care and housing needs, advocacy and cultural and environmental protection, and also to have real-life exposure to these areas through specially designed professional attachments. They will learn to balance and resolve the competing values of bureaucratic versus human concerns and private profit-making versus public good and well-being.
In addition, overseas placement opportunities, overseas exchange and study tours are available for high-achieving students.
The Programme is divided into two streams:
- Social Policy, and
- Social Entrepreneurship and Administration.
Students can choose to specialise in either stream for intensive learning or to study subjects in both streams. The social policy stream focuses on areas such as housing, welfare, civil society governance, labour, environment, social diversity and social research to strengthen students’ understanding of specific policy concerns and issues. The social entrepreneurship and administration stream focuses on areas such as social entrepreneurship, creating innovative ideas, social capital development, corporate social responsibility, programme planning and evaluation, marketing and financial management to enhance students’ skills and ability in performing social entrepreneurship.
The curriculum is further divided into five categories:
- Common Foundation (including University broad discipline and service-learning requirements);
- Common and Professional Cores;
- Stream and Social Sciences Electives;
- Integrative Subjects (including professional attachment and workshops as well as a Capstone Project); and
- Chinese and English Language Requirements.
These subjects provide students with a strong social science foundation and a capacity for critical and analytical thinking. They can then progress and broaden their knowledge base and communication skills, thus enhancing their ability to work in the fields of social policy and social enterprise.
More information on the programme can be obtained here.
(Subject to revision)
Recognition and Prospects
The demand for professional personnel with strong backgrounds in policy and social enterprise is increasing. Graduates can occupy mid-level administrative and managerial posts in various public, quasi-public and non-government organisations, including think-tanks, NGOs, government departments, social enterprises and other human service organisations. They are also prepared for posts in human resources management, marketing and decision support.