Social Sciences: A Foundation Course

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Social Sciences: A Foundation Course

This course may be included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund. Click HERE for details of eligibility.

Course Start Date
Course Level
Length in Terms
Fees ($) (including lab fees)
Future Terms
Aut 2021
2 terms

Course Coordinator:

Dr Lam Wai Man, PhD (HKU)

Course Developers:

Lawrence Wong Cheuk-yin, Waseda University, Japan; Joel Lau, Consultant

SOSC A101 is designed for new entrants to the HKMU and is recommended as a starting point for pursuing a degree in Social Sciences. The course covers, at an introductory level, four subject areas: politics, economics, sociology and psychology.


This course aims to enable students to understand the ways in which social scientists view a society in a broad sense, as well as how these areas of study apply to Hong Kong.


The course covers the following topics:

  • The impact that the behaviour of individuals has on society, as well as the ways that the structure and function of society influence the actions of individuals
  • The insights that politics, economics, sociology and psychology bring to the understanding of the growth and development of society in general, and of Hong Kong in particular

Learning support

There will be regular two-hour tutorials and four supplementary lectures.


There will be nine assignments. Students are required to submit assignments via the Online Learning Environment (OLE).

Set book(s)

There are no set books for this course.