Department of Sociology

The Department of Sociology at Hong Kong Shue Yan University has faculty members who specialize in a variety of fields in sociology and anthropology, including social stratification and mobility, culture and heritage, popular culture, social movement, migration, gender, political sociology, social problems and crime, economic sociology, and medical and health care. Its curriculum goes beyond offering general training in undergraduate sociology and the teaching of quantitative and qualitative research methods. It distinguishes itself from other sociology departments in Hong Kong by its strong practical component in the curriculum.

For over ten years, the Department has offered two internship courses (“Enterprise Learning” and “Service Learning”) for students to gain first-hand experience in business organizations, social enterprises and NGOs and apply sociological knowledge in the workplace. This practical side of the curriculum will be further strengthened in the academic year 2021-22, when two Concentrations, namely, “Entrepreneurship and Community” and “Culture, Heritage, and Innovation”, will be launched. These two Concentrations address special topics which are currently popular in sociology, and which are highly relevant to the job market. Arrangements will be made for students in these Concentrations to be placed in social/business enterprises or cultural/heritage organizations for internships. In sum, the approach we are using can be summarized by the “A-R-P” Triangle as shown below:
A = Academic training (Sociological analysis and critical thinking)
R = Research skills (Ability to conduct research and analyze data)
P = Practical experience (Gaining practical experience in the workplace)

The three components, A, R and P, are interrelated, and together they equip students with sociological perspectives and insights, social research skills, and opportunities of practical experience and networks that would enhance their employability in the job market.
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Yuet-wah Cheung, PhD, MH, JP
Distinguished Professor and Head of Department
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