Welcome to Department of Government and International Affairs
The Department was previously under the name Department of Political Science and has changed to its current name in September 2022. The Department contributes actively to Lingnan's inter-disciplinary Bachelor of Social Sciences degree programme, also unique in Hong Kong. As such we cooperate closely with colleagues in our three sister departments, Psychology, Economics and Sociology & Social Policy. We offer a Major and two Minors and are involved in teaching politics courses in the two Majors, International Economy and Politics (IEP) and Social and Public Policy Studies (SPPS).
At the postgraduate level, we offer research degrees, MPhil and PhD, and a teaching master’s degree, Master of Arts in International Affairs (MAIA).
Although we teach across the range of political science sub-disciplines, we have particular strengths in Hong Kong politics, Chinese politics, Asian international relations and regional security, international political economy, public policy, political theory and political behaviour. Our research interests are wide-ranging and we publish regularly - both in international journals and in book form - on a variety of Asian as well as broader international issues. We contribute to the research activities of the social science-related seminars, forums and centers at the university as well as cooperate with the Public Governance Programme.
Politics is said to be about 'who gets what and how' in society. Studying politics helps to find out more about how political decisions are made, who has the power to make them (among various actors, governments are the chief decision-makers), and what these policy decision outcomes are. We pride ourselves on our close relations with students and believe that, by studying politics through our seminars, lectures and small-group tutorials, students can both have a satisfying learning outcome and a better understanding on how the real world works.
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