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Welcome to Department of Political Science 政治學系

[Please note that the Department of Political Science will change its name to the Department of Government and International Affairs starting from 1 September 2022. At that time, all departmental courses letter-coded “POL” will be changed to “GOV” and "Government and International Affairs" will be the new name for our postgraduate/undergraduate major/minor programmes.]

  • 28 August 2019
    MAIA Programme Orientation - Group photo

  • 27 November 2018
    Seminar on "Make It or Break It? A Study of The New Power Party in 2018 Taiwan Local Election" by Mr. Tommy Kwan

  • 1 November 2017
    Seminar on "Big Data in the Social Sciences" by Professor Zhang Dong

  • 14 March 2017
    Forum on "Sino-Japanese Power Politics: Minght, Money and Mind"


    Lingnan is the only university in Hong Kong which has a department which uses the name 'Political Science'. 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, Applied Psychology, Economics and Sociology & Social Policy. We began offering a Major in Political Science since 2012 and are involved in teaching politics courses in the two Majors, International Economy and Politics (IEP) and Social and Public Policy Studies (SPPS) Majors.

    Although we teach across the range of political science sub-disciplines, we have particular strengths in Hong Kong politics, Chinese politics, Asian international relations, public policy, regional security and environmental politics. 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 are also active in commenting in the local and international media on current affairs. We contribute to the activities of the social science-related research centres at the university as well as cooperate with the Public Governance Programme.

    Politics is said to be about 'who gets what' in society. Political science helps us find out more about how decisions are made, who has the power to make them and what are the results of such policy decisions. We pride ourselves on our close relations with students and believe that, by studying political science through our lectures and small-group tutorials, students can both have a satisfying learning outcome and better understand how the real world works.

    Follow the links to find out more about what we do and how to join us.