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Welcome to Department of Sociology & Social Policy 社會學及社會政策系

  • Sociology and Social Policy Research Awards 2019/20

    15 June 2020
    Four students were awarded the Sociology and Social Policy Research Award in 2019/20

  • Research Excellence Award 2019/20 for Junior Academic Staff

    15 June 2020
    Prof. CHIU Tuen-yi was awarded the Research Excellence Award for Junior Academic Staff in 2019/20

  • Exhibition (5-15 Nov 2019)

    5 November 2019
    The opening ceremony of the exhibition “The 30-year Anniversary of The Czechoslovak Velvet Revolution of 1989 & The Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989” held in November 2019

  • International Conference (5-6 June 2019)

    5-6 June 2019
    International Conference “Facing the West: Circulation, Cooperation and Contestation in the Post-War Development of Sociology in Asia”

  • Distinguished Lecture by Prof. Andreas Wimmer

    10 December 2018
    Distinguished Lecture on “Nation Building: Why Some Countries Come Together While Others Fall Apart” by Professor Andreas Wimmer

  • Distinguished Lecture by Prof. Kathryn Sikkink

    9 May 2018
    Distinguished Lecture on "Evidence for Hope: Making Human Rights Work in the 21st Century" by Professor Kathryn Sikkink

  • Research Output Excellence Award 2018

    23 March 2018
    Research Output Excellence Award presented to Department of Sociology and Social Policy

  • Distinguished Lecture by Prof. James Gibson

    13 March 2018
    Distinguished Lecture on "Unteaching Intolerance?" by Professor James L Gibson

  • HKSA Annual Meeting 2017

    9 December 2017
    The 19th Hong Kong Sociological Association Annual Meeting

  • Social Policy Conference 2017

    8 and 9 December 2017
    Conference on " 'Doing' Comparative Social Policy Analysis in Changing Global Context"

  • SSC4339 Field Trip

    5 April 2017
    SSC4339 Global Health : Field trip to Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences

  • Outstanding Teaching Award 2016

    2 November 2016
    Prof. Chen Hon-fai was awarded the Outstanding Teaching Award in 2015/16.

Lingnan University is the only university in Hong Kong with a department that combines Sociology and Social Policy (SOCSP) and it is a strong and productive partnership. The department is one of four departments contributing to Lingnan's inter-disciplinary Bachelor of Social Science (BSocSc) degree programme and it offers a major in Sociology and courses in two interdisciplinary social sciences streams. We cooperate closely in teaching and research with colleagues in our three sister departments, Applied Psychology, Economics and Political Science, and the department has research links with many other universities locally and globally.

Sociology is the scientific study of human interaction. It examines the reasons for and causes of social conduct. Sociology treats individual humans as active and thoughtful beings but it believes that human conduct is decisively shaped by the situations and social networks – based on family, work, residence - in which people find themselves.

Social Policy is the scientific study of human welfare and addresses the conditions under which people live. Social Policy looks at harmony in society and evaluates various policies and offers constructive alternatives and solutions. Key topics within Social Policy include "big topics" such as health services, housing, education, ageing and family life. In both Sociology and Social Policy, the department has strong interests in Hong Kong and Asia-Pacific as well as cross-cultural themes in research and teaching.

Study Areas: teaching and research

Teaching and research in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy cover many classical and contemporary areas of sociology as well as exciting applied and policy-related topics including ageing, crime, gender, the family, work-family balance, social inequality, social change, global and local health, science and technology. Members of staff have internationally recognized expertise in many areas, including:

  • comparative policy studies and social development
  • demography (the study of populations)
  • gender
  • health and welfare (Hong Kong and global)
  • political sociology
  • social gerontology (the study of ageing)
  • social theory

The Department has academic links with Lingnan’s Asia-Pacific Institute of Ageing Studies, a flagship research centre in Hong Kong. SOCSP members are commentators on, and contributors to, the public life of Hong Kong, hosting conferences, appearing on radio and television, writing for newspapers and taking the pulse of social change. They also have strong research and publication records, publishing in journals, writing books and being on the editorial boards of several journals. The Department also contributes to Lingnan’s regional pioneering Service Learning, with students in several courses offered the chance to participate in service learning placements with selected social welfare agencies and NGOs.

The Department of Sociology and Social Policy is an integral part of Lingnan’s BSocSc Programme. In this Programme, run with the Departments of Applied Psychology, Economics and Political Science, students may opt for a major (eg in Sociology) or one of two multidisciplinary social science streams (Social and Public Policy Studies; China and Asia Pacific Studies). Much of the teaching and research in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy relates to Hong Kong and to the broader Asia-Pacific region, and many of us are also engaged in research on Europe, North America and other parts of the world. This provides our students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, with a rich environment for learning which combines deep local understanding with broad international perspectives