Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) in Social Innovation


QR Level: 5

QR Registration No.: 19/000927/L5

QR Reg. Validity Period: 01/09/2019-31/08/2024

This programme is accredited by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications.


Programme Overview


This programme aims to:

  • Provide broad-based social science knowledge that enables students to adopt an integrative and inter-disciplinary approach in analyzing complex social dynamics, issues and problems;
  • Develop students’ competence in formulating ideas, creating values, undertaking applied social research, and performing development and management functions related to the practice of social innovation in public and non-profit organizations;
  • Nurture students to become prudent and versatile global citizens who appreciate and respect cultural diversity; and
  • Cultivate students’ high personal integrity and ethical standards, strong values and attitudes of individual and social responsibility, and critical and creative thinking skills to meet the challenges of the future.



Programme Intended Learning Outcomes


Upon completion of the Programme, students should be able to:

  • Evaluate the key concepts and theories in core disciplines of social science;
  • Integrate knowledge of core social science disciplines and apply them to the process of developing innovative solutions to complex social problems;
  • Engage stakeholders from different sectors in the process of performing administrative and managerial functions and tasks related to social innovation;
  • Demonstrate the intellectual abilities to design and conduct social research independently with a range of information technology applications;
  • Communicate and articulate ideas effectively with different audiences; and
  • Recognize the importance of ethical practice, social responsibility, social justice and civic awareness when acting to resolve conflicts, address problems and respond to social and environmental challenges.



Programme Structure


Bachelor of Social Science (Hons) in Social Innovation is a four-year programme. Students are required to take a total of 40 modules.


Year 1 – 2


Introduction to Political Studies

Introduction to Sociology

Practical Chinese

Critical Thinking

Minor/Free Elective 1

Understanding Human Needs

English for Academic Studies 1

Minor/Free Elective 2

Minor/Free Elective 3

General Education Course 2

Economics of Public Affairs

Social Research

English for Academic Studies 2

Sustainable Development and Gree Economy

Minor/Free Elective 4

Creativity and Problem Solving

Contemporary Social Issues in Hong Kong

Minor/Free Elective 5

Minor/Free Elective 6

General Education Course 4


Year 3-4:


Foundations of Social Innovation and Social Enterprise

Project Planning and Implementation

English Communication for the Workplace

Startup and Entrepreneurship

Minor/Free Elective 7

Public Policy Analysis

Social Economy

Contemporary China

Minor/Free Elective 8

General Education Course 6

Social Innovation Internship

Social Impact Assessment

Program Evaluation

Collaborative Partnership and Governance

English for Professional Communication

Corporate Management and Social Responsibility

Technology and Innovations

Social Marketing and Campaigning

Capstone Project on Social Innovation

Minor/Free Elective 9



Special Features


  • Other than the major in Social Innovation, students may choose to do a minor in Finance, Chinese History and Culture, Chinese, or Japanese on voluntary basis. They may choose to take elective courses in various disciplines instead of doing a minor.
  • Integrate social science knowledge with social innovation, an emerging discipline to address social issues with innovative means and mindset.
  • Develop students’ creativity and innovation in assessing social needs, analyzing social issues and formulating innovative solutions for the improvement of the society.
  • Provide practice-oriented and experiential learning activities with internship training to nurture students’ competence to become social entrepreneurs and set up social businesses.
  • Enhance students’ abilities and skills in collaborating, connecting and communicating with diverse stakeholders in generating innovative solutions.



Professional Recognition


The Bachelor of Social Science (Hons) in Social Innovation is accredited by the following professional bodies:

  • Hong Kong Institute of Social Impact Analysts
  • HSBC Social Enterprise Business Centre, Hong Kong Council of Social Service



Career Prospects


Graduates of the programme major are expected to be able to work for the public sector at officer grade at various Government departments and disciplinary forces as civil servants. They should also be able to work as project officers, liaison officers, community organizers, campaign officers, research officers, education officers, and fund-raising officer in non-profit sector or community-based organizations, civic organizations or social enterprises. Some of them may run for political office or serve as assistants to the Legislative Councilors or District Council Members. They are competent enough to be customer service officers, event officers, social marketing officers, administrative officers or assistants in the private / business sector to promote corporate social responsibility in particular. The graduates are encouraged to set up their own social enterprises, social innovation labs or social businesses to put their knowledge into practices.



Internship Programme


The UOW College Hong Kong considers internship as effective learning tools for students. Participating enterprises include:

  • Beyond Vision Projects (BVP)
  • Boaz International Education Institute – Youth Innovative Venture Enhancing the Strength of Children with Special Needs
  • Carbon Care Asia Limited
  • Food Grace, Community Leap Limited
  • Hong Kong Social Entreprise Incubation Centre
  • HSBC Social Enterprise Business Centre, The Hong Kong Council of Social Service
  • Oxfam Hong Kong: World without Poverty
  • Secure Information Disposal Services Limited
  • Social Enterprise Innovations Limted
  • St. James Settlement, Charity Services