Associate of Social Science in Applied Social Studies (Guidance and Counselling / International Studies / Urban Studies)*

Admission suspended for 2022-23


The programme curriculum has a unique two-stage design. The first stage courses are general education for cultivating self-awareness, civic and social awareness, cultural and historical awareness, and economic and technological awareness. The second stage courses, which are built upon the first stage, help students to acquire social science knowledge and depth of study in one of three concentrations, namely, guidance and counseling, international studies, and urban studies. The programme has been offered in the College for over fifteen years. The degree programmes which graduates had entered included psychology, sociology, social work, criminology, political studies, government and social policy, gerontology, counselling, health care, global studies, urban planning and general social sciences.



Social Sciences






Kowloon City





2 years



63 CPS 



Associate Degree  




Admission, entry requirements and fees

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. How you apply will depend on your student type.

Programme Specific entry requirements

  • No programme specific entry requirements

General entry requirements


Application Fee

$150, waived for this year

Tuition Fee

Associate Degree Programmes

HK$1,800 per credit x
63 Credits required for Programme Completion
= HK$113,400

Associate of Social Science in Social Work

HK$2,600 per credit x 38 social work courses credit +
HK$1,800 per credit x 21 general Education credit +
HK$2,500 per credit x 15 fieldwork placement credit
= HK$174,100

Other Fees

A Graduation Fee of $400 will be charged upon enrolment in a programme.

Financial Assistance

Students enrolled in self-financing Bachelor/Associate Degree /Higher Diploma programmes are eligible to apply for financial assistance from the following sources:

  • Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-Secondary Students (FASP)

Provides means-tested financial assistance to needy full-time students pursuing locally-accredited, self-financing post-secondary education programmes at the level of associate degree, higher diploma or degree. The scheme aims to provide financial assistance to needy students so that no eligible students will be denied access to post-secondary education because of lack of means.

Enquiries:       2152 9000

  • Non-means Tested Loan Scheme for Post-Secondary Students (NLSPS)

The NLSPS is used to complement the Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP) to provide loan(s) to eligible students to settle tuition fees of locally-accredited, self-financing full-time post-secondary education programmes at the level of associate degree, higher diploma or degree.

Enquiries:        2150 6222

  •  Continuing Education Fund (CEF)

Some of the AD programmes or course(s) in the AD programmes are included in the list of reimbursable courses for CEF purposes.

The CEF subsidizes students over 18 years of age with learning aspirations to pursue continuing education and training courses. Eligible applicants enrolling on courses after 1 April 2019 will be reimbursed 80% of their fees on the first $10,000 and 60% on the second $10,000, subject to a maximum sum of HK$20,000 (whichever is the less), on successful completion of a reimbursable programme/course(s).

Enquiries:        3142 2277

Programme outcomes and structure

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs) are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this programme will be able to:

1. Demonstrate civic and social awareness, cultural and historical awareness, and explain their relationships with real world issue;
2. Apply the main perspectives, orientation and methods in the discipline of social sciences in a wide variety of professional contexts;
3. Apply interpersonal, communication (in English and Chinese), information technology, quantitative and analytical, critical thinking, problem solving and self-directed lifelong learning skills in their personal and professional work settings;
4. Identify their interest and ability in a specific field in the discipline of applied social studies;
5. Relate the major ideas in arts and humanities, science and technology to their own field in the discipline of applied social studies.

ASocSc Applied Social Studies is a unique programme that comprises two stages. The first stage consists of general social sciences and general education courses. In the second stage, students select courses in one of the three concentrations, to acquire specialized knowledge and skills.

  • Guidance and Counselling
    It develops students’ abilities to help others solve their problems. It also lays a theoretical foundation for students to pursue further study in this area.
  • International Studies
    It enables students to understand the dynamics of international organizations, and the history of China and East Asian countries and their relationship so as to cultivate a globalized worldview.
  • Urban Studies
    It broadens students’ understanding of the sociopolitical and economic development of Hong Kong and builds up students’ knowledge and competence in urban development and planning.

To qualify for this award, a candidate shall accrue an aggregate of at least 63 credit points by satisfactory completion of the following core courses.

Course CodeCourse Name
Semester A, Year 1
BUS10405 Economics for Social Studies
CGE1000 (1500) English for Academic Studies A or B
CGE17412 Public Leadership and Social Change in Hong Kong
DSS10103 Practical Psychology for Everyday Life
DSS10601 Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Semester B, Year 1
CGE2002 English Professional Communication Skills for Social Science
DSS20325 Cross-cultural Communication
DSS20689 Contemporary Social Problems
CGE General Education 
CGE General Education 
Semester A, Year 2
CGE1200 Practical Chinese
Guidance and Counseling
DSS10401 Introduction to Psychology
DSS20670 Concepts and Theories of Counselling
DSS20671 Basic Skills in Guidance and Counselling
DSS22223 Personality Psychology
International Studies
DSS10015 Introduction to Political Studies
DSS20004 Governance in Global Age
DSS20036 China in the 21st Century
DSS20683 International Relations
Urban Studies
DSS20682 Contemporary Issues in Urban Development
DSS20685 Urban Sociology
DSS20686 Urban Sustainability
DSS20687 Social Inclusion and Community
Semester B, Year 2
CGE22412 Understanding Cultures and Heritage in Contemporary Hong Kong
DSS20401 Social Research
Guidance and Counseling
DSS10621 Developmental Psychology
DSS20673 Group Guidance and Counselling
DSS20674 Integrated Practice
DSS22227 Learning and Cognition
International Studies
DSS20675 East Asia: History, Society & Politics
DSS20678 International Political Economy
DSS20679 Workshop on International Affairs
DSS20710 Comparative Politics
Urban Studies
DSS20666 Urban Studies Workshop
DSS20668 Managing Urban Cities
DSS20684 Crime and Urban Problems
DSS20707 Urban Society and Global Cities

*The offering of individual concentrations each year will depend on student enrollment.

CGE General Education courses:

At least one chosen from Science and Technology domain and at least one elective must be at Level A2.


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Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Global and Hong Kong Studies
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Bachelor of Social Work
  • Community and social service
  • Public service
  • Business and administration
  • Counselling
  • Education and training

Any enquiries relating to the ASocScAPSS programme should be directed to the Programme Leader, Mr Benny To.

Contact Us

Faculty of Social Sciences

Telephone: (852) 2707 3223
Fax: (852) 2707 3224

Address: 1/F, Le Billionnaire, 46 Sa Po Road, Kowloon City, Hong Kong

[Sung Wong Toi MTR Station Exit B3]

College Office

Telephone: (852) 2707 3111
: (852) 2707 3222

Address: 1/F, Le Billionnaire, 46 Sa Po Road, Kowloon City, Hong Kong

[Sung Wong Toi MTR Station Exit B3]

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