General Information
The Master of Social Sciences (Transformation of Chinese Societies) is designed to explore the transformation of cultural practices and social values brought about by state and market. To facilitate the in-depth investigation of these phenomena, the program is divided into two domains. One domain focuses on changing social values and morality; how they are shaped by institutional transformation and how individual citizens adjust themselves within the social structure amid rapid and radical social change. The other domain considers how traditional cultural practices have been preserved, recycled or transformed in a process of commoditization and politicization. It also examines the popularization of consumerist activities and the relationship between culture and consumption. 
  1. Critically evaluate the application of sociological and anthropological theories to the study of Chinese societies.
  2. Explain with examples, the social and cultural phenomena in Chinese societies with reference to commoditization and politicization.
  3. Explore how social values and morality are changing in the midst of institutional transformation brought about by markets and state and the consequences of these changes.
  4. Reflect on the different scenarios of how individuals re-orientate themselves within the changing social structure.
  5. Compare and contrast the diversity and complexity of Chinese cultures. 
Applicants should have at least a second-class honours degree or an equivalent qualification from a university or comparable institution. Those with a background in social sciences and/or humanities will be given preference. 
Fluency in English and Chinese, in both oral and written forms, is mandatory. For applicants from outside Hong Kong or non-native English speaking countries, an IELTS of 6.0; or TOEFL not lower than 600 (paper-based test) or 250 (computer-based test) or 100 (internet-based); or equivalent (CET 6:450) is required to prove proficiency in English. 
Program Director
  • Prof. Selina Ching CHAN
             Associate Academic Vice President (University Research)
             Professor, Sociology Department
             Associate Director, Contemporary China Research Center
Academic Background and Qualifications      
D.Phil. Oxford University, United Kingdom
M.Phil. Oxford University, United Kingdom
B.Soc.Sci. The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Prof. Yuet-Wah CHEUNG
             Head of Department and Distinguished Professor
Academic Background and Qualifications 
Ph.D. University of Toronto, Canada
M.A. McMaster University, Canada
B.Soc.Sci. The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Dr. Chong GAO
             Associate Professor
Academic Background and Qualifications 
Ph.D. University of Hong Kong
M.Phil. National Sun Yat-sen University, China
B.A. National Sun Yat-sen University, China
  • Dr. Yew-Foong HUI 
             Associate Head and Associate Professor
Academic Background and Qualifications 
Ph.D. Cornell University
M.Soc.Sci. National University of Singapore
B.Soc.Sci. National University of Singapore
  • Dr. Flora Pui Yan LAU
             Assistant Professor
             Director of General Education
Academic Background and Qualifications 
D.Phil. University of Oxford
M.Sc. University of Oxford
M.Phil. University of Hong Kong
B.Soc.Sc. University of Hong Kong
  • Dr. Kit Man LI
              Associate Professor
Academic Background and Qualifications 
Ph.D. University of Leicester
M.Phil. University of Leicester
M.A. New Asia Institute of Advanced Chinese Studies
Dip. Hong Kong Shue Yan College
  • Prof. Timothy Y. H. TSU
              Adjunct Professor
Academic Background and Qualifications 
Ph.D. Princeton University
M.A. Princeton University
B.A. International Christian University (Japan)
  • Prof. Der-Ruey YANG 
              Adjunct Professor
Academic Background and Qualifications 
Ph.D. London School of Economics and Political Science
M.A. University of Manchester
M.A. National Taiwan University
B.A. National Taiwan University


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Programme Director: Prof. Selina CHAN