In recent years, the ecosystem of social business has speedily evolved, and some social entrepreneurs and successful social innovation projects have emerged. In a rapidly changing world, social entrepreneurs develop strategies by drawing on and merging inventive thought from both non-profit and business sectors, start businesses with the dual purpose of profit and social value, and address social problems, such as poverty and unemployment, unfair trade, etc., with innovation. This Programme with a focus on the developmental needs in the Greater Bay Area (GBA) and emerging economies in Asia, provides students with a holistic experience of social entrepreneurship, enhances students with academic and professional foundations, and helps students develop networks through internship and field visits with organisations in Hong Kong and other cities in the GBA, enables students’ understanding of the complex dynamics of social transitions in GBA and Asia, in order to equip students for their future careers.
Note: This programme will be offered under the new “Department of Social Sciences and Policy Studies” effective from 2023/24.
|Study Mode||Normal Period of Study||JUPAS Code||EdUHK Programme Code|
|Full-time||2 Years (for Senior Year Admissions)||N/A||A2B103|
|Enquiry (Admissions)||Enquiry (Programme)||Download Leaflet||Programme Webpage|
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|Ms Yanmi Lam
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The programme prepares young people with the skills and knowledge to create high-impact social careers, with a focus on the developmental needs in the Greater Bay Area (GBA) and emerging economies in Asia. Specifically, it aims to:
- provide students with a holistic experience of social entrepreneurship, taking students from ambition stages all the way to developing pitches for investors;
- enable students to build support among stakeholders and manage and grow social ventures to scale and maximise impacts;
- enhance students’ understanding of the complex dynamics of social transitions in the GBA and comprehensive understanding of regional developments from a comparative perspective; and
- provide students with the academic and professional foundation to become professionals in social enterprises and government / non-government organisations, corporations; and local / national / international associations and organisations, and provide a strong foundation for career advancement and future postgraduate studies.
Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs)
Upon successful completion of the Programme, students will be able to:
- understand the principles, ethics, and practice of social entrepreneurship and social enterprise management (PILO1);
- analyse contemporary development and social issues in GBA, Greater China, and Asia from a comparative and multidisciplinary perspective (PILO2);
- apply substantive knowledge of development, institutions and processes in social entrepreneurship (PILO3);
- design financially sustainable solutions to address issues related to human development in local, national, regional and global contexts (PILO4); and
- communicate analysis of social and developmental problems and solutions to relevant stakeholders, investors, and the broader community (PILO5).
What Our Students Say
EdUHK opens the door of opportunities for us who want to dream big. One of the initiatives, “The Education and Social Entrepreneurs (EASE) Fund Scheme”, provides successful applicants with seed funding to jump-start their businesses. I look forward to drawing on these resources and starting my business in future.
Class of 2022
Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Social Entrepreneurship and Development Studies
|Domain||Credit Points (cps)|
|- Major Core||24|
|- Major Interdisciplinary Course||3|
|- Field Visit (non-cps bearing)||0|
|Final Year Project|
|- Honours Project I: Research Methods and Proposal / Capstone Project I: Research Methods and Proposal||3|
|- Honours Project II: Research Report / Capstone Project II: Project Output||3|
|Electives / Minor||15|
|General Education (GE)||6|
|Information Technology Competence Requirement|
(1) Classes will be held in Tai Po Campus and Tseung Kwan O Study Centre / North Point Study Centre / Kowloon Tong Satellite Study Centre / Sports Centre as decided by the University.
(2) Students admitted into this programme are required to visit the Greater Bay Area (GBA) for a short trip (e.g. 2-day 1-night or 3-day 2-night trip) and contribute 18% of the estimated cost of the trip in order to complete the programme.
List of Major Courses (All required)
|Major Core Courses (24 cps)|
|1||2||Managing and Organising Social Enterprises|
|2||2||Organisational Budget Management|
|3||2||Stakeholder and Customer Engagement|
|4||3||Institutions and Development in the Greater Bay Area|
|5||3||Leadership in Social Innovation and Development|
|6||4||Economic Growth and Sustainable Livelihood in China|
|7||3||Regional Cooperation in Greater China: Challenges and Issues|
|8||4||Tool Kits for Social Entrepreneurship|
|9||2||Field Visit (non-cps bearing)|
|Internship (6 cps)|
|Major Interdisciplinary Course (3 cps)|
|11||4||Comparative Social Policy|
|Final Year Project (6 cps)|
Honours Project I: Research Methods and Proposal /
Honours Project II: Research Report /
Electives / Minor
Apart from the major courses, the programme includes the Minor(s)/ electives domain and the general education domain. Students are free to choose elective courses offered by any of the University’s departments.
Students will be required to take one education course (3cps) through a GE course on education or an elective education course provided by the Faculty of Education and Human Development) in order to fulfill the two-way traffic graduation requirement.
Students admitted to in 2023/24 are only required to complete 6 cps in total for General Education.
For detailed information and the course synopsis about General Education courses, please visit the website at www.eduhk.hk/geo.
Career Prospects/Professional Qualifications
Through dedicated and practical training, the programme will prepare more young people who have the ambition to start a social venture, and grab the numerous funding opportunities that governments and businesses have offered. Graduates may also pursue an impactful career by joining existing social enterprises, government, socially responsible corporations, and NGOs as project or executive officers. In Hong Kong, social enterprises and non-governmental organisations have already provided approximately 80% of social services. These organisations often need to solicit resources from public or private sources, and communicate effectively with different stakeholders in society. Graduates will find ample employment opportunities.