Introduction of Concentrations (applicable to students admitted after 2019-2020)

Sociology major student will make their choice of concentration between “Entrepreneurship and Community” and “Culture, Heritage and Innovation” in Year 3 (applicable to students admitted after 2019-2020).

Entrepreneurship and Community
This concentration equips students with knowledge and technical know-how on the interplay of entrepreneurial activities and community/social well-being. It will also focus on how to conceive and develop a new economic life that balances market forces and social protection. Upon completion of this concentration, students should be able to analyze the relationships between entrepreneurship and community development, and to explain the social and community links of consumption in a new wave of consumer awareness. Students will also be able to evaluate the impact of social and business enterprises with respect to social responsibility and contributions to community. Students are required to take one compulsory course “Entrepreneurship and Society” and four of the seven elective courses in the concentration (e.g., “Poverty, Social Policy and Social Innovation” and “Community Economy”).

Culture, Heritage and Innovation
This concentration utilizes sociological and anthropological knowledge to identify and analyse how innovative cultural work is disseminated in contemporary society, with a focus on the contexts of Hong Kong and other Chinese societies. It also explains how culture and heritage have been recycled or reinvented as hybrid practices for the appropriation or consumption of individuals, markets, and states. The Concentration will also offer an understanding of how media and cities construct social life, as these serve as dynamic conduits through which culture and heritage evolve in innovative ways. Students are required to take one compulsory course “Culture, Heritage and Society” and four of the eight elective courses in the concentration (e.g., “Sustainable and Innovative Cities in the 21st Century” and “Tourism and Culture”).