Head's Message

The Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences prides itself on a long track record in offering quality teaching in academic programmes delivered by a multi-disciplinary team of faculty members. The mission of the Department is to provide quality education and professional training in the disciplines of Applied Sociology, Counselling, Criminology, Psychology, and Social Work, excel in related research areas, and promote the betterment of life.

The University Grants Committee witnesses our achievement in student education. Dr. Sylvia Kwok wins the 2021 UGC Teaching Award (Team). Sylvia has formed a team with four ex-CityU colleagues to launch the Joint University Mental-wellness Project (JUMP) among different UGC-funded universities

The Department currently offers 8 academic programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels for about 1,300 students and has admitted a group of about 65 Ph.D. students pursuing research under the supervision of faculty members who specialize in a wide array of fields and disciplines in social sciences. We also offer a wide range of stimulating and innovative Gateway Education courses to all university undergraduate students. To enhance students' international experiences, the Department has launched a two-certificate joint bachelor degree programme, in Psychology and Applied Sociology respectively, with Columbia University at New York, to meet the strong demand for university graduates with multi-social and cultural exposure. Starting from 2022-2023, our Department will co-operate with the School of Law to launch the new "Bachelor of Social Sciences and Bachelor of Laws" programme. Graduates will have Criminology and Law knowledge to undertake managerial and executive responsibilities in their future careers.

With the support of its own resources and funds from various sources, the Department offers its students a variety of co-curricular activities and outreach programmes to ensure that they can enjoy rich campus life and real-life opportunity to work with and learn from professionals in the workplace. These activities include professional internships and study tour at local or overseas institutions, mentor-mentee scheme, academic workshops, and community services. The Department strives to foster the development of CityU's ideal graduates who are

  • Globally minded professionals
  • Innovative and critical thinkers
  • Effective communicators
  • Lifelong learners
  • Civically-oriented individuals
Professor Samuel M.Y. HO