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Master of Social Sciences in Comparative Social Policy (International)

Full Time
1 year
Part Time
2 years
Application Period
1 September 2019 - 30 April 2020
Enquiries
(852) 2616-8113 imcsp-admissions@LN.edu.hk
Programme Details Master of Social Sciences in Comparative Social Policy (International)

Programme Curriculum

In the Autumn Term students take five compulsory courses:

Globalization, Policy and Society:

This course provides students with an introduction to debates over the nature of globalisation and its consequences for social policy, well-being and social divisions. 

Social Policy Analysis: Comparative Perspectives:

This course explores the field of policy analysis with particular focus on how policy is formulated and delivered in different institutional contexts.

Comparative Social Policy Research Methods:

This course offers students the opportunity to explore key dimensions of social policy through ‘hands on’ data exercises based on key research techniques in comparative social policy.

Understanding Social Indicators and Social Policies:

In this course you will explore major social indicators and learn to evaluate and compare processes of social change across different national contexts.

Comparative Social Policy in Greater China and East Asia:

In this course you will critically examine how governments, private enterprises and civil society actors in Greater China and East Asia respond to major social policy challenges.

In the Spring and Summer Terms students take three courses and complete a research project tailored to their own personal interest:

Dialogue with Policy Practitioners: Theory and Practice:

In this course you will engage in field visits to government offices, political parties, research and policy institutes in Hong Kong. 

Asia Pacific Comparative Development and Policy Symposium:

This course will enable you to interact with leading international researchers in comparative social policy, development, and governance.

Regional Policy Study and Visit in Greater China and East Asia:

In this course you will have the opportunity to visit one major university Greater China and East Asia.

Comparative Social Policy Research Project:

In this course, you will demonstrate their analytical ability in the area of comparative social policy through the execution of an individually supervised research topic of your own choice.

Graduation Requirements

  • IMCSP students will graduate upon the completion of 30 credits.
  • The minimum GPA requirement for graduation is 2.67.