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The interdisciplinary curriculum of this program provides global and local perspectives on China’s past and present. Taught by the best China Studies faculty in Asia, the program aims to offer an advanced postgraduate education in Global China Studies. The program is in addition designed to enable advanced undergraduates from elite universities to take on the challenge of postgraduate study and receive both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Global China Studies normally within 4 to 5 years.

Program Requirements
Students are required to complete 24 credits of coursework, including three core courses (3 credits each), one course devoted to academic writing (3 credits), and four elective courses (3 credits each) which cover no less than two of four subject areas.

Academic Writing Course (3 credits)
-LANG 5070 Advanced Critical Writing for Academic Purposes
-LANG 5070H Advanced Critical Writing for Academic Purposes

GCS Core Courses (9 credits)
Students are required to take the following three GCS core courses:
-MGCS 5001 Understanding China, 1700-2000: A Data-Analytic
-MGCS 5010 Quantitative Methods in Social Science
-MGCS 5024 China in Comparative Perspective

GCS Elective Courses (12 credits)
The chosen elective courses should cover at least two of the following areas, and include at least two China-related courses:
Economic and Social History
-MGCS 5002 The Economy and Society in Imperial China
-MGCS 5003 The Political Economy of State-formation
-MGCS 5004 Economic History of East Asia – From Tributary Trade to Maritime Customs Networks
-MGCS 5005 Narratives on China’s Legal Past and Present

Quantitative Social Analysis
-MGCS 5011 Quantitative Studies of China
-MGCS 5012 Quantitative Data Analysis*

Contemporary China
-MGCS 5020 Chinese Social Stratification in Comparative Perspective
-MGCS 5021 Reform and Social Conflicts in Contemporary China
-MGCS 5022 Political Economy of China
-MGCS 5023 China’s Innovation System: Domestic and International Dimensions

Comparative Humanities
-MGCS 5030 Social Theory and World History
-MGCS 5031 An Introduction to Socio-cultural History of China
-MGCS 5032 Ethnicity in Chinese Context

In exceptional circumstances, students may substitute no more than six elective credits (two courses) from other postgraduate courses (and a maximum of one undergraduate course at 4000-level) offered by the School of Humanities and Social Science to fulfill the MSc (GCS) program requirements with prior approval of the Academic Director. The approved substituting courses should be either China-related or global-related.

A merit-based scholarship of HK$20,000 will be offered to top students of the graduating class each academic year. To be eligible for consideration, awardees should meet the following criteria:
-Obtain a CGA of 3.70 or above (calculated by 24 required credits)
-Not receive MSc in Global China Studies Program Sponsorship concurrently




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