There are two pathways for BASc curriculum – (1) Cultures / Societies; (2) Physical World / Biological / Human Sciences. Within each Pathway, students have to complete five elective courses (at year 1-4 level) across all three faculties. Specifically, they cannot take more than two courses from the same faculty for each pathway, or more than four courses from the same faculty in total for both pathways. While some courses are listed on both Pathways, a successful completion of any one of these courses will count towards the requirement of one Pathway only.

Students would have the opportunity to write their own study plan, to take courses outside of the two prescribed pathways, if they demonstrate a convincing ability to devise and follow a well-articulated study plan, as approved by the Board of Studies.


Pathway Courses offered by
Cultures / Societies Faculty of Arts Faculty of Science Faculty of Social Sciences


Physical World / Biological / Human Sciences Faculty of Arts Faculty of Science Faculty of Social Sciences
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1. Cultures / Societies pathway
CHIN1115. Study of the Confucian canons and modern society (6 credits)
CHIN1124. Chinese dialects and sociolinguistics (6 credits)
CHIN1203. Chinese history and culture in the twentieth century (6 credits)
CHIN1206. Introduction to Chinese thought (6 credits)
CHIN1207. Traditional Chinese culture (6 credits)
CHIN1211. Economic and social development in China (6 credits)
CHIN1213. Folklore and modern Chinese culture (6 credits)
CHIN1214. Chinese and western cultures: a comparative study (6 credits)
CHIN2149. Chinese language from social perspectives (6 credits)
CHIN2164. The Analects and Chinese culture (6 credits)
CHIN2175. Historical-Comparative Linguistics and Chinese Dialectology (6 credits)
CHIN2176. Chinese Children’s Literature (6 credits)
CHIN2234. History of Chinese political institutions (6 credits)
CHIN2241. History of Chinese civilization (6 credits)
CHIN2243. History of Chinese science and civilization (6 credits)
CHIN2266. History education and Chinese culture (6 credits)
CHIN2268. History of China-West cultural exchanges (6 credits)
CHIN2273. Socio-economic history of China (6 credits)
CHIN2278. Travel and economic development in Chinese history (6 credits)
CLIT1008. Ways of reading: Film, literature, and culture (6 credits)
CLIT1009. Introduction to postcolonialism and culture (6 credits)
CLIT1010. Ways of thinking about culture and society (6 credits)
CLIT2007. Film culture I (6 credits)
CLIT2016. The body in culture (6 credits)
CLIT2026. Digital culture (6 credits)
CLIT2045. Colonialism/ postcolonialism (6 credits)
CLIT2050. Globalization and culture (6 credits)
CLIT2052. Chinese urban culture (6 credits)
CLIT2064. Hong Kong culture: Popular arts and everyday life (6 credits)
CLIT2065. Hong Kong culture: Representations of identity in literature and film (6 credits)
CLIT2083. Film art, language and culture (6 credits)
CLIT2085. Hong Kong: Community and cultural policy in the global context (6 credits)
CLIT2087. Modern Chinese culture and society: Rebellions and revolutions (6 credits)
CLIT2088. Critical approaches to film studies (6 credits)
CLIT2097. Independent documentaries: Theory and practice (6 credits)
ENGL1014. Imaginary geographies: The art of writing place (6 credits)
ENGL1016. Introduction to life writing (6 credits)
ENGL1017. Introduction to sociolinguistics (6 credits)
ENGL1024. Topics in world literature (6 credits)
ENGL1025. Understanding narratives (6 credits)
ENGL1033. Intercultural communication (6 credits)
ENGL1034. Language and prejudice (6 credits)
ENGL1037. Persuasion (6 credits)
ENGL1042. World Englishes (6 credits)
ENGL1052. Introduction to theatre studies (6 credits)
ENGL2002. Language in society (6 credits)
ENGL2030. New Englishes (6 credits)
ENGL2045. Travel writing (6 credits)
ENGL2074. Postcolonial readings (6 credits)
ENGL2075. The idea of China (6 credits)
ENGL2097. Imagining Hong Kong (6 credits)
ENGL2103. Language and digital media (6 credits)
ENGL2120. Science fiction (6 credits)
ENGL2123. Language and identity in Hong Kong (6 credits)
ENGL2129. English as a language of science (6 credits)
ENGL2134. World literature (6 credits)
ENGL2136. Cross-cultural discourses (6 credits)
ENGL2138. Language and globalization (6 credits)
FINE1001. Introduction to Western art history (6 credits)
FINE1006. Art and society (6 credits)
FINE2051. Art, politics, and society in modern China (6 credits)
FINE2055. Crossing cultures: China and the outside world (6 credits)
FINE2056. Museum studies workshop (6 credits)
FINE2080. Art in conflict (6 credits)
HIST1016. The modern world (6 credits)
HIST1019. Powering modern society: Energy, environment and politics (6 credits)
HIST2031. History through film (6 credits)
HIST2077. Eating history: Food culture from the 19th century to the present (6 credits)
HIST2110. China and the West (6 credits)
HIST2112. Technologies of empire: Science, medicine and colonialism (6 credits)
HIST2129. Living through war: Society, culture and trauma (6 credits)
HIST2138. Humanity in crisis: Humanitarianism in the modern world (6 credits)
HIST2150. Global capitalism: The last 100 years (6 credits)
HIST3065. Workshop in historical research (6 credits)
LCOM1001. Introduction to language and communication (6 credits)
LCOM1002. Language, communication, society, field (6 credits)
LCOM2005. Language, communication and globalization (6 credits)
LCOM2008. Health communication, ‘healthy’ communication (6 credits)
LING2056. Sociolinguistics (6 credits)
MUSI1004. Introduction to musics of the world (6 credits)
PHIL1034. Ethics and politics, East and West: an introduction to philosophy (6 credits)
PHIL2140. Philosophy of social science (6 credits)
BIOL1201. Introduction to food and nutrition (6 credits)
BIOL2101. Principles of food chemistry (6 credits)
BIOL3216. Food waste management (6 credits)
BIOL3217. Food, environment and health (6 credits)
BIOL3218. Food hygiene and quality control (6 credits)
EASC1401. Blue Planet (6 credits)
EASC1403. Geological heritage of Hong Kong (6 credits)
ENVS2001. Methods in environmental science (6 credits)
ENVS2002. Environmental data analysis (6 credits)
ENVS3004. Environment, society and economics (6 credits)
PHYS1056. Weather, climate and climate change (6 credits)
GEOG1012. Economic and social development in an urbanizing world (6 credits)
GEOG2030. Global development (6 credits)
GEOG2078. Urban geography: growth, function and pattern of cities (6 credits)
GEOG2132. World cities (6 credits)
GEOG2133. Cities and migrants (6 credits)
GEOG3417. Health, wellbeing, place and GIS (6 credits)
GEOG3423. Urban studies: social and cultural perspectives (6 credits)
POLI1003. Making sense of politics (6 credits)
POLI3010. Democracy and its critics (6 credits)
POLI3020. Hong Kong politics (6 credits)
POLI3097. Modernity and globalization (6 credits)
PSYC1001. Introduction to psychology (6 credits)
PSYC1004. Introduction to quantitative methods in psychology (6 credits)
PSYC2019. Psychology of personality (6 credits)
PSYC2020. Fundamentals of social psychology (6 credits)
PSYC3052. Advanced social psychology (6 credits)
SOCI1001. Introduction to sociology (6 credits)
SOCI1003. Introduction to anthropology (6 credits)
SOCI2015. Hong Kong popular culture (6 credits)
SOCI2044. Economic sociology (6 credits)
SOCI2053. Youth culture (6 credits)
SOCI2055. Tourism, culture and society (6 credits)
SOCI2067. Crime and the media (6 credits)
SOCI2071. Criminology (6 credits)
SOCI2077. Media, culture and communication in contemporary China (6 credits)
SOCI2080. Media and culture in modern societies (6 credits)
SOCI2081. Sexuality, culture and identity (6 credits)
SOCI2084. Globalization and culture (6 credits)
SOCI2087. Urban society and culture (6 credits)
SOCI2091. Sociology of culture (6 credits)
SOCI3069. Crime and the city (6 credits)
SOWK2109. Working with ethnically diverse communities in Hong Kong (6 credits)
2. Physical World / Biological / Human Sciences pathway
CHIN2177. Chinese Lexicology (6 credits)
CLIT2016. The body in culture (6 credits)
CLIT2058. Histories of sexuality (6 credits)
ENGL2166. English phonetics (6 credits)
FINE2056. Museum studies workshop (6 credits)
FINE2102. The connecting sea: an introduction to Mediterranean archaeology (6 credits)
HIST1019. Powering modern society: Energy, environment and politics (6 credits)
HIST1020. Introduction to the history of gender and sexuality (6 credits)
HIST2048. The history of childhood and youth (6 credits)
HIST2077. Eating history: Food culture from the 19th century to the present (6 credits)
HIST2112. Technologies of empire: Science, medicine and colonialism (6 credits)
HIST2115. Sports and Chinese society (6 credits)
HIST2116. Oceans in history (6 credits)
HIST2122. The history of sport in modern Europe (6 credits)
HIST2137. Pandemic!: Contagious histories (6 credits)
HIST2140. Health, medicine and society in late imperial and modern China (6 credits)
HIST2141. Reproduction and culture in the modern world (6 credits)
HIST2172. Revolutionizing health in modern China (6 credits)
HIST3027. Natural disasters in history, 1700 to present(6 credits)
HIST3065. Workshop in historical research (6 credits)
LCOM2008. Health communication, ‘healthy’ communication (6 credits)
LING1000. Introduction to language (6 credits)
LING1004. Language structure for language learning (6 credits)
LING2004. Phonetics: Describing sounds (6 credits)
LING2009. Languages of the world (6 credits)
LING2034. Psycholinguistics (6 credits)
LING2036. Child language (6 credits)
LING2037. Bilingualism (6 credits)
LING2048. Language and cognition (6 credits)
LING2053. Language and the brain (6 credits)
LING2055. Reading development and reading disorders (6 credits)
LING2062. Linguistic research methods (6 credits)
LING2065. Endangered languages: Issues and methods (6 credits)
LING2066. Variation analysis (6 credits)
LING2067. Natural language processing (6 credits)
LING2068. Computational approaches to language (6 credits)
LING2069. Origins of language (6 credits)
LING2070. Historical linguistics: Languages, genes and human migrations (6 credits)
MUSI2059. Music and the mind (6 credits)
PHIL1012. Mind and knowledge: an introduction to philosophy (6 credits)
PHIL1068. Elementary logic (6 credits)
PHIL2000. Tools for Philosophers (6 credits)
PHIL2045. Subjectivity (6 credits)
PHIL2100. Paradoxes of decision (6 credits)
PHIL2101. Paradoxes of Cooperation (6 credits)
PHIL2105. Vagueness, indeterminacy, and uncertainty (6 credits)
PHIL2110. Knowledge (6 credits)
PHIL2115. Skepticism and relativism (6 credits)
PHIL2130. Philosophy of science (6 credits)
PHIL2140. Philosophy of social science (6 credits)
PHIL2210. Metaphysics (6 credits)
PHIL2217. Issues in contemporary metaphysics (6 credits)
PHIL2220. The mind (6 credits)
PHIL2230. Philosophy and cognitive science (6 credits)
PHIL2245. Philosophy and emotions (6 credits)
PHIL2310. Theories of morality (6 credits)
PHIL2312. Probability, epistemology, and ethics (6 credits)
PHIL2315. Value theory (6 credits)
PHIL2320. Happiness (6 credits)
PHIL2341. Bioethics (6 credits)
PHIL2369. Philosophy of nature (6 credits)
PHIL2510. Logic (6 credits)
PHIL2511. Paradoxes (6 credits)
PHIL2520. Philosophy of logic (6 credits)
PHIL2900. Formal epistemology (6 credits)
BIOL1110. From molecules to cells (6 credits)
BIOL1201. Introduction to food & nutrition (6 credits)
BIOL2306. Ecology and evolution (6 credits)
BIOC2600. / Basic biochemistry (6 credits) OR
BIOL2220. Principles of biochemistry (6 credits)
BIOL3204. Nutrition and the life cycle (6 credits)
BIOL3205. Human physiology (6 credits)
BIOL3401. Molecular biology (6 credits)
BIOL3402. Cell biology and cell technology (6 credits)
BIOL3403. Immunology (6 credits)
BIOL4411. Plant and food biotechnology (6 credits)
CHEM1042. General chemistry I (6 credits)
CHEM2441. / Organic chemistry I (6 credits) OR
CHEM2442. Fundamentals of organic chemistry (6 credits)
CHEM3141. Environmental chemistry (6 credits)
CHEM3242. Food and water analysis (6 credits)
CHEM3441. / Organic chemistry II (6 credits) OR
CHEM3442. Organic chemistry of biomolecules (6 credits)
EASC1401. Blue Planet (6 credits)
EASC2401. Fluid/solid interactions in earth processes (6 credits)
EASC2404. Introduction to atmosphere and hydrosphere (6 credits)
EASC3415. Meteorology (6 credits)
ENVS3010. Sustainable energy and environment (6 credits)
ENVS3020. Global change ecology (6 credits)
ENVS3042. Pollution (6 credits)
ENVS4110. Environmental remediation (6 credits)
PHYS1055. How Things Work (6 credits)
PHYS1056. Weather, climate and climate change (6 credits)
GEOG1003. Contemporary global environmental issues (6 credits)
GEOG2013. Sustainable development (6 credits)
GEOG2090. Introduction to geographic information systems (6 credits)
GEOG2126. Globalizing China: the land and the people (6 credits)
GEOG2127. Environmental management (6 credits)
GEOG2138. Hong Kong's environment: issues and policies (6 credits)
GEOG21aa. Introduction to China’s environmental and sustainable development issues (6 credits)
GEOG3205. Environmental hazards (6 credits)
GEOG3207. Environmental management: impact assessment (6 credits)
GEOG3213. Ecosystem services and sustainable society (6 credits)
GEOG3214. Corporate social responsibility and environmental auditing (6 credits)
POLI3039. Public policy analysis (6 credits)
POLI3080. Global political economy (6 credits)
POLI3121. Environmental policy (6 credits)
PSYC1001. Introduction to psychology (6 credits)
PSYC1004. Introduction to quantitative methods in psychology (6 credits)
PSYC2007. Cognitive psychology (6 credits)
PSYC2022. Biological psychology (6 credits)
PSYC2051. Perception (6 credits)
PSYC2062. Introduction to Psychopathology (6 credits)
PSYC2065. Health psychology (6 credits)
PSYC2066. Foundations of cognitive science (6 credits)
PSYC2067. Seminars in cognitive science (6 credits)
PSYC2101. Foundations of neuroscience (6 credits)
PSYC2102. Seminars in neuroscience (6 credits)
PSYC2110. Developmental neuroscience (6 credits)
PSYC2111. Neurobiological basis of psychological issues (6 credits)
PSYC3054. Human neuropsychology (6 credits)
PSYC3061. Advanced issues in perception (6 credits)
PSYC3068. Advanced cognitive psychology (6 credits)
SOWK1004. Human behaviour and the social environment I (6 credits)
SOWK1012. Communication and counselling skills in everyday life (6 credits)
SOWK1015. Introduction to social policy and social development (6 credits)