PART II : PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

2.1 General Introduction
2.2 Units and Study Load
2.3 University General Requirements
2.4 Programme Curriculum
2.5 Requirements for the B.Soc.Sc. (Hons) Degree in European Studies
2.6 Four-year Schedule
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2.1 General Introduction

The B.SocSc. (Hons) in European Studies is a four-year programme and based on the "sandwich" model. It consists of two years of full-time study in Hong Kong, a third year spent in Europe, followed by a fourth year in full-time study in Hong Kong.

Political Science provides the disciplinary core, which is underpinned by history and contemporary area studies. Students undergo intensive and rigorous training in either German or French up to certified proficiency level prescribed for full-time academic study and/or professional activities in either German or French speaking countries. Knowledge of Europe is deepened by the Honours Project, a dissertation in which students conduct their own research into a particular subject related to Europe.

The programme follows a model of increasing specialization from Year I (general preparatory stage) to Year IV (discipline-specific studies). Non-European Core requirements are allocated mostly to the first year of study. Distribution Requirements must be met in the second and final years.

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2.2 Units and Study Load

Units

The number of units assigned to a course is indicative of the contact time with a teacher and/or the study time associated with that course on a weekly basis over a period of one semester.

In general, a single unit represents attendance once a week throughout the semester at a lecture lasting 50 minutes. For field studies and laboratory classes, a unit generally represents at least two 50-minute sessions. Each unit presupposes an average of two hours preparation each week on the part of the student.

Study Load

Normally, students are required to register for all courses prescribed on a particular programme, including elective courses, each year. Study schedules which are semester-by-semester listings of courses to be taken on different programmes are available in the University Information System and the relevant programme document / handbook.

In special circumstances when a student cannot fulfil the graduation requirements within the normal period of study and is granted extension of studies, he/she will be classified as “part- time” when registering for less than 12 units in a semester during the extension period.

Unless prescribed in an approved study plan, a student may not register for more than 18 units in a semester. Students who wish to register for more than 18 units must obtain approval from the appropriate Department/Programme Head or Programme Director and the Academic Registrar during the course add/drop period. Students who wish to register for more than 21 units must obtain support from the appropriate Department/Programme Head or Programme Director and apply to the Academic Registrar in writing. Approval for a study load in excess of 21 units will only be given under exceptional circumstances.

Students placed on academic probation must work out and agree on a study plan with their Department/Programme Head or Programme Director. Normally, this study plan will include a reduced study load according to the following guidelines:

  1. a) Those with a failure of 0 – 6 units in the previous semester may be required to take not more than 12 units in the following semester.
  2. b) Those with a failure of more than 6 units in the previous semester may be required to take not more than 9 units in the following semester.
The President and Vice President(s) of the Student Union will be allowed to suspend study or reduce their study load to any number of units during their tenure in the Student Union, and to extend their study period up to one academic year if they so wish. In such cases, an appropriate study plan should be drawn up by the student and approved by the Department/Programme Head or Programme Director.

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2.3 University General Requirements

Undergraduate students are required to complete a minimum of 36 units of courses (including honours project) at Levels 3 and 4.

Undergraduate students are normally expected to complete 38 units of General Education courses, which include 26 units of core requirements and 12 units of distribution requirements.

All undergraduate students are required to take the non-credit bearing course University Life as part of the graduation requirements. A student will be given a “S” grade for satisfactory completion of the course or a “U” grade for unsatisfactory performance. A student who is unable to complete the course by the deadlines specified will not be allowed to enrol on courses in the following semester until his/her course deficiency has been made up. Students should take note of the deadlines listed at http://ge.hkbu.edu.hk/ge-programme/ulife/.

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2.4 Programme Curriculum

The programme consists of a Major in European Studies, a General Education Courses and Elective Courses components.

Major in European Studies 66 units
of which:
European Language (French or German) 36 units
European Area Studies 24 units
Honours Project 6 units
 
General Education Courses 38 units
 
Elective Courses 24 units
Of which:
Free Electives in Europe 21
Free Elective (HK) 3
Total 128 units

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2.5 Requirements for the B.Soc.Sc. (Hons) Degree in European Studies

Subjects Units Total units
Major in European Studies
European Language (French or German) Studies 36 units 66 units
Either  
FREN 1008-9 European Language Context I (French) (@1.5 hrs/unit)
or
GERM 1
008-9 European Language Context I (German) (@1.5 hrs/unit)
16  
Either
FREN 2008-9 European Language Context II (French) (@1.5 hrs/unit)
or
GERM 2
008-9 European Language Context II (German) (@1.5 hrs/unit)
16  
Either
FREN
4008-9 European Language Context III (French)
or
GERM
4008-9 European Language Context III (German)
4  
 
European Area Studies 24 units  
(required for Major : 18 units)
EURO 1008-9 Europe : Unity & Diversity 6  
Either
EURO 2005 Contemporary European Societies I : The French-speaking Countries
or
EURO 2
006 Contemporary European Societies I : The German-speaking Countries
3  
EURO 2007 The Political Economy of the European Union 3  
EURO 4005 Current Issues of European Integration 3  
Either
EURO
4006 European Economic and Business Life : travailler en contexte international
or
EURO
4007 European Economic and Business Life : Wirtschaft im Wandel / Deutsch-chinesische Wirtschaftsbeziehungen
3  
Either
POLS 2205 European Politics and Society : French Political and Government System and
EURO 4015 Contemporary European Societies II : questions d’actualité
or
POLS 2206 European Politics and Society : German Political Systems and Society and
EURO 4016 Contemporary European Societies II : Struktur und Zukunft der Sozialen Marktwirtschaft
6  
 
Honours Project   6 units
(required for Major: 6 units)
EURO 4898-9 Honours Project (European Studies) 6  
 
General Education Courses   38 units
Core Requirements : 26 units
- English Language 6  
- Chinese Language 3  
- Public Speaking 3  
- Information Management Technology 3  
- Numeracy 3  
- History & Civilization 3  
- Values & the Meaning of Life 3  
- Physical Education 2  
Distribution Requirements : 12 units
- Arts 3  
- Business 3  
- Communication/ Visual Arts 3  
- Science/ Chinese Medicine 3  
- Interdisciplinary 3  
Students are required to take 1 course in each of the areas outside of their own Faculty, for a total of 12 units; one of these 4 courses can be an interdisciplinary course.
Free Electives in Europe   21 units
EURO 3008 European Academic / Internship Semester I : Language 9  
EURO 3009 European Academic / Internship
Semester II : Academic Study / Internship
12  
 
Free Elective in Hong Kong   3 units
 
Total: 128 units

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2.6 Four-year Schedule

PDF Version of Curriculum Schedule (French Stream)
PDF Version of Curriculum Schedule (German Stream)

Year I

Course Code Course Title 1st Semester
Units
2nd Semester
Units
Total
Units
  Required GE Courses      
  - English Language 3 3 6
  - Chinese Language 3 - 3
  - Information Management Technology - 3 3
  - Numeracy - 3 3
  - Physical Education 1 - 1

Either
FREN 1008-9
or
GERM 1008-9

Either
European Language in Context I (French) (@1.5 hrs / unit)
or
European Language in Context I (German) (@1.5 hrs / unit)
8 8 16
EURO 1008-9 Europe: Unity & Diversity 3 3 6
  18 20 38

Year II

Course Code Course Title 1st Semester Units 2nd Semester Units Total Units
  Required GE Courses      
  Public Speaking 3 - 3
  History & Civilization - 3 3
  Values & the meaning of Life - 3 3
  Physical Education - 1 1
  Distribution Requirements 6 - 6

Either
FREN 2008-9
or
GERM 2008-9

Either
European Language in Context II (French) (@1.5 hrs/unit)
or
European Language in Context II (German) (@1.5 hrs/unit)
8 8 16
Either
POLS 2205
or:
POLS 2206
Either
European Politics and Society : French Political and Government System
or
European Politics and Society : German Political Systems and Society
3   3
Either
EURO 2005
or
EURO 2006
Either
Contemporary European Societies I : The French-Speaking Countries
or
Contemporary European Societies I : The German-Speaking Countries
  3 3
  20 18 38

Year III *

Course Code Course Title 1st Semester Units 2nd Semester Units Total Units
EURO 3008 European Academic / Internship Semester I : Language (to be taken in Europe)     9
EURO 3009 European Academic / Internship Semester II : Study / Internship (to be taken in Europe)     12
      21
* Further information about Year III organization and courses please CLICK here to read

Year IV

Course Code Course Title 1st Semester Units 2nd Semester Units Total Units
  Distribution Requirements 3 3 6
EURO 2007 The Political Economy of the European Union 3 - 3
Either
FREN 4
008-9
or
GERM 4008-9
Either
European Language in Context III (French)
or
European Language in Context III (German)
2 2 4
Either
EURO 4015

or
EURO 4016
Either
Contemporary European Societies II : questions d'actualité
or
Contemporary European Societies II : Struktur und Zukunft der Sozialen Marktwirtschaft
3   3
EURO 4005 Current Issues of European Integration   3 3
Either
EURO 4006
or
EURO 4007

Either
European Economic and Business Life :
travailler en contexte international
or

European Economic and Business Life : Wirtschaft im Wandel / Deutsch-chinesische Wirtschaftsbeziehungen
  3 3
EURO 4898-9 Honours Project (European Studies) 3 3 6
  Electives 2   3 3
  14 17 31

On principle, students can choose Electives freely from all designated courses offered at HKBU and similar courses at European universities. The Department of GIS offers the following Electives:

EURO 2005 Contemporary European Societies I: The French-Speaking Countries

EURO 2006 Contemporary European Societies I: The German-Speaking Countries

EURO 3205 Comparative Politics of Post-Communist Central Europe

POLS 2007 Introduction to Research Methods

POLS 1005 Foundations of Political Science

POLS 2205 European Politics and Society: French Political and Government System

POLS 2206 European Politics and Society: German Political Systems and Society

POLS 3207 Government & Politics of the United Kingdom

POLS 4215 Contemporary Europe & Asia

POLS 4246 Topics in European Politics

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