Sidebar    Health and Social Sciences

Trends in the 21st century such as the prominence of health and illness in everyday life, the increasing rates of illnesses associated with people’s lifestyles, occupations, individual choices, governments’ decisions and the relevance of ecological factors, all accentuate the importance of analysing health and illness systematically from the perspectives of the social sciences and humanities.

The objective of the Minor in HSS is to introduce students to the rich and varied expertise from the social sciences and humanities on health phenomena. The Minor in HSS focuses on three areas of health knowledge contributed by social sciences, and based on these areas of health knowledge, the Minor in HSS is designed to attain three learning outcomes.

The first two are knowledge outcomes:

  1. Students will obtain basic knowledge on the influence of psychological, social, economic, cultural, historical, and environmental factors on health-related behaviour and attitudes as well as on illness and disability patterns in society and their consequences.
  2. Students will be acquainted with the application of social science research approaches to the analysis of three areas of health knowledge:
    1. the impact of the psychological dimensions of individual behaviour and attitudes;
    2. the socio-economic, and cultural dimensions of individual and collective health-related behaviour, attitudes, and beliefs including the structure, dynamics and roles of health organisations and social support networks;
    3. the relevance of the economic and physical environment to the population’s health.

The third learning outcome is related to ability:

  1. Students will be able to search for and identify evidence-based social science research on health-related behaviour and attitudes as well as on illness and disability issues and patterns in society.

Programme Requirements

Requirements for Cohort 2010 and after:

Pass at least 24 MCs from the basket of Minor in Health and Social Sciences modules, which include the following:

  1. Essential (8MCs)
    1. GEK1900 or GEH1049 Public Health in Action
    2. SC2211 Medical Sociology
  2. Elective (16MCs)
    1. At least 8MCs must be at level-3000
GEK1900 or GEH1049 Public Health in Action
SC2211 Medical Sociology
GEK1507 or PR1301 Complementary Medicines and Health
GEK1534 or GEH1043 Microbes that change Man’s History
GEK1527/LSM1302 Genes & Society (module is no longer offered)
PL1101E Introduction to Psychology
GEK1540 or GEH1032 Modern Technology in Health and Medicine
NUR1116 Psychology for Health Professionals
NUR2119 or GEM2023 Primary Health Care
EC3353 Health Economics 1
NM3237 Health Communication
PL3232 Biological Psychology
PL3242 Health Psychology
PL3236 Abnormal Psychology
SC3218 Inquiry in Health and Society
SC3214 Sociology of Life Course and Aging
SW3207 Social Work in Medical Settings
SW3217 Mental Health and Illness
HY3252 From Tropical Medicine to Bioscience
SC3225 Social Capital
EC4353 Health Economics II
NM4219 New Media in Health Communication
NM4220 Health Communications (For Cohort 2010-2012)
SC4222 Body and Society
SC4881 Selected Topics in Health and Society (For Cohort 2010-2012)
SC4223 Health and Social Behaviour

Note 1:
All modules read in fulfilment of the minor requirements should be graded. Modules taken on Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis may not be counted towards the minor requirements.

Note 2:
Students are allowed to use up to 8 MCs to meet the requirements for both the Minor and a Major or another Minor, at the same time; however, the credits for these modules would be counted ONCE. FASS students would still need to fulfil the MCs required for the Unrestricted Electives (outside major) requirement.

Note 3:
For students on overseas exchange, credit transfer of up to 8 MCs of relevant modules for the Minor may be accepted. Please refer to the Maximum Number of Credit Transfer for SEP Students for more information.

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