The courses of the Department attempt to provide students with a basic knowledge of sociological andanthropological concepts theories, and methods, applying these to the empirical study of topics which have some relevance to contemporary Hong Kong. Thus in addition to basic courses in theory and methods, regionally there are courses on Hong Kong itself, China and other Asian societies and topically there are courses on a wide range of sub-fields within sociology.





Celebrating 30 Years of Criminology at HKU
—HKU Criminology Through the Years Exhibition opens in April

HKU Criminology Through the Years Exhibition
Date: 5 April – 30 April, 2016
Venue: MC³@702 Creative Space, 7/F, The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 6:15pm (Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays

Health and Social Activism of Self-Identified Gay Men in Postsocialist China
Date: April 26, 2016 Tuesday
Time: 4:30-6:00pm
Venue: Rm813, 8/F, The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU

Sociology Capstone Fair

The Department of Sociology is proud to present another amazing collection of final year Capstone Projects in the second semester. The 7 projects on display represent the work of 14 students in progress. The Sociology Capstone Experience is integrative, socially relevant, creative and publicly engaging. Building upon the knowledge and skills students have acquired throughout their undergraduate studies, these projects take learning out of the classroom and into the larger world. By bringing theory to life, the work presented here not only demonstrates a culminating academic and intellectual journey, but also an opportunity for students to connect and integrate a range of learning experiences in a fun and creative way.


 The group project topics are: Gender in Craft Beer Culture; Walking the City; Immigrant Identities; Social Media and the Culture of "Male God" (男神); Self Identification as "Useless Youth" (廢青); The Meanings of Selfie.

Date: Friday 29 April, 2016
Time: 12:00 - 15:00
Venue: University Street, G/F, Centennial Campus

'Normal': Documentary screening
Thurs, May 20 2016
Venue:MC3@702 Creative Space (7/F, The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU)

Luncheon Colloquium Series (Sem 2, 2015 -16)

You are cordially invited to join our Departmental Luncheon Colloquium Series on the specified Tuesdays below. Our faculty members and senior research postgraduate students will share their work-in-progress projects in the colloquia. Please mark your calendar. For enquiries, please contact Miss Sophia So ( or Dr. Li-Ping Wang (

Time: Tuesday, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. (Tea, coffee and sandwiches will be served from 12:55 p.m.)
Venue: Rm. 929, Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus




Feb 2

Dr. Paul Joosse

Weber's Disciples: Analyzing the Charismatic Aristocracy

Feb 23

Dr. Tommy Tse

Fashion as a Social Field: Global Diffusion of Chinese and South Korean Fashion as Counter-Cultural Imperialism?

Mar 15

Dr. David Palmer

Altruism as Individualism: The Moral Anxieties of Volunteering in China

Mar 29

Miss Yunxue Deng

Labor Protests and Grassroots Union Reform: A Study on the Automobile Industry in South China

Apr 12

Dr. Xiaoli Tian

Birds of a Feather: Cross-group Interaction between Mainland and Local University Students in Hong Kong

Apr 26

Dr. Sylvia Martin

The Production of Spectacle