The objective of the Faculty of Social Sciences is to provide a holistic, student-centred liberal arts education to prepare students to be knowledgeable and productive global citizens and enable them to further their studies or to pursue careers in the public or private sectors.
Interdisciplinary Teaching & Research
Interdisciplinary teaching and research activities, especially in strength areas and dominant disciplines, have been vigorously promoted at FSS, and the multi-disciplinary departments and research centres established also support and facilitate interdisciplinary teaching and research by providing ideal conditions. Academic resources are well integrated and coordinated among disciplines and put to maximum use and efficiency, thus broadening students’ knowledge and vision and greatly boosting creativity and research output. In the same way, FSS has developed three strategic disciplines, namely International Relations, Criminology, Macaology, which have become very strong areas with distinct features.
Internship and Practicum
FSS students have opportunities to participate in various professional projects, including internships with businesses and media companies in Macao and Taiwan, production of documentaries, publication of magazines and newspapers, club and association activities, debates and competitions, website designs and graphics and research trips to museums and historical sites. For example, only in the past couple of years FSS students have participated in such activities as covering the Beijing Olympic Games for China Daily; competing in the “Public Relations and Advertising” contests in Beijing and Taipei, organising a campus blood donation drive for the Macau Ministry of Health, visiting Taiwan to observe various elections, joining debates with students from other Chinese universities in Shanghai, initiating campaigns to enhance environmental awareness, organising the Asian-American Film Festival and compiling oral histories of villagers in Guangdong China. All these services and activities provide students with real world learning opportunities, helping them acquire hands-on experience and develop practical skills and abilities.
The key factor for the success of FSS programmes is the excellent quality of its academic staff coming from different parts of the world, including the UK, North & South America, Singapore, Australia, Russia, Europe, the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Many of them have rich and diversified experiences as practitioners and professionals, such as policy advisors to the local government, journalists and media reporters, producers, photographers and consultants to multinationals. This elite academic team consisting of scholars with rich knowledge and experience and strong research background provide students with quality courses and programmes of international standards.
The Faculty has facilities such as media and audio-visual labs and and resource centre to promote student development and quality teaching. The audio-visual labs and studios, where students produce videos and graphic designs, are equipped with DV Digital Editing System, SVHS Video Editing System and Mini Studio to give students practical training and help them gain hands-on experience in creating TV programmes. The resource centre provides quality training to students majoring in Clinical Psychology in psychological assessment and treatment, and allows faculty and graduate students an appropriate venue to collect data for research in clinical psychology.