Department of Counselling & Psychology


Email us: counpsy@hksyu.edu
Phone: +852 2806 5197
Fax: +852 2806 8044

B.Soc.Sc. (Hons) in Counselling and Psychology
(for students admitted in or after 2017/18)

• Course Schedule: 1st year , 2nd year , 3rd year , 4th year
Suggested Areas of Concentration

:: PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE::
The body of knowledge surrounding the study of Counselling and Psychology is founded in systematic and empirical research as well as in theories. As such, this programme encompasses not only a study of theoretical frameworks, but also their application to real-life situations and their implications for research. It is designed to give students sufficient grounding in most areas of Counselling and Psychology to qualify them for direct entry into any career potentially open to Counselling and Psychology graduates in both the private and the public sectors. For those aspiring to further their education upon graduation, this programme will qualify them for postgraduate training in both Counselling and Psychology.

:: Mode of Attendance ::

Full-time

:: Duration of Programme ::
Four Years

:: Admission Requirements and Procedures ::
Please refer: http://www.hksyu.edu/Info/admission_procedures.html

:: Emphasis of the Programmes ::
The University’s traditional learning philosophy and mission emphasize basic bilingual literacy, and a broad-based curriculum with a focus on Chinese culture and contemporary ethics. The popularity of Shue Yan’s programmes is due in part to their vocational orientation. Through research projects, practicums, and an internship programme which begins in Year 2 and finishes in Year 4, students will gain much-needed exposure to the world of work. This will prepare them to apply their theoretical knowledge to practical situations.

:: Programme Structure and Curriculum ::
This degree programme is a four-year, broad-based programme in which the core courses in Counselling and Psychology comprise 50% of the total credits. The remaining credits cover the areas of language competence, information and communication technology, departmental and non-departmental electives, research and practical work. The minimum number of credits for each semester is 12. The minimum requirement for graduation is 124 credits.

:: Course Schedule:

First Year Curriculum

FIRST YEAR
Compulsory Courses Number of Credits
  1st Term 2nd Term
Language Requirements
CHI 101-2 First Year Chinese I and II 4 4
ENG 111-2 English Usage I and II 3 3
ICT Requirements (Not Applicable for students admitted in or after 2018/19)
COMP 101 Introduction to Information Technology - 3
Introductory Courses
PSY 100 Introductory Psychology 3 -
PSY 103 Statistics for Social Sciences 3 -
PSY 110 Biological Bases of Behaviour - 3
PSY 120 Lifespan Developmental Psychology 3 -
Total Compulsory Credits 16 13
Elective Courses
General Education Courses and/or Non-Departmental Elective Courses (Level 1 or 2) (6 credits)
Students must choose at least 3 credits from the GE courses. Courses available are updated regularly and are subject to the decision of contributing departments.
Total Elective Credits 6
Required Total Credits 35
Additional requirements for all students: 
COUN 110 Personal Growth 2 hrs.per week, Pass/Fail

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Second Year Curriculum

SECOND YEAR
Compulsory Courses Number of Credits
  1st Term 2nd Term
Language Requirements
ENG 211-2 English Usage I and II 3 3
Foundation Courses
COUN 200 Theories and Systems in Counselling and Psychotherapy 3 -
COUN 210 Micro-Skills in Counselling and Psychotherapy - 3
PSY 200 Social Psychology 3 -
PSY 204 Personality and Individual Differences - 3
PSY 205 Cognitive Psychology - 3
PSY 206 Research Methods and Designs 3 -
Total Compulsory Credits 12 12
Elective Courses
Departmental Electives (Must choose at least 3 credits from the following courses) 
PSY 207 History and Systems of Psychology - 3
PSY 208 Psychoanalytic Concepts (not offered in 2017-2018) - -
PSY 209 Positive Psychology 3 (3)
PSY 214 Qualitative Research Methods - 3
PSY 215 Cyberpsychology 3 -
PSY 303 Health Psychology 3 -
PSY 308 Human Sexuality 3 (3)
General Education Courses (6 credits)
Students must choose at least 6 credits from the GE courses. Courses available are updated regularly and are subject to the decision of contributing departments.
Total Elective Credits 9
Required Total Credits 33
Additional requirements for all students: 
COUN 230 Personal Experience as Counsellee 30 hours ( to be completed before the commencement of fourth year)
COUN 240 Pre-internship in Counselling 120 hours (to be completed before the commencement of fourth year)

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Third Year Curriculum

THIRD YEAR
Compulsory Courses Number of Credits
  1st Term 2nd Term
Advanced Level Courses
COUN 220 Cultural Diversity in Counselling and Psychotherapy - 3
COUN 310 Advanced Skills in Individual Counselling and Psychotherapy 3 -
COUN 330 Ethics: Professional Issues and Personal Awareness 3 -
COUN 340 Advanced Skills in Group Facilitation - 3
PSY 300 Abnormal Psychology 3 -
PSY 304 Psychological Assessment - 3
PSY 371 or
PSY 373
Research Project I or Capstone Project I - 3
Total Compulsory Credits 9
12
Elective Courses
Departmental Electives (Must choose at least 3 credits from the following courses) 
COUN 320 School Counselling - 3
COUN 350 Child Counselling 3 -
COUN 360 Adolescent Counselling - 3
COUN 370 Counselling Students with Special Educational Needs 3 -
COUN 380 Addiction Counselling - 3
COUN 400 Chinese Counselling and Psychotherapy - 3
COUN 410 Alternative Approaches to Counselling 3 3
COUN 420 Relationship Counselling 3 -
COUN 430 Gerontological Counselling (not offered in 2017-2018) - -
COUN 440 Family Therapy 3 -
COUN 450 Career & Employment Counselling - 3
PSY 207 History and Systems of Psychology - 3
PSY 208 Psychoanalytic Concepts (not offered in 2017-2018) - -
PSY 209 Positive Psychology 3 (3)
PSY 213 Computer-Assisted Data Analysis 3 -
PSY 214 Qualitative Research Methods - 3
PSY 215 Cyberpsychology 3 -
PSY 303 Health Psychology 3 -
PSY 306 Business Psychology (not offered in 2017-2018) - -
PSY 307 Educational Psychology 3 -
PSY 308 Human Sexuality 3 (3)
PSY 309 Industrial & Organizational Psychology 3 -
PSY 310 Advanced Cognitive Psychology 3 -
PSY 320 Motivation and Learning - 3
PSY 330 Advanced Social Psychology 3 -
PSY 340 Advanced Developmental Psychology - 3
PSY 350 Criminal Psychology (not offered in 2017-2018) - -
PSY 404 Psychology of Consciousness (not offered in 2017-2018) - -
PSY 405 Human Neuropsychology (not offered in 2017-2018) - -
PSY 406 Specific Issues in Neuroscience (not offered in 2017-2018) - -
PSY 410 Psychoanalytic Readings (not offered in 2017-2018) - -
General Education Courses and/or Non-Departmental Elective Courses (Level 2 to 4) (6 credits)
Students must choose at least 3 credits from the GE courses. Courses available are updated regularly and are subject to the decision of contributing departments. 
Total Elective Credits 9
Required Total Credits 30

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Fourth Year Curriculum

FOURTH YEAR
Compulsory Courses Number of Credits
  1st Term 2nd Term
Advanced Level Courses
PSY 372 or PSY 374 Research Project II or Capstone Project II 3 -
Compulsory Practical Work
COUN 461-2 Internship in Counselling I and II 4 4
Total Compulsory Credits 7 4
Elective Courses
Departmental AND/OR Non-Departmental Electives (15 credits)
Departmental Electives (6-15 credits)
Students must choose at least 6 credits of Level 3 and 4 Departmental Electives
Non-Departmental Electives (0-9 credits)
Students must choose from the Level 3 and 4 courses offered by other departments. Courses available are updated regularly and are subject to the decision of contributing departments.
Total Elective Credits 15
Required Total Credits 26

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:: General Education Courses ::
General Education Courses are divided into 4 areas, including (i) Chinese Culture in the 21st Century; (ii) Communication and Literacy; (iii) Global Citizenship; and (iv) Interdisciplinary Perspective. Students are required to complete a total of 12 credits of GE courses, 3 credits in each of the four areas specified above in the first three years of study. Please click here for further details about the University GE requirements.

:: Areas of Concentration ::
You are allowed to declare your area of concentration to help you focus and start thinking about your future career at the final semester of the final year study. If you follow through your declaration by taking all the suggested courses in the area, we will be able to issue a letter to the effect that you have such a concentration at the time of your graduation from SYU.

  • For students admitted in 2017/18

    The required courses in all four years of the proposed programme ensure that graduates obtain a thorough grounding in the core aspects of Counselling and Psychology. The range of electives, however, does allow the students to develop certain degrees of expertise in their chosen areas of interest. On the basis of the core and elective courses offered, four areas of concentration are suggested below.

    Youth and Education Concentration
    If students wish to pursue a career in relation to Youth Counselling, School Counselling or undertake postgraduate training in Educational Psychology, they may take the following departmental and other electives in addition to the compulsory requirements.

    Suggested Departmental or Other Electives
    COUN 320 School Counselling
    COUN 350 Child Counselling
    COUN 360 Adolescent Counselling
    COUN 450 Career & Employment Counselling
    PSY 307 Educational Psychology
    PSY 320 Motivation and Learning
    SW 310 Working with Marginal Youth

    Family and Marriage Concentration
    If students wish to pursue a career in relation to family & marriage counselling, they may take the following departmental and other electives in addition to the compulsory requirements.

    Suggested Departmental or Other Electives
    COUN 350 Child Counselling
    COUN 360 Adolescent Counselling
    COUN 430 Gerontological counselling
    COUN 440 Family Therapy
    PSY 303 Health Psychology
    PSY 308 Human Sexuality

    Industrial / Organisational / Business Concentration
    If students wish to pursue a career in the business sector or further their education in business management, they may take the following departmental or other electives in addition to the compulsory requirements.

    Suggested Departmental or Other Electives
    BUS 130 Principles of Marketing
    BUS 250 Organisational Behaviour
    BUS 309 Human Resource Management
    COUN 450 Career & Employment Counselling
    PRA 320 Public Relations: Theory and Practice
    PSY 309 Industrial & Organisational Psychology

    Research Concentration
    The following courses are recommended for students who are interested in the areas of Cognitive Psychology or carrying out research

    Suggested Departmental or Other Electives
    PSY 213 Computer-Assisted Data Analysis
    PSY 214 Qualitative Research Methods
    PSY 310 Advanced Cognitive Psychology
    PSY 404 Psychology of Consciousness
    PSY 405 OR PSY 406 Human Neuropsychology OR Specific Issues in Neuroscience

     



  • For students admitted in or after 2018/19

    The required courses in all four years of the proposed programme ensure that graduates obtain a thorough grounding in the core aspects of Counselling and Psychology. The range of elective, however, does allow the students to develop certain degrees of expertise in their chosen areas of interest. On the basis of the core and elective courses offered, three areas of concentration are suggested below.

    School and SEN Counselling Concentration
    If students wish to pursue a career in relation to School Counselling or undertake postgraduate training in Educational Psychology, they may take the following departmental electives in addition to the compulsory requirements.

    Suggested Departmental or Other Electives
    COUN 320 School Counselling
    COUN 350
    OR
    COUN 360
    Child Counselling
    OR
    Adolescent Counselling
    COUN 370 Counselling Students with Special Educational Needs
    COUN 450 Career & Employment Counselling
    PSY 307 Educational Psychology

    Gerontological Counselling Concentration
    If students wish of pursue a career in relation to gerontological counselling, they may take the following departmental electives in addition to the compulsory requirements.

    Suggested Departmental or Other Electives
    COUN 390 Gerontological Counselling
    COUN 440 Family Therapy
    COUN 460 Loss, Grief and Bereavement
    PSY 216 Psychology of Aging
    PSY 303 Health Psychology

    Mental Health Counselling Concentration
    If students wish to pursue a career in relation to mental health counselling, they may take the following departmental in addition to the compulsory requirements.

    Suggested Departmental or Other Electives
    COUN 350
    OR
    COUN 360
    OR
    COUN 390
    Child Counselling
    OR
    Adolescent Counselling
    OR
    Gerontological Counselling
    COUN 470 Application in Psychopathologies
    PSY 209 Positive Psychology
    PSY 303 Health Psychology
    PSY 405 Human Neuropsychology


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