Fresh focus on matters of the mind and body

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 15 January, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 15 January, 2005, 12:00am

New courses cover physical and psychological well-being

THOSE DRAWN TO the study of psychology would be interested to note the launch of two new programmes by the Department of Psychology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

The first is an Master of Arts in Trauma Psychology, which will look at the application of psychological approaches in the management of traumatic experiences. Areas of study will include the psychology of adjustment, social adversities, trauma management and intervention, and physical and psychological adversities.

The second programme is a PhD in clinical psychology targeting clinical psychologists.

The department of sociology is also offering two new programmes. The first, a master's degree in sociology, will cover social phenomena, including society and culture and the social impact of technological and environmental changes.

Four required courses cover sociology and modern life; Hong Kong social issues; methods of social inquiry; and theoretical perspectives in sociology. Elective courses are also offered. The programme costs $21,050 if studied on a part-time basis or $42,100 full time.

A Master of Social Science in Applied Social Research targets public and private sector workers who can apply social research knowledge and skills in their work.

Some required courses are the same as those studied in the sociology master's (sociology and modern life; issues in Hong Kong society; methods of social inquiry), plus statistics for social research; survey and sampling; and an independent project.

Elective courses cover topics such as research methods and data analysis. Fees are the same as those for the sociology master's programmes.

The food and nutritional sciences department is launching a Master of Science in Nutrition, Food Science and Technology, which will be offered on a biannual basis.

The programme targets health-care professionals, managers working in the food industry, teachers of home economics and government administrators in food and health areas.

Required areas of study are chemical, physical and microbiological characteristics of food; food processing technology and food biotechnology; product development, quality assurance and management in the food industry; human nutrition and diet therapy; nutrition and immunity across the lifespan; and applied nutrition.

Students may opt to undertake a directed research project in food science and technology, or nutrition. Fees for the part-time programme are $40,000 a year.

The Chinese University of Hong Kong will launch several new programmes this year.

The Master of Arts in Sports Studies is available through the department of sports science and physical education, and will focus on the provision and practice of sport in today's society. All aspects of sport are covered - from administration and management to promotion, coaching theory and practice.

Students can opt for elective courses in psychology, physiology and biomechanics. The programme will begin in September, and study is on a part-time basis.