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Social Sciences

Findings on antisocial children raise red flag for parents

Are we in danger of raising a generation of narcissists and spoiled brats? A new study by City University social scientist Annis Fung Lai-chu has caused alarm.

Sunday, 28 April, 2013, 5:02am

Academics denied their place in debate on Hong Kong

Hong Kong universities are now gearing up for the Research Assessment Exercise, imported from Margaret Thatcher's Britain. Academics are required to choose their four "best" publications over the past six years; these will be evaluated by committees of experts, who will then rank different academic departments as to their research productivity. Highly ranked departments will get more money; poorly ranked departments will get less money, with implications for individuals' jobs and futures.

22 Apr 2013 - 1:58am 3 comments

Soft side of counter-insurgency wins half the battle

Most people think counter-insurgency is all about men in masks kicking down doors and rappelling down from the roofs of buildings. Yes, the application of surgical violence is still key, but many contemporary counter-insurgency tactics have a softer side, and involves an interdisciplinary application of the social sciences.

24 Mar 2013 - 4:43am

Six Politburo Standing Committee members are not technocrats

In a noticeable break from the past two decades of Communist Party leadership, dominated by technocrats, six of the seven members of the new Politburo Standing Committee, the party's top decision-making body, trained in social sciences and the humanities.

20 Nov 2012 - 4:55am

Nobel-winning economists' theory applied to finding a mate

21 Oct 2012 - 4:06am

Falling in love IS exact science, says professor

It is often said love is not logical. Yet, the study of love, which attempts to objectively and scientifically analyse romance and teach it as an academic subject, has recently become a popular topic in Japan. The hot new field also aims to improve people's communication skills with the opposite sex.

7 Oct 2012 - 3:01am

'Social management' unlikely to offer much in the way of justice

The Politburo's internal security boss, Zhou Yongkang, has been very busy in the last couple of months.

It all started in late August when the committee that he chairs expanded and changed its name from the Central Committee for Comprehensive Management of Public Security to the Central Committee for Comprehensive Social Management.

16 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

The sum of learning

As tertiary education becomes more popular and marketable, and investment in human capital a topic of attention, education is today often equated to vocational preparation. As a result, a number of leading academics have raised the alarm.

30 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Blueprint for building success

Keith Griffiths is chairman of the global board of Aedas, the world's second-largest architectural firm, and also chairs the company's Middle East and Asia business. He studied architecture at St John's College, Cambridge University in Britain, and has spent more than 25 years of his professional career in Hong Kong.

30 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Net gain for the English language

The internet has become the driving force in the spread of English throughout the world, a consultant linguist said on the sidelines of a conference this week.

8 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

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