Fostering critical thinking and broad horizons
Institute for the Study of Social Sciences
Our Human Practice unit consists of the disciplines of social psychology, social anthropology and social geography - all of which study, from their particular perspectives, everyday human interaction and practices as well as their social and cultural consequences. Most of the professors that this research unit employs specialise in the above three areas but we also have academic staff with a background in natural sciences. All of them supervise students' research and engage in constructive academic dialogue with their advisees; their offices and research rooms are all in close proximity of one another inside the East Building.
Our unit is staffed by ten professors. Teaching staff belonging to the social psychology sub-unit work in relative independence and specialise in sociology, psychology and mass communication respectively; the main courses taught by them are "Social Psychology", "Social Interaction", "Socio-Information and Communication" and " Methods in Social Psychology." Differing in their field research focus but sharing a basic research orientation, our social anthropology team all teach fieldwork methodology, conduct joint seminars and closely cooperate with each other. Their primary lectures include "Social Anthropology", "Theories of Ethnography", "Methods in Anthropology" and "Approaches to Peripheral Societies". Our social geography sub-unit is staffed by professors specialising in Asian and African area studies, including development and migration issues; lectures given by them include "Theories in Area Studies", "International Development" and "Social Development". Furthermore, our Human Practice unit employs professors who specialise in environmental and earth sciences and teach courses such as "Environment and Information".