Home » 2011/2012 GE Model » SOCY214 – Macao in the Global Context
Suggested Year of Study:2 to 4theme-3
Duration:1 Semester
Credit units:3
Offering unit:FSS

Department of Sociology



Course Description

This course intends to familiarize students with the political, economic and social aspects of Macao society as they are related to Chinese, Portuguese and other societies. We will also discuss social issues and problems facing Macao today as a multicultural society. We will examine issues like the political and economic transformations of Macao over the past 450 years, the clash and cooperation of civilizations, religious life of both Chinese and Portuguese peoples, literature and the arts in and about Macao, and social issues and problems. By the end of the class, students should have a clear idea and a critical understanding of Macao’s past, present, and future in relation to the social development in mainland China, and other societies. In understanding these issues, we will use the social science theories and concepts such as social stratification, social interaction, and continuity and change. We will bridge sociology, anthropology, history, political science, economics, and psychology, and will do a comparative analysis between Macao, China, and other societies.


Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the historical and social development in Macao;
  2. Understand the relationship between the development in Macao and the development in mainland China, Portugal, Hong Kong, and Taiwan;
  3. Think about the development in Macao critically, rather than blindly accept what appears on the surface;
  4. Feel proud of being a citizen in Macao;
  5. Learn to be engaged in the social development in Macao.