Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in China Studies – History Concentration

Programme Director: Dr CHUNG, Him

Today, China is entering a new phase in its pursuit of modernization, but this process can never be understood without going back to the roots. The aim of the History Concentration is to train students to gain a holistic and balanced view of China, thus preparing them for a variety of occupations which demand a full appreciation of the present complexities in light of past developments.

The ultimate objective of training in history is to educate generalists who can think, analyse and write. This Concentration is no exception, especially when it is becoming more and more obvious that Hong Kong society greatly needs this kind of humanist orientation. Students will be expected to follow a curriculum which (1) trains them in historical methods and historiography; (2) prepares them for a comprehensive and integrated understanding of modern Chinese history; and (3) documents the significance of that past for China’s present-day development. With their basic writing and analytical skills, students will be encouraged to examine China from the perspective of a global/regional vantage point as well as from that of their local environment—Hong Kong.

The structure of the curriculum is as follows:

I) China Studies Required Courses 40 units
II) Main Concentration Courses 30 units
III) Honours Project 6 units
III) General Education 38 units
IV) Free Electives# 15 units
    129 units

# Students may take additional GE courses in any categories to fulfil the “Free Electives” requirement but only a maximum of 6 units will be counted towards the fulfilment of the “Free Electives” requirement.


I. China Studies Required Courses 40 units
  Programme Requirement (7 units)  
  CHST1005 Introduction to China Studies 1 unit
  CHST3005 Summer Sojourn* 3 units
  LANG1005 Elementary Putonghua 3 units
  Social Sciences Foundation Courses (12 units)  
  CHSE1005 Essentials of Economics 3 units
  CHSG1005 Geography and the Contemporary World 3 units
  CHSH1105 China in the Imperial Age 3 units
  CHSS1005 Understanding Society: An Introduction to Sociology 3 units
  China Studies Foundation Courses (12 units)  
  CHSH2105 Introduction to Modern Chinese History 3 units
  Three of the following courses:  
  CHSE2005 Foundations of Chinese Economy 3 units
  CHSG2025 Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta: A Survey 3 units
  CHSG3006 Regional Geography of China 3 units
  CHSP1005 Foundations of Political Science 3 units
  CHSP3017 Government and Politics of China 3 units
  CHSP3205 Chinese Legal System 3 units
  CHSP3216 Ideology and Socialism in China 3 units
  CHSS2016 Modern Chinese Society 3 units
  Advanced China Studies Courses (9 units)  
  Three of the following courses, and two of them must be taken from the History Concentration:  
  CHSE3035 Industrial Management and Development in China 3 units
  CHSE3047 Rural Economic Development in China 3 units
  CHSE3055 Urban and Regional Economic Development in China 3 units
  CHSE4005 China's Foreign Economic Relations and Trade 3 units
  CHSE4007 Money and Finance in China 3 units
  CHSG4016 Energy Development in China 3 units
  CHSG4047 Resource Management in China 3 units
  CHSG4055 Rural and Agricultural Development in China 3 units
  CHSG4056 Selected Topics in the Geography of China (Human
3 units
  CHSG4057 Selected Topics in the Geography of China (Physical
and Environmental Geography)
3 units
  CHSG4085 Urban Development in China 3 units
  CHSH3105 Contemporary China 3 units
  CHSH3115 Engendering Imperial Chinese History 3 units
  CHSH3305 China and Asia since 1900 3 units
  CHSH3325 History of Chinese Food Culture in Global Perspective 3 units
  CHSH3406 Information Technologies and Quantitative Methods for Historical Studies 3 units
  CHSH4105 History of Chinese Women since 1912 3 units
  CHSH4116 Intellectual Trends in Modern China 3 units
  CHSH4117 Missionaries in Modern China 3 units
  CHSH4125 Revolution and Nationalism in Republican China (1912
3 units
  CHSH4126 Selected Themes in the History of Chinese Women 3 units
  CHSH4127 Social and Economic Development of Modern China 3 units
  CHSH4135 Topic Studies in Chinese History 3 units
  CHSH4136 Childhood in Imperial China 3 units
  CHSH4137 Legal History of Traditional China 3 units
  CHSH4145 Historical Anthropology of Chinese Society 3 units
  CHSH4305 Sino-American Relations 3 units
  CHSH4306 Sino-Russian Relations 3 units
  CHSH4315 Introduction to Museum Studies 3 units
  CHSH4327 Topic Studies in Comparative History 3 units
  CHSH4405 Oral History and Its Local Applications 3 units
  CHSH4407 Topic Studies in Social History 3 units
  CHSP4206 China and the World 3 units
  CHSS4006 Chinese Family and Kinship 3 units
  CHSS4007 Chinese Social Thought 3 units
  CHSS4025 Population of China 3 units
  CHSS4035 Selected Topics in the Sociology of China I 3 units
  CHSS4036 Selected Topics in the Sociology of China II 3 units
  CHSS4046 Social Networks and Chinese Society 3 units
  CHSS4047 Sociological Issues in Urban and Rural Development 3 units
  CHSS4055 Women in China 3 units
  CHSS4056 States and Power: Europe and China 3 units
  * Students are required to attain grade "B" or above in CHST3005 Summer Sojourn and those who fail to meet this requirement are required to take LANG1006 Intermediate Putonghua as one of the "Free Electives".
II. Main Concentration Courses 30 units
  Main Concentration Required Courses (18 units)  
  HIST2405 Historiographical Traditions: East and West 3 units
  HIST3135 The Socialist and Communist Traditions 3 units
  HIST3405 Historical Theory and Practice 3 units
  Three of the following courses:  
  HIST3106 Current Issues in Hong Kong and China 3 units
  HIST3116 Foreign Relations of Modern China 3 units
  HIST4106 Contemporary Chinese Political Thought 3 units
  HIST4107 History of Taiwan 3 units
  Main Concentration Elective Courses (12 units)  
  Four of the following courses:  
  HIST2106 History of Hong Kong since 1900 3 units
  HIST2205 Modern Asia (1800–1945) 3 units
  HIST3107 Early Imperial China 3 units
  HIST3117 History of Hong Kong to 1900 3 units
  HIST3125 Late Imperial China 3 units
  HIST3126 Mid Imperial China 3 units
  HIST3205 Great Trends in Modern European History 3 units
  HIST3206 History of Southeast Asia 3 units
  HIST3216 History of Japan since 1912 3 units
  HIST3226 History of Korea 3 units
  HIST3227 Modern History of Singapore 3 units
  HIST3317 The Chinese Diaspora 3 units
  HIST4115 History of the Catholic Church in China 3 units
  HIST4205 Origins of Western Imperialism 3 units
  HIST4206 Overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia 3 units
  HIST4207 Topic Studies in Asian History 3 units
  HIST4316 Global History of the Seas, 1400–1950 3 units
  HIST4317 Global History of Tourism 3 units
  HIST4325 History of Africa since Independence 3 units
  HIST4326 Science and Society: A Historical Perspective 3 units
  HIST4335 Topic Studies in Global History 3 units
  HIST4406 Topic Studies in Cultural History 3 units
III. Honours Project 6 units
  CHSH4898 Honours Project 3 units
  CHSH4899 Honours Project 3 units
IV. General Education 38 units
V. Free Electives 15 units
    129 units

Students are also required to pass two Putonghua courses:
Elementary Putonghua and Intermediate Putonghua.

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