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) Social Sciences Common Core 4 units
II) China Studies Required Courses 40 units
III) Main Concentration Courses 30 units
IV) Honours Project 6 units
V) University Core Courses 13 units
VI) General Education Courses 18 units
VII) Free Electives# 18 units
    129 units

# Students may take additional Healthy Lifestyle courses and/or General Education (Level 1 or 2) courses in any categories, subject to a maximum of 6 units, to fulfil the Free Electives requirement.


 I. Social Sciences Common Core 4 units
  Core Course (1 unit)  
  SOSC1006 Invitation to Social Sciences 1 unit
  Experiential Learning in Action (3 units) +  
  SOSC3005 Community and Civic Engagement 3 units
  SOSC3006 Global Outreach  3 units
II. 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
  * In terms of the Putonghua requirement, LANG1005 Elementary Putonghua (or its equivalence as defined by the university) is the prerequisite for the Summer Sojourn, and we require all China Studies majors to pass LANG1005 Elementary Putonghua in the second semester of the third year before the Summer Sojourn. In addition, China Studies majors are required to get at least a B grade in the Putonghua Course taken during the Summer Sojourn. Students who fail to meet this requirement have to pass LANG1006 Intermediate Putonghua or its equivalence as defined by the university. 
  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
  CHSE4017 Innovation and Entrepreneurial Economy: China and Global Development 3 units
  CHSG4016 Sustainable Energy and Technological Innovation in China 3 units
  CHSG4047 Resource and Environmental Management in China 3 units
  CHSG4055 Rural and Agricultural Development in China 3 units
  CHSG4056 Selected Topics in the Geography of China (Human Geography) 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 (1912–1949) 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
  CHSS3045 China and Tourism 3 units
  CHSS3046 Chinese Capitalisms 3 units
  CHSS3047 Consumption in China 3 units
  CHSS3055 Population and Social Developments in China 3 units
  CHSS4006 Chinese Family and Kinship 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 Gender in Contemporary China 3 units
  CHSS4056 States and Power: Europe and China 3 units
  CHSS4057 China's Social Classes under Economic Reform 3 units
  CHSS4065 Chinese Entrepreneurship and Overseas Chinese in the Global Context 3 units
  CHSS4066 Chinese Nationalism and Identity Politics 3 units
III. 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
IV. Honours Project 6 units
  CHSH4898 Honours Project 3 units
  CHSH4899 Honours Project 3 units
V. University Core Courses 13 units
VI. General Education Courses 18 units
VII. Free Electives+ 18 units
  + Students taking CHST3005 Summer Sojourn will fulfil the course requirement of Experiential Learning in Action under “Social Sciences Common Core”. Students have to fulfil the 3 units derived from Experiential Learning in Action by taking Free Elective course(s). Hence, students are required to take a total of 21 units of Free Elective courses.
    129 units


Students are also required to pass two Putonghua courses: LANG1005 Elementary Putonghua and LANG1006 Intermediate Putonghua.

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