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HIST1001B Tradition and Transformation in Chinese History

Semester 1 (2019-2020)

Lecture TimeWednesday 2:30pm-4:15pm

VenueERB 404


Lecturer LEE Hiu Hong Michael

Course Description

This course is designed to introduce Chinese history to undergraduates with or without prior knowledge in Chinese history. Students are required to think critically the significant historical events and figures in traditional China and how it transformed to modern China.


Learning Outcome

By the end of the course, students will be able to

  1. comprehend Chinese history from ancient, medieval to modern China, and from tradition to transformation;
  2. think critically of the different approaches to the study of Chinese history; and
  3. reflect and relate Chinese history to China and the world today.
Lecture Date Theme
1 4 Sep Introduction: The Study of Chinese History
2 11 Sep Confucianism in Ancient China
3 18 Sep The First Emperor and the “Great Unity”
4 25 Sep Han Dynasty and the Silk Road
5 2 Oct From Disunity to Reunification: Southern & Northern Dynasties
6 9 Oct The “Golden Era” of Tang China
7 16 Oct Chinese Culture and Neo-Confucianism in the Song Dynasty
8 23 Oct Genghis Khan, Marco Polo and the Mongol Empire
9 30 Oct Ming Dynasty: Beginning of Early Modern China
10 6 Nov Qing Dynasty: Encounters with the West
11 13 Nov Sun Yat-sen and Republican China (1912-1949)
12 20 Nov Communist China before 1978
13 27 Nov China and the World in New Millennium
Assessment & Assignments

Tutorials (25%)
Tutorial Review Essay (25%)
Take-Home Examination (50%)


Please refer to the course outline to be available by late August 2019 in this website and elearn blackboard.

Honesty in Academic Work

Attention is drawn to University policy and regulations on honesty in academic work, and to the disciplinary guidelines and procedures applicable to breaches of such policy and regulations. Details may be found at

With each assignment, students will be required to submit a signed declaration that they are aware of these policies, regulations, guidelines and procedures.

  • In the case of group projects, all members of the group should be asked to sign the declaration, each of whom is responsible and liable to disciplinary actions, irrespective of whether he/she has signed the declaration and whether he/she has contributed, directly or indirectly, to the problematic contents.
  • For assignments in the form of a computer-generated document that is principally text-based and submitted via VeriGuide, the statement, in the form of a receipt, will be issued by the system upon students’ uploading of the soft copy of the assignment.

Assignments without the properly signed declaration will not be graded by teachers.

Only the final version of the assignment should be submitted via VeriGuide.

The submission of a piece of work, or a part of a piece of work, for more than one purpose (e.g. to satisfy the requirements in two different courses) without declaration to this effect shall be regarded as having committed undeclared multiple submissions. It is common and acceptable to reuse a turn of phrase or a sentence or two from one’s own work; but wholesale reuse is problematic. In any case, agreement from the course teacher(s) concerned should be obtained prior to the submission of the piece of work.

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