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HIST5011A Perspectives in Comparative and Public History

Semester 1 (2019-2020)

Lecture TimeMonday 6:30pm-8:00pm

VenueYIA 505


Lecturer LEUNG Yuen Sang

Teaching Assistant CHEUNG Ching Man Emily

Course Description

This is a require course for the History M.A. Programme in Comparative and Public History. It is designed to be a foundation course for M.A. studetns who pursue academic research or a professional career related to Public History or/and Comparative History. The course will introduce the basic characteristics and major trends in Public and Comparative history, and presend a variety of approaches and methodologies in these two fields.

Week Date Lecture   Tutorial 
1 Sep 2 (Mon Introduction: Origin and Characteristics of Programme, Course Mechanics  
Sep 7 (Sat) —–  Tutorial #1
2 Sep 9 (Mon) Comparative History: Background and State of the Field  
3 Sep 16 (Mon) Public History: Definitions, Development and Rising Significance  Tutorial #2
4 Sep 23 (Mon) Topics in Comparative History I: Europe and China – Marco Comparisons  Tutorial #3
5 Sep 30 (Mon) Topics in Comparative History II: Modernization and East Asia  Tutorial #4
6 Oct 7 (Mon) Public Holiday – Chung Yeung Festival  
7 Oct 14 (Mon) Topics in Comparative History III: Impact of Colonialism on Asian Cities – Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai  
8 Oct 21 (Mon) Topics in Comparative History IV: Walls and Waters – Comparing City Cultures in Shanghai and Hong Kong  Tutorial #5
9 Oct 28 (Mon) Topics in Public History I: Memories and Monuments – Records, Archives, and Buildings  
10 Nov 4 (Mon) Topics in Public History II: Heritage and Legends – Yi He Xuan and Tung Wah  Tutorial #6
11 Nov 11 (Mon) Topics in Public History III: History in the Field – Excursion and Observation  
12 Nov 18 (Mon) Topics in Public History IV: History Within the Walls – Museum Studies  
13 Nov 25 (Mon) Conclusions  
Assessment & Assignments

1. Participation 30% (Class Participation 10% + Tutorial 20%)

2. One Book Reivew 20% (1500-2000 words, due on Nov 11)

3. One Project Paper 50% (3000-4000 words, due on Dec 4)


This is a brief outline of the course. For further details and most updated information, please login to the Blackboard of HIST5011A ( [available for use – 26 August onwards]

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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