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UGEA2236C 歷史經典導讀

Semester 1 (2019-2020)

Lecture TimeThursday 10:30am-12:15pm

VenueSB LT2


Lecturer SIU Kam Wah Joseph ((852) 39437274 /

Course Description

This course introduces four classical history books of ancient China: Records of the Grand Historian (Shiji), Standard History of the Han (Hanshu), Records of the Three Kingdoms (Sanguozhi) and Comprehensive Mirror for Aid in Government (Zizhi tongjian). It particularly analyses the historical contexts, purposes, genres, compilations, historical thoughts of these history books and the characteristics of the Chinese culture shown in them. Students are given close guidance to study the typical writings in these historical books to comprehend, analyse and appraise the essence of traditional Chinese historiography as well as the evolution and characteristics of history, politics, economics and society in the Chinese cultural heritage from multi-disciplinary and comparative perspectives, and reflect on the intellectual and cultural insights of these traditions into the contemporary society and life.



一. 傳承革新:四史概論 (5 Sep)


. 史記》對話 

二. 天人通變:《史記》之歷史觀與政治思想 (12 Sep)
三. 善者因之:《史記》之經濟思想與社會思想 (19 Sep)
四. 帝后臣俠:《史記》典範人物評析 (26 Sep)


. 《漢書》對話 

五. 藝文刑法:《漢書》之學術思想與法律原則 (3 Oct)
六. 天人之和:《漢書》之自然秩序及人文精神 (10 Oct)
七. 史漢得失:《史記》與《漢書》人物傳記比較分析—項羽與李廣 (17 Oct)


. 《三國志》對話

八. 亂世英雄:《三國志》之策略思想與懷柔方略 (24 Oct)
九. 才士美人:《三國志》之人才世界與婦女世界 (31 Oct)
十. 隱世方技:《三國志》之隱逸、醫療、相術及卜筮思想 (14 Nov)


. 《資治通鑑》對話

十一. 君道天意:《資治通鑑》之歷史觀與國族觀 (21 Nov)
十二. 智勢變御:《資治通鑑》之危機管理與國防策略 (28 Nov)
十三. 志鑑得失:《三國志》與《資治通鑑》史事記載比較分析—赤壁之戰 (2 Dec (Mon) 1:30pm-3:15pm, Venue to be confirmed)

Assessment & Assignments

期末家課式論文考試Take-home Essay Examination                      65%


學期中網上選擇題測驗Blackboard Multiple Choice Test                25%


講授課堂參與表現 Lecture Participation                                      10%


評分使用之成績等級描述 (Grade Descriptors)

Grade A
Outstanding performance on all learning outcomes. 

Grade A-
Generally outstanding performance on all (or almost all) learning outcomes. 

Grade B
Substantial performance on all learning outcomes, OR high performance on some learning outcomes which compensates for less satisfactory performance on others, resulting in overall substantial performance.

Grade C
Satisfactory performance on the majority of learning outcomes, possibly with a few weaknesses. 

Grade D
Barely satisfactory performance on a number of learning outcomes 

Grade F
Unsatisfactory performance on a number of learning outcomes, OR failure to meet specified assessment requirements.




1. 司馬遷撰,裴駰集解,司馬貞索隱,張守節正義:《史記》。北京:中華書局,1959。
2. 班固撰,顔師古注:《漢書》。北京:中華書局,1962。
3. 陳壽撰,裴松之注:《三國志》。北京:中華書局,1959。
4. 司馬光編著,胡三省音注:《資治通鑑》。北京:中華書局,1956。
5. 杜維運:《中國史學史》第一冊。臺北巿:三民書局,1993。
6. 杜維運:《中國史學史》第二冊。臺北巿:三民書局,1998。
7. 杜維運:《中國史學史》第三冊。臺北巿:三民書局,2004。

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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