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HIST5011A Perspectives in Comparative and Public History

Semester 2 (2020-2021)

Lecture TimeThursday 6:30pm-8:00pm
Zoom ID: 957 0401 0170
PW: 759208
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VenueYIA LT6


Lecturer LEUNG Yuen Sang

Teaching Assistant WOO Tze Yan Jessie ((852) 3943 7129 /

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 Lecture 
1 Introduction: Origin and Characteristics of Programme, Course Mechanics
2 Comparative History: Background and State of the Field
3 Public History: Definitions, Development and Rising Significance
4 Topics in Comparative History I: Europe and China – Marco Comparisons
5 Topics in Comparative History II: Modernization and East Asia
6 Public Holiday – Chung Yeung Festival
7 Topics in Comparative History III: Impact of Colonialism on Asian Cities – Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai
8 Topics in Comparative History IV: Walls and Waters – Comparing City Cultures in Shanghai and Hong Kong
9 Topics in Public History I: Memories and Monuments – Records, Archives, and Buildings
10 Topics in Public History II: Heritage and Legends – Yi He Xuan and Tung Wah
11 Topics in Public History III: History in the Field – Excursion and Observation
12 Topics in Public History IV: History Within the Walls – Museum Studies
13 Conclusions


Assessment & Assignments

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

2. One Book Reivew 20% (1500-2000 words)

3. One Project Paper 50% (3000-4000 words)


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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