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UGED2233 Women & Children in Chinese History

Semester 1 (2021-2022)

Lecture TimeThursday 10:30am - 12:15pm

VenueLSK LT3


Lecturer LO Shuk Ying (39437120 /

Course Description

This course discusses the history of women and children in China from the Song Dynasty to the late 20th century. The course examines the changes of ideal gender and age roles defined in imperial and modern Chinese history. By comparing and contrasting the differences between ideal models and real experience, this course emphases how political, social, economic, cultural and ideological changes shaped the roles of Chinese women and children throughout the period under study.




1.     Introduction

2.      Life cycle of women

3.      Ideal model and restriction 

4.     Children’s life in Song and Ming dynasties

5.      Charities for women and children in late imperial era


6.       Good wives and wise women

7.       New women

8.       Concept of children in the  early 20th Century

9.       Child labour and poor children

10.     Women and children in post-war Hong Kong

11.     State feminism in Mao’s era


Assessment & Assignments

Mid-term 50%

Final paper 50%




Will be announced in 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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