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HIST1000B History for Today

Semester 2 (2021-2022)

Lecture TimeThursday 8:30am - 10:15am

VenueZoom link, see lecturer’s email for details

LanguageEnglish

Lecturer PUK Wing Kin ((852) 3943 7062 / wkpuk@cuhk.edu.hk)

Teaching Assistant Eden Hwei Bing Chua

**IMPORTANT NOTE: TO BE UPDATED AND REVISED**

Course Description

The study of history is at once a science, an art and a craft. Why? In what sense? This course answers this question with concrete case studies. Different types of historical archives will be selected, and ways with which these archives are interpreted will be demonstrated. Major themes of historical study will also be introduced. 

Learning Outcomes

 By the end of the course, students will:
*   Have enhanced awareness and curiosity of professional historical knowledge and its relevance to today’s major issues or personal concerns;
*   Have enhanced judgment to distinguish narratives from facts;
*   Have enhanced ability to practice the craft, science and art of historical research;
*   Have enhanced reading, writing, and oral expression skills.

Syllabus

NOTE: THE SYLLABI IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE 

Lecture 01 (13 Jan): Introduction and Methodology: History in Three Keys
*Paul Cohen, History in Three Keys: the Boxers as Event, Experience, and Myth (New York: Columbia University Press., 1997).

Lecture 02 (20 Jan): Material Civilization
*Fernand Braudel, Civilization and Capitalism, 15th-18th Century (New York: Harper & Row, 1981), Vol. 1, The Structure of Everyday Life.

Lecture 03 (27 Jan): Socio-economic History
*Natalie Zemon Davis, The Return of Martin Guerre (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press 1983).

Lecture 04 (10 Feb): Social and cultural History
*Robert Darnton, The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History (New York, NY: Basic Books, 1999).
*James Watson, “Standardizing the gods: the promotion of T’ien Hou (‘Empress of Heaven’) along the South China Coast”, in Popular Culture in Late Imperial China eds. David Johnson, Andrew Nathan and Evelyn Rawski (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1985), pp. 292-324.

Lecture 05 (17 Feb): Hygienic Modernity
*Sun Yat-sen, trans. Pashal M. D’Elia, The Triple Demism of Sun Yat-sen (Wuchang: The Franciscan Press, 1931), 195-199.

Lecture 06 (24 Feb): Work and Discipline
*E.P. Thompson, “Time, work-discipline, and Industrial Capitalism”, Past and Present, No. 38 (Dec., 1967), pp. 56-97.
*Xu Guoqi, Strangers on the Western Front: Chinese Workers in the Great War (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2011).

Lecture 07 (03 Mar): Globalization, Capitalism, Imperialism
Hans van de Ven, Breaking with the Past: the Maritime Customs Service and the Global Origins of Modernity in China (New York: Columbia University Press, 2014).

Lecture 08 (10 Mar): Semester Paper Workshop (I)
*Anthony Grafton, The Footnote: a Curious History (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1997).

Lecture 09 (17 Mar): Semester Paper Workshop (II)

Lecture 10 (24 Mar): Semester Paper Workshop (III)

Lecture 11 (31 Mar): Semester Paper Workshop (IV)

Lecture 12 (14 Apr): Semester Paper Workshop (V)

Lecture 13 (21 Apr): Semester Paper Workshop (VI) and Conclusion

 

Assessment & Assignments

Semester Paper: 90%

Tutorial: 10%

Semester Paper
*     Minimum 5,000 English words including footnotes.
*     No bibliography is needed.
*     To be submitted to Veriguide on or before 28 April, 2022 (one week after the last lecture). 
*     Delay of submission by one day leads to deduction of 20 marks, for instance, from 90 to 70, and so forth.
*     Topic of the semester paper: A Study of Lancelot Giles’ Diary of the Boxer Riots and of the Siege of the Legation in Peking (June to July 1900)

 

Tutorials

*There will be two tutorial groups (A and B). Students are expected to join one of the two groups, attend six sessions and make one oral presentation of about 15 minutes based on assigned pages of assigned material. In every tutorial about 4 to 6 students shall be presenting.

*The assigned material for oral presentation is the crucial historical document for the semester paper: Lancelot Giles, ed. Leslie R. Marchant, The Siege of the Peking Legations (Nedlands, W.A.: University of Western Australia Press, 1970), 107-178. The pdf of this book is available on Blackboard. So there is synergy between tutorial and semester paper. Tutorial counts for 10% of the total mark (100). Ten percent might mean little, but is vital to the writing of the semester paper. So do please make an effort to attend all the tutorial sessions.

*Schedule of the two tutorial groups:

 (A1) 2022.01.27 Thursday 10:30-12:15 (via zoom link, see lecturer’s email for details)

(A2) 2022.02/10 Thursday 10:30-12:15 (via zoom link, see lecturer’s email for details)

(A3) 2022.02.17 Thursday 10:30-12:15 (via zoom link, see lecturer’s email for details)

(A4) 2022.02.24 Thursday 10:30-12:15 (via zoom link, see lecturer’s email for details)

(A5) 2022.03.03 Thursday 10:30-12:15 (via zoom link, see lecturer’s email for details)

(A6) 2022.03.10 Thursday 10:30-12:15 (via zoom link, see lecturer’s email for details)

 

(B1) 2022.01.27 Thursday 12:30-14:15 (via zoom link, see lecturer’s email for details)

(B2) 2022.02/10 Thursday 12:30-14:15(via zoom link, see lecturer’s email for details)

(B3) 2022.02.17 Thursday 12:30-14:15(via zoom link, see lecturer’s email for details)

(B4) 2022.02.24 Thursday 12:30-14:15 (via zoom link, see lecturer’s email for details)

(B5) 2022.03.03 Thursday 12:30-14:15(via zoom link, see lecturer’s email for details)

(B6) 2022.03.10 Thursday 12:30-14:15 (via zoom link, see lecturer’s email for details)

 

 

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 http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/policy/academichonesty/.

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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