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HIST7010 Graduate Seminar on Historiography

Semester 1 (2022-2023)

Lecture TimeFriday, 16:30 - 19:15

VenueLai Chan Pui Ngong Lecture Theatre (in Y.C. Liang Hall) (LPN LT)

LanguageEnglish / Putonghua

Lecturer POON Shuk Wah (

Course Description

This is a mandatory course designed for the first year research postgraduate students of the History Department. The goal is to prepare the students with a wide-range knowledge of modern historiography. This course is conducted in the form of a small group seminar. Students will engage in presentations and intensive group discussion. Each student is required to do two presentations, one on an article of his or her own choice from the Journal of Asian Studies (2014-2022), the other on three different reviews of a book also of his or her own choice. Presentations and discussion will focus on research methodologies, approaches, and issues related to historiography. Presenters are expected to give a presentation of about 30 minutes and lead the discussion. The presentation schedule will be determined on 9 September 2022 in class via a draw. At the end of the semester, students are required to submit a review article of a minimum of three studies (including the article chosen for the presentation).


Presentation topics and schedule to be determined in the first class meeting

Assessment & Assignments
  • Participation and Discussion: 20%
  • Presentation: 30% (20% + 10%)
  • A Review Article: 50 % (a minimum of 7,000 characters in Chinese or 3,000 words in English)

Journal of Asian Studies, 2014-2022

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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