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UGEC2020 History of Macau: The Encounter of Eastern and Western Cultures

Semester 1 (2023-2024)

Lecture TimeMonday, 10:30 - 12:15

VenueLT2, Lee Shau Kee Building(LSK LT2)


Lecturer CHEUNG Ching Man Emily (

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Course Description

Macau is renowned for its gaming industry, yet it is also the place where East meets West. After more than three centuries of social evolution and cultural exchange, which attributes to the social diversity of Macau and valuable cultural heritage. This course will be divided into two parts. Part I traces and examines the development of Macau from a historical perspective, foster students an understanding of the contexts that shape the society and culture of Macau from the past to the present. Part II exposes students to selected themes, including ethnic relations, economic activities, religious and cultural exchange, heritage conservation, etc., exploring the social and cultural diversity of Macau, and examine their relevance to the sustainable development of Macau. This course is relevant to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly in the area of sustainable economic growth, social equality and cultural inclusiveness.


Part I – Development of Macau: From A Historical Perspective

No lecture due to Inauguration Ceremony (4 September 2023)
(1) Introduction: Encounter of Eastern and Western Cultures (11 September 2023)
(2) The Coming of the Portuguese and Macau in the 16th and 17th Centuries (18 September 2023)
(3) Macau in the Late Qing Period (25 September 2023)
Holiday – The Day following National Day (2 October 2023)
(4) Contemporary Macau (9 October 2023)

Part II – The Social and Cultural Diversity of Macau

(5) The Chinese Society of Macau (16 October 2023)
Holiday – Chung Yeung Festival
(6) Macanese (30 October 2023)
(7) Missionary in Macau and Cultural Exchange (6 November 2023)
(8) Macau and the Maritime Silk Road (13 November 2023)
(9) Gaming Industry in Macau (20 November 2023)
(10) Historic Centre of Macau and Heritage Conservation (27 November 2023)

Assessment & Assignments

Quiz 30%
Final Paper 70%


A detailed reference list will be available in the first lecture.

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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