The Chinese University of Hong Kong Department of History Department of History
Contact Us

HIST1000B History for Today

Semester 2 (2023-2024)

Lecture TimeTuesday, 12:30 - 14:15

VenueLee Shau Kee Building (LSK) LT1


Lecturer LUK Chi Hung (

Teaching Assistant GAN Lin (
XI Xu (

Course Description

This course teaches the art and science of historical research. Its objective is threefold: to bring the insights of history to students’ lived experience, to train students to become informed and critical citizens who contribute to our globalized twenty-first century, and to teach how to read, write, and communicate effectively as a historian. After summarizing some key aspects of historical philosophy, the course introduces a selection of historical sources, historical methods, and recent historical trends primarily based on the instructor’s research and teaching expertise. The course ends with workshops that guide students through historical essay writing, and a lesson that explores the prospects and challenges of doing history in our age.

  1. Introduction: Philosophy of History
  2. Historical Sources (1): Official Archives
  3. Historical Sources (2): Periodicals, Diaries, and Memoirs
  4. Historical Sources (3): Maps
  5. Historical Method (1): Field Research
  6. Historical Method (2): Quantitative Studies
  7. Historical Method (3): Digital Humanities
  8. Recent Trend in History (1): Frontiers and Borderlands
  9. Recent Trend in History (2): Empires and Colonialism
  10. Term Paper Workshop (1): The Art of Historical Essay Writing
  11. Term Paper Workshop (2): Tips on Historical Essay Writing
  12. Recent Trend in History (3): Race and Ethnicity
  13. Prospects and Challenges of Doing History in the Twenty-First Century
Assessment & Assignments
  • Tutorials (30%)
  • Term paper (70%)

See the course outline.


See the course outline.

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.

Back to top