UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES
Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in China Studies — History Concentration (4-year)
Option Description
Today, China is entering a new phase in its pursuit of modernisation, but this process can never be understood without going back to the roots. The aim of the History Option is to train students to gain a holistic and balanced view of China, thus preparing them for a variety of occupations which demand a full appreciation of the present complexities in light of past developments. The ultimate objective of training in history is to educate generalists who can think, analyse and write. This option is no exception, especially when it is becoming more and more obvious that Hong Kong society greatly needs this kind of humanist orientation. Students will be expected to follow a curriculum which (1) trains them in historical methods and historiography; (2) prepares them for a comprehensive and integrated understanding of modern Chinese history; and (3) documents the significance of that past for China’s present-day development. With their basic writing and analytical skills, students will be encouraged to examine China from the perspective of a global/regional vantage point as well as from that of their local environment—Hong Kong.
Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILO)
Successful students will be able to:
1) have a broad range of knowledge about contemporary China from multi-disciplinary perspectives, as well as in-depth knowledge of contemporary China from a particular disciplinary perspective;
2) possess in-depth critical knowledge of the theories and methodologies relevant to a specific discipline;
3) compare and contrast different social science disciplines in their approaches to studying human societies;
4) demonstrate subject-specific skills relevant to social science studies in China;
5) think critically and creatively;
6) communicate (in writing and verbally) effectively in Chinese and English; and
7) recognize and appreciate human diversity so as to be able to perceive the world in different perspectives.
The structure of the curriculum is as follows:
China Studies Core Courses
Main Concentration Core Courses
Main Concentration Elective Courses
General Education Courses
Elective Courses
46 units
18 units
12 units
38 units
15 units
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129 units
 
 
Requirements  
China Studies Core Courses 46 units
a) Programme Requirement (13 units)                                         
CHSH 4898-9 Honours Project    
CHST 1005 Introduction to China Studies                             
CHST 3005 Summer Sojourn                                                        
LANG 1005 Elementary Putonghua

6 units
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b) Social Sciences Foundation Courses (12 units)                        
CHSE 1005 Essentials of Economics
CHSG 1005 Geography & the Contemporary World
CHSH 1105 China in the Imperial Age
CHSS 1005 Understanding Society: An Introduction to Sociology

3 units
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c) China Studies Foundation Courses (12 units)                          
CHSH 2105 Introduction to Modern Chinese History
Three of the following courses:
CHSE 2005 Foundations of Chinese Economy
CHSG 2025 Hong Kong & the Pearl River Delta: A Survey
CHSG 3006 Regional Geography of China
CHSP 1005 Foundations of Political Science
CHSP 2005 Government & Politics of China
CHSP 3205 Chinese Legal System
CHSP 3216 Ideology & Socialism in China
CHSS 2016 Modern Chinese Society

3 units

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d) Advanced China Studies Courses (9 units)  
Three of the following courses, and two of them must be taken from the History Concentration:
CHSE 3035 Industrial Management & Development in China
CHSE 3047 Rural Economic Development in China
CHSE 3055 Urban & Regional Economic Development in China  
CHSE 4005 China's Foreign Economic Relations & Trade
CHSE 4007 Money & Finance in China
CHSG 4016 Energy Development in China
CHSG 4037 Population Geography of China
CHSG 4045 Problems in the Physical Geography of China
CHSG 4047 Resource Management in China
CHSG 4055 Rural & Agricultural Development in China
CHSG 4056 Selected Topics in the Geography of China (Human Geography)
CHSG 4057 Selected Topics in the Geography of China (Physical & Environmental Geography)
CHSG 4085 Urban Development in China
CHSH 3105 Contemporary China
CHSH 3115 Engendering Imperial Chinese History
CHSH 3305 China and Asia since 1900
CHSH 3325 History of Chinese Food Culture in Global Perspective
CHSH 3406 Information Technologies and Quantitative Methods for Historical Studies
CHSH 4105 History of Chinese Women since 1912
CHSH 4116 Intellectual Trends in Modern China
CHSH 4117 Missionaries in Modern China
CHSH 4125 Revolution & Nationalism in Republican China (1912-1949)
CHSH 4126 Selected Themes in the History of Chinese Women
CHSH 4127 Social & Economic Development of Modern China
CHSH 4135 Topic Studies in Chinese History
CHSH 4136 Childhood in Imperial China
CHSH 4137 Legal History of Traditional China
CHSH 4145 Historical Anthropology of Chinese Society
CHSH 4305 Sino-American Relations
CHSH 4306 Sino-Russian Relations
CHSH 4315 Introduction to Museum Studies
CHSH 4327 Topic Studies in Comparative History
CHSH 4405 Oral History & Its Local Applications
CHSH 4407 Topic Studies in Social History
CHSP 4206 China & the World
CHSS 4006 Chinese Family & Kinship
CHSS 4007 Chinese Social Thought
CHSS 4025 Population of China
CHSS 4035 Selected Topics in the Sociology of China I
CHSS 4036 Selected Topics in the Sociology of China II
CHSS 4046 Social Networks & Chinese Society
CHSS 4047 Sociological Issues in Urban & Rural Development
CHSS 4055 Women in China


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Main Concentration Core Courses 18 units
HIST 2405 Historiographical Traditions: East & West
HIST 3135 The Socialist & Communist Traditions
HIST 3405 Historical Theory & Practice
Three of the following courses:
HIST 3106 Current Issues in Hong Kong & China
HIST 3116 Foreign Relations of Modern China
HIST 4106 Contemporary Chinese Political Thought
HIST 4107 History of Taiwan
3 units
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3 units
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Main Concentration Elective Courses 12 units
Four of the following courses:
HIST 2106 History of Hong Kong since 1900
HIST 2205 Modern Asia (1800-1945)
HIST 3107 Early Imperial China
HIST 3117 History of Hong Kong to 1900
HIST 3125 Late Imperial China
HIST 3126 Mid Imperial China
HIST 3127 The Historial Role of China in The World
HIST 3205 Great Trends in Modern European History
HIST 3206 History of Southeast Asia
HIST 3216 History of Japan since 1912
HIST 3226 History of Korea
HIST 3227 Modern History of Singapore
HIST 3317 The Chinese Diaspora
HIST 4115 History of the Catholic Church in China
HIST 4205 Origins of Western Imperialism
HIST 4206 Overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia
HIST 4207 Topic Studies in Asian History
HIST 4316 Global History of the Seas, 1400-1950
HIST 4317 Global History of Tourism
HIST 4325 History of Africa since Independence
HIST 4326 Science and Society: A Historical Perspective
HIST 4335 Topic Studies in Global History
HIST 4406 Topic Studies in Cultural History

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General Education Courses 38 units
Free Elective Courses 15 units
Total 129 units
* Students are also required to pass two Putonghua courses: Elementary Putonghua and Intermediate Putonghua.
Related Links:
Faculty of Social Sciences: http://sosc.hkbu.edu.hk/
Department of History: http://histweb.hkbu.edu.hk/
BSocSc (Hons) in China Studies: http://chinast.hkbu.edu.hk/
University Internship Programmes: http://sosc1.hkbu.edu.hk/internship/
Schedule of Courses by Semester