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Programme Information

Bachelor of Education (Honours) (History)
(Five-year Full-time)

This programme will accept applications in 2020.
(No admission for 2019 entry)


The programme information contained herein is subject to changes and for reference only.


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Programme Aims

The programme aims to cultivate students with professional ethics and a global perspective for teaching the subject of history in secondary schools. To achieve this aim, graduates of the programme are expected to:

  • be competent in pedagogical and curriculum development skills as well as disciplinary knowledge with an emphasis on historical issues of modern times;
  • possess critical thinking skills to solve problems in a logical and creative way;
  • communicate and interact effectively with others in social and professional contexts; and
  • demonstrate global awareness with high standard of morality.


Programme Structure

Domain Credit Points (cps)
(a) Major 39

(b) Education Studies

  • Generic Courses (ES Core and ES Restricted Electives) (24 cps)
  • Pedagogical Courses for History (6 cps)
(c) Minor - Liberal Studies 15
(d) Electives (including optional Second Major / Minor) 15
(e) Field Experience 20
(f) General Education 22
(g) Language Enhancement 9
(h) Basic Research Methods 3
(i) Final Year Project (Honours Project / Capstone Project) 3
Total: 156

Note: Classes will be held in Tai Po Campus and Tseung Kwan O Study Centre / Kowloon Tong Satellite Study Centre / Sports Centre as decided by the University.


History Major

The major courses are designed to foster students’ knowledge in history across the broadly conceived areas – Foundation of Historical Studies, History of Modern Hong Kong, History of Modern China, History of Modern Southeast Asia and Japan, Conflicts and Peace in the Twentieth-Century World, Cooperation and Prosperity in the Twentieth-Century World and Advanced Historical Studies.

The design of the major courses in the programme is driven by the projected needs of graduates and is based on three principles:

(a) Professional Knowledge

The programme structure is related to the secondary history curriculum in Hong Kong, including the concepts and methods of history, coverage of S1-S3 curriculum, and issues under themes A and B of the HKDSE history curriculum.

(b) Areas of Study

The major courses focus on modern history. Key areas of study include: fundamental concepts of history, Hong Kong history, Chinese history, Asian history, global history, and contemporary issues.

(c) Sequence and Level of Courses

The courses are arranged according to their degree of difficulty and challenge. In Years 1 and 2, students will take introductory courses about foundation of historical studies and modern Hong Kong history. Starting with Year 2, students will expand their historical knowledge from Hong Kong to China, and from Asia to the world. In Years 4 and 5, students will encounter broad-based, topical courses organized around themes, including conflict, cooperation, development, and prosperity.

List of History Major Courses

Introduction to Historical Ideas and Practices
Life in the Ancient World
Origins of the Modern World
Modern Hong Kong: From Opium War to Basic Law
China: Reform and Revolution from Late Qing to 1949
Revolution and Modernity: History of the PRC
Modern Japan and its Neighbors since the mid-19th Century
The Making of Modern Asia: Decolonization and Independence
World War and World Peace
The Cold War
International Cooperation after World War II


Education Studies

Education Studies gives students the chance to study teaching and learning from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students will study early childhood/school education from psychological, sociological, philosophical, pedagogical and other perspectives. Students will develop a range of skills necessary for professional practice, such as problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, communication, social interaction, ethical decision making and global perspectives. Education Studies helps students appreciate the importance of professional excellence, ethical responsibility and innovation to the role of a teacher. We aim for our graduates to become beginning teachers who are caring and competent, intellectually enthusiastic, socially committed, and globally aware.

List of Education Studies Core

Basic Psychology for Educators: Useful Concepts from Educational and Positive Psychology
Philosophical and Socio-cultural Issues in Education
Effective Teaching and Positive Classroom Learning Environment
Curriculum and Assessment
School Guidance and Managing Diversity
Teachers and Teaching in Context

List of Pedagogy for Major Courses

History: Curriculum and Methods I
History: Curriculum and Methods II


General Education

Students can choose from a wide selection of General Education courses in the following developmental stages to enhance their whole person development:

  • Foundation Course
  • Breadth Course
  • Experiential Learning
  • University ePortfolio

For detailed information and the course synopsis about General Education courses, please refer to the General Education booklet or visit the website at


Final Year Project

Student will complete either an Honours Project or a Capstone Project in the final year of study.

Capstone Project

The capstone project takes a wide variety of forms that leads to and culminates in a final project that may include (but not confined to) a portfolio of creative works, instructional packs, etc.

Honours Project

Students complete an individual research project of their choice supervised by an academic staff.


Minor - Liberal Studies

Students are required to take a compulsory Minor in “Liberal Studies” which will equip students with essential knowledge on various social issues.



Students choose from a range of electives to fulfill the required credit points. On top of the compulsory Minor in Liberal Studies, they can also form another optional minor or a second major* by taking the required credit points and the appropriate electives.

* students opting for a second major will need to take at least additional 15 cps to fulfill the credit point requirement for a second major.


Field Experience

Students are required to participate in Field Experience (FE), where they observe classes and practise teaching in a secondary school:

  • FE Foundation Course
  • FE and Professional Learning Portfolio I
  • FE and Professional Learning Portfolio II
  • Block Practice I
  • Block Practice II

Important Note: The University will ask students of our full-time teacher education programmes (e.g. Bachelor of Education programmes) to declare whether they have been convicted of or are being prosecuted for any sex-related offence in Hong Kong or elsewhere, and to provide relevant details prior to undertaking teaching practice. Such information may be released to their placement schools. The University reserves the right not to allow these students to attend the block teaching practice. If so, they won't be able to meet the graduation requirements of the programmes.


Language Enhancement

Students in the programme are expected to develop the ability to communicate effectively in English and Putonghua as well as Chinese. To assist them in meeting this goal, the Centre for Language in Education (CLE) will offer a comprehensive package of credit-bearing and mandatory non-credit-bearing language enhancement courses.


Career Prospects/Professional Qualifications

The programme aims to produce committed secondary school history teachers with qualified teacher status (QTS). The programme covers a broad range of topics, and will provide students with ample opportunities to observe history teachers, teach in the field, and evolve into competent history teachers.

The University develops a 4Cs learning framework (Character and moral responsibility, Competence and professional excellence, Cultivation of wisdom and intellectual engagement, and Civic-mindedness and social responsibility) which ensures that graduates have general abilities like critical thinking and social interaction. After achieving of the University’s generic learning outcomes, graduates of the history programme should also be capable of taking up non-teaching positions in editing, journalism, or curatorship.


Admission Enquiries

Tel: (852) 2948 6886

Programme Enquiries

Tel: (852) 2948 7141