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Programme Description

BEd(HIST) 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 possess the relevant pedagogical and curriculum development skills as well as disciplinary knowledge with an emphasis on historical issues of modern times. Graduates will also possess critical thinking skills to solve problems in a logical and creative way; be able to communicate and interact effectively with others in social and professional contexts; and demonstrate global awareness with high standard of morality.

Study Mode Normal Period of Study JUPAS Code EdUHK Programme Code
Full-time 5 Years JS8381 A5B077
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Programme Structure

Domain Credit Points (cps)
(a) Major
  • Discipline Studies - History Major
  • Major Interdisciplinary Course
39
(b) Education Studies
  • Generic Courses (ES Core and ES Restricted Electives) (24 cps)
  • Pedagogical Courses for History (6 cps)
30
(c) Final Year Project 6
(d) Field Experience 20
(e) General Education 22
(f) Language Enhancement 9
(g) Electives (including optional Second Major / Minor)* 30
Total: 156

*Due to the latest programme revisions, Liberal Studies (LS), which is currently a compulsory minor in the BEd (Hons) (History) programme, will no longer be available as a minor subject (both compulsory and optional) for students who join in 2021/22 and onwards.

Note:

  1. 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.
  2. Any aspect of the courses (including, without limitation, the content of the Course and the manner in which the Course is taught) may be subject to change at any time at the sole discretion of the University. Without limiting the right of the University to amend the course, it is envisaged that changes may be required due to factors such as staffing, enrolment levels, logistical arrangements and curriculum changes.

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.

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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 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
  • Historiography

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.

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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

Final Year Project

The Final Year Project comprises of two courses:

  • Honours Project I / Capstone Project I: Introduction of research methods and proposal
  • Honours Project II / Capstone Project II: A one-year project to be conducted in the final year.

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Field Experience

Students will be placed in schools which are important sites for learning to teach and where they will interpret, generate, interact and experiment with theory. Block Practice will be conducted in local schools which the medium of instruction may vary depending on the policy of the schools. Students should be able to demonstrate a proficient level of Cantonese/English/Putonghua# to conduct Block Practice.

# for Chinese Language teaching in some schools only

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.

General Education

The EdUHK’s General Education programme prepares students to be active agents of change, by broadening their intellectual horizons, helping them make connections among different areas of knowledge and between their formal studies and life outside the classroom, and strengthening their capacity for sound thinking and good judgement. It offers a varied but balanced mix of individual courses across a range of subject areas and disciplines, set within an integrated structure of (i) General Education Foundation Course, (ii) Experiential Learning, (iii) General Education Breadth Courses, and (iv) University ePortfolio with a total of 22 credit points (cps).

Language Enhancement

The Language Enhancement domain aims to improve students’ language proficiency in Chinese (including Putonghua) and English. It consists of three components:

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Electives

On top of the major courses, electives provide greater flexibility and multiple learning pathways for undergraduate students to develop their interests and explore their career aspirations. The following options will be available for students’ choice in the Electives Domain of the new curriculum:

  • Free electives available in the Elective Course List and General Education or other elective courses recognised by the Programme;
  • Second Major;
  • one / two Minors;
  • any combination of the above.

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. Graduates of the history programme should also be capable of taking up non-teaching positions in editing, journalism, or curatorship.

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As the 2022/23 academic year is the beginning of the 2022/23 - 2024/25 triennium for which the allocation of UGC-funded places is still subject to the Government's approval, the number of intake places is indicative only and subject to changes or confirmation.

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Any aspect of the course and course offerings (including, without limitation, the content of the course and the manner in which the course is taught) may be subject to change at any time at the sole discretion of the University. Without limiting the right of the University to amend the course and its course offerings, it is envisaged that changes may be required due to factors such as staffing, enrolment levels, logistical arrangements and curriculum changes.