Panel members

Ms Kan Chung Yan (Panel Head)

Ms Lee Wai Sze

Curriculum Objectives

It is hoped that the history course will help students

  1. To cultivate an interest in the study of history

  2. To develop a sense of belonging to their community

  3. To see the relevancy of the past to the present

  4. To acquire knowledge of selected topics to foster an understanding of historical concepts, generalization and trends

  5. To foster critical thinking, develop analytical abilities, argue with relevant evidence and make sound judgement

  6. To improve students’ skills in writing essays, interpreting sources and answering data-based questions


Form 1 – From Prehistoric Times to Ancient Times *New Junior Secondary History Curriculum*

  • Introduction to the study of history

  • The Prehistoric Times: the Stone Age

  • Prehistoric Hong Kong and traditional rural life of Hong Kong people

  • The Ancient Times: life in the main centres of early civilizations

  • The Ancient Times: Ancient Egyptian civilization

  • The Ancient Times: Ancient Greco-Roman civilization

  • The Ancient Times: Islamic civilization

Form 2 – From Medieval Times to Modern Times

  • Absolutism and the Enlightenment

  • The American Revolution

  • The Industrial Revolution

  • Hong Kong in the 19th & the 20th centuries

Form 3 – International conflicts in the 20th century

  • The First World War

  • The Second World War

  • The Cold War



The objectives of the public examination are to evaluate candidates:

  1. knowledge and understanding of the 20th century’s major events and trends, and their interrelationship;

  2. ability to recall, evaluate and select knowledge relevant to the context and to deploy it in a clear and coherent form;

  3. ability to recognise and make use of the concepts of cause and consequence, continuity and change, similarity and difference in time and space;

  4. ability to look at events and issues from the perspective of people in the past;

  5. ability to interpret and evaluate historical evidence: to extract information from historical sources; to distinguish between fact, opinion and judgment; to detect bias; to draw conclusions based on a comparison of various types of historical sources.

Form 4 – International Conflicts in the 20th century

  1. Major conflicts and the quest for peace

    • The First World War

    • The Inter-war years

    • The Second World War

    • The Cold War

  2. The quest for cooperation and prosperity

    • The Formation of the League of Nations and the United Nations

    • International and economic cooperation after the Second World War

Form 5 – Modernization and Transformation in 20th century Asia

  1. Modernization and Transformation of Hong Kong

      • Political and Institutional Changes in Hong Kong from Early 20th century up to 2000

      • Development of Hong Kong as an International City

  2. Modernization and Transformation of China

      • Early Attempts at Modernization – Reforms and Revolutions

      • Socialist Modernization in the Maoist Period and the Evolution of ‘Socialism with Chinese Characteristics’ in the Post-Mao Period

Form 6 – Modernization and Transformation in the 20th century Asia

  1. Modernization and Transformation of Japan

    • Modernization of Japan in the early 20th century

    • Reconstruction and growth after the Second World War

  2. Southeast Asia: From Colonies to Independent Countries