Curriculum Objectives

The aims are:

  1. to enhance and develop students’ interest in studying history;
  2. to help students understand the present in the context of the past;
  3. to enrich students’ knowledge of their own community and culture, as well as other major cultures of the world;
  4. to develop students’ historical skills and generic skills for further studies and life situations;
  5. to nurture students to become citizens who have global perspectives, knowledge and sense of responsibility.

Curriculum Content

S1 The ancient world (From pre-historic period to the 14th century): The birth and interactions of regional civilisations 

Topic 1: Human Needs: Past and Present 
Topic 2: The Development of European Civilisation 
Topic 3: The Rise of Islamic Civilisation and cultural interactions between Europe and Asia in medieval times 
Topic 4: History, culture and heritage of early Hong Kong region 

S2 The modern world (From 15th to 19th centuries): The growth and expansion of the West (To be implemented in 2021-22)

Topic 5: The Rise of modern Europe 
Topic 6: European colonial expansion 
Topic 7: The founding and development of the United States 
Topic 8: Growth and development of Hong Kong up to the late 19th century 

S3 The contemporary world (From the 20th century to the present): Moving towards a multi-polar and interdependent world (To be implemented in 2022-23) 

Topic 9: International conflicts and crises in the 20th century (I) – The two World Wars 
Topic 10: International conflicts and crises in the 20th century (II) – the Cold War and the Post-Cold War period 
Topic 11: International cooperation since the 20th century 
Topic 12: The growth and transformation of Hong Kong in the 20th century  


Curriculum Objectives

The aims are to enable students to:

  1. discover where they stand in the contemporary world through understanding the origins and development of modern events;
  2. develop the skills of critical thinking, making sound judgments and effective communication through exploring historical issues;
  3. approach past and current events in an impartial and empathetic manner, using a variety of perspectives;
  4. understand the characteristics and values of their own culture, and appreciate the shared humanity and common problems of the world’s many peoples;
  5. cultivate both national consciousness and the consciousness of being citizens of the global community, and thus become rational and sensible members of the local community, the nation and the world; and
  6. be prepared to explore in greater depth an issue of personal interest, or one that may be of relevance to their future careers and professional studies.

Curriculum Content

Theme A: Modernisation and Transformation in Twentieth-Century Asia

(1) Modernisation and transformation of Hong Kong 
(2) Modernisation and transformation of China 
(3) Modernisation and transformation of Japan and Southeast Asia 

Theme B: Conflicts and Cooperation in the Twentieth-Century World 

(4) Major conflicts and the quest for peace 
(5) The quest for cooperation and prosperity