Teaching Schedule | Introduction
1 September - 30 November, Wednesdays, 2:30-4:20, LE4

The past is no longer present, but its influence can be felt everywhere. We connect with the past in many ways in our everyday lives. Movies, websites, newspapers and magazines bombard us with recreations of pasts familiar and unfamiliar. But what relevance or value does the past have in a globalizing world? Why should we care about the past? Could it help us to build a better future? Is there such a thing as a 'true' historical account? What is the relationship between commercial, political and professional discourses of the past? And how do these relate to our own memories of the past? This course engages with these questions from multiple perspectives. It brings students face to face with the myriad ways in which the past is present in our lives today, and the importance of thinking historically. The course introduces students to the richness and value inherent in reading, writing and reflecting on the past; or in other words, making history.

What is this course like? How is it taught? Read students' views here...


What are students saying about 'Making History'?:

"The idea of history as a one-dimensional study is completely thrown out of the door with this course. Here, every perspective is critically analyzed and engaged with in a fun, interactive environment. Prepare to be galvanized!"
"A course on the meaning and value of history - rather than on the content of history itself. It is a very philosophical course, grounded in reality through connections to historical events - especially ones that relate directly to us. Even those who have absolutely no interest in history would feel this impulsive desire to further pursue the discipline after realizing just how dynamic and alive history is."
"It is a fantastic course and the most interesting course in my year 1. The assignments and instructions are very clear to me. The course is well-organized and is presented in a diversified way.""
"I can relate the present to the past more after going to the lectures and tutorials of this course. I can feel the powerful link between the past and the present."
"It is a fantastic course and the most interesting course in my year 1. The assignments and instructions are very clear to me. The course is well-organized and is presented in a diversified way.""
"Tutorials were awesome. Discussion really helps learning and facilitates communication among students."

Course Co-ordinator | Contact
Dr. David M. Pomfret
School of Humanities (History), Faculty of Arts

pomfretd@hkucc.hku.hk

Making History: Engaging with the Powerful Past Common Core Course webpage

Course Trailers | Introduction

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