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Introduction of Senior Secondary Curriculum (S4-S6)--History

A. Aims   
1. To discover where they stand in the contemporary world through understanding the origins and development of modern
    events;
2. To develop the skills of critical thinking, making sound judgments and effective communication through exploring historical
    issues;
3. To approach past and current events in an impartial and empathetic manner, using a variety of perspectives;
4. To understand the characteristics and values of their own culture, and appreciate the shared humanity and common
    problems of the world’s many peoples;
5. To 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. To 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.

B. 
Objectives


Students are expected to acquire knowledge and develop understanding of:

1. basic historical concepts, such as cause and effect, change and continuity, and similarities and differences; 
2. diverse standpoints and perspectives inherent in different ways of representing and interpreting the past;
3. the beliefs, experiences and behaviours of their own nation as well as of other nations, and the ways in which
    they have shaped the development of the contemporary world;
4. the inter-relations of major events and movements that have occurred in the local community, the nation, Asia and
    the world in the 20th century; and
5. the major historical developments and trends that have shaped the contemporary world.

Students are expected to master skills which will enable them to:
  
1. distinguish fact from opinion; detect biased viewpoints, ambiguous assumptions and unsubstantiated arguments;
    and build up proper historical perspectives;
2. compare and interpret historical data; arrive at reasoned conclusions based on available evidence; and recognize
    the fact that history is subject to reassessment based on the interpretation of new evidence;
3. ascertain and explain the extent to which historical documents and archives reflect contemporary attitudes, values
    and passions;
4. present logical and coherent arguments through the proper selection and organization of historical data;
5. search for, select and analyze and synthesize information through various means, including the Internet, and consider
    various ways of arriving at conclusions and making appraisals; and
6. Apply historical knowledge and skills in everyday life.

Students are expected to cultivate positive values and attitudes that will be enable them to:
1. appreciate the difficulties and challenges that humankind faced in the past, and to understand the attitudes and values
    that influence human behaviour;
2. tolerate and respect different opinions, and to recognize the fact that although different communities have different
    experiences and beliefs, there are values and ideals that are commonly shared by all humankind; 
3. develop and maintain an inquisitive attitude towards human culture; and
4. become responsible citizens with a sense of national identity and a global perspective.

C. Syllabus(Medium of Instruction: CMI / EMI)

Theme

Topics

Introduction The Making of the Modern World

Theme A:
Modernization and Transformation in the 20th Century Asia

1. Modernization and Transformation of Hong Kong
    Politicaland 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’
3. Modernization and Transformation of Japan and Southeast
    Asia Change in Japan
    Southeast Asia: From Colonies to Independent Countries
Theme B:
Conflicts and Co-operation in the 20th Century World
1. Major Conflicts and the Quest for Peace
    The Two World wars and the Peace Settlements
    Major Conflicts after the Second World War and Attempts to
    Make Peace
2. The Quest for Co-operation and Prosperity
    International Economic Co-operation
    International Social and Cultural Co-operation


D. 2017 HKDSE – Mode of Assessment

The public assessment will consist of a public examination component and a school-based assessment component as outlined in the following table:

Component Part Weighting Duration
Public
Examination 
Paper 1 Paper 1 will consist of data-based questions, which will fall within the Compulsory Part. Candidates should attempt all questions.

Various types of historical sources will be used, which may include extracts from written sources, statistics, and visual materials such as maps, cartoons and photographs. 
50% 13/4 hours
Paper 2 Paper 2 will consist of seven essay-type questions, of which candidates may attempt any TWO. The questions will fall within the Compulsory Part. 30% 11/2 hours
School-based
Assessment (SBA) 
A two-task course assignment related to the candidate's selected electives. The weighting of the tasks are as follows:

Study outline                 7%
Study report                 13%
20%
Remarks: Theme A - Southeast Asia: From Colonies to Independent Countries and Theme B – Major Conflicts After the Second World War and Attempt to Make Peace (Other Major Conflicts and Attempts at Making Peace) will only be examined in Paper 2.
 
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