The Second World War in Asia and the Pacific, 1931-1952

Course Code: HIST2107

Faculty of: Arts

Target Students: HKU Undergraduates, Non HKU Undergraduates

Area of Interest: Global Issues

Credits: 6

Course Period: July 16, 2018 to August 3, 2018

Course Fee: HKD 13,000

Discount: 10% off for students from HKU exchange partners

Deadline for Application: April 20, 2018

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Course Description:

This course is an introduction to the history of the Second World War in Asia and the Pacific. Focusing largely on military affairs and international relations, students will examine how established imperial powers were eclipsed by a new global economic order shaped by US-Soviet superpower rivalry. Students will gain a greater understanding of the significance of the war in Asia and the Pacific, and how its impact is still felt today.

Several key themes and questions will be explored to help students understand the war’s significance. Why was it a total war? Why did it help create the Cold War? Part of the answer to these questions can be found by first examining Japanese aggression in China and the destruction of British and Japanese imperial power. The impact of geography and technology on the evolution of US military doctrine also played an important role. When technology was combined with racial hatred, the destructiveness of war intensified to a level never before experienced. During this conflict warfare became an activity that now threatens human existence. Thus, the ethics of war will also be discussed.

Course Schedule: Monday to Friday (10:00-13:00)

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Accommodation Arrangement:

Optional and available to enrolled students (Click here for more details)

Residential Package Price: HKD 8,600 (20 nights)

Check-in Date: July 15, 2018

Check-out Date: August 4, 2018


• Students can access to HKU Facilities including Cafeteria, Main Library, Flora Ho Sports Centre, Learning Commons and University Health Services. Meal expense, service fee and medical cost will be responsible by students.

• For information about HKU exchange partners, please click here.

• The Faculty of Arts reserves the right to cancel a course should there be insufficient enrollment or any unforeseen circumstances.

• Students of non-credit bearing programmes will receive a certificate upon programme completion. Students of credit-bearing programmes can apply a transcript stated with HKU credits, please contact your home institution about the issue related to HKU credits recognition.

• In any case, students are strongly recommended to make their own insurance arrangements throughout the entire period of your programme. Students will be responsible for their own medical and dental costs during the period of the programme. Please refer to here (Point 5) for more information.