The Second World War in Asia and the Pacific, 1931-1953

Course Code: HIST2107

Faculty of: Arts

Target Students: HKU Undergraduates, Non HKU Undergraduates

Area of Interest: Globalisation & Regional Studies

Credits: 6

Course Period: June 26, 2017 to July 14, 2017

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

Programme Fee: HKD $11,000

Discount: 10% off for students from HKU exchange partners. Fee exemption applies for eligible HKU students.

Accommodation Fee: (HKD 2,250 for 6 nights) Optional and available to enrolled students

Deadline for Application:

Online Application: APPLY NOW

Programme Fee includes:

• Programme Series

• HKU Facilities Access

Deadline for Application (Non-local Students): April 16, 2017

Deadline for Application (Local Students): June 5, 2017

Programme Overview:

Few events in the modern history of Asia and the Pacific have been as important or as transformative as the Second World War.

This course will examine significant military and geopolitical issues of that era from the grand strategic level down to operations and tactics, with a field day component of battle sites at Wong Nei Chong Gap and Stanley being an essential element.  But it also explores the far-reaching effects that the Second World War had on the state and society in a number of countries including China and America.  It will examine how the conflict changed war from an engagement defined generally as a struggle between military forces to one that became a ‘total experience’ involving the mobilization of virtually all segments of society.

This course will also trace the interconnectedness of war’s transformation with the development of technology, concepts of morality, ‘just war,’ and perceptions concerning the relationship between state and society.  Students will better understand how and why the war, and the barbarism that defined it, still influence relations today on many levels across Asia and the Pacific.

Programme Materials: 

Course Outline


Programme Arrangement:

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

Check-in: June 24, 2017

Check-out: July 15, 2017

Residential Package Price: HKD $7,875 (21 nights)

Note to HKU students:

• Deadline for Application (HKU Students): April 30, 2017

• HKU Students applying for the summer semester courses offered by the Faculty of Arts should be aware that individual courses will not open if there is insufficient enrolment. Confirmation of whether all summer courses will be opened or not will be given in April 2017. HKU students should take this into consideration when drawing up their second semester 2016-2017 study plan.

• HKU students should first apply for the Arts summer courses via the Online Application System by April 30, 2017.

• HKU students whose application for a summer course offered by the Faculty of Arts is successful, will be invited to register for the course in SIS during the summer add/drop period (June 12 to 19, 2017).


• 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.