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: Global Issues

Credits: 6

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

Course Fee: HKD 13,000

Accommodation Fee: (HKD 2,580 for 6 nights) Optional and available to enrolled students

Discount: 10% off for students from HKU exchange partners

Early Bird Offer: Nil

Deadline for Application: March 16, 2018

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Course Description:

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.

Course Outline (2017):


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.

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• 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.