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Candidates should complete a two-task assignment on an aspect of historical study related to a candidate-selected Elective.

Assessment task Task 1: Study outline Task 2: Study report

Subject weighting 7%

Mark submission End of S5

End of S6

Candidates should produce a study outline with a bibliography.

Students have to summarize their findings in a report of about 15003000 words, not including punctuation marks, notes and bibliography. Students should elaborate their findings in the light of the approach adopted in their selected electives. Study reports that reflect good research but are in no way relevant to the approach of the selected electives will be given zero marks. The report should include a bibliography. Students are encouraged to consult diverse source materials, including primary and secondary ones. After finishing Task One, students may receive comments from their subject teachers. While they should study them in detail, they should refrain from copying them into their study reports. It is a form of plagiarism which, if committed, may lead to zero marks for this task. Marks for Task Two are to be submitted to the HKEAA in January of S6. Once students have submitted their tasks using the HKEAA forms, the submissions should be regarded as final. Further submissions will not be accepted.

This elective enhances critical thinking and promotes an awareness of important communal and global issues. Students will explore a historical issue, and are expected to investigate its origins and development, analyse the controversies underlying the issue, and make reasoned judgments.

E.g. Did technology fundamentally affect the outcome of WWII? Why did Japan recover so quickly after WWII and become one of the greatest economic powers in the 1980s?

This elective helps to draw attention to related historical phenomena in different places at particular points in time, or to change and continuity in the history of a particular place over the long run. While similarities between historical settings will be highlighted in order to promote better understanding of broad trends and patterns of development, students will also be encouraged to enquire into the uniqueness of specific historical settings.

e.g. Impact of the Cold War - Totalitarian statesDevelopment of Hong Kong and Shanghai as international cities- Theory and practice of communism in the USSR and China- US policies towards the PRC indifferent periods of time Chinas population problems and policies at different times in the 20th century

This elective prepares students for employment in heritage-related industries and organisations,or for further studies in the fields of culture, heritage and museum management. Students will decide on a topic relating to the history of the local community and/or heritage, and conduct an investigation by using various approaches or methodologies that they have learnt in the course.

Topics: Traditional culture and conservation (e.g. Cantonese opera, traditional customs and festivals, monuments and historical buildings) Business and trade (e.g. local brand names and trade marks, and the history of one selected industry or trade)