Learning and Teaching Sequence for the SS History


Level Topics
F.4 The Making of the Modern World The foundations of Western supremacy
Western expansion and the formation of colonial empires
Asia’s reaction to Western expansion
Towards international cooperation
Theme B
Conflicts and Cooperation in the Twentieth-Century World
Major conflicts and the quest for peace International relations from 1900 to 1914
The two world wars and the peace settlements
Major conflicts after WWII and attempts to make peace
The quest for cooperation and prosperity International economic cooperation
International social and cultural cooperation
F.5 Theme A
Modernisation and Transformation in Twentieth Century Asia
Modernisation and transformation of Hong Kong Political and institutional changes
Development as an international city
Modernisation and transformation of China Early attempts at modernisation – reforms and revolutions
Socialist modernisation in the Maoist period and the evolution of “socialism with Chinese characteristics” in the post-Mao period
Modernisation and transformation of Japan and Southeast Asia Japan
Southeast Asia: from colonies to independent countries
F.6 Elective Part (Students are required to choose ONE of the following electives)
1.      Comparative studies

Students will work on a topic/theme in different time spans or different territories, and draw valid conclusions about its similarities and differences, and/or change and continuity.

2.      Issue-based studies

Students will explore a historical issue (e.g. “Terrorism”), and are expected to investigate its origins and development, analyse the controversies underlying the issue, and make reasoned judgments.

3.      Local heritage studies

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.



The public assessment will consist of a public examination (2024) as outlined in the following table:

Paper Part Weighting Duration
Paper 1 Paper 1 will consist of four data-based questions, of which candidates may attempt any THREE.


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.

60% 1 3/4 hours
Paper 2 Paper 2 will consist of seven essay-type questions, of which candidates may attempt any TWO. 40% 1½ hours

* Theme A (3)(ii) and Theme B (4)(iii)b will only be examined in Paper 2.


Relationship between History (S1 – 3) Syllabus and SS History Curriculum

History (S1 – S3) History (S4 –S 6)
Topic Topic
Traditional rural life of Hong Kong Modernisation and transformation of Hong Kong
Growth and development of Hong Kong up to the Early 20th Century
International conflicts in the 20th Century: The First World War Introduction: The making of the modern world
Major conflicts and the quest for peace
The quest for cooperation and prosperity