Sunday, 28 May 2017

DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

B.A. Degree Programme in History

PHILOSOPHY AND OBJECTIVES

PHILOSOPHY

The underlying philosophy of this programme is that an understanding of history is fundamental to the appreciation and perception of the world in which we live. The programme is built upon a strong liberal arts tradition. Students are helped to understand human society in the broadest perspective of time and space, and therefore become informed citizens. The programme therefore provides the platform that enhances students’ intellectual capacity to appreciate the ways people have lived and interacted through contacts, trade, migration, gender relations and conquest from the ancient world to the present. The curriculum is designed to produce students capable of critical and analytical thinking, and balanced judgment. The programme regards intense scholarship, teaching, research, community service and outreach programmes as mutually reinforcing activities designed to imbue in students a sense of history and a sense of mission. The range and quality of courses offered by the programme will introduce students to the excitement and significance of historical knowledge thereby preparing them for the challenges of the future.

OBJECTIVES

The courses are designed to inculcate in and prepare our students for a variety of human values and careers; as well as help them to understand the historical forces that have shaped human existence. The academic and professional courses in the programme are therefore designed to achieve the following:

(i) inculcate in the students a keen sense of history and global citizenship;

(ii) train students in a broad range of applied skills associated with public history as historic site preservation specialists, corporate historians, museum administrators and interpreters of history for the public;

(iii) offer excellent preparations for students who will graduate with exceptional skills in critical thinking, writing and communication, mostly from historical, consciousness;

(iv) prepare students for graduate studies and careers in research institutes, colleges, universities, museums, and libraries;

(v) prepare students who would pursue careers in the private sector, government, politics, Non-governmental organizations, media, public relations. Specifically, some of them will pursue careers as consultants, publishers, media analysts, human resources professionals, unionists, social workers, lobbyists and gender advocates;
(vi) produce students and scholars who apply their intellectual training to the expression of complex ideas, global perspectives, professionalism and theoretical understandings;

(vii) train students who would value tradition, dynamism and excellence in the search for creative solutions to human problems.