LLAW3233 & LALS3008

General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW3233 / LALS3008
Course name: Law, History and Culture
Programme offered under: LLB Programme / BA&LLB Programme
Semester: First and Second
Designated research course: No
Specialization: Not applicable
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: Not applicable
Course offered to non-law students: No
Credit point value: 6 credits
Cap on student numbers: 30

1.2 Course description

This course will enable students to research and examine the history of law and its connection with social, political and economic development of Hong Kong and China in the 19th and 20th centuries through students’ firsthand exploration of archival documents and images. Through a close reading of archival materials, students will reflect critically on their conventional basic ideas about the legal system, social customs and culture of Hong Kong and China. These ideas include, among others, ‘Imperial China lacks the rule of law’; ‘Hong Kong’s rule of law is a British colonial legacy’. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, this course will explore how the notion of law functions as a site of discourse in the expression of identity, a response to geopolitics as well as the articulation of ethnic and socio-economic differences.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor John Wong (1st semester) jdwong@hku.hk CRT 531 By email
Course convenor Michael Ng (2nd semester) michaeln@hku.hk CCT 303 By email

Learning Outcomes

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Appreciate the development of legal practices against the background of socioeconomic and cultural changes.

CLO 2 Understand the process by which notions of legality reflect self perception and others perception of Hong Kong and China at different points in time.

CLO 3 Analyze historical documents and construct arguments backed by archival evidence.

2.2 LLB Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Please refer to the following link: https://course.law.hku.hk/llb-plo/

2.3 Programme Learning Outcomes to be achieved in this course



3.1 Assessment Summary

Assessment task Due date Weighting Feedback method* Course learning outcomes
Class Participation N/A 25% 1, 2, 3
Individual presentation 14 Apr 2023 10% 1, 2, 3
Group presentation 21 Apr 2023 15% 1, 2, 3
Book review 6 May 2023 20% 1, 2, 3
Research essay 20 May 2023 30% 1, 2, 3
*Feedback method (to be determined by course teacher)
1 A general course report to be disseminated through Moodle
2 Individual feedback to be disseminated by email / through Moodle
3 Individual review meeting upon appointment
4 Group review meeting
5 In-class verbal feedback

3.2 Assessment Detail

To be advised by course convenor(s).

3.3 Grading Criteria

Please refer to the following link: https://www.law.hku.hk/_files/law_programme_grade_descriptors.pdf

Learning Activities

4.1 Learning Activity Plan

Lecture: 3 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks
Private study time: 9.5 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks

Remarks: the normative student study load per credit unit is 25 ± 5 hours (ie. 150 ± 30 hours for a 6-credit course), which includes all learning activities and experiences within and outside of classroom, and any assessment task and examinations and associated preparations.

4.2 Details of Learning Activities

To be advised by the convenor(s).

Learning Resources

5.1 Resources

Reading materials: Reading materials are posted on Moodle
Core reading list: TBA
Recommended reading list: TBA

5.2 Links

Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/learning-resources/