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UGEC1031 History of England: From Nation to Empire


Lecture: Mondays 10:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.


Dr. WOO Tze Yan Jessie

Course Description

This course provides a framework of the history of England for nearly two thousand years. It is hoped that through this course students will be able to broaden their knowledge of some key aspects of the history of England integrated into SDGs themes.

Students, thus, will be more connected to the modern world by understanding the past since some important ideas and inventions are legacies from England. Students will discuss from different perspectives of ‘England’ in this course, such as political development, intellectual ideology, cultural influences and transformation of society in modern Britain. For example, the concept of ‘democracy’ is based on the constitution movement and it still affects the modern world (#16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions)The industrial revolution and the changing the modern consumption. (#8 Decent Work and Economic Growth #9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure). Women’s suffrage in the United Kingdom was a pioneer women movements (#5 Gender Equality)It is hard to understand the shaping of modern world without knowing the role of England in the WWII. Finally, the discussion of the role of Britain in colonial Hong Kong also provides an opportunity for students to understand the legacy of Britain in Hong Kong today.

Students should be able to review the following SDGs themes, including #5 Gender Equality #8 Decent Work and Economic Growth #9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure #16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions after this course, which fulfills the SDGs goals.

Learning Outcome

After taking this course, students are able to:

  • Acquire the basic knowledge of the history and formation of England;
  • Analyse the rise of England as world power and how her cultural, institutes and justice system influenced the contemporary world;
  • Think critically how the industrial revolution changed the ideas such as  ‘innovation’ and ‘consumerism’ and how they affected the modern world environment;
  • Understand how human rights and women rights developed in England;
  • Integrate SDGs into different historical aspects and how they related to modern world issues.


2 -credits

Sustainable Development Goals