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UGEC2020 History of Macau: The Encounter of Eastern and Western Cultures


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


Miss CHEUNG Ching Man

Course Description

Macau is renowned for its gaming industry, yet it is also the place where East meets West. After more than three centuries of social evolution and cultural exchange, which attributes to Macau’s social diversity and valuable cultural heritage. This course will be divided into two parts. Part I traces and examines the development of Macau from a historical perspective, foster students an understanding of the contexts that shape the society and culture of the city from the past to the present, and how these contexts served as obstacles or opportunities in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Part II exposes students to selected themes, including ethnic relations, economic activities, religious and cultural exchange, heritage conservation, etc., exploring Macau’s social diversity and cultural inclusiveness, and examine their relevance to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including SDG#8 Decent Work and Economic Growth, SDG#10 Reducing Inequality and SDG#11 Sustainable Cities and Communities.

Learning Outcome

  • Develop an understanding of the history of Macau and the evolution of its society.
  • Recognize and critically analyze how and why various contexts shaping the culture and society of Macau, and how these contexts served as obstacles or opportunities in reducing social inequality (SDG#10 Reducing Inequality) and promoting economic growth (SDG#8 Decent Work and Economic Growth).
  • Appreciate Macau’s cultural diversity and cultural heritage.
  • Evaluate and reflect on selected issues (e.g. economic development versus heritage conservation, challenges of preserving Macanese cultures in a Chinese city, etc.) concerning the sustainable development of Macau and its community (SDG#11 Sustainable Cities and Communities).


2 -credits

Sustainable Development Goals

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