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Certificate for Module (The Second Sino-Japanese War 1931-1945)
證書(單元 : 第二次中日戰爭 1931-1945)

CEF Reimbursable Course

CEF Reimbursable Course

Course Code
Application Code

Study mode
Start Date
To be advised
30 hours
English, suppl with teaching materials in Chinese
Course Fee
HK$7,800 per programme
3762 0868
2571 0630
How to Apply


War studies are historically, socially and politically significant from an interdisciplinary perspective. This programme aims to equip students with the knowledge of The Second Sino-Japanese War from 1931 to 1945, by examining the past geopolitical conflicts and inter-state power struggles, in which their triggers, features, impact will be identified and analysed, The main events, the crucial stages and the victory of the war will be discussed.
On completion of the programme, students should be able to:
  1. discuss the major events in the Second Sino-Japanese War from 1931 to 1945;
  2. analyze the rapid advance of the Japanese military and yet its failure to capture the entire China;
  3. evaluate the pro-Japanese puppet governance of China in the regions and cities captured by the Japanese military;
  4. examine the rise of the Chinese Communist guerillas and their tactics in building up their sphere of influence in many regions of Mainland China;
  5. review the changing relations between Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and Kuomintang (KMT), including the formation and the disintegration of the two united fronts and the military struggles.
Target Student Group
  • Degree holders in various disciplines with a bachelor qualification awarded by a recognized higher education institutions.
  • Professionals who work in public and private sectors in areas of administrative, management, policy and political analysis positions, as well as in the media and non-governmental organisations.
  • People who are interested in in history, wars and diplomacy

Programme Details


  1. The rise of Japanese imperialism from 1890s to1936 and the Sian Incident in 1936
  2. The Japanese invasion of Shanghai 1937
  3. The Japanese advance from Shanghai to the massacre in Nanking in December 1937
  4. Kuomintang (KMT) military victories in the battles of Taierzhuang and Changsha
  5. The rapid rise of the Chinese Communist Party Guerillas in northern China and its capture of regions amid political and military vacuum
  6. The work and policies of Puppet Government in the Sino-Japanese War
  7. The policies and “Neutrality” of Portuguese Macau during the Second World War and Implications for the Rise of CCP Guerillas
  8. The KMT Forces in Burma and India and implications for Post-1945 KMT military retreat from Southeast Asia
  9. Chiang Kai-shek and Soong Mei-ling’s diplomacy: relations between China and United States
  10. The patriotism and anti-Japanese movement of overseas Chinese in the Sino-Japanese War


Individual assessment (1) oral presentation of the report and analysis in class (30-minutes plus 15-minute Q&A session); (2) 1,000-1,200 words written report and analysis war or rebellion; (3) Class participation


Students who have successfully completed the programme with at least 70% attendance will be awarded  “ Certificate for Module (The Second Sino-Japanese War 1931-1945)” within the HKU system through HKU SPACE.

Application Code 2180-MC033A -

Days / Time
  • Saturday, 0900 - 1300 (normally). Last lesson will be scheduled on Saturday 0900-1300 and 1400-1700
  • Admiralty Learning Centre

Teacher Information

Professor Sonny Lo (Deputy Director of HKU SPACE, Acting Community College Principal, President of the Hong Kong Political Science Association from 2012 to 2016) (

Dr Steven Maximilian Holm (PhDBA, MACHS, MJur (Socio), MCS, BSc)


Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$7,800 per programme

Entry Requirements

Applicants shall hold a bachelor’s degree awarded by a recognized institution.

If the degree is from an institution where the language of teaching and assessment is not English, applicants shall provide evidence of English proficiency, such as:

i. an overall band of 6.0 with no subtests lower than 5.5 in the IELTS; or

ii. a score of 550 in the paper-based TOEFL, or a score of 213 in the computer-based TOEFL, or a score of 80 in the internet-based TOEFL; or

iii. HKALE Use of English at Grade E; or

iv. HKDSE Examination English Language at Level 3; or

v. equivalent qualifications.

Applicants with other qualifications will be considered on individual merit.


  • The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100
CEF Courses
Certificate for Module (The Second Sino-Japanese War 1931-1945)
證書(單元 : 第二次中日戰爭 1931-1945)
COURSE CODE 44C143482 FEES $7,800 ENQUIRY 3762-0868
Continuing Education Fund Continuing Education Fund
This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.

Certificate for Module (The Second Sino-Japanese War 1931-1945)

  • This course is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level [6])


Application Form Download Application Form

Enrolment Method

Applicants should submit the filled HKU SPACE application form (SF26) with:

  • copies of academic qualifications;
  • resume;
  • copy of HKID card/passport;
  • cheque for course fee
  • In Person
    To any of our enrolment centres (; or
  • By Post
    Mail to Ms Cherry Chow at Room 1109, Fortress Tower, 250 King's Road, North Point, Hong Kong, specifying “Course Application” on the envelope. 
Payment Method

1. Cash or EPS

Cash or EPS are accepted at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

2. Cheque or bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please write the programme title(s)  and the applicant’s name on the back of the cheque. 

3. VISA/MasterCard

Course applicants, who are alumni and holders of HKU SPACE Mastercard, may enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses of HK$2,000 and over. For enquiries, please contact our enrolment centres.


  1. For general and short courses, applicants may be required to pay the course fee in cash or by EPS, Visa or Mastercard if the course is to start shortly.
  2. Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, cheque or online PPS will be reimbursed by a cheque; fees paid by credit card will be reimbursed to credit card account used for payment.
  3. In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme teams for details.
  4. Fees and places on courses are not transferrable. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on each approved transfer.
  5. HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment, receipt, or personal information sent by mail.
  6. For additional copies of receipts, please submit a completed form, a sufficiently stamped and self-addressed envelope, and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to ‘HKU SPACE’ to any of our enrolment centres. Such copies will normally be issued at the end of a course.