Area 4: Interdisciplinary Perspective

Introduction

Interdisciplinary is an approach to answering questions, solving problems and addressing contemporary social issues by synthesizing knowledge from multiple disciplines. Interdisciplinary Studies has become popular in local and overseas tertiary institutions and is considered to be a new paradigm for creating knowledge in the 21st century. The idea of interdisciplinarity would lead students to view the world as an integrated whole and learn to solve a problem with knowledges acquired from different disciplines.

 

Area Intended Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the courses in this area, students should be able to:

  • investigate various sides of an issue;
  • examine and evaluate ideas taken for granted;
  • analyse and critique a problem from multiple perspectives;
  • develop ethical sensitivity;
  • synthesize ideas/ concepts from different disciplines.

 

Course Description

GED 101 Happiness and Society: An Interdisciplinary Perspective (3 Credits)         
Medium: Cantonese / English

Happiness is a subjective well-being characterized by positive emotions. This course aims to enhance students’ understanding of happiness, which is an essential goal of the whole-person education. It will lead students to discover how happiness is perceived and developed from an interdisciplinary perspective – economics, philosophical, psychological, sociological and religious perspectives as well as an intercultural perspective.  Given the increasing academic and social challenges of everyday life, this course will introduce to students the major facilitators of happiness, such as friendship, mutual service, health, optimism, flexibility, creativity, gratitude, autonomy and confidence. This course attempts to enhance students to discover their subjective happiness as well as their capability to pursue happiness in everyday life.

 

 GED 102 English as a Global Language: an Interdisciplinary Approach (3 Credits)

Medium: English

This course is designed to raise students’ awareness and consciousness to ethical, political, social, and economic issues related to the use of English as a global language. Through questioning and examining some “taken-for-granted” issues such as English as a global language and the lingua franca, students will develop their critical thinking skills, as well as their abilities to appreciate and respect different cultures and languages. They will also develop their sensitivity towards issues related to intercultural communication and responsibilities as a global citizen.

 

 GED 103 Gender and Culture in Asia (3 Credits)

Medium: English

This course aims at studying gender and sexualities in Asia regions with respect to its unique culture and the regional dynamics. Situating itself in an inter-Asia context, this course examines issues ranging from femininities and masculinities, sexual minorities, marriage, work, religion and sexual violence through reading critical theories, controversies and cultural texts in Asia.

 

GED 105 Mathematical Elements in Human Life (3 Credits)
Medium: English

We live so close to numbers and figures that sometimes we do not notice how they shape our world. It is obvious that they play significant roles in land surveying, construction and business activities, but it is also worth noting that a certain kind of “mathematical thinking” on numbers and figures functions when we tune a musical instrument, draw a picture or even make a choice in religion. This course aims to provide interesting examples to show students how well-known mathematical concepts, such as “rational numbers,” “binary system” and “expected probability,” induce the cult of scientific facts and figures. We will also discuss how the worship of numerical representation and computation changes our life.

 

GED 106 Manga and the Modern World (3 Credits)

Medium: English / Cantonese

This course is founded on the idea that images and themes found in highly acclaimed Manga provide a particularly effective springboard for discussion and clarification of otherwise complex and abstract concepts. By the end of the course students will have acquired analytical and reflexive skills that will enable them to apply basic concepts drawn from philosophical, sociological and cultural theories both to the selected readings and their everyday lives. Through a series of selected Japanese Manga, including One Piece by Oda, Phoenix by Tezuka, Bokkō by Mori and Ron by Murakami, students will have a chance to discuss some big questions concerning our world in a vivid and compelling manner while enriching the student’s imagination.

 

GED 109 Accent and Identity in Films (3 Credits)

Medium: English

This course aims to introduce different varieties and accents of English in relation to identity through film analysis. Stereotypical portrayal of characters including gender, social class, ethnicity, religion etc. based on various accents and language used will be discussed to help students understand how the media reinforce audience’s perception of people’s identity in the society.