GEF 1008 Buddhist ethics: conflicts and dilemmas in modern world
Instructor: Miss. LAU, Ngar Sze Elsa
Does Buddhism mean a religion of introspective withdrawal from the world today? Do monks and Buddhists only live a secluded way of life in forest monasteries? Can Buddhist doctrines and ethics like loving-kindness and compassion developed two thousand years ago in India support the idea of global ethics under globalization? This course provides students with an overview of traditional Buddhist values and how Engaged Buddhism responds to the ethical issues concerning the balance between individual and society in the contemporary context, like human rights, social justice, and sexual equality. Cases of Engaged Buddhism in Asia and the West are to be investigated not only for the purpose of developing a deeper understanding on how Buddhism is responding to contemporary challenges but also for examining its limitations in the light of global ethics. The course will include short and provocative lectures. Students will be asked to consider questions regarding ethics on life and death, social justice, economics, bioengineering, and sex, etc. In the process, students will learn how to reflect on their own feelings, cultural biases, different interpretations and personal life experiences.
GEF 1008 Course Outline
GEF1009 Faith and Reason
Instructor: Dr. Orlando Nang Kwok HO
This course aims at exploring religions with a philosophical approach. By studying a number of controversial religious doctrines, the relationship between religious beliefs and reasoning as found in various traditions will be critically examined. Examples of religious questions to be examined include whether it is possible for human beings to know who God is; whether God exists; whether religious experience is justifiable; and whether religious belief is only a personal and arbitrary matter. How about the phenomenological realities of “self” or the “soul”, and of the Evil? Did or does the all-powerful and all-loving God create evil? As such, this course seeks to clarify the relationship between religious beliefs and reasoning. It will deepen one’s appreciation of the relations between Reason and Faith. The students will be enabled to come up with their own justifiable understanding about the nature of religion and religious beliefs and their positions in the social and the transcendental aspects of human life as observable across cultural traditions.
GEF 1009 Course Outline
GEF 1012 Truth and Falsity: Critical Thinking
Instructor: To be Confirmed
This course introduces ways of critical thinking in differentiating between truth and falsity in the logical sense. Logico-linguistic analysis, identification, and evaluation of arguments, logic and fallacies will be extensively and critically examined with the use of everyday examples, including arguments made between friends, family members, teachers, policymakers, critics of mass media, and debates made by different social parties.
GEF 1012 Course Outline
GEG1024 Food, Culture and Lifestyle
Instructor: Mr. MA Kin Hang
Why do Chinese eat pork but Jewish don’t? Why Asians eat insects but Americans don’t? Why do many people prefer unhealthy fast foods? This course aims to expose students to interdisciplinary perspectives on food culture in our globalised society. Drawing on literature from anthropology, sociology, and nutrition, the course will ask students to examine food culture in our lives, and to critically assess personal, cultural, social and policy debates toward food choice and dinning habit. One specific objective will help students understand food culture in different perspectives and issues: including nutrition, taste and pleasure, religion and taboo, custom and cultural meaning, art and medicine, politics, food safety, fair trade and right of consumers. Moreover, students will be encouraged to explore the relationship between food culture and social change including industrialization and globalization. The course will draw extensively on students’ life experiences and help students develop the awareness of food choice in the globalised world.
GEG 1024 Course Outline
GEG 2047 Spirituality, Health and Well-being in the Modern World
Instructor: To be Confirmed
Nowadays more people identify themselves as spiritual instead of religious. Moreover, the significance of spirituality has been rediscovered and involved in health, healing and education professionals in the past decades. In other words, apart from technical aspects of medicine and surgery, spirituality is considered as a key role played in enhancing the quality of life, health and well-being in different cultural contexts. In this course, theories of spirituality in health care contexts, and relationships between body, mind and spirit will be reviewed. Different dimensions of wellness in spiritual approaches such as mindfulness practice will also be explored. Apart from lectures, sharing with guests and practitioners, visits will be arranged for a comprehensive understanding of the topics. Students will be enabled to adopt a healthy lifestyle, construct ethical and thoughtful responses to issues between body, mind and spirit in today’s globalised world, and bring a global awareness of and perspective on issues of quality of life, mental health, fitness and stress-reduction.
The course will draw extensively on students’ life experiences. The most important goal of the course is to help students to develop the awareness of the varieties and diversities of Buddhist practice to deal with daily life issues in the modern world.
Professional Development Programme in Hong Kong Life Education
Programme Co-ordinator: Mr. LI Chin Wa
The program aims to facilitate teachers to understand the ideas and practices of Life Education (LE), including experiences in developing relevant concepts and professional trainings for teachers in LE in the neighboring regions as well as Hong Kong, so that the teachers could be equipped to effectively foster and implement LE in schools, and eventually to enhance the children and teenager’s resilience to cope with various challenges with different life skills.