GE1120 - Thinking Philosophically: Bridging the Gap between Arts and Sciences

Offering Academic Unit
Department of Public Policy
Credit Units
Course Duration
One Semester
GE Area
Area 1: Arts and Humanities
Course Offering Term*:
Semester B 2018/19, Summer 2019
Semester B 2019/20 (Tentative)

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

 Higher education must prepare students to think critically and creatively across traditional boundaries of disciplines and also to navigate the interrelationships of different disciplines. Philosophy examines questions in every aspect of human life and its methods of analysis and problem solving apply to problems in every discipline. This course provides students with an interdisciplinary introduction to the study of philosophical issues pertaining to the study of social sciences, natural sciences and other humanities. Special emphasis is placed on developing critical thinking and writing skills, and enhance students’ understanding of the key themes in philosophy and their significance from a cross-cultural perspective.

Learning activities include lecture, class discussion and debate, film screening, short quiz, group presentation and individual assignment. In lecture, students will be introduced to philosophical problems related to the study of social sciences, natural sciences and other humanities. Class discussion and debate, group presentation and individual assignment provide students with the opportunity to learn in an active and engaging manner.

Assessment (Indicative only, please check the detailed course information)

Continuous Assessment: 100%
Detailed Course Information


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