A fundamental mission of university education is to prepare students to think critically and creatively in their daily lives and moral reasoning, and across the boundaries of traditional disciplines and professions. Specialization in education can narrow the mind of students, which make them fail to see that they can deal with the issues in one domain by drawing a parallel from the success in another domain. It is therefore important to introduce students the generic principles of rationality and the art of creative thinking and to teach them how to apply them in their daily lives and moral reasoning, and across different disciplines and professions. This course was designed with the aim to achieve such objectives by adopting an interdisciplinary approach. Current affairs and daily life examples, and cases in different academic and professional disciplines are used to illustrate the principles of rationality, the art of creative thinking and their applications. Upon completing the course, students should be able to acquire the styles of higher-order self-reflexive thinking that can help them transcend different domains of practical and ethical reasoning and the boundaries of tradition disciplines and professions.
The pedagogical approach of this course is interactive. Its teaching and learning activities include workshop, small group discussion, video clips screening, group presentation and project, individual assignments, and quiz.