Green Living and Spirituality

Course Code Offering Department(s) Units & Hours
GCVM1035 REL (3,2,1)
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What is the course about?

The current international crisis related to macro-environmental pollution has required modern communities to address their understanding of the problems involved and to offer some specific solutions. The 5 established religions within the People’s Republic of China – Buddhism, Catholic Christianity, Daoism, Islam and Protestant Christianity – along with the Ruist (“Confucian”) tradition, need to make clear statements about environmental ethics and “green living” in order to justify them in the light of their spiritual traditions.

From their responses much can be learned about the different worldviews they represent and some of their significant shortcomings regarding environmental ethics. Problems to be addressed and compared will include:

  • how they conceive the relationship between humans and the natural environment;

  • how they present and justify the value of the natural environment in contrast with artificial and technological environments;

  • how they address and evaluate the technological causes of macro-environmental pollution; and

  • how influential these various claims are within Chinese social and political contexts (including Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, and the mainland).

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Notes for all GE courses

  • You can take a maximum of 6 additional units of GE courses from any categories as electives.