Chinese Knight-errant Heroism and the Modern World

Course Code Offering Department(s) Units & Hours
GDAR1005 CHI (3,2,1)
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What is the course about?

GDAR1005 will explore an important aspect in Chinese culture and society throught readings and discussions of literary works on knight-errant heroism (俠義精神). It will guide students to investigate the origin and development of knight-errant heroism through the reading of representative literature. Students will also study the concept from philosophical, social, and literart perspectives, with emphases on the sense of moral responsibility (當仁不讓,見義勇為), the use of un-authorized force (taking law into one’s own hands), and the manly tragic aesthetics. Its relevance in modern society and its contrast with the regard of rule by law will also be discussed.


Notes for GDAR1005

  • The medium of instruction of this course is Cantonese.

Notes for all GE courses

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