Magic, Demonic Power and Spiritual Quests in the Western Tradition

Course Code Offering Department(s) Units & Hours
GDAR1075 REL (3,2,1)
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What is the course about?

In response to the recent hype of magical stories and demonic powers as portrayed in media and in pop literature among young people, GDAR1075 aims at providing students with a reflective understanding of the phenomena and the meanings behind. Specifically, students will be invited to trace these magical/demonic stories back to their cultural and religious roots (the course will only deal with traditions in the West, namely, the Hebraic-Judaic religion as exemplified in the Old Testament, ancient Greek philosophies, Greco-Roman mythologies and Christianity). In addition, students will be prompted to examine the attraction of these magical/demonic powers in their reverse dimensions, i.e. the general human quest for identity, truth and meaning in spiritual dimensions. Lastly, students will be asked to compare and evaluate the views and answers offered by the major cultural and religious traditions in response to the quest for life’s meaning and fulfillment.


Notes for all GE courses

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