Major Themes and Debates in Society


What is the course about?

GDAR1885/GDSS1885 examines the major themes and debates in different disciplines and in different time periods that have shaped human civilization. After the course, students will have a better understanding of our society as a global and complex phenomenon. From scientific prose to love poems, to documentary films and to detective stories, the course also focuses on how language is used to convey some controversial ideas and themes. At least two themes will be chosen, depending on students’ preferences and the expertise of instructor/guest speakers and can cover a range of topics such as evolution, gender, love, violence, utopia, environment, globalization and human rights. The focus is on how to integrate insights from different disciplines in order to address an important problem or issue. Through the reading of a range of works drawn from different disciplines, students will also improve their reading, writing and argumentation skills.

Course Code Offering Department(s) Area of Learning Units & Hours
GDAR1885 ENG ARTS (3,3,0)
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IGEThis is an interdisciplinary GE (IGE) course.
  1. One IGE course is listed for more than 1 area of learning. You can decide which area of learning you would like the course to fulfill, by enrolling in the course with the corresponding course code.

Notes for all GE courses

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