Sharing Values: Interreligious Dialogue on Real Issues in Real Life


What is the course about?

This interdisciplinary course aims to combine theoretical studies with experiential learning and reflection. The course will first introduce dialogical principles of deep-dialogue, critical-thinking, emotional-intelligence, and competitive-cooperation (Leonard J. Swidler), and then apply these principles to the discussion of some specific contemporary social issues from interreligious perspectives, such as environmental crisis, the gap between the rich and the poor, peace and religious violence, and gender equality and gay rights. The challenge of modernity and secular lifestyle to all religious traditions will be addressed as well.

The dialogical engagement of the course will also be supplemented by students’ engagement in service leadership activities during the course, through which students will explore ways of taking action to create change and bridge differences at the interpersonal and social/community levels. Service activities will be an elective focus on one particular issue (environment, peace, poverty, gender or gay rights), according to the student’s choice. Students will be assigned to work with relevant religious organizations and institutions in HK (Confucian, Buddhist, Daoist, Christian, and Islamic). The course will end with a mini conference on interreligious dialogue organized by students related to their experiences of service activities. Students will learn, through in-class studies and out-of-class activities that dialogue is not debate; dialogue requires learning to listen, asking critical questions of others and of oneself, and committing to understanding other perspectives and seeking cooperation.

Course Code Offering Department(s) Area of Learning Units & Hours
GDAR1945 REL ARTS (3,2,1)
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SLE This is a Service Leadership Education (SLE) course.

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.