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GER Course Descriptions

Core and Major Prescribed Electives | General Education Requirement (GER)

GER-Core

HY0001 Ethics and Moral Reasoning
Pre-requisites: Nil
AU: 1

Remarks: This is an online course.

NTU undergraduates have moral/ethical duties as participants in an institution of higher learning, as citizens of a diverse nation, and as human beings in co-existence with others. HY0001 is a required 1 AU GER online learning course designed to provide NTU undergraduates with an opportunity to analyse and appreciate basic moral/ethical values such benevolence, impartiality, and integrity. These basic values will be explored from the perspective of several leading ethical theories in contemporary moral philosophy. The ethical theories will serve as benchmarks to facilitate critical thinking on issues that raise difficult moral questions. Students will be challenged to articulate reasoned answers to these moral questions. Also, exercises in moral reasoning will be carried out through a comprehensive study of academic integrity and research ethics. The course will conclude with a discussion of the importance of ethics in thinking about efforts to sustain the natural environment. 
 
 
HY0301 Environmental Philosophy
Pre-requisites: Nil
AU: 3
Remarks: This course will not be offered in the near future.
 
 

This course focuses on philosophical thinking and re-thinking regarding the relationship between humanity and the rest of the world. It will introduce philosophical theories and religious reflections about nature, from different perspectives. It will investigate various inter-related questions ranging from the ethical to the metaphysical—for instance “Do we have an obligation to natural objects?” Through this course students will learn various concepts and theories on the subject; they will develop an ability to carry out philosophical inquiries and to think independently through a variety of related issues.

 


 
 
GER-Prescribed Electives 
 
HY8001 Philosophy for Everyone
Pre-requisites: Nil
AU: 3
 
This course covers a broad range of perennial philosophical issues in metaphysics, epistemology, aesthetics, logic, social philosophy, political philosophy, and ethics. It may also covers some specialised subjects such as philosophy of special sciences, philosophy of religion, and philosophy of technology.​
 
 
HY8002 Logic and Critical Thinking
Pre-requisites: Nil
AU: 3
Remarks: This course is also offered as GER-Unrestricted Elective.
 

This course aims to teach you to think logically and critically. It covers a broad range of logical concepts and terminology, including argument, premise, conclusion, inductive and deductive reasoning, validity, soundness, and strength. You will learn how to evaluate good deductive arguments through the study of categorical and truth functional logic, and good inductive arguments using a probablilistic framework. Finally, you will learn about common fallacies (rhetorical, statistical, and psychological), how to avoid them, and how to clearly communicate where fallacious arguments go wrong.

 

HY8003 Religious Thought in Asia
Pre-requisites: Nil
AU: 3
 

This course introduces various religious traditions in Asia, beginning in South Asia, and moving east to China, Korea, and Japan, and also explores cross-cultural dialogue and transformation between these traditions from ancient times down to the present day. Group research project will be given to allow students to explore their own traditions in depth.

 


 
 
GER-Unrestricted Electives
 
HY4090 Research Methodologies and Approaches in Philosophy
Pre-requisites: Nil
AU: 1
 

The aim of this course is to prepare third year majors for doing a graduation project (FYP). This course is optional but recommended for students who expect to do an FYP in Year 4. The course will cover general research methods, such as methods for finding sources, drafting a research proposal, and actually conducting research. It will also allow students to start proposing and narrowing down possible topics for their FYP. Students will do presentations of their proposed projects in the second half of the course, and get feedback from the instructor and other students. ​

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