Faith and Global Engagement supports the following courses.
CCHU9065 A Life Worth Living
What does it mean to live a worthy life? This is one of the most fundamental questions of human existence and this course addresses this question through an engagement with various philosophical and religious traditions, including contemporary advocates of those traditions (by interview). These traditions include Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Christianity, Islam and Secular Humanism. We discuss how the teachings of important historical figures from these traditions have influenced the choices of people over the centuries, and how they have been adopted in contemporary society. We examine how these figures regard the place of bodily pleasures, intellectual pursuits, power, status, possessions, accomplishments, virtues, relationship with other human beings and the relationship (or not) with the transcendent in their vision of a good life.
CCHU9061 Science and Religion: Questioning Truth, Knowledge and Life
Science and religion are two of the most significant influences shaping human life and culture. Are they in conflict or in harmony? This course will encourage students to question their assumptions about both science and religion and the relationship between the two, and to gain new insights on the meaning of truth, knowledge and life. We will consider the intersection of science and religion in the following questions : “what is true?” “what is real?” “what counts as legitimate knowledge?” “do emotion, passion and faith have a role in science?” “does rationality have a role in religion?” “what are the moral dimensions of science and religion?” “where do we come from and where are we going?”
CCGL9070 The Birth of the City and the Shaping of Societies
Cities are said to be our greatest inventions. As spatial, political, socio-economic, and cultural centres in their environs, they are demonstrations of human ingenuity, power, and capacity to manipulate resources and the environment. They also play crucial roles in shaping human development on both individual and collective levels, as such, defining our civilizations. This course invites students to explore the making and remaking of cities and their impact on the development of urban societies, from the rise of cities in the fourth millennium BC in ancient West Asia to the emergence of metropolitan cities and megacity regions in today’s world.
CCHU9090 The Love We Give and the Lies We Tell: The Ethics of Relationships
From dating apps to family life, Instagram to the workplace, we all want to have good relationships and live a good life. What does that look like in the modern world? Everyday life is complex and we are often presented with relationships, situations, and technologies that ask us to make compromises, whether we know it or not. This course looks at some of these everyday ethical questions through the lens of different scales of human relationships. It will equip students with ethical frameworks through which to view these relationships, enabling them to identify and develop their own values to navigate them. It will examine five key relationships through cross-cultural perspectives: (1) with oneself—including self-care, self-forgiveness, and conscience; (2) with friendship and dating; (3) with one’s immediate community—including family and professional life; (4) the larger society in which one lives—including social media and the politics of respect; and (5) with the transcendence of mystery, the divine, and the sacred—including urban space and the ecological other with which we participate.
The Character of Leadership student forum (2017, 2018, 2019) co-organized by HKU Faculty of Social Sciences, Oxford Global Leadership Initiative, The Oxford Character Project, and Faith and Global Engagement
The Way to Success Workshops and Mentorship Programme (2015, 2016, 2017), co-organized by CEDARS and The CEO Global Education Foundation
Common Core Course:
CCHU9061 Science and Religion: Conflict or conversation? • 2016-17, Semester 2
CCHU9061 Science and Religion: Questioning Truth, Knowledge, and Life • 2018-19, Semester 1
CCHU9065 A Life Worth Living • 2017-18, Semester 2
CCHU9065 A Life Worth Living • 2018-19, Semester 2
CCHU9065 A Life Worth Living • 2019-20, Semester 1
CCHU9065 A Life Worth Living • 2020-21, Semester 2
CCHU9065 A Life Worth Living • 2021-22, Semester 2
General Education Courses:
Big History and God • Dr Andrew Loke • March 2016
Freedom, Suffering and Hope • Dr Andrew Loke • 4 March 2015
The Quest for Truth and Peace • Dr Andrew Loke • 26 March 2014
Belief in Science and Religion • Dr Michael Brownnutt (Innsbruck) • 10 February 2014
Where Is God in a World With Tsunamis? • Dr Andrew Loke • 22 February 2013
Science and Religion • Dr Andrew Loke • 20 February 2013