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UGFN 1000 與自然對話 In Dialogue With Nature

Course Code
UGFN 1000
科目名稱
與自然對話
In Dialogue With Nature
教員
學  分
3
課程性質
大學通識基礎
同科其他選
Workload
l   Reflective Journal
l   Quiz
l   PAPER
l   TUTORIAL/PRESENTATION
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2
平均


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評價教學內容
#1 Group discussions are so chur. Moreover, the teacher always disclose the reflective journal and term paper questions very late.
#2 實際要交既野其實係一篇RJ + Term paper + 5quiz,但係佢本身好chur,要做好多preparation tutorial discussion先會講得達到佢要求
評價教員教學
#1 boring and chur. Don't choose Yip Lo Ming. Otherwise, you must regret it.
#2 churgrade唔靚,要求好高。好努力仍然麻麻地成
CUSIS科目資料
Description
Humans have long been curious about Nature. In the West, ancient Greek philosophers took the lead in exploring the physical world and the world of life with reason and hence laid the foundations of modern science. Scientists discovered physical laws, the laws governing life and even ways of controlling life. Implications of these discoveries force the humankind to re-assess their understanding of human understanding. On the oriental side of the globe, Chinese philosophers developed a different view of Nature. The comparison between Western and Chinese views will contribute to our understanding of both.
This course invites students to explore how the humankind investigated, understood and changed Nature, to study and compare the development of science in Western and Chinese cultures, and to reflect on the humans’ place in Nature. Students will be required to read, discuss and write about a wide range of texts in philosophy, science and its history. Reading materials will be selected from influential literatures. Emphasis will be placed on students’ capacity to respond critically to these texts in written as well as oral presentations.

Learning Outcome
By the end of the course, students should be able to
-          comprehend and discuss science-related texts.
-          identify the essential characteristics of how human beings view Nature.
-          formulate informed personal views on the societal implications of scientific explorations.
-          relate the developments in natural sciences highlighted in the course to contemporary human condition.
-          evaluate the scopes of application, achievement and limitations of highlighted scientific methods using multiple perspectives.

Course Syllabus
The topics numbered (1, 2 and 3) below indicate the core contents that MUST be covered in the course. The instructor may decide how many and which sub-topics (a, b, c and d) to cover for each class.

1. Human Exploration of the Physical Universe
a. What is truth?
b. How to find scientific truth? The importance of reason and experiments.
c. How to express scientific truth? Mathematical formulation of natural laws.
d. Expansion of the universe.

2. Human Exploration of the World of Life.
a. Laws of life: Natural selection and evolution.
b. Code of life: The discovery of DNA.
c. Manipulation of life and consequences: DNA and medicine.
d. Manipulation of life and consequences: Pollution.

3. Our Understanding of Human Understanding
a. What is the human mind and how does it work?
b. Limitations of scientific method.
c. What do Chinese know about Nature? -- Yin and Yang, five elements.
d. Western culture versus Chinese culture.
其他資料
2017Sem1:學位 150|註冊 144|剩餘 6
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