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The Program

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Classics in World Literature

A0377 Classical Mythology (0/2) This course aims to provide students with some fundamental myths and background knowledge of the classical world. Special attention is paid to the visualizations of Greco-Roman myths and the early Western civilization, with an emphasis on recurrent motifs or figures, mythic allusions, and the intellectual or religious aspects. This course is also designed to provide students with an opportunity to look at ways of representing myths done by Homer and Greek playwrights.
 
A2682 The Contemporary Interpretation of The Chinese Classics
This course consists of four categories. They are traditional cultures, spirits of humanitarian, literary aestheticism and creative thinking. Students will be introduced to selected classical writings, and they will attain knowledge of traditional teachings, realize the importance of humanity, increase their abilities to appreciate the literary aesthetic, and release their mental power for creativity.
 
F0807 Japanese Literature and Translation (2/0) This course introduces Japanese literature in chronological sequence to make students better understand the literary texts. Through translation, students will appreciate Japanese literature and acquaint themselves with the true spirits of Japanese culture.
 
F0808 The Bible as Literature (2/0) This course aims to explore the relationship between the Bible and literature. We will mostly focus on the Bible in our study and discussions, though sometimes it is inevitable to discuss eastern mythological thinking at the same time to do comparison and contrast. Students are required to do group presentation and point out the biblical allusions used in related movies and literary works.
 
F0809 Introduction to Goethe (2/0) This course introduces the life and major works of Joham Wolfgang von Goethe.
 
F0810 Selections of Japanese Novels and Movies (0/2) This course focuses on the differences between the novels and the movies adapted from them. Special attention is paid to the differences between the words used in the novel and the images presented in the movie. Hopefully students will have better understanding of Japanese culture and the thoughts of the Japanese through group discussion.
 
F0811 Introduction to Schiller (0/2) An introductory course focusing on the life and major works of Friedrich von Schiller.
 
Natural Sciences
 
S0349 The Spirit of Science: Matters and Men (2/0)(0/2)This course deals with the spirit of science: acts of matters and behaviors of men. It is expected that students,regardless oftheir majors,will learn how to make use of science.
 
S0353 Living Logic(2/0)(0/2)This course covers principles of deduction and induction, relations among proofs and logic, and reflections on the process of thinking.
 
S0358 The Physics and Life (2/0)(0/2) This course covers the following topics: mechanics, waves, heat, electricity and magnetism, light, atoms and lasers, nuclear physics, relativity, and superconductivity.
 
S0362 Exploring the Universe(2/0)(0/2)This course presents an introduction to the solar system, the stars and galaxies, and the universe as a whole, including a brief account of the major advances in astronomy.
 
S0363 Enjoying Mathematics(2/0)(0/2)This course presents an introduction to the history and development of mathematics by exploring some key problems, conjectures and games.
 
S0366 Chemistry and Life: Chemistry, Inorganic Materials and Society(2/0)(0/2) The course focuses on the relationship between chemistry, inorganic materials and the society. The following topics are introduced: semiconductors, metals, superconductors, optical and magnetic materials, ceramics and battery materials.
 
S0368 Chemistry and Life: Chemistry, the Environment and Society(2/0)(0/2)This course focuses on the local environmental issues, tries to elucidate those issues, discusses related social problems, and proposes possible solutions.
 
S0369 Chemistry and Life: Chemistry, Medicine and Society(2/0)(0/2) This course introduces basic chemistry concepts related to medicine, and discusses social events related to medicine and chemistry. Topics include basic drug chemistry, mind chemistry, vitamin chemistry, love chemistry, cancer chemistry, as well as chemistry of traditional medicine.
 
S0377 Life Sciences: The Subtlety of the Human Body(2/0)(0/2)This course covers the following topics: the body plan the world inside the womb, growth and change, the nimble limbs, cold and warm, the operation of nerve, the confusing brain, heart and vessels, breathing, blood as the spring of life, viewing through our body, and the body defensive system.
 
S0690 Life Sciences: Gene Technology and Health(2/0)(0/2)This course presents an introduction to recent developments in DNA, genes, and modern biotechnology, as well as the health care of our life.
 
S0727 Light, Photography and Vision(2/0)(0/2)This course offers an introduction to the basic properties of light, photography, holography, eyes and vision, and optical instruments.
 
S0738 Chemistry in Daily Life(2/0)(0/2)This course explores the general principles of chemistry we encounter in our daily life, such as in foods, medicine, environment, materials, electronics, detergents, plastics, and natural and synthetic fibers.
 
S0747 A Journey to the Wonderland of Mathematics(2/0)(0/2)This course is designed for the general education and core curriculum program in the category of natural science. It deals with many interesting aspects of mathematics such as mathematical games, mathematical puzzles as well as popular mathematical conjectures. The course also introduces the relevance of mathematics to our daily life. By presenting the life stories of famous mathematicians, this courseoffersan overview of the development of mathematics.
 
S0748 The Way Science Works(2/0)(0/2)From transportation to nuclear power, from computer to biotechnology, this course demystifies the mechanism of many instruments and machines. Designed for students from different academic backgrounds, this course helps them establish a positive attitude toward the new sciences and technologies in this changing world and in the future.
 
S0749 The Semiconductor in Life(2/0)(0/2)This course introduces some concepts related to the semiconductor, microelectronics, integrated circuitry and the computer. Some electronics containing microprocessors will also be discussed.
 
S0750 Mathematics in Life(2/0)(0/2)This course uses examples to introduce students to the following topics: probability and expectation; confidence interval; the history of infiniteness; strategic thinking; the history of e and π; the chaotic phenomena; fractals geometry; cryptography and Euclidean geometry and its application.
 
S0751 Life Sciences: The Era of DNA Technology(2/0)(0/2)This course offers an introduction to recent developments in DNA related technology and their impact on life sciences and medicine, as well as our society viewed from legal and moral perspectives.
 
S0784 Understanding Data(2/0)(0/2) This course introduces the concept behind statistics, namely, how data can be collected, summarized, and how information can be extracted from data.
 
T2166 A Journey to Science(2/0)(0/2)What is science? What does science mean to us? This course offers an opportunity with rich information and a broad vision to examine the path of science and to search for the true meaning of scientific civilization.
 
T2167 Chemistry and Life: Chemistry, Food and Society(2/0)(0/2)This course introduces basic chemistry concepts related to food, and discusses social events related to food and chemistry. Topics include basic nutrition molecules, vitamins, cancer-related food, soft drinks, wine, healthy food, gene food, etc.

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