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UGED2933 Reflections on Everyday Life
Lecture: Wednesdays 02:30 p.m. - 05:15 p.m.
Professor TSO Ho Yee Vienne
Medium of Instruction
This course provides an opportunity for students to reflect on the formation of “self” in society and how the society affects our understanding of love, consumption, education, work, and meaning of life. Selected references in sociology, psychology, religion and literature will be introduced to provide a board intellectual perspective to understand the complex relationships between self and society. Students are expected to acquire an ability to analyze and critique on how different social institutions such as education, religion, family, media, work, consumerism, state, etc., affect our attitude and behaviors in some essential issues of life such as mate choice. Following the tradition of critical theory, this course assumes that this reflection is the first step for liberating from “bad faith” and living an authentic life.
Through reflection on experience that affects them most, students are encouraged to critically examine sustainability issues concerning the well-beings of young people (topic 1, 2, 3 and SDG3), quality of education (topic 4 and SDG4), sustainability in the workplace (topic 5 and SDG8) and inequalities in the local context (topic 3, 4, 5 and SDG10).
- Critical mind – to look some distance beyond the commonly accepted or officially defined goals of human actions.
- Good observation – the ability to grasp the relationship between our individual lives and the larger social forces that help to shape them.
- Ability to read books and apply knowledge.
- To comprehend the interconnectedness of everyday life and selected sustainability issues, such as wellbeing, education, work and inequality (SDG3, 4, 8, 10).