The Liberal Art University in Hong Kong
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New cluster courses

(approved in 2018-19)


Creativity and Innovation Cluster


CLA9023 Creativity in Western Classical Music
This course examines how creativity has shaped the Western classical music tradition and how, in turn, classical music expresses and employs creativity. Students acquire new tools to appreciate classical music through the lens of creativity. The course also demonstrates how music can stimulate creativity in areas beyond music, enabling students to discover how music can tap their own creativity.


CLA9024 Creative Expression with Music
This course provides an opportunity for students of all backgrounds and skill levels to learn to make music in a creative manner. Whether students have had no music training or extensive musical experience, whether they prefer popular or classical sytles, whether they enjoy music from Western or Chinese or other cultures – all students will learn how creative music-making works, why it is unique, and what can be gained from engaging in it. Students will not only develop a greater appreciation for music generally, but also learn how music creativity can lead to other expressions of creativity.

 

 

Humanities and the Arts Cluster


CLB9029 Science Fiction in Literature and Visual Arts
This course is intended to introduce students to some of the major works and themes in science-fiction (SF) literature and visual arts. The course will discuss contemporary and classic SF authors and provide historical and theoretical background to understand their works. SF has been highly influential in popular culture also because of the breadth of topics and ideas explored. For example, SF works may deal with: hypothetical utopian or dystopian scenarios (G. Orwell’s 1984, P.K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle), artificial intelligence and the interaction between humans and machines (I. Asimov’s I, Robot, A. Garland’s Ex Machina), personal identity and memory alterations (G. Egan’s story ‘Learning to be me’, R. Scott’s Blade Runner), time and time-travel (K. Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five), interaction with alien races (Liu Cixin’s The Three-Body Problem, T. Chiang’s Story of Your Life), space exploration (S. Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, S. Lem’s Solaris), and many others. The course will provide the students with a selection of starting points in this vast genre and the intellectual resources required to understand and appreciate these works. Particular emphasis will be put on the philosophical problems and dilemmas explored in the selected texts, movies, or TV series episodes.

 

 

Management and Society Cluster


CLC9020 Laws in Everyday Life
Law affects our daily life, our rights, and our social, economic, political and emotional well-being. University students therefore need a basic understanding of the legal system and the laws likely to affect their everyday life. This course covers the most interesting, useful and basic legal knowledge on a variety of issues: marriage, employment, consumer rights, information technology, etc.
This course is topic-driven. In each lecture, a particular topic and several selected relevant cases will be introduced and discussed in order to encourage students to consider the particular legal issues behind current social phenomena or developments.


CLC9021 Morality and Markets
The course introduces students to arguments for and against moral limits on markets. Moral limits that have been proposed often concern particular markets such as the labor market and markets in human organs, but they may also concern markets in general; for example, socialism versus free-market capitalism. The aim of the course is to enable students to arrive at a fair assessment of the proposed limits by comparing the strongest arguments for and against. Where possible, reference is made to Hong Kong policy, for example, concerning “positive noninterventionism”, minimum wages, public housing, imported workers, the licensing of doctors and taxis (e.g. Uber), prostitution, and so on.


Science, Technology, Mathematics and Society Cluster


CLD9026 Food: Health, Technology and Environment
Food is essential to life. The course aims to provide students a comprehensive overview of scientific principles and issues related to food production and consumption by combining knowledge from multiple disciplines, including food science, environmental sciences, public health and social science. Upon completion of the course, students should be able to critically discuss the concepts and apply the knowledge to make healthy and sustainable choices of food.


CLD9027 Blue Planet
This course provides students a basic understanding of the Earth and its four main components: the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere. The course comprises a series of 3-hour lecture and discussion sessions. Field trips and/or museum visits will be arranged during week 5 to week 8. The lecture will begin with the introduction of the Earth System and the Earth. Topics include: Weather, Climate, EI Nino, Global Warming; Groundwater Contamination, Eutrophication, Coastal System; Earth’s Origin, Plate Tectonics, Volcanism, Earthquakes; Ecosystems, Evolution and Extinction. In addition, Human Interactions with the Earth will also be examined. Other learning activities include movie appreciation, case studies, media reviews, field trips, museum visits and group discussions.

 

 

Values, Cultures and Societies Cluster


CLE9032 Emotional Happiness
This course provides psychological insights into how people can achieve a greater sense of happiness in their lives in the globalized and multicultural world. This course explores the meanings, benefits, and scientifically-validated strategies of boosting happiness. Strategies that are scientifically proven to enhance happiness include savoring, meditation, gratitude, acts of kindness, and physical activity. Obstacles to the pursuit and promotion of happiness are examined. This course also discusses cultural influences on happiness and specific techniques regarding how best to implement various happiness enhancing strategies to attain lasting happiness, as suggested by psychology research.