Home » 2011/2012 GE Model » PHIL2002 / FSHG215 – Asian Values and Moral Traditions
Suggested Year of Study:2 to 4theme-3
Duration:1 Semester
Credit units:3
Offering unit:FAH



Course Description

This course introduces students to the major moral traditions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, Shinto and Bushido) in Asia. Close attention is given to the basic values and ethical categories (karma, samsara, moksha, dharma, ren, li, tao etc.) that have informed Asian moral discourse, with special reference to the pivotal role of these values and categories in shaping social, economic, and political life in Asian societies. The first half of the course will concern South Asia, primarily India, while the second half, East Asia, primarily China and Japan.


Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Acquire a solid knowledge of basic concepts and categories in Asian moral discourse;
  2. Critically assess and analyze Asian ethical concepts from a comparative perspective;
  3. Appreciate the crucial roles of Asian values in shaping the modern world order.