FAH Signature Courses

Course Code Course Title Course Description
JAPN1000 Practical Japanese I This course aims to develop Japanese language ability in daily conversation, reading and writing. At the same time, it also introduces Japanese Studies, including basic cultural ideas that are needed in the acquisition of the language. At the end of this course, students will be able to acquire very basic conversation skills of Japanese.
GELH1001 Chinese Languages and Chinese Communities In this course the students expand their knowledge of Chinese languages and Chinese communities and understand language phenomena as an expression of culture and as a function of society. Through readings, discussions and mini-projects the students apply the sociolinguistics knowledge introduced to answer academic and practical questions. Global and local language situations are surveyed in a Chinese perspective and current issues in language matters are analyzed. Through problem-solving exercises, the students hone their skills of critical thinking, communication and collaboration.
GELH2002 The Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights This course introduces students to the Holocaust, the systematic murder of the Jews of Europe by the Nazi regime between the years 1939 and 1945. In seeking to understand how the Holocaust happened, students will be introduced first to concepts like racial prejudice and other forms of discrimination, anti-Semitism, and the role of nationalism in creating concepts of the Other. The course will study the rise of the Nazi Party in Weimar Germany, its accession to power in 1933 and the systematic denigration of, and discrimination against, Jews from the years 1933 to 1939. The course will discuss the power of propaganda, the effects of discriminatory laws excluding Jews from all areas of public life and how these lead first to the mass murder of Jews in eastern Europe (Operation Barbarossa) and then the Final Solution, with the establishment of death camps, of which Auschwitz-Birkenau is but the most infamous. This course will also address the issue of genocide, how the Holocaust lead to the concept of genocide, first described as such by Raphael Lemkin in 1943 and subsequent international treaties seeking to prevent further genocides. The course will look at other genocides, including Armenia, Cambodia, Rwanda, and Darfur. Special attention will also be paid to the Japanese invasion of China, the Nanjing Massacre and Unit 731 in Manchuria.
ENGL3014 World Englishes This course will introduce students to the study of contemporary and historical varieties of English worldwide. The pluralistic status of English varieties as well as the nature and effect of standards and standardizing varieties will be emphasized. The course may include historical approaches to varieties, geographical approaches or an approach that focuses on several recurring themes of how English is used internationally.
HIST1000 History of Macao This course introduces and examines the historical development of Macao since its founding in the 16th century. Apart from examining the political aspects of Macao’s history, students will study the social, economic, and cultural dimensions of the historical development of modern Macao over the past four centuries.
PHIL1000 Introduction to Western Philosophy This course attempts to provide an encompassing introduction to philosophy by looking at some of the fundamental problems philosophers discuss in a number of different areas of Western philosophy, such as general metaphysics, ontology, epistemology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of religion, and ethics. The classic materials are selected to provide a basis for understanding some of the central debates within each of these fields.
PORT2006 Oral Comprehension and Production Skills III The main objective of this course is the development of oral skills in Portuguese through listening and production tasks from the preceding elementary proficiency level to a lower intermediary level.
EELC2010 Academic English: Project-based learning This is a one-semester Academic English course for students with an intermediate English language level. Students have three class hours every week. The course requires students to apply the skills they have learned in University English or Academic English course(s). In groups, students will learn to use introductory academic writing and speaking skills to design and implement their multigenre/multimodal projects. These skills include: primary/secondary research, critical thinking skills, problem-solving skills, writing/presentation skills, teamwork, etc. Through experiential learning, students will be guided to observe, collect information, persuade, and generate a writing/speaking product.