【活動花絮】第七屆學生通識研討會暨優秀論文獎頒獎禮 7th General Education Student Seminar cum Best Essay Award Ceremony

大學通識教育部於二月廿七日舉辦了第七屆學生通識研討會暨優秀論文獎頒獎禮,邀請了六位得獎學生發表其論文,同時在場師生互相交流對經典文本的見解。本屆優秀論文獎共有十八位得獎學生,同場亦有十五位同學獲頒通識教育基礎課程獎學金。

The 7th General Education Student Seminar cum Best Essay Award Ceremony, hosted by the Office of General Education, took place on 27 February. Six of the Awardees were invited to present their essays and exchange insights on the classics with teachers and fellow students at the ceremony. This year, a total of eighteen students won the Best Essay Award,  and fifteen students were granted the GEFP Scholarship.

借鑑經典 與當下對話 Classics as Dialogue with the Here and Now

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大學通識教育主任梁美儀教授希望同學將來能夠繼續閱讀經典

看到學生的優秀論文,大學通識教育主任梁美儀教授致歡迎辭時表示,希望課程只是他們的起步點,將來能夠繼續多閱讀經典、多思考問題,尤其在時局不穩的當代社會,翻閱經典雖看似毫無用處,但前人智慧總是與當下有著緊密關連。

在大學書店舉行的研討會分為兩節。上午節是「與人文對話」,由獲得金獎的建築學生梁啟樞打頭陣,分享其論文Response to Lee Kuan Yew’s Paternalism: From the Perspectives of Huang Tsung-hsi and John Stuart Mill。梁同學借用黃宗羲及約翰.彌爾的思想,審視新加坡的政治狀況,指出不論是支持知識分子監察政府的黃宗羲,或是支持言論自由的彌爾,都不會認同李光耀操控言論的手段。他認為,控制言論對國家完整性或有幫助,但按新加坡的現況,這不足以成為打壓言論的理由,未來的新加坡更應開放言論自由。

The quality of reflection shown in the excellent essays made a strong impression on Professor Leung Mei Yee, Director of University General Education. In the welcome address, she expressed hope that the courses would only be a starting point, and urged students to delve further into the world of classics and think more. Reading classics might seem useless in the present time of instability, she said, but predecessors’ words of wisdom would always find relevance in the modern world.

The GE Student Seminar, held in the University Bookstore, was divided into two sessions. The morning session was dedicated to In Dialogue with Humanity  begun with a presentation by the Gold Awardee Leung Kai Shu, who majors in Architectural Studies. He shared his essay “Response to Lee Kuan Yew’s Paternalism: From the Perspectives of Huang Tsung-hsi and John Stuart Mill. Adopting the perspectives of Huang Tsung-hsi and John Stuart Mill, Leung reviewed the political situation in Singapore and pointed out that neither Huang, who supported intellectuals to monitor the government, nor Mill, who supported the freedom of speech, would approve of Lee Kuan Yew’s control of public opinion. He stated that restricting freedom of speech might contribute to the unity of the country, but it would not justify the silencing of opinions in Singapore given her present state of affairs. He concluded that Singapore should promote greater freedom of speech in the future.

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羅亦成同學比較佛教及基督教的信仰探討兩者本質上的異同

修讀社會學的羅亦成同學,在他的論文〈與宗教對話-從佛教與基督教經典看信仰本質〉,透過比較佛教及基督教的信仰,試圖探討兩者本質上的異同。他指出,佛教與基督教相似在於兩者皆以苦難為本、以信為解脫,相異在於基督教的信在感動、對立、永恆,而佛教的信在理解、圓融、無常。由於文章只就課程所涉及的文本作討論,他認為論文未能立體展現兩個信仰,故希望大家往後能從多方面思考信仰。

Lo Yik Shing, a student of Sociology, tried to compare Buddhism and Christianity and explore their fundamental differences and similarities in his essay “In Dialogue with Religion: The Nature of Faith in Buddhist and Christian Classics” (與宗教對話-從佛教與基督教經典看信仰本質). He pointed out that both religions understood suffering as the nature of life and emphasized faith as the path of liberation. The difference was that faith in Christianity was based on emotions, on a dichotomic worldview and on belief in eternity, while faith in Buddhism was based on understanding, on a holistic worldview, and on belief in impermanence. He also added that his essay only examined ideas from the texts studied in the course, and thus could not fully express the complexities of both religions. He hoped that the audience could continue to ponder on religions from differentperspectives.

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譚曉暉同學指出社會有需要收窄各界對普選方案的分歧

而來自物理系的譚曉暉同學,回顧2014年香港的佔領運動,指出社會有需要收窄各界對普選方案的分歧。他的論文〈從佔領運動所爭取的「真普選」探討民本、民主兩種思想的利弊和結合的可能〉,透過模擬民本支持者黃宗羲與民主支持者盧梭就「真普選」這個議題對話的情景,帶出民本、民主各自的利弊,並嘗試結合兩者,草擬一個可行的普選方案。他認為民主比民本重要,因此在他的方案中,民主屬於核心部分,而民本則為額外條件。

在討論環節,有與會者提出,將「民主」及「民本」完全分開是否不當二分;亦有人指出,信仰過於複雜,不能將其特質二分對立。兩位同學均表示,因受論文的字數限制而未能清楚陳述自己的觀點,亦認同簡單二分未可完全把握議題的複雜性。

Tam Hiu Fai from the Department of Physics reviewed the Occupy Central Movement in Hong Kong in 2014. He pointed out that society had to narrow down the divergence of opinions regarding the electoral reform. In his essay “Occupy Central and Genuine Universal Suffrage: A Study of the Pros and Cons of Government for the People and Government by the Peopleand Their Possible Integration” (〈從佔領運動所爭取的「真普選」探討民本、民主兩種思想的利弊和結合的可能〉), he invented a dialogue between Huang Tsung-hsi and Rousseau on “genuine universal suffrage,” with Huang supporting government for the people and Rousseau supporting government by the people. After exploring the pros and cons of each of the two theories, he tried to integrate them in an effort to draft a feasible proposal for universal suffrage . Tam considered government of the people more important than government by the people, therefore adopting the former as the core and the latter as an additional condition of his proposal.

During the discussion session, a member of the audience suggested that it might be inappropriate to set apart totally government for the people and government by the people. It was also pointed out that the features of the two religions were too complicated to be classified in dichotomy. Both students replied that they had not been able to fully present their arguments due to the word limit, and agreed that no easy dichotomy could fully express the complexity of the subject.

遊走科學「真」理 想像「美」好家園 Truth and Beauty

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「與自然對話」的對話環節

下半節是「與自然對話」的論文分享環節。來自醫學院的張天穎同學說,修讀此課程增添了自己對科學與藝術的想法,而他的文章Finding the Art in Science—An Exploration into the Role of Subjectivity and Imagination in Science,正是比較兩者的特質。他認為,兩者不同之處,在於科學旨在發現不變的真理,而藝術則重創新,一較之下,科學發現似乎缺乏獨特性。至於相同之處,是兩者均受人文價值影響,以及需要運用到創造力和想像力。他希望大家能透過理解科學與藝術的異同,重新思考兩者之間是否存在必然的對立關係。

而經濟學三年級學生張弦則在其論文〈對話「科學美」〉探討科學之美。她設想時光機令柏拉圖、牛頓及沃森三人在座談會聚首一堂,並從文本內容,推論柏拉圖會認為科學之美在於求真,牛頓會相信科學之美在於規律、可預見性,而沃森則視簡單、偶然的啟發為科學之美。

修讀地理與資源管理學的郭欣宜,在她的文章〈家園〉中,設想龐加萊、卡森和達爾文一起參與會議,討論政府應否停止資助太空探索計劃並將資金用來保護環境。她藉三人的對話,探討科學發展與環境保護之間的關係,指出兩者不應是對立,雙管齊下方為理想之策。

The afternoon session was dedicated to essays of In Dialogue with Nature. Cheung Nathan Tinwing, a Medicine Major, said that the course had inspired him to examine the nature of science and art. Hetried to compare the two in his essay “Finding the Art in Science—An Exploration into the Role of Subjectivity and Imagination in Science”. While science aimed at the discovery of truths, he said, art aimed at the creation of something new; science, therefore, was comparatively less unique. Nevertheless, he thought both science and art were influenced by human values and required creativity and imagination. He hoped that people would reconsider the necessity of antithesis between science and art by understanding their differences and similarities.

In her essay “The Beauty of Science: A Dialogue” (對話「科學美」), Zhang Xian, a year-3 Economics major, explored the beauty of science. In the scenario where a time machine brought Plato, Isaac Newton and James Watson together, Zhang inferred from the three texts studied that Plato would see the beauty of science in the pursuit of truth. For Newton, the beauty of science would lie in its regularity and predictability, and for Watson, in its simple universality and fortuitous inspiration.

Guo Xinyi of Geography and Resource Management pictured Henri Poincaré, Rachel Carson and Charles Darwin in a conference discussing whether the government should stop sponsoring space exploration and invest the money on environmental protection. In her essay ‘Home’ (〈家園〉), which was written in the form of a dialogue, she examined the relationship between scientific development and environmental protection and pointed out that the two needed not be a case of either this or that; advancing both causes would be the better option

頒獎禮環節

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副校長兼教務會通識教育委員會主席潘偉賢教授

論文獎頒獎禮移師至綜合教學大樓,主禮嘉賓、副校長兼教務會通識教育委員會主席潘偉賢教授表示,通識教育基礎課程近年大獲好評,更受校外人士關注,她自己亦非常意外一、二年級生能夠寫出如此高質素的論文,證明基礎課程確有成功之處。

The Best Essay Award Presentation Ceremony was held in An Integrated Teaching Building. Professor Poon Wai-yin, the officiating guest, and Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Chairman of the Senate Committee on General Education, said that the GEFP had won good acclaim and public attention in recent years. She was pleasantly surprised by the good quality of essays written by year one and year two students, which bore proof to the success of the programme.

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今屆優秀論文獎一共有兩位同學獲金獎,而銀獎和銅獎則有五位和十一位,同場亦有十五位同學獲頒通識教育基礎課程獎學金。頒獎禮上,他們以短片形式,分享了去年參加海外暑假課程的經歷和感想。另外,張天穎同學獲頒全場最佳演說獎。

This year, there were a total of two students receiving the Gold Award, five receiving the Silver Award and eleven receiving the Bronze Award. There were also fifteen students who were awarded the GEFP scholarships. During the award presentation ceremony, a short video was shown in which of recipients of the scholarshipshared their experience and thoughts on the Summer Study Trip Scheme. Cheung Nathan Tinwing was selected as the Best Presenter of the day and granted an award.

 

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