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History

The "Common Courses Office" was reorganized to "Humanities and Education Center" in 2004, and subsequently turned into the "General Education Teaching Center" in 2005, and into the "General Education Center" in 2013, with the affiliated Liberal Arts Education Section. It is in charge of the teaching, research, and promotion of general education of NTOU, with 16 credits of liberal arts courses in 8 dimensions.

 

History of the Courses in Liberal Arts Domain: 

Liberal Arts Courses in the 2009 academic year (8 credits):

(1) Domain of humanities and arts,

(2) Domain of life skills,

(3) Domain of natural sciences, and

(4) Domain of social sciences

1. The domain of humanities and arts aims to cultivate in students humanistic qualities and understanding of the arts, cultivate the competence of understanding and appreciation of beauty, and express their feelings of beauty so as to practice the true and beautiful life. At the same time, the sub-domain of humanities and arts also includes other cultural courses, allowing students to understand the multiculturalism under the wave of globalization to achieve understanding and respect for different ethnic cultures.

 

2.   The domain of life skills is aimed at cultivating in students the attitude to acquire knowledge through life, including emotional management, interpersonal relationship, interpersonal communication, life education, gender equality, etc., mainly geared to their personality cultivation, moral education and life attitude.

 

3. The domain of natural sciences is one of the most important subjects of NTOU. It includes contemporary technologies, life science, marine science, and natural sciences. It is very important and integral part in all branches of natural sciences.

 

4. The domain of social sciences includes topics such as history, constitutional laws, international relations, psychology, and sociology. They aim to train students to learn the concept of democracy and the rule of law in a modern society, and to avoid being influenced by the biased mass media and distorted understanding of democratic values. The students are expected to develop a broad international perspective, avoid disconnection from the whole environment and catch up with the trend of internationalization and globalization.

 

New curriculum effective in the 2010 academic year (inclusive). Liberal Arts Courses (16 credits) are under 8 sub-domains: (1) personality cultivation and multiculturalism, (2) democracy, rule of law and citizenship, (3) globalization and socio-economic structure, (4) Chinese and foreign classics, (5) aesthetics and aesthetic expression, (6) technology and society, (7) natural science, (8) history analysis and interpretation.

 

New curriculum effective in the 2013 academic year (inclusive). Liberal Arts Courses (16 credits) are under 8 sub-domains: (1) personality cultivation and multiculturalism, (2) democracy, rule of law and citizenship, (3) globalization and socio-economic structure, (4) Chinese and foreign classics, (5) aesthetics and aesthetic expression, (6) technology and society, (7) natural science, (8) history analysis and interpretation.

 

For students enrolled from 2015 academic year (inclusive), the liberal arts course "Introduction to Marine Science" is required : 2 credits:

 

For students enrolled from 2015 academic year (inclusive), compulsory liberal arts courses include: "Introduction to Marine Science" (2 credits), which does not count toward the eight major domains of liberal arts courses. The original eight major domains of the liberal arts course include 14 credits, with no more than 4 credits in each sub-domain, resulting in a total of 16 credits (2 credits required and 14 credits elective).

Aims

Adhering to the NTOU motto of honesty, simplicity, fraternity, and perseverance, to enhance the elite education curriculum, and integrate the education of oceanic sciences and humanities, so as to cultivate decent and capable modern citizens with true professionalism and high integrity, possessing the ability of self-enhancement to stand fast in the international arena. Moreover, the students are supposed to acquire humanistic qualities of broad-mindedness as an integrated figure in the universe, with care for both the local welfare and the global well-being.

Educational Goals

To cultivate in our students the ability of self-development and life adaptation through the liberal arts courses, that is both professionally- and academically-oriented. To cultivate in our students the personality of truth, goodness and beauty, the attitude of humanism, and the devotion to the pursuit of holistic education and life-long learning. Cultivate in our students the humanistic qualities with care for both the local welfare and the global well-being. Liberal arts courses are under 8 sub-domains: (1) personality cultivation and multiculturalism, (2) democracy, rule of law and citizenship, (3) globalization and socio-economic structure, (4) Chinese and foreign classics, (5) aesthetics and aesthetic expression, (6) technology and society, (7) natural science, (8) history analysis and interpretation.

Future Prospects

The Section of Liberal Arts Education will continue to adhere to the NTOU educational goals and, with a core of marine education, to integrate humanities, social, natural and science education, so that liberal arts education is closely integrated with the curriculum structure and the faculty structures. It is hoped that the students can have a basic and diverse understanding of knowledge in different domains particularly on the basis of passion for marine development, to cultivate the sense of respect for life and the natural environment, and promote the high quality characteristics of the “marine citizens” who possess the characteristics combination of marine humanities, aesthetics, culture, ethics, and science.