Skip to main content

Family in Literature and Films

About This Course

This module aims at introducing, interpreting, understanding “family” through literature and film of the East and the West. The module uses selected classics in world literature and modern cinema (such as Anna Karenina, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Eat, Drink, Man, Woman etc.) to illustrate different aspects of the notion of modern family as a subject. By the end of the study period, students should be able to grasp the background and evolution of families East and West as they relate to such issues as gender, property, social values, romantic love, migration, historical change, politics and revolution, in an attractive and exciting manner.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Establish an educated understanding of modern “family” via literary and visual classics;
  2. Develop a respectful and respected view on the subject of domesticity with a clear vocabulary and broad understanding in world culture and visual studies;
  3. Recognize different approaches to the discussion of “family” in humanities and social sciences such as that of history, culture, philosophy, demography, economics, law and visual studies; and
  4. Use group discussion and group project to connect “family” as a Humanities and Social Sciences subject with training in business, management, communication, translation, as well as arts and social studies.

Course Staff

centered image
Prof. Hsiung Ping-chen 熊秉真教授
Distinguished Professor in Residence
Director, Global Humanities Initiative