Course Objectives 1.Develop core ethical values in the formation of character. 2.Develop character through the planning and execution of community-service programmes 3.Develop leadership skills through group projects
Course Requirements Group Project: 50% Planning: 10% Objectives: 5% Presentation: 5% Activity: 20% Cooperation: 5% Report: 5% Individual Written Assignment: 50% 4000 word Research/Extended Essay Following citation requirements (see
How do I do the Group Project? Form a group Choose a physical activity all of you have never done before Plan a project with that activity Show me your planning process and outcome
Course Overview 13 Lecture Weeks 10 Formal Lectures 1 Movie Week 1 Forum Week 1 Presentation of Projects Week
Week 1: Mastering the context
Overview Understanding the Global Context Mastering the Global Context Understanding the Local Context Mastering the Local Context Surrendering to the Context
Character First Problems Enron, Barisan Nasional, Wall Street 2008, Sept 11, Bush’s ‘War on Terror’ Exemplars Nelson Mandela, Dr. Martin Luther King, Steve Jobs, Mother Theresa
Understanding the Global Context Political Sovereignty of nation-states, political persuasion, influence and ascendency of China, Asia Regional Blocs (South America, ASEAN, South India) Rise of military influence Usage of technology, security, global ‘war on terror’ NSA Austerity measures Social Unemployment, mass protests, educational challenges and changes Violence, depression, meaninglessness Economic Economies tied to each other US tied to China, EU tied to US Technological Use and abuse of technology
Mastering the Global Context Effective usage and deployment of Technology Leverage of the Internet, mobile platforms, changing trends ie. Wearable devices, robotics, synthetic biology, Artificial General Intelligence Creative Expression New ways of communicating a message TED platform New ideas Combining, synergizing and integrating existing ways of doing things Exposure, experience and creative problem solving Global poverty Invasion of privacy Climate Change Dwindling natural resources Corruption
Understanding the Local Context Racism Inequality based on ‘ethnic preference’ (“Systemic Discrimination”) Article 153 Religion Role of Religion as political weapon and silencer of dissent Religion as means of governance, control and intimidation Economics Management of country’s natural resources and allocations Which History? Which facts?
Mastering the Local Context Knowledge, Creative Problem Solving Working around bureaucracy and existing preset mindsets Niche-areas of expertise Effective means of transformation (fast vs. slow changes) Prioritizing needs (Educational infrastructure, physical infrastructure in East M’sia) Big picture perspectives Attitude Purpose and reason for action Character
Surrendering to the Context Fixed mindsets Tradition- “That’s how we’ve always done it” Don’t ask so many questions Immovable attitudes which harm you Easy surrender
Ralph Waldo Emerson “Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.”
Conclusion Your character matters more than your grades Your ‘Why’ motivation impacts more than your grades Your thinking and attitude now will eventually shape your character and destiny in life What kind of thinking and attitude should you have? Why do I do the things I do?