Majors

At Duke Kunshan University, each major consists of an interdisciplinary set of courses that integrate different forms of knowledge and a distinct set of disciplinary courses that provide expertise in specific areas.

Ethics and Leadership ( Tracks: Philosophy and Religious Studies )
The Ethics and Leadership major, drawing from fields such as philosophy, political theory, history, literature, religion, and the social and natural sciences, seeks to provide students with the specific expertise that is needed to address issues such as global health, pollution and the environment or regulation of corporations and markets. Students will be encouraged and guided in the task of framing specific expertise with a broader and deeper framework of thinking about what kinds of leaders and citizens they should be, and what their ultimate values ought to be.
Ethics and Leadership/Philosophy

Required Courses

Divisional Foundation Courses
  • Foundational Questions in Social Science
  • The Art of Interpretation 1: Written Texts
Interdisciplinary Courses
  • Ethics and Leadership
  • Conceptions of Democracy and Meritocracy
  • Ethics, Markets, and Politics
* Choose two courses from the following six courses
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Global Justice and Health Care
  • Trust and Cross-Cultural Leadership
  • The Psychology of Justice
  • The Sociology of Morality and Politics
  • Ethics of Nudging
* All students in the major must take the following seminars:
  • Junior Integrative Seminar: Advanced Topics
  • Senior Integrative Seminar: Advanced Topics
Disciplinary Courses
  • Chinese/Mediterranean Philosophy
  • History of Modern Philosophy
  • Theory of Knowledge
  • Logic
  • Philosophy of Mind

Recommended Electives for the Major

Courses listed below are recommended electives for the major. Students can also select other courses in different divisions as electives.

  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Problems in Metaphysics
  • What’s the Right Things to Do? Ethics and Justice in the Modern World

*The above major and course list are pending approval by Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China

 

Ethics and Leadership/Religious Studies

Required Courses

Divisional Foundation Courses
  • Foundational Questions in Social Science
  • The Art of Interpretation 1: Written Texts
Interdisciplinary Courses
  • Ethics and Leadership
  • Conceptions of Democracy and Meritocracy
  • Ethics, Markets, and Politics
* Choose two courses from the following six courses
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Global Justice and Health Care
  • Trust and Cross-Cultural
  • The Psychology of Justice
  • The Sociology of Morality and Politics
  • Ethics of Nudging
* All students in the major must take the following seminars:
  • Junior Integrative Seminar: Advanced Topics
  • Senior Integrative Seminar: Advanced Topics
Disciplinary Courses
  • Comparative Religious Studies
  • Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism
  • Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
  • Religious and Philosophical Thought on the Environment
  • Religion and Leadership

Recommended Electives for the Major

Courses listed below are recommended electives for the major. Students can also select other courses in different divisions as electives.

  • Christianity
  • Islam
  • Judaism
  • Hinduism
  • Modern Buddhism
  • The Problem of Evil
  • Love, Power, and Justice: Ethics in Religious Perspective

*The above major and course list are pending approval by Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China