HBC207 Why Read? traces the evolution of reading as an essential activity throughout the history of mankind. While the vehicle of information sharing may have evolved from cave paintings to handwritten manuscripts and from books to social media, much still rests on one’s ability to read in order for ideas to be communicated. This has remained unchanged through time. The course not only introduces students to the importance of reading in everyday life, it also seeks to show students how reading can bring about positive or negative consequences. Through the act of reading influential books, e.g., religious texts, the Communist Manifesto, etc we can be socialised to be good members of society or be radicalised to do unimaginable acts, and history is replete with examples. Lastly, reading – like exercise – can also have health benefits. Over the course of six weeks, students will come to appreciate that reading is a skill that is not only pertinent to the individual, but also to the community and society.
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every semester