National Taiwan University

Taipei, Taiwan

Available Courses

This course aims to introduce the poetic and literary features of English modernism by way of close study and discussion of a series of modern English poets, beginning with G. M. Hopkins and ending with Seamus Heaney. 

This course aims to help students master the spatial structure and basic timing and historical description and further understand the potential issues of the history of the Roman Empire and related new interpretations. To clarify the basic concepts of classical studies, this course will give students Access to basic primitive historical materials and their use, and basic Latin.

Taiwan, an island country rich in biodiversity, located between Eurasian Plate and Philippine Sea Plate, the geological structure is quite young. The frequent orogeny in Taiwan form many towering mountains, so even though Taiwan is in the tropical and subtropical zone, the temperate climate can still be found at high altitudes. Although the land area of Taiwan is only 0.027% of the total of the world, the number of species is as high as 3.8%, which is 150 times the global average. Furthermore, the marine species around Taiwan are about 10% of the world, which is 361 times the average. Taiwan is not a country with large territory, while its rich biological resources are such amazing. Base on that, we invite guest speakers in different fields to talk about the geography, wildlife, ecosystem and culture of Taiwan. They will help students to learn more about the beautiful nature of Taiwan. Besides the lectures, students could also learn deeply through the 3 various field trips (2 assigned trips and 1 self-planned trip). 

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has stimulated the digital-technology revolution for developments of human societies. Furthermore, it keeps bringing up the growth of virtual reality and augmented reality. Starting from mid-1970s, Taiwan proactively promoted ICT developments based on national developing guideline in responding to these technological waves. These developments cover from hardware to software; span from devices to systems; elevate from original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to original brand manufacturer(OBM). These activities facilitate economical growth of Taiwan in recent tens of years.

To mingle understanding of this impressive technical development for students from other academic fields, in this course, different technical thrusts of ICT in Taiwan are introduced. Furthermore, industries-academia interactions in ICT are also presented to reveal the technical momentums supporting these developments. This course will bring an overview of ICT in Taiwan for international students to stimulate their interests in related research fields. 

Plant genome information has been fully used in basic research, crop breeding, disease prevention and other fields. With the development of genome sequencing tools, more and more plants have been de-sequenced. This course will lead students to understand plant genomes and their applications from all angles. In addition to introducing the techniques and principles required for genome exploration, it also provides practical opportunities for students to familiarize themselves with the analysis process and genome resources. 

This course is taught by teachers from the Institute of Plant Sciences and specially invited experts and scholars. Each teacher participates for 2 to 4 hours to teach the current status of research and application in a specific field of plant science, as well as future development trends. 

Exploring Taiwan serials for international students, aiming to introduce unique feature of agriculture and food biotechnology. The class starts from traditional local item, such as Taiwanese staple food rice, world famous agricultural product tea, to exotic fruit crops grown in Taiwan by cultivation technology. Epigenetics and crop improvement will also be addressed. Then, the fermented foods will be introduced from giving an example to isolate microorganism from saltern in Taiwan, to how those microbial fermentation utilized in food technology. Further, food safety monitoring and the use of plants metabolites for drugs discovery will be introduced. Three chief executive officers from famous local crops and food companies will talk about their business idea and products developments. One factory tour will be arranged to experience the modern plant operation and maintenance.

This course is an introductory level of Python programming language. We start this course by introducing Google Colaboratory, a platform which runs on the cloud and offers free computing resources, will be introduced as your code playground in this course. Then, basic Python syntaxes will be introduced. To provide a better understanding, some examples or assignments will be given. Students need to find an issue to address and to solve it with Python as their term-project. A final report about this issue and how you solve it should be submitted at the end of the semester.

In this course, we will explore the following contemporary metaphysical issues on the nature of time and space: Does space exist like a substance in its own right, or is it nothing but spatial relationships between objects? Are there objective facts about the geometry of space, or are they in some way conventional? Are pastness, presentness, and futurity consistent notions? Do the past or future exist in the way the present exists? Do I have temporal parts as well as spatial parts if time is in many ways analogous to space? Is time travel possible? Is presentness compatible with special relativity given that the latter allows no absolute simultaneity? Could it be that the fundamental world is entirely timeless? 

This English course is expected to cover all social sciences related to “Insectivory”. Over the years, whether in the media, investment, or public policy, there has been an increasing interest in eating insects. Because in the near future, insects are very likely to become our food source. Can eating insects really save the world from famine and environmental destruction? Is eating insects harmful or beneficial to human health? Can everyone accept edible insects? Should we promote insectivory? If so, what should be the most appropriate? What kind of insects should we eat? How to breed in large quantities? In this class, we will examine all the issues related to “Insectivory” one by one. Students will discuss with each other the role insects may play in their own future and the reasons for thinking so.

To participate in this class, you do not need to actually eat insects.

All teaching materials will be uploaded to the classroom website, and the course will be open to NTU, NTUST and NTNU alliances, as well as exchange students. 

The study of the Antiquity in the classical sense started to develop into sciences of the Antiquity (Alterumswissenschaften) from the 19th century onwards. The current investigation of the ancient history must also be replaced into this larger framework of research, which puts the material culture and archaeological context on the same footing as the texts themselves. The sciences of the Antiquity comprise the classical philology (of which the main tasks are the study of the textual transmission and the establishment of texts), historical linguistics, palaeolography, rhetoric, epigraphy, papyrology, onomastics, chronology and calendars, numismatics, ceramology, field archaeology and iconography. However, as the classical philology remains the foundation of the Altertumswissenschaften and the knowledge of languages constitutes the very basis of philology, the present course aims at teaching ancient Greek and introducing to the history of the texts. Selective explorations into other branches of the sciences of the Antiquity will serve as learning auxiliaries. This course can hopefully also help students better understand, from its roots, the Western civilization from the Renaissance to the present day. 

We have many international students in National Taiwan University. To fulfill the needs of international students of English courses, the College of Bio-resources and Agriculture opens a course Exploring Taiwan: “Natural Environmental and Resources”, which is taught in English. The instructors of this course are all the best of Taiwan in their fields, including atmospheric science, environment science, physical and social geography. They will help students to learn more about the beautiful nature of Taiwan. Besides the lectures, students could also learn deeply through the 3 various field trips. 

This course hopes to encourage students to not be limited by their departments or fields, and to explore new international issues from different fields. Through this class, they will be able to expand their horizons and explore their potential in new fields. This course will also encourage students to reflect on and apply their learnings outside of the course, to prepare them for a rapidly-changing world. 

General Biology is one of the required courses for bio-major students. The lectures are organized as six parts: 1. molecules and processes within cells, 2. how genetic materials transmitted from generation to generation, 3. how organisms evolved, 4 plant forms and functions, 5. animal forms and function, and 6. ecology. Instead of knowing the facts, we will emphasize on forming hypotheses and testing them experimentally. This course is a one-year course, please make sure you allocate Tuesday morning for biology for the entire year. 

The exhibition of the Natural History Museum focuses on the interaction between various creatures in nature and their environment. Its collection includes all kinds of creatures, such as animals, plants, microorganisms, and non-living objects, such as minerals and fossils. The biodiversity recorded by the Natural History Museum allows biologists to conduct comparative research across time and space.

This course will introduce the development of the Natural History Museum over the past three hundred years, and how to conduct business planning in its collection, teaching, and display. The course will actually visit the natural history related museums on the National Taiwan University campus, such as the animal museum, herbarium, insect herbarium, and geological museum. In addition to visiting the collections and displays in the museum, they also practice different methods of specimen making, and actually understand the process of specimen collection.

In addition to the discussion of articles in the course, students in the course should also choose the natural history museum on campus before the end of the semester to develop independent research. The topics include collection specimen research, science teaching plan design, or curatorial planning. 

The content can be divided into about sixteen themes. First introduce the basic concepts of nutrition from the introduction and definition, and then respectively describe the three major caloric nutrients including: sugars and foods rich in sugars; fats and foods rich in fats; amines Base acid, protein, protein quality and protein-rich foods. Then we will talk about energy balance and weight control; food size, substitution table and meal design. The second half mainly introduces micronutrients. First, it introduces the introduction, classification and use of vitamins and minerals, and then introduces the nutrients, water and electrolytes, and other minerals related to energy metabolism, blood production, bone growth, and anti-oxidation. Substances and so on.

Under the trend of globalization, various public health issues are faced with both local and international challenges. In order to protect and improve populations health, interdisciplinary local actions with a global view is essential in designing intervention strategies. This introductory course aims to provide an overview of theories, analytical tools, and hands-on practice in global health. The three-hour classes consist of lectures, group discussion facilitated by the TAs, group presentation, and opportunities to have hands-on experiences. Various topics are addressed by invited speakers with different area of expertise in global health, including environmental and occupational health, gender and health, mental health, aging, health systems, work at non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and so on. Upon completing the course, students are expected to obtain knowledge on public health sciences with a global perspective and increase capacities in interdisciplinary reasoning, team work and communication skills under a wide range of global health topics. 

The philosophy of religion aims as using philosophical methods to inquire into religious concepts. This course focuses on Western philosophers discussions of religion. It treats four topics in philosophy of religion:

(I) Arguments for and against the existence of God.

(II) The epistemology of religion: what standard should we use when assessing reasons for being religious? What kinds of reasons are justified?

(III) The metaphysics of divine attributes e.g. omnipotence, omniscience, and omnibenevolence.

(IV) The debate over religious pluralism is it possible that the major world religions are all correct? 

In order to allow international students to further understand the progress of medical science and technology in Taiwan, and to introduce local diseases with unique characteristics, especially diseases with unique characteristics in Taiwan such as liver disease, lung cancer and diseases caused by environmental factors. In addition, this course is also used to introduce Taiwan’s achievements in COVID-19 prevention and treatment to students.

This course will introduce the democratization process of East and Southeast Asian Countries. The countries are categorized by regime types into 4 groups: liberal democracy, electoral democracy, electoral autocracy, and non-democracy. Systematic comparison will be focused on the application of the modernization theory, democratic citizenship theory, critical citizenship theory, and political socialization theory.

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