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Introduction

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Introduction

Founded in 2011

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

“Knowledge … is an unending adventure at the edge of uncertainty.”  J. Bronowski

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) devotes special attention to internationalization and the integration of research with pedagogy.  We attract faculty and students from each continent and more than one-third of our courses are taught entirely in English, with foreign and Taiwanese students attending classes together. For research and pedagogy, we are concerned both with empirical and with normative problems.  As to the empirical, we conduct social science investigations, as well as research that focuses on the mind-brain; concerning the mind-brain, we give special emphasis to investigating the nature of conscious experience. As to the normative, we conduct research related to legal and ethical issues.  Most of our work is inter-disciplinary and a significant portion is designed so as to complement our College of Medicine, as well as our university’s extensive network of hospitals.

In 2019, the Graduate Institute of Humanities in Medicine (GIHM) begins to readjust its focus, concentrating principally on the social sciences, especially sociology, both quantitative and qualitative.  The Graduate Institute of Health and Biotechnology Law (GIHBL), likewise is beginning to readjust its focus:  as before, much attention is devoted to Taiwanese legal policies that pertain to translational medicine, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, as well as food and drug regulation.  But now it also is extending its scope to include public health law, in an international context, along with bio- and medical ethics. In the Graduate Institute of Mind, Brain and Consciousness (GIMBC) faculty and students, domestic and international, work together in a joint effort to understand the mind-brain nexus in healthy subjects as well as in neurological or psychiatric patients.

Currently CHSS offers MA degrees in social science (GIHM) and in law (GIHBL).  GIMBC offers both an MS degree, as well as a Ph.D.  We are, moreover, in the process of creating an undergraduate degree program that focuses on neuroscience, but that integrates certain aspects of social science and law.  That is, the curriculum will include social and forensic neuroscience.

In our studies of society, law, and the mind-brain, we aim for consilience:  that is, whenever possible, we seek to identify points of contact, even coherence, between the sciences and the humanities, between the empirical and the normative.  In a similar spirit, we seek points of contact between Taiwan and other countries in the international community, recognizing that insularity is a pathway to intellectual stagnation.  As we enter the middle decades of the 21st century, we aspire to understand the world as it is, and to imagine the world, as it might become.

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  • Graduate Institute of  Humanities in Medicine
  • The Graduate Institute of Mind, Brain, and Consciousness (GIMBC)
  • Research Center of Humanistic  Innovation and Social Engagement
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