FILA Fundamental Courses

  • Ability to conduct directed research based on academic knowledge across the field of Humanities and Social Sciences
Course Title Description
Principles of Philosophy An introduction to a set of philosophical issues involving moral reasoning and the need for a more reflective morality. We will further discuss some key episodes in the history of ethical life and consider the possible application of moral theory to real life. 
Principles of History This courses introduce students to intellectually influential texts, ancient and modern, from cultures around the world. Students will read and discuss books that have shaped the way people think and act, working together to interpret their historical significance and their relevance today. Students will discover and debate timeless questions concerning human experience and examine the present in relation to the past.
Principles of Sociology This course introduces students to the central concepts and perspectives of sociology as well as their application to students' everyday lives. It trains students to look at and analyze pressing social issues, thus instilling in them a greater understanding of social processes at work in contemporary times. Topics ranging from social roles and culture, social inequality, crime and deviance, education, race and ethnicity will be covered.
Principles of Politics and Globalization This course is an introductory course in politics and political thought of a globalized world. The course begins with some fundamental debates in globalization and world politics and moves towards how political science tries to understand and explain such debates and cross-country differences.
Principles of International Relations This course focuses on the causes and character of conflict and cooperation on the domestic and international stage. Theories of politics and international relations will be presented and then applied to contemporary and historical cases. The course begins with a foundational review of intra- and inter - states interaction and the primary theoretical paradigms in the field. It then addresses how states achieve cooperation in the face of international anarchy. It then moves on to basic bargaining theory, in which insights from economics are used to explore how bargaining breakdowns, commitment problems, and incomplete information can lead to war.
Principles of Accounting and Financial Analysis This course aims to get students familiar with general accounting process, interpret financial statements, and analyze business situations with all the available financial information.
In addition, this course will teach students in their roles as customers, employees or potential investors to evaluate corporate performance with public financial and operating information.
Principles of Economics This is an introductory economics course aimed to help students understand the basic principles of economics. The course covers a broad range of essential economic concepts and theories in microeconomics and macroeconomics. In the first half, we will study the market system and the behavior of consumers and firms. In the second half, we will examine the behavior of an economy at the aggregate level, such as unemployment, inflation, and economic growth.
Principles of Business The focus of this course is a survey of functions of business and the knowledge and skills needed by managers in today's global economy. Students will learn what organizations need to focus on to successfully operate within their competitive, economic and legal, global business, social, and technological environment.
Sophomore Seminar:
Data Science I -V
This course will be started in AY2024.
Sophomore Seminar:
Humanities & Social Sciences I-IV
This course will be started in AY2024.
  • Cultivate Academic Communication Skills Applicable in the Global Society and Cross-cultural Understanding
Course Title Description
Academic Foundations Ⅰ Academic Foundations is two-semester course designed to develop students' knowledge and skills in critical thinking, vocabulary, listening, communication, and study skills for academic purposes.
Academic Foundations Ⅱ This course develops students' knowledge and skills in vocabulary, grammar, listening, reading, communication and study skills for academic purposes including the iBT TOEFL.
English for Academic Purposes Ⅰ This course is designed to prepare students with the English skills required for participation in courses in the FILA curriculum. The course will help students develop vocabulary, grammar, reading, and writing skills. In addition, the course will provide students with strategies to better manage their time and deal with the demands of western-style university level English-medium courses.
English for Academic Purposes Ⅱ This course is a continuation of EAP Ⅰ from the Spring semester. Students will continue to build on academic English skills (vocabulary development, grammatical structures, reading, and writing) required of courses in the FILA curriculum, studying abroad, and further education. In addition, this course will reinforce strategies for independent study and time management introduced in EAP Ⅰ.
Cross-cultural Understanding This course aims to prepare students for living and functioning effectively in cross-cultural situations. The course helps students transcend language to contemplate social interaction between different languages and ethnic groups. 
Academic Writing This course will provide students with skills needed for academic writing such as providing sufficient evidence and sources to support an argument, appropriate referencing formats, vocabulary and terminology related to their academic field, and writing in the appropriate academic vernacular. 
  • Earn Ability to Identify Issues and Work Towards Solutions
Course Title Description
Freshman Seminar II This course aims to provide students with basic academic skills, focusing on the contents of sustainable development goals (SDGs). This course will be taught in a series of three modules, with a variety of learning activities and experiences. 
Foundations of Data Science The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of statistics to prepare students for scientific research that requires the collection and analysis of data. The course includes both descriptive statistics and inferential statistics. It covers frequency distributions of empirical data, calculations of descriptive statistics, probability distributions, regression analysis, hypothesis testing, and statistical inference.
Programming Computer programming in a high-level language with special emphasis on style and structure. No prior experience in programming is required.
A student who successfully completes this course will:
1. Understand the follwing Python data types and their methods: strings, lists, tuples, files, sets, and dictionaries.
2. Be able to implement basic algorithms using selection, iteration, and function calling.
3. Be able to apply their understanding of the Python language in designing, implementing, and testing programs to solve simple problems in science and economics.
4. Be able to (re)structure code using modules and functions to reduce complexity.
5. Be familiar with simple object oriented programming with Python.
6. Be able to implement simple Graphic User Interfaces in Python.
7. Be able to review and assess the quality and maintainability of Python code.
Calculus This course covers the basic ideas of algebra, functions and their graphs, limits, and calculus (integration and differentiation). We introduce the ideas of setting up mathematical models of problems, solving them and interpreting the solutions. Applications are given from the physical, life and earth sciences as well as from commerce and the humanities.
Linear Algebra Linear algebra is a key part of the mathematician's toolkit and has applications to many areas in science, commerce and engineering. This course develops the fundamental concepts of linear algebra, including systems of linear equations, Gaussian elimination, matrix algebra, invertibility of matrices, determinants, vectors in Euclidian vector spaces, linear transformations, general vector spaces, linear independence, basis and dimension, rank, nullity. Emphasis is placed on understanding both abstract mathematical structures and their concrete applications.
Qualitative Research Methods This course provide students with an introduction to the theory and practice of qualitative research. Students in this course will learn about the basic format of qualitative academic research including the formation of research questions; and the use of literature review, methodology, data collection and discussion/interpretation. 
  • Optional Fieldwork
Course Title Description
International Fieldwork Ⅰ-Ⅱ This course offers pre-departure study sessions for two weeks of intensive fieldwork at Malaysia. This program will offer a broad, analytical survey of Malaysia. It comprehensively surveys important topics in Malaysian politics, economy, and society today, focusing on issues, institutions, and trends. Based on high proficiency in English, students will nurture cross-cultural understanding and creative problem-solving skills through this opportunity.