HASS1070 – Cross-Cultural Navigation/Literacy
This course aims to equip students an understanding of one aspect of the so-called “global experience” and/or inter-cultural sensitivity, so that students can become knowledgeable about the ways in which individual identities, values, and perceptions and biases are shaped by cultures across the continentals through acquiring knowledge of theories practice related to the impact of culture in our daily ecologies in local and global contexts. In the end, students are able to identify and understand the inter-sectionalities of one’s own and others’ cultural identities in order to reflect on how various cultural concepts apply to your own life, communication and various areas of study.
HASS1080 – Asian Philosophy
This course introduces students to the main philosophers, ideas and arguments of Asian Philosophy with an emphasis on those philosophical schools that have most influenced Vietnam: Buddhism, Daoism and Confucianism. The approach will be that of “applied philosophy” wherein students will get to apply the main philosophical ideas to a range of social, ethical and political issues arising from their own fields of study and the three major college areas at VinUni: medicine, business and engineering. The other applied aspect of the course will be to provide students an opportunity to investigate how Asian philosophy can enrich their own life goals and well-being. This will be enhanced through a variety of external learning activities including a meditation session with a Buddhist monk, calligraphy at Van Mieu and a talk and yoga session with an Indian expert. There will also be opportunities for additional cultural activities involving various Asian cuisines, a Japanese tea ceremony and a chance to the learn the basics of ancient languages like Sanskrit and Pali.
MUSI1010 – Music Appreciation
This course provides an introduction to music, and elements of musical expressions and genres. The course explores various world and Vietnamese music, how it has evolved over time, and its role in society. This course helps student become an active and effective listener of music, through the understanding of fundamentals and functionalities of music. Guest artists will be invited to deliver presentations to illustrate the content of selected modules.
CECS1020 – Introduction to Machine Learning
This course provides a hands-on introduction to machine learning (ML). Topics include: 1) supervised learning; 2) unsupervised learning; 3) deep learning; 4) model evaluation; 5) ML programming & experimental framework; 6) applications, including prediction, text classification, image recognition, object detection, clustering and segmentation; 7) recent research in ML.