Dr. WONG Wing Hung

Office of University
General Education


Dr. Wing Hung WONG is Associate Director of the University General Education and Deputy Director of the General Education Foundation Programme. He initially joined the Department of Physics in 1996. In 2009, he transferred to the Office of General Education, when the core team was being assembled to design, pilot and implement the GEF Programme for the new curriculum to all new students starting 2012.

Dr Wong received his B.Sc., M. Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1991, 1993 and 1996, respectively. He has a deep interest in theology. In 2004, he was awarded a Master degree of Christian Studies by the Lutheran Theological Seminary. His academic interests include theoretical physics, general education and the dialogue between science and religion.

He has contributed a lot to the general education of CUHK since he taught in Department of Physics. Apart from course development, he has also great involvement in general education activities beyond the classroom, such as giving talks and writing books on popular science. Dr Wong was awarded the first Exemplary Teaching Award in General Education in 2006. In 2008, he was granted the Vice Chancellor Exemplary Teaching Award. In 2011, he was one of the two CUHK nominees for the UGC Teaching Award.


Diascopic Approach as a Way to Connect Science with Humanity in General Education

Many people have an impression that general-education science is the same as popular or undergraduate 1000-level science. This impression is not wrong, but it is not correct either. In this talk, we shall propose “Diascopic Science” as a new genre of science in contrast to such traditional genres as frontier science for researchers, technical science for academics and popular science for laymen. We shall also suggest diascopic science as a model of teaching general-education science.

Diascopic science aims to provide a scientific perspective on the four aspects of intellectual concern, namely, nature, society, self and our cultural heritage. The aspect of nature is more science-related and the other three are usually categorized as humanity. Hence, on one hand, diascopic science has resemblance to the traditional genres that it is about science. On the other hand, it is not like the traditional genres that it also aims at making connections between science and humanity. However, even it is about science, its emphasis is not on scientific applications but implications, and the focus is not on the subject matter of science but the scientific methodology beneath the subject matter.

In this talk, the implementation of the diascopic-science approach in “In Dialogue with Nature” (one of the two courses in the General Education Foundation Programme) will be introduced. The alignment of various course components with the learning outcomes in the light of the approach will be discussed.