College of Humanities and Social Sciences

College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Dean: Chung-I Lin, Ph.D.
Tel: +886-2-27361661 ext.2810
Email: cyberlin@tmu.edu.tw

Mission Statement
Deeply engaged with the vibrant intellectual and cultural life of the nation’s capital, the nation itself and, to some extent, the region of East Asia, Taipei Medical University works, with a focus on medical education and service, to create and disseminate knowledge of humans, experience, thought, expression and creativity to advance human welfare in all its dimensions. As the intellectual core of Taipei Medical University, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences aims to discover, preserve, synthesize and transmit fundamental knowledge in the humanities and social sciences, and seeks to humanize and cultivate the mind of our students through creative research and scholarship, and immersion in the collaborative process of education. The college’s defining character above all else derives from its commitment to choose carefully what is worth pursuing and to do so both without compromise and at every level, including undergraduate education, graduate education, scholarly research, and outreach to the broader community.
We strive, on both research aspect and teaching aspect, to be the finest small college of humanities and social sciences in the country, with a body of faculty and students who are, person for person, second to none. For a division of humanities and social sciences with fewer than 50 professors and instituted in a medical university to research its highest degree of academic excellence, the College would require above all strong academic programs; well-rounded and deeply engaged students; vibrant interactions within a discipline and across disciplines and in between faculty and students. Our faculties pursue continuously expanding the well-chosen frontiers of knowledge through research, scholarly interpretation and creative production. We seek to develop in our students the highest standards of intellectual achievement and an abiding commitment to self-initiated and self-oriented learning and discovery. The programs of the College hope to have an impact that transcends their small size in the near future.
The faculty of the College, while conducting significant scholarship and training graduate students, has the unique responsibility of providing a liberal arts education to the great majority of the undergraduate students attending the Taipei Medical University. With faculty’s expertise and breadth of inquiry and the College's commitment to a liberal education, we prepare our students to learn to think rationally, critically, and creatively; to communicate effectively, correctly, and persuasively; to gather, survey and interpret data; and to engage the arguments of others with understanding and respect. Our liberal arts education will be distinguished by active student learning and discovery, intellectual breadth and depth, and the development of core competences and enduring skills that form the foundation for a lifetime of learning and a thriving democracy that would prepare them to be successful and engaged citizens, workers, and leaders in an ever-changing and increasingly diverse, technological, and global society.

Contact Info
Tel: +886-2-27361661 ext.2668
Fax: +886-2-87325288
E-Mail: chss@tmu.edu.tw
Graduate Institute of Humanities in Medicine
Director: Yih-Ren Lin, Ph.D.

1. MANDATE Based in the interdisciplinary dialogue within fields of social science and humanities, and in order to meet the rapidly evolving context of integral health improvement in our times, the Graduate Institute of Humanities in Medicine was founded to deepen and engage with the issues of medicine in the society, both in medical practice and in research. The Institute takes as its educational motto “Apply medicine to enrich humanism; through humanism fulfill the potential of medicine.” This education emphasizes multiple methodologies, for stimulation of the students’ abilities in sensitive observation, expanded vision, and reflection, and to cultivate medical humanities as an educational ideal. The goal is to train graduate students to have concrete capabilities of self-reflection, a problem-based grasp of theory, and practical critical analysis, as well as global and interdisciplinary perspectives.

2. HISTORY The former president of TaipeiMedicalUniversity (then TaipeiMedicalCollege), Professor Hu Chun-hong, established the Medical Research Humanities Section in 1993 under the leadership of Professor Hsiao Liao-ching. In 1994 this was raised to become theMedicalHumanitiesCenter, and in 2003 the Center was transformed into the present GIMH, which is an independent institute within the university. So it has become TMU’s “first research institute for humanities and sociology, and the first institute within all of Taiwan that engages humanities in a multidisciplinary program with medicine.”

3. SPECIALITIES Knowing and feeling the suffering of mankind and of the world is the foundation for the rational development of humanities in medicine. This vision involves three dimensions of endeavor: 1) seeking truth with an attitude of practicality and critical reflection; 2) seeking excellence through cooperative teamwork and mutual reinforcement of capacities; and 3) based in TaipeiMedicalUniversity, provide service forTaiwan, and look out on the world. With this vision, education at GIMH has at present centered on four main realms: Medical humanities education; life ethics; international mental health and long-term care; and social medicine and community services.

4. EDUCATIONAL GOALS We aspire to produce graduate students who have an open view for active pursuit of knowledge, and who place equal emphasis on theoretical foundations and technical applications. They should learn how to work in a mutually-supportive team, to experience collective creativity, and should take on the goal of lifelong learning, with the mission of providing service to society and understanding global trends.

5. FACULTY GIMH at present includes nine full-time appointments: Prof. Lin Yih-Ren (Director; Cultural geography ,Spiritual ecology,Environmental ethics, Aboriginal Development Studies ,Participatory research methods), Prof. Lin Chung-I (The philosophy of language , philosophy of mind , epistemology ,Qin philosophy), Prof. Timothy Joseph Lane (Philosophy of mind, Consciousness science, Brain imaging, Cognitive neuroscience, Neuroethics), Prof. Kao Mei-ing (medical sociology, statistical methods), Prof. Lee Chung-Hsi (Biotechnology Law, Intellectual Property Law, Research ethics, legal Translational Medicine), Prof. Ho Jen-Ji (Bioethics, Medical ethics, Biotechnology Law, Medical Law), Prof. Chen Chien-Yu (Medical Ethics methods and reasoning, qualitative research, Medical ethics teaching theory and practice, Comprehensive analysis of systemic), Prof. Chen Yu-Ming (Medical sociology, Social policy, Qualitative Research),and Prof. Hsieh Tzung-Yi (Ethics, Contemporary French philosophy, Philosophical Reflections on Public Policy).

6. RESEARCH AND PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCE The professors of GIMH have accreted significant achievements in research and in teaching. Aside from the courses that have elicited a high level of student satisfaction, it was pointed out in a recent evaluation by the Ministry of Education that “The professional performance of the instructors, in quantity and quality of research and service, is excellent.” They also noted that the focus of GIMH on medical ethics, life ethics, and medical history is appropriate for the needs of social, cultural, and technological development in Taiwan. Moreover, the realms of past service of the GIMH faculty encompass participation in a wide range of institutions, from central government to university to social movements.

7. CURRICULUM DESIGN In resonance with the breadth of the institute’s motto, “Apply medicine to enrich humanism; through humanism fulfill the potential of medicine,” GIMH lists almost 80 courses, such that students can develop their own interests and specialties, and form relationships with faculty that are advanced in the field, despite the small faculty and limited resources of GIMH. However, students come together in the core curriculum courses and seminars, where they make topic presentations to faculty and classmates. GIMH has a wide interdisciplinary network of contacts and adjunct teachers that can provide research direction for the graduate students as their intellectual frameworks mature.

8. SOCIAL VISIBILITY What is special about the faculty and students of GIMH is not just the expectation of scholarly performance, but their concrete experience in social practice and medical humanities. The seminars and activities generated by the personnel of GIMH are often the topic of media reports, whether concerning humanities in medical education, life ethics, international mental health and long-term care, or medical sociology and community building. These activities have had a leading influence in developing social policy.

9. ALUMNAE OF GIMH A particular characteristic of GIMH is the varied backgrounds of its graduate students. They come from a multitude of fields, and after graduation also fill numerous influential roles in society, as has become apparent in recent years. Whether as medical professionals, psychiatrists, music therapists, educators, or even media personalities, many have become prominent in their fields.

10. INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE The institute is one of the few in Taiwan that holds at least two international conferences each year, notably on international mental health and on life ethics.

Contact Info
Tel: +886-2-27361661 ext.2802
Fax: +886-2-27391008
E-Mail: med.human@tmu.edu.tw
Graduate Institute of Health and Biotechnology Law
Director: Chung-Hsi Lee. Ph.D.

Welcome to Graduate Institute of Health and Biotechnology Law, TMU

In response to the chances and threats associated with the aging of society, and the need for legal reforms that can enhance the development of the biotechnological industry, Taipei Medical University (TMU) has established the nationally unprecedented Graduate Institute of Biotechnology Law. This institute is the only legal studies institute in Taiwan that is focused on medicine, public health and biotechnology. Currently the institute is completing work on its facilities and will begin student enrollment in 2014.
The teaching objective of the institute is to equip law students with the knowledge necessary to address medical, health, and biological technology related issues. As to academic research, we are dedicated towards advancing professional interchange within the fields of medicine, health and law. Special emphasis will be given to research in the areas of medical law, public health law, translational medicine legal policy, and food and drug regulation. Currently, these are the most essential issues that need to be addressed in Taiwan. Due to the fact that TMU is a medical university, it has abundant professional resources in the areas of medicine, pharmaceuticals and health. For this reason, the research and education methods adopted by the institute will extensively integrate the professional clinical resource of each college, conduct research with interdisciplinary research teams, and hold interdepartmental cooperative curriculum to provide an academic environment that is different than any other law college in the nation.
In order to learn from foreign legal systems and practices and develop a frame of reference for Taiwan on related issues, the institute will strongly emphasize research and education activities that possess high levels of internationalization. As part of this initiative, the institute will actively cooperate with the TMU’s International Office, work to strengthen international academic exchange, and award scholarships for students to go abroad for academic exchanges, so that students will have the best opportunities to excel in an international environment.

Contact Info
Tel: +886-2-27361661 ext.2825
Fax: +886-2-87325288
E-Mail: tm-sinesd@tmu.edu.tw
Center for Foreign Language
Center for Liberal Arts
Director: Win-Chi Lin, Ph.D.

We are devoted to education of foundation that will provide a sold ground for further studies, instead of giving skin-deep entertaining courses;
We are focused on education of intellectuality that adheres to the ideals of the university, instead of giving courses at the introductory level;
We are determined to provide education with an openness and flexibility of integration and application, instead of emphasizing specialty with a possible risk of restriction;
We are dedicated to enlighten our students with a heart devoted to understanding, interpreting, dialoguing, and problem solving, instead of giving them an answer with one-dimensional authority;
And lastly, we are contributed to a cultivation of a sense of morality and work ethic with a mind devoted to compassion, devotion, responsibility, and service.

Contact Info
Tel: +886-2-27361661 ext.2662
E-Mail: ge@tmu.edu.tw
Center for Reflective Writing
Brain and Consciousness Research Center
This research team is dedicated to the study of consciousness and self. Most, if not all, medical practitioners necessarily consider both of these phenomena when treating patients. This is self-evident from the many applications of anesthesiology, the care of those suffering from chronic pain, the treatment of those suffering from brain trauma or psychiatric illnesses, etc. And for millennia philosophers have been trying to develop conceptual frameworks that can characterize and explain these phenomena. But for the most part medical practitioners and philosophers have worked independently of one another.

Over the last 15+ years though, as for example evidenced by activities sponsored through the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness (http://www.theassc.org/ ), scientists and philosophers have been collaborating with ever more frequency and productivity. Our team will pursue collaborative efforts of this sort. We will take those theoretical or philosophical frameworks which are experimentally tractable, and apply them to the study of specific medical issues, including: depression, schizophrenia, brain trauma, persistent vegetative states, etc.

Contact Info
Tel: +886-2-27361661 ext. 2812
Fax: +886-2-27360673
E-Mail: tingyi@tmu.edu.tw ; timlane@tmu.edu.tw
Cultivation of Young Scholars: Philosophy of Consciousness
Our project is designed to help attract talented young scholars to the study of philosophy and related disciplines by doing the following: (a) concentrate on a growth area, the philosophy of consciousness; (b) collaborate among all the major philosophical approaches--analytic, continental, Buddhist, etc.; (c) work with young faculty teaching in this area, in all parts of Taiwan; (d) establish study groups in all parts of Taiwan; (e) run workshops and host conferences that involve international scholars who are willing to work with our young scholars-scientists; (f) coordinate with the Taiwan Philosophical Association; (g) fund Teaching Assistants for faculty who teach related courses; (h) provide scholarships for students writing their MA or PhD theses; and, (i) help create opportunities for studying abroad.

Contact Info
Tel: +886-2-27361661 ext. 2802/2812
Fax: +886-2-27360673
E-Mail: paulcwc@tmu.edu.tw; josh_kuo@tmu.edu.tw; timlane@tmu.edu.tw
Center for Ethics and Philosophy(Under Construction)
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