Date of Award


Degree Type

UG Dissertation (Restricted)



First Advisor

Dr Michael Ingham


It has become a trend to utilise the German terminology "Bildung" in international educational and philosophical discourses, which are primarily English-speaking. It can probably be due to the continuously growing awareness that a part of the most crucial and important elements of human development and of pedagogical interactions cannot be grasped by the English terminology "Education" to that effect.

The two plays chosen, Dead Poets Society and The History Boys, have enough complexity and intricacy to allow productive academic discussion. Most importantly, there are Bildung elements found in the two plays, which can be extrapolated to have comparisons.

This paper will first look into the contemporary evaluation and understanding of Bildung, analyse some of the major Bildung elements and Bildung's moral implications in both plays, the opposition that occurs to the idea of Bildung taking place and finally talk about whether Bildung (/Liberal arts education) should be more widely-accepted in terms of the Hong Kong context.

Recommended Citation

Kam, T. C. C. (2013). Bildung, its moral implication in The History Boys and Dead Poets Society and its relation to the present-day Hong Kong (and global) educational context (UG dissertation, Lingnan University, Hong Kong). Retrieved from