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Professor Ge Yunsong of Law School won the first teaching excellence award of Peking University

On September 10, 2018, on the occasion of the 34th Teacher's Day, Peking University's first teaching achievement award, teaching excellence award and outstanding teaching team winners were announced: three teachers won the teaching achievement award, each with a bonus of ¥500,000; Six teachers received the Teaching Excellence Award, each with a prize of ¥100,000; three teaching teams won the Outstanding Teaching Team Award, each team received a prize of ¥100,000; and another 98 people received this year's Teaching Excellence Award. Professor Ge Yunsong of Law School won the Teaching Excellence Award.

In order to create an emphasis on teaching and rewarding advanced cultural atmosphere and promote the improvement of teaching quality, this year, Peking University has set up a series of teaching awards to reward outstanding teachers. The Teaching Excellence Award rewards young teachers who are dedicated to the teaching, carefully researched, and have excellent teaching results and can effectively promote the growth and development of students. After three months of this selection activity, the candidates will be recommended by each faculty, and then the teaching award committee will review the candidate materials, listen to the candidate's statements and consult relevant materials, and disclose the candidate information to the teachers, students and relevant units of the school. In order to seek opinions, the winners of the Teaching Excellence Award and the Teaching Achievement Award will be determined by voting, and publicity will be given to the winners.

Ge Yunsong, a professor at the School of Law, has been teaching since 1995.

Since 2007, Ge Yunsong has reformed the teaching methods of the undergraduate civil law basic courses, and guided the students to form a comprehensive and in-depth study of legal issues and legal concepts and theories through jurisprudence and reading, casework, class discussion, and open-book case analysis questions. And critical understanding. Since 2012, he has opened a new course “Civil Law Case Study” with other teachers. The case practice assignments are arranged every 1-2 weeks, and the class is mainly based on small class discussions. The course repeatedly trains the basic thinking framework applicable to civil law (the “basic method of claim”), and develops students' ability to search for laws and jurisprudence, doctrine, and rigorous legal interpretation, including the ability to analyze legal policies. This course is an important inspiration and leading role for the establishment of similar courses in the sister colleges. It is one of the most influential courses in China.

Ge Yunsong’s paper “The Ideal of Legal Education” published in 2014 systematically expounds the objectives of legal education, the necessity of reform of the curriculum system, and the specific programs and the necessity of reform of teaching methods. This article has aroused widespread concern in the domestic legal education community. Some teaching reform measures of Peking University Law School also refer to the opinions of this article to some extent.


Translated by Chiang Hanyün

Edited by Shi Jiali