In the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, we subscribe to two important principles in regard to undergraduate education:
Depth and breadth
Good undergraduate education involves a balance of depth and breadth. By the end of a degree programme, graduates should know one area well: that is, be aware of its main ideas, of the possibilities and limitations of its methodology, and of its current questions and problems. The best graduates will also be able to devise problems and pose questions of their own in this area. Graduates should also have broad exposure to fields of knowledge beyond their specialisation.
As undergraduates are mature learners, they should be accorded the responsibility for determining much of their own programme of study: for instance, their area of specialisation, and the scope and nature of their study outside that area.
University Level Requirements
- Enhance writing, expression, and communication skills as enduring core competencies of our graduates.
- Create space for students to explore interests outside their major without delaying graduation.
- Restructure the major to make room for (1) and (2), without sacrificing depth and specialised training at the honours level.
Each subject in the Faculty has an (introductory) exposure module. Students are expected to read three of these exposure modules with one from each of the three divisions in FASS, including the exposure module of their major. These exposure modules should preferably be read at the beginning of the students’ academic careers so students can explore different areas of knowledge before determining their eventual area of specialisation.
Writing, Expression and Communication (WEC) skills
Students are expected to read two modules in small group settings that facilitate the development of WEC skills. These skills are especially important given the inherently argumentative nature of all of the FASS disciplines. It is also seeks to develop the rhetorical knowledge, the composing practices, and the critical thinking skills that are necessary to understand and shape meaning for different audiences. Students gain a deeper appreciation for the roles of public writing and speaking among engaged citizens. Click here for details.