FASS introduced a new group of modules in AY2008/2009 Semester 2. Called Freshman Seminar, these modules will each enroll only 15 students and will give students a lot of space to approach the module's topic, and those topics will also be different from the normal run.
The Freshman Seminar offers opportunities for incoming students to work closely with members of the faculty on a variety of selected topics, differing according to the expertise and interests of the seminar leader. The seminar involves participation in weekly discussions, writing papers, and making individual presentations. Besides being exposed to a particular cross-disciplinary issue, students will have ample opportunities to further develop their written and oral communication skills. The emphasis will be on one-to-one student-teacher contact, and nurturing the students' development as creative and skilled individuals. Assessment will vary topic to topic.
List of Freshman Seminar Topics
Not all of these topics are offered every year, and others might be added from time to time.
FMA1201B FS: Chinatown: History and Myth
FMA1201C FS: Sex, Gender and Media
FMA1202C FS: Social Media and Everyday Life
FMA1201D FS: Contemporary Issues in Trade Policy
FMA1201F FS: Representing War
FMA1201G FS: A Global Culture?
FMA1201H FS: Australian Culture
FMA1202H FS: Humour
FMA1201J FS: Generations
FMA1201K FS: The Civilisation of Islam in the Malay World
FMA1201L FS: Crime and the Justification for Punishment
FMA1201M FS: Free to be Me? Contesting Liberty and its Limits
FMA1202M FS: Popular Culture and Power
FMA1203M FS: Globalisation and Migration
FMA1201N FS: Music on the Brain
FMA1201P FS: Meanings and Leanings: Is There A Reason Why?
FMA1201Q FS: Love Actually? The Social Construction of Romantic Love
FMA1202Q FS: Streetscapes in Singapore
FMA1201S FS: Thinking about the Supernatural in Southeast Asia
FMA1202S FS: Sources of Modern Identities
FMA1204M FS: Just and Unjust Wars
FMA1201E FS: Persuasion in the Media Age
FMA1202F FS: Heroism and Society
FMA1203H FS: The Space Race
FMA1204H FS: War Memories: From Anne Frank to Changi Prison