Multidisciplinary Programmes

American Studies

Administration

Division 
Cross-Departmental Programmes

Department/Programme 
Office of Programmes

Programmes

Not Applicable


What is it about

In an era of globalization, which is often seen as synonymous with Americanization, American Studies, with particular emphasis on the United States of America, equips students with the breadth of knowledge and critical frame of mind to understand both what constitutes America and American identity, and the extent of America's influence on the world. The modules on offer emphasize interdisciplinary and comparative approaches to the study of American society and culture. Modules examine U.S. history, politics, law, business and economics, and various areas of cultural production, such as literature, film and drama.

While the FASS does not currently offer a major in American Studies, modules are open to students from all disciplines as electives. Modules are cross-listed from the Departments of English and History under the auspices of the Office of Programmes.

Modular Credits obtained from reading American Studies modules are credited as Unrestricted Electives.


Unique Programmes

N.A.


Career Prospects

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Societal Engagement and Service Learning

Administration

Division 
Cross-Departmental Programmes

Department/Programme 
Office of Programmes

Programmes

Not Applicable


What is it about

The students of NUS have a long history of active involvement in community service, both locally as well as overseas. Some of these activities have been organised by the NUS Civil Engineering Sub-Club, the NUS Students' Rotaract Club, Raleigh Singapore and the National Youth Council. The university intends to further encourage this involvement in community service by introducing Societal Engagement and Service Learning (SESL).

SESL draws on the tradition of service learning that is already well-established in many American universities. It encourages students to identify and respond to a need that orginates in the local or global community. Crucially, it also provides a structure that helps to strengthen their academic learning whilst also inculcating in them a strong sense of social responsibility. The pedagogical principle underlying SESL is one of experiential learning, where students come to appreciate first-hand the synergistic relationship between enriching their intellectual capacities while simultaneously engaging in practical action.

As a leading educational institution, NUS is committed to producing graduates with diverse mental capacities and a deep ethical awareness. The SESL initiative is one concrete demonstration of NUS' commitment to preparing the next generation for a life of intellectual engagement, responsible citizenship, effective leadership and purposeful service.


Unique Programmes

N.A.


Career Prospects

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Minor in Cultural Studies

Administration

Division 
Cross-Departmental Programmes

Department/Programme 
Office of Programmes

Programmes


Undergraduate

Minor in Cultural Studies


Graduate

N.A.


What is it about

Students who take up this minor will leave it with a knowledge of contemporary debates in cultural studies and with a theoretical tool-kit capable of analyzing a range of social processes and cultural forms and practices including cinema, cyberspace, popular fiction, popular music and television. Although central to daily life in contemporary, high-technology based society, many of these contemporary cultural phenomena have been placed outside the boundaries of established disciplines such as sociology, history and literary studies, in part because the concepts developed within singular disciplines are unable to capture their complexities.

Through multidisciplinary methodologies, Cultural Studies combines and adapts qualitative research strategies to specific analytic interests, including textual analysis, ethnographic observations and different theories of interpretation, including semiotics, psychoanalysis, post-structuralism and post-modernism.

The general aims of the Minor are:

  • To provide coherence to possible combinations of modules offered by different departments to undergraduates,
  • To provide conceptual and methodological tools for students to gain depth of understanding and skills in analysis of contemporary cultural practices,
  • To provide students with analytic and conceptual skills which are increasingly demanded in a service oriented and information based economy.

Career Prospects

Because Cultural Studies is engaged with a critical analysis of the many forms of contemporary culture, a minor in Cultural Studies can be of use to any job that one wishes to pursue. The ability to read, think, write, and engage critically with all aspects of daily culture is a formidable skill to take into the job market, including a critical understanding of the market itself.

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