Module Information

Level 1000

EXPOSURE MODULE

SE1101E Southeast Asia: A Changing Region

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-1-0-4-3
Preclusions: GEK1008, GEM1008K, SSA1202, SS1202SE
Cross-listings: GEK1008, SSA1202

Southeast Asia has been described as one of the ‘crossroads of the world' – a place where people from many cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds meet. The intermingling of people, the exchange of ideas and international commerce have been part of Southeast Asian life for centuries. This module surveys the broad currents of conflict, change and continuity across the region from a multidisciplinary perspective. It looks at how Southeast Asian societies and political systems have changed over time in response to the pressures of ecology, colonialism, nationalism, urbanization and globalization. The module also looks at the way ethnic, religious, national and regional identities have been constructed, used and altered over time. The overall objective is to provide students with an introduction to different ways of exploring Southeast Asia and different experiences of living in the region.


GENERAL EDUCATION MODULES (COHORT 2014 AND EARLIER)

GEK1008 Southeast Asia: A Changing Region

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-1-0-4-3
Preclusions: SE1101E, GEM1008K, SSA1202, SS1202SE
Cross-listings: SE1101E, SSA1202

Southeast Asia has been described as one of the ‘crossroads of the world' – a place where people from many cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds meet. The intermingling of people, the exchange of ideas and international commerce have been part of Southeast Asian life for centuries. This module surveys the broad currents of conflict, change and continuity across the region from a multidisciplinary perspective. It looks at how Southeast Asian societies and political systems have changed over time in response to the pressures of ecology, colonialism, nationalism, urbanization and globalization. The module also looks at the way ethnic, religious, national and regional identities have been constructed, used and altered over time. The overall objective is to provide students with an introduction to different ways of exploring Southeast Asia and different experiences of living in the region.


GEK1045 World Religions

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-1-0-0-7
Preclusion(s): GEH1045

This course offers an introductory survey of major religious traditions of the world, with specific focus on Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. We will examine the historical development of each tradition, along with its sacred texts, basic philosophical ideas, patterns of ritual and worship, and specialized institutions. Our goal is to provide an objective understanding of each faith tradition in its own terms, and secondarily, to explore how religion is relevant to contemporary social, political and cultural issues. This is an introductory course which presumes no prior experience in religious studies.


GEK1056 visual images

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-1-0-4-3
Preclusion(s): GEH1046

What is the power of artistic images? How do images express ideas and feelings? How are images controlled and used to control or influence people in different societies? How do images become sacred or lose their sacred potential? How do images function in rituals? The module explores the ways visual images are produced, used, exploited, and transformed in different societies. The class attempts to answer some of these questions through looking at the social life of visual images across cultures and time periods.


GEM1052 UNDERSTANDING THE CHANGING GLOBAL ECONOMIC LANDSCAPE

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-1-0-3-4
Preclusion(s): GET1016

Why and how have things changed and moved so fast? Why and how has the global economy become more open and integrated? This module discusses the increasing connections and mobilities of goods (like grains, oil, cars, appliances, parts & components), services (like banking, education, tourism), money and finance, labour, technology, ideas and information. It discusses their trends and patterns and critically examines the role of various factors such as international and regional institutions, media and ICT, infrastructure and distribution networks, state intervention, and private sector involvement. It also assesses the social, economic, political and environmental impacts of increasing interconnectedness and mobilities.


SINGAPORE STUDIES MODULES (COHORT 2014 AND EARLIER)

SSA1202 Southeast Asia: A Changing Region

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-1-0-4-3
Preclusions: SE1101E, GEK1008, GEM1008K, SS1202SE
Cross-listings: SE1101E, GEK1008

Southeast Asia has been described as one of the ‘crossroads of the world' – a place where people from many cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds meet. The intermingling of people, the exchange of ideas and international commerce have been part of Southeast Asian life for centuries. This module surveys the broad currents of conflict, change and continuity across the region from a multidisciplinary perspective. It looks at how Southeast Asian societies and political systems have changed over time in response to the pressures of ecology, colonialism, nationalism, urbanization and globalization. The module also looks at the way ethnic, religious, national and regional identities have been constructed, used and altered over time. The overall objective is to provide students with an introduction to different ways of exploring Southeast Asia and different experiences of living in the region.

 

SSA1203 Singapore, Asia and American Power

Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 2-1-0-4-3
Preclusion(s): GES1018

Singapore is a small city-state, the U.S. a continental superpower. There seems to be a huge power imbalance between the two countries, but are things always the way they seem? This introduces various dimensions of American global power - such as cultural power (Hollywood, for example, or American democracy as an inspirational model), military might and economic size. We investigate how U.S. power affects Singapore and its relations with its Asian neighbours. We also look at how Singapore and the region respond to the global projection of American power, and the ways they may exert power despite apparent imbalances.


GENERAL EDUCATION MODULES (COHORT 2015 AND AFTER)

Human Cultures Pillar

GEH1045 World Religions

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-1-0-0-7
Preclusion(s): GEK1045

This course offers an introductory survey of major religious traditions of the world, with specific focus on Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. We will examine the historical development of each tradition, along with its sacred texts, basic philosophical ideas, patterns of ritual and worship, and specialized institutions. Our goal is to provide an objective understanding of each faith tradition in its own terms, and secondarily, to explore how religion is relevant to contemporary social, political and cultural issues. This is an introductory course which presumes no prior experience in religious studies.


GEH1046 visual images

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-1-0-4-3
Preclusion(s): GEK1056

What is the power of artistic images? How do images express ideas and feelings? How are images controlled and used to control or influence people in different societies? How do images become sacred or lose their sacred potential? How do images function in rituals? The module explores the ways visual images are produced, used, exploited, and transformed in different societies. The class attempts to answer some of these questions through looking at the social life of visual images across cultures and time periods.


GEH1059 LIVING IN A NUCLEAR WORLD

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-1-0-2-5
Preclusion(s): Nil

The nuclear age dawned in 1945. Since then, the world has been profoundly shaped by the implications of nuclear fission. From science and engineering to war and peace, from design and popular culture to health and safety, exposure to the nuclear condition has shaped the lives of millions of people worldwide. This module offers a sweeping panorama of the nuclear world over the last century, from early scientific experiments to the recent Fukushima accident, with stops along the way in Japan, the Bikini atoll, North Korea, India, Israel, France, Ukraine, and the United States.


GEH1068 THE LIFE AQUATIC: MACHINES AND THE MAKING OF THE OCEAN

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-1-0-2-5
Preclusion(s): Nil

Oceans cover most of the globe. Yet once we venture from the shore, our understanding of the marine environment is necessarily mediated by technology, from the plumb line used by sailors for millennia to measure the water’s depth, to the latest satellite imaging tracking ocean currents in real time. This module examines how different “machines,” or technologies have produced understandings of the ocean across history, and places these technologies in their social, cultural, economic, and political contexts. The result is to reveal the complex and evolving interconnections that link technology, and society and our understanding of the natural world.


Singapore Studies Pillar

GES1018 Singapore, Asia and American Power

Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 2-1-0-4-3
Preclusion(s): SSA1203

Singapore is a small city-state, the U.S. a continental superpower. There seems to be a huge power imbalance between the two countries, but are things always the way they seem? This introduces various dimensions of American global power - such as cultural power (Hollywood, for example, or American democracy as an inspirational model), military might and economic size. We investigate how U.S. power affects Singapore and its relations with its Asian neighbours. We also look at how Singapore and the region respond to the global projection of American power, and the ways they may exert power despite apparent imbalances.


GES1030 singapore and the sea

Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 2-1-0-0-7
Preclusion(s): Nil

For 700 years Singapore has been a key node on world maritime trade routes. The study of maritime culture in Singapore requires integration of data from numerous disciplines including archaeology, history, economics, engineering, and ecology, to name some of the most significant. The prosperity of Singapore depends to a major extent on its port, yet few students are aware of the importance of maritime industry to the formation of the country. This module will explore Singapore’s appearance as a trading port in the 14th century, the reasons for its growth, and the sea’s influence on Singaporean society and economy.


Thinking and Expression Pillar

GET1016 UNDERSTANDING THE CHANGING GLOBAL ECONOMIC LANDSCAPE

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-1-0-3-4
Preclusion(s): GEM1052

Why and how have things changed and moved so fast? Why and how has the global economy become more open and integrated? This module discusses the increasing connections and mobilities of goods (like grains, oil, cars, appliances, parts & components), services (like banking, education, tourism), money and finance, labour, technology, ideas and information. It discusses their trends and patterns and critically examines the role of various factors such as international and regional institutions, media and ICT, infrastructure and distribution networks, state intervention, and private sector involvement. It also assesses the social, economic, political and environmental impacts of increasing interconnectedness and mobilities.

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