Module Information

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Level 1000
Please note the module listing may be subject to changes. The Department will update and confirm the list closer to the start of academic year.



Semester I

Semester II


Making Sense of Society

Saroja Dorairajoo / Lou Antolihao

Saroja Dorairajoo / Liang Yongjia

GEK1005 / GEH1056

Understanding Contemporary Cultures

Jinba Tenzin


Understanding Globalisation
(Precludes GEH1044, GEM2016K)

Volker Schmidt


Singapore Society
(precludes SS1202SC)

Adelyn Lim

Noorman Abdullah


Freshman Seminar:
Love Actually? The Social Construction of Romantic Love

Paulin Straughan


Freshman Seminar:
Contemplating Theme Parks


Not offered


First Year Advisor: Saroja Dorairajoo


SC1101E Making Sense of Society
Students are introduced to the concepts used in Sociology and Anthropology. The main objective is to train students to use Sociology in analyzing social institutions and processes. For this reason, students are encouraged to relate their experiences in society to the discipline of Sociology and Anthropology. The topics covered in the module are the logic and methods of social investigation; family, work and organisation; power and the state; social inequality (including gender and ethnicity); mass communication and popular culture; values and beliefs; and deviance and social control.

GEK1005 Understanding Contemporary Cultures (Precludes: GEH1056, GEM1005K)
This course is designed to offer all students throughout NUS an introduction to the anthropological perspective within the social sciences. The course covers a variety of topics including globalization and inequality, forms of exchange, the politics of gender, ideas about sexuality and marriage, and issues of ethnicity and identity. Viewing these issues anthropologically means putting them into a comparative and historical perspective. The course is designed to show you how to see the connections between processes of changes at different levels - from your own life, to wider changes in Singapore and elsewhere in the world - via an anthropological perspective.

GEK1041 Understanding Globalisation (Precludes: GEH1044, GEM2016K)
This module proposes to examine the processes of globalization and seeks to provide a deeper understanding of it. The world is globalizing both culturally and economically. We need to ask whether this process is creating a single world without borders or intensifying cultural differences between societies. By discussing various trends of the interdependent world, the course helps us in understanding the various processes of globalization. Since the processes of globalization involve societal, cultural, technological, political, and economic processes, we will take an inter-disciplinary framework in understanding this diverse experience. The course will specifically highlight the problems and prospects of the contemporary world.

SSA1201 Singapore Society (Precludes: SS1202SC, GES1028)
This module introduces students to critical developments in the development of Singapore as a society and nation-state. It enables students to develop skills in understanding and making sense of Singapore society. It also encourages them to develop alternative interpretations of the development of Singapore society. The topics include: the origins of Singapore, ideology and identity, ethnic relations, industrialization, family, gender, religion, the state and civil society. This is a Singapore Studies module and is open to students from all faculties.

FMA1201Q Freshmen Seminar: Love Actually? The Social Construction of Romantic Love (Precludes: other Freshmen Seminar modules)
This freshman seminar will engage students in critical understanding of romantic love. The notion of romantic love, expressed through courtship and marriage, is ubiquitous in popular culture. In our everyday lives, we embrace being in love as a pre-condition for couple-hood and marriage. But what is love' The seminars will investigate love as a social construct, and examine the various social and cultural factors that influence how we appreciate and understand romantic love in contemporary societies.

FMA1203Q Freshmen Seminar: Contemplating Theme Parks (Precludes: other Freshmen Seminar modules)
This freshman seminar offers a sociological and historic look at the theme park, a type of leisure increasingly ubiquitous in the contemporary environment. Through the examination of various theme parks, and studies that critically assess their meanings and roles in contemporary society, students will be challenged to think critically about aspects of leisure and popular culture that shape our world views. They will also be challenged to think about questions such as “What is culture?”; “What is authentic culture?”; and “How does culture change and adapt across the globe in this age of mobility?”.