Freshmen Seminar: Love Actually? The Social Construction of Romantic Love
A/P Paulin Straughan
The information above is subject to change.
Correct as at 26 June 2012
First Year Advisor : A/P Tan Ern Ser
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 Cultures in the Contemporary WorldPrecludes: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.
SSA1201 Singapore Society Precludes:
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
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.