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Interdisciplinary Minors

The College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) believes in cultivating intellectual curiosity among our students. One of our approaches is to allow students to explore and pursue interdisciplinary minors that cross the boundaries of the various disciplines.

If students find that their interests fall outside traditional divisional or school lines, HASS offers the following interdisciplinary Minors, drawing on the courses from the School of Art, Design and Media, School of Humanities, School of Social Sciences, and Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information. An interdisciplinary Minor is a great option for motivated students who are looking to enrich their education experience.

  • Minor in Environmental Humanities
  • Minor in Film
  • Minor in Geography and Urban Planning
  • Minor in Global Asia
  • Minor in Science, Technology and Society

  • Minor in Environmental Humanities

    Environmental Humanities (EnvHum) emerges as a fast expanding interdisciplinary area of research and study in recent decades, as witnessed in the intersections among academic disciplines, ranging from environmental history, environmental ethics and aesthetics, ecocriticism, critical animal studies, eco-linguistics, environmental psychology, environmental sociology, sustainable urban planning, environmental communications studies, and other sub-disciplines. The programme brings all these disciplines together so as to promote innovative, pluralistic and boundary-crossing environmental thinking and practices. 

    Overview of the Programme
    The programme aims to introduce recent discussions and debates in EnvHum that center on three aspects: how human language, culture and society play a role in facilitating our understanding of ecology and the environment in contemporary world; the rethinking of what nature and culture mean in an age of environmental challenges; and redefining the relationships between human beings and the more-than-human-world (that includes animals, plants, nonliving matters and the environment).

    Selection Criteria
    The Minor in Environmental Humanities is open to all undergraduate students across the university interested in delving into environmental issues from an interdisciplinary lens.

    Graduation Requirements
    Students will have to read 5 courses totaling at least 15 AUs in total for this programme. There will be a core compulsory course (HV8001: Introduction to Environmental Humanities), and four other courses from list of courses below.

    The compulsory course is designed to provide students with essential knowledge under this Minor in Environmental Humanities (EnvHum). In lieu of the existing prerequisites, HV8001 Introduction to Environmental Humanities will serve as an equivalent pre-requisite to all EnvHum students. Students who have declared their intent to read the Minor will then be able to take EnvHum courses even if they do not have the necessary course-based prerequisites. 

    Students will read the courses below as Unrestricted Electives (UE).


    1 Core

    HV8001: Introduction to Environmental Humanities​

    4 Unrestricted Electives

    (any four from the list)

    Chinese

    • HC2017 Writing Places: Nativism, Ecology, Politics 
      地文誌从乡土文学到生态批评 (Offered in Mandarin)
    • HC3043 Chinese Ecological Thoughts and Philosophy 
      古今生态思想与哲学 (offered in Mandarin)
    • HC8010 Animals in Chinese Cultures

    English

    • HL3041 Global Cities in World Literature
    • HL4013 Advanced Studies in Literature & Culture:
      Ecocritical Approaches to Literature

    History

    • HH3042 Climate and Society in Historical
    • HH4006 The Green Earth: Issues in Environmental History
    • HH3017 World Environmental History
    • HH3018 The Environmental History of Oceans

    Linguistics and Multilingual Studies

    • HG0301 Ecolinguistics: Language and the Environment

    Philosophy

    • HY2008 Environmental Ethics

    Psychology

    • HP3202 Conservation Psychology
    • HP3206 Environmental Psychology

    Economics

    • ​HE3005 Environmental Economics

    Public Policy and Global Affairs

    • HU1002 Introduction to Urban Planning
    • HU2002 Urban Life and Urban Planning

    Sociology

    • HS0301 Environmental Sustainability
    • HS2023 Environmental Sociology

     
    Communication Studies

    • CS4311 Promoting sustainability


    Minor in Environmental Humanities Coordinator

    • ​​​​Chu Kiu-wai: School of Humanities

    Note:
    Students are considered to have read an equivalent pre-requisite for the above courses except for HP3206 and HE3005 so long as students have taken the compulsory core course HV8001.​

    Click here for more information about this minor.​​

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    Minor in Film

    The Minor in Film at NTU is an interdisciplinary program drawing on courses from the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS), comprising School of Art, Design and Media (ADM), School of Humanities (SoH), School of Social Sciences (SSS), and Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information (WKWSCI). Thus, Film at NTU draws on the expertise and talents of faculty from across the College curriculum, offers a varied conceptual and academic focus, and a wide range of courses, ensuring students are able to work towards a coherent academic programme while simultaneously pursuing their primary degree subject. Film is an important discipline within the College, and of growing importance within Singapore and the South East Asian Region.

    Overview of the Programme
    What is Film? How do we understand it? How does it provoke our responses? These three questions guide our courses in film. Through close textual analysis (rhetorically and grammatically), we examine how film figures and displays meaning. Across the three schools students have the opportunity to approach Film from a variety of approaches, including film-making, film criticism, film theory, and the history of film, and to respond to film in aesthetic, ethical and cultural contexts, among others.

    Key Aspects of the Programme
    The Minor in Film builds on the culture of interdisciplinary learning and research at NTU and represents an important component to undergraduate studies and other HASS majors. Specifically a Minor in Film enables students to:

    • Develop insights into the dynamics of imaging the world
    • Learn the skills to analyse film in many theoretical contexts
    • Understand developments in film by studying relationships between the production, distribution, exhibition and reception of movies and their historical circumstances.
    • Develop the necessary critical language to formulate responses to film
    • Learn a variety of skills that will enable them to make a meaningful contribution to the arts, film and cultural industries in Singapore 


    The Minor in Film compliments existing degree programmes at NTU. It encourages cross-school academic work, and ultimately cross-college engagement. As well, it also allows students to pursue research into areas concerned with New Media.

    Selection Criteria
    All undergraduate students of NTU will be eligible to take the minor. Students must read and passed FL8001 (min grade of B) first before reading other electives in the minor basket and continue in the minor programme.

    Graduation Requirements
    Students wishing to take the Minor in Film will need to pass the core subject AND at least four other courses from the table below.

    1 Core

    FL8001 Introduction to Film Studies

    4 Unrestricted Electives

    ADM

    DF2000 Film Production 1
    DF2001 Film Editing
    DF2003 Cinematography 1
    DT2007 History and Culture of Animation, VFX and Game
    DF2009 History of World Cinema
    DF2011 Sound for Film
    DF3001 Cinematography for Visual Effects
    DF3002 Documentary Filmmaking
    DF3010 Experimental Film Production
    DF3012 Film Directing

    DF3013 Producing for Film and Media
    DF8000 Survey of Experimental Film

    SOH/Chinese

    HC3014 Cultural Study of Chinese Cinemas (in Mandarin)
    HT9202 Introduction to Audiovisual Translation (in Mandarin)
    HC9016 Chinese Cinemas: Methods and Issues (to be taught in English)

     SoH/English

    HL2011 Representations of Asia
    HL2015 War in Literature and Film
    HL2037 History of Film
    HL3001 Film Theory
    HL3002 Film, Politics and Ethics
    HL3003 Film & Literature
    HL3004 World Cinema
    HL4014 Advanced Studies in Film 

    SoH/History

    HH4015 Film: A Global History

    WKWSCI

    CS2027 Genre and Narrative Strategies
    CS4053 Popular Cinema
    CS4054 Asian Cinema
    CS4068 Issues in Cinema Studies
    CS2300 Acting and Directing for TV and Film
    CS4026 Documentary Film and TV: Concepts and Applications
    CS4027 Narrative Film and TV: Concepts and Applications
    CS4079 Issues in Cinema Studies: Cinema and Social Currents
    CS4260 Film Festivals: History and Theory
    CS4312 Women in Film and TV Industries
    CS8900 Global Cinema 

    Students can take any ONE of the following as part of the minor:

    DF2005 Writing For Film (ADM)
    HZ9205 Creative Writing: Screenwriting (SoH)
    CS4024 Writing for Cinema and TV (WKWSCI)​

     


    Minor in Film Coordinators
    The Minor in Film Studies coordinators are drawn from ADM and WKWSCI. Currently, they include:


      Note:
      WKWSCI students specialising in Broadcast and Cinema Studies (BCS) will not be allowed to use the same CS courses offered under the Minor in Film to fulfill curriculum requirements under the track specialisation and the Minor progamme. If you are specialising in BCS and would also like to pursue a Minor in Film, please opt for courses outside of the BCS track.

     

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    Minor in Geography and Urban Planning


    The Minor in Geography and Urban Planning (GUP) at NTU is a program that introduces students to spatial thinking about our contemporary societies, urban development and the physical environment. GUP is based in the School of Social Sciences (SSS) in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) but actively cross-lists elective courses from the School of Art, Design and Media (ADM), School of Humanities (SoH), Asia School for the Environment (ASE) and National Institute of Education (NIE).

    Overview of the Programme
    Space plays a critical role in shaping societal and environmental changes. Its influence in ordering growth, ways of life and politics of development is often invisible but significant. As many parts of the world enter into urbanization and the urban way of life, our relationship with space is intensified. GUP’s distinctive focus is to introduce and equip undergraduate students with a set of spatial lenses to understand and analyse society and its organization. For this purpose, GUP draws on multiple disciplines including sociology, political science, history, art, ecology and policy to develop students’ appreciation and awareness that the role of space plays in shaping urban life, public discourses and policy decisions.

    Key Aspects of the Programme
    A key aspect of the Minor in Geography and Urban Planning is the opportunity it offers students to develop a theory-practice framework to understand our contemporary societies and cities. Courses in Geography enrich students with a theoretical understanding of space, while courses in Urban Planning enable students to learn how to effect practical change to urban spaces. Therefore, we envision the GUP program to equip graduates with the capability to critically address the problems of contemporary societies and to creatively pursue possibilities for alternative urban futures.  

    Requirements
    All undergraduate students of HASS will be eligible to take the minor. Students will read 5 courses or at least 15 AUs in total for this programme, including the core compulsory course (HU1001 Introduction to Geography OR HU1002 Introduction to Urban Planning) AND at least 4 other courses from the list of unrestricted electives listed in the table below.

     

    HU1001 Introduction to Geography and HU1002 Introduction to Urban Planning will serve as a co-requisite to all unrestricted electives in the GUP minor basket i.e., Students can enroll the core course alongside other minor electives. Students will read the courses below as Unrestricted Electives (UE) and using them to double-count towards 2 Minor programmes will not be allowed.

     
    1 Core
    Choose any ONE course from the following:

    HU1001: Introduction to Geography and Urban Planning (Will be renamed to Introduction to Geography wef AY2019)

    HU1002: Introduction to Urban Planning
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    4 Unrestricted Electives
    Choose any FOUR courses from the following:
     
    Geography and Urban Planning
    HU2002: Urban Life and Urban Planning
    HU2003: The Geographies of Uneven Development
    HU2004: Borders, Power, and Culture 
    HA4032: What is a City? (only students with prerequisite of either HU1002 or HU2002 can enroll)

    Asian School Of Environment
    ES1001: Environment and Society 
    ES2202: Global Environment Politics and Governance
    NIE Geography
    AAG10C Techniques in Geography
    AAG10A Elements of Physical Geography
    (This module is a pre-requisite to join NIE for the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) programmes)
    AAG23H Introduction to GIS
    AAG23B Remote Sensing
    Arts, Design and Media
    DD3008: Cities, Bodies, Memories, Art and Everyday Life in Contemporary Singapore
    History (only 1 History course may be taken)
    HH2001: Singapore: The Making of a Cosmopolitan City-State
    HH3028: Global History of Capitalism
    PPGA (only 1 PPGA course may be taken)
    HA2003: Politics and Government in Southeast Asia
    HA3005: Politics of the Developing World
    HA3018: Borderless Migration?  
    Sociology (only 1 Sociology course may be taken)
    HS2007: Understanding Globalization
    HS2008: Social Class and Inequality
    HS2013: Migration and Multiculturalism
    HS2023: Environmental Sociology

    Minor in Geography and Urban Planning Coordinators
    Felicity Chan:
    felicitychan@ntu.edu.sg
    Ian Rowen:
    ian@ntu.edu.sg
    Ye Junjia:
    jjye@ntu.edu.sg

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    Minor in Global Asia

    Asia is the world’s most populous continent, with many vibrant economies. It has 48 independent countries, 6 partially recognized countries and another 6 dependencies/special administrative regions. It has the 2nd largest nominal GDP in the world, after the continent of Europe and contains 1st World as well as 3rd World countries. In particular, the continent is dominated by 3 giants, namely China, India and Indonesia. With their healthy economic growth, these 3 countries will be the driving force of Asia’s rise in the 21st century. As Singapore’s future is extremely dependent on the performance of our Asian neighbors, it is hence timely that NTU offers a new Minor programme focusing on Asian Studies and Asia’s role in the world today, in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. It is hoped that the new Minor will enhance our students’ knowledge in a wide aspect of Asia, from economics to media to art history.

    Overview of the Programme
    By drawing upon courses offered by divisions in the School of Humanities, the School of Social Sciences, the School of Art, Design and Media and the Wee Kim Wee School of Communications and Information, students will engage with the social, economic, cultural, and technological aspects of Asia in the global environment and in diverse settings. The courses included cover areas of economics, psychology, sociology, English literature, philosophy, public administration, history, linguistics, media and journalism and art.  This Minor will be made available to all NTU students in Semester 1, AY2013/14.

    Selection Criteria
    All undergraduate students of HASS will be eligible to take the minor.

    Graduation Requirements
    Students will have to read 5 courses totaling at least 15 AUs in courses for this programme. They need to read ONE or TWO compulsory courses and THREE or FOUR other electives from 3 sub-groups below.

    There will be a selection of compulsory and elective courses to choose from. Courses in Sub Group A are offered by the School of Humanities and the School of Social Sciences, courses in Sub Group B are offered by the School of Art, Design and Media, while those in Sub Group C are offered by the Wee Kim Wee School of Communications and Information.

    Students will read the courses below as Unrestricted Electives (UE) and using them to double-count towards 2 Minor programmes will not be allowed.

    Compulsory courses
    (Students need to read ONE or
    TWO courses from the following)   

    HL1005:  Singapore Literature and Culture I
    HH1002:  Asia-Pacific in Global History: Pre-1800
    HH1003:  Asia-Pacific in Global History: From 1800
    HS1002:  Singapore Society in Transition
    HA3014:  Singapore’s Foreign Policy

    Sub Group A - Humanities and
    Social Sciences 
    (Students to take AT LEAST ONE course)

     

    HL2010: East Asian Literature
    HE2015: Macroeconomic Issues and Policies in Contemporary China
    HE3003: The Chinese Economy
    HS3050: Society and Culture in SouthEast Asia
    HG3020: Language Planning and Policy
    HG2032: Globalization and World Englishes
    HY2003: Chinese Philosophy
    HA2006: The Rise of China
    HA3016: China’s Foreign Policy
    HP3902: Psychology in the Asian Context

    Sub Group B - Art
    (Students to take AT LEAST ONE course)

     

    DD2010: Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art
    DD3010: Issues in Global Contemporary Art
    DD3011: Contemporary South-East Asian Art
    DD3022: Art in the Age of Colonialism
    DD8006: The Modern and Modernism in Southeast Asian Art
    DD9010: Imag(in)ing the Silk Road

    Sub Group C - Media, Journalism
    and Communications

    (Students to take AT LEAST ONE course)

     

    CS2051: Comparative Press Systems
    CS2022: Multimedia Writing in Chinese
    CS0209: Media Law, Ethics and Policies (focus on Singapore’s media law)
    CS4015: Multimedia News and Feature Writing in Chinese
    CS4054: Asian Cinema
    CS4017: Specialised Journalism: Public Affairs
    CS4061: Global Media Issues and Policy
    CS4160: The Korean Wave: A Multidisciplinary Perspective


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    Minor in Science, Technology and Society

    The understanding of the manifold relationships between science and society is the goal of the interdisciplinary field of “Science, Technology, and Society.” Drawing on history, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, media and communication studies, and other fields, this minor will seek to introduce undergraduate students to ways of thinking about science and technology from a range of social and humanist perspectives. As a “technological” University with growing strengths in the humanities and social sciences, “Science, Technology, and Society” should form a critical part of both scientific, engineering, and social science education. Scientists and engineers need to be equipped to think about technical problems, from a range of points of view, including a social science perspective. Likewise, students of the humanities and social sciences should be able to get a better grasp of the technosciences and how they impact our lives and society.   The aim of this minor, then, is to build an intellectual bridge between the humanities, social sciences, and the natural science and engineering and to educate provide ways for all students to develop ways of thinking creatively and innovatively about science, technology, and its role in the world.  NTU is in a particularly good position to offer this minor and develop its strengths in “Science, Technology, and Society.”

    Students will have to read 5 courses of at least 15 AUs in total for this programme. There will be a core compulsory course (ST9001: Introduction to Science, Technology, and Society), and four other courses from list of courses below.

    The compulsory course is designed to provide students with essential knowledge under this Minor in Science, Technology and Society (STS).  In lieu of the existing prerequisites, ST9001 Introduction to Science, Technology and Society will serve as a co-requisite to all STS courses. Students who have declared their intent to read the Minor will then be able to take STS courses even if they do not have the necessary course-based prerequisites.

    Students will read the courses below as Unrestricted Electives (UE), and using them to double-count towards two Minor programmes will not be allowed.

    Compulsory course​ ​ST9001: Introduction to Science, Technology and Society
    Students to take any four courses from this list ​HH2015: Biopolitics and East Asian History
    HH2017: History of Information Technology
    HH3019: History of the Body
    HH3010: Biotechnology and Society
    HY3010: Philosophy of Science
    HY3012: Philosophy of Technology
    HY3005: Great Ideas and Innovations
    HL4028: Science and Literature
    HS2019: Sociology of Science and Technology
    HS3014: Health, Medicine and Society
    HS3058: Ethical and Social Implications of Genomic Science
    HS4019: Body, Self and Society
    HP4201: Technology and Social Behavior
    HA3011: Science, technology and public policy
    CS2059: Social Consequences of Mobile Communication
    CS4043: Specialised Journalism: Science & Health
    ​CS4321: Digital Inclusion and Disability: Technology, Inclusive Design, and Social Futures


    Minor in STS Coordinator
    Hallam Stevens: HStevens@ntu.edu.sg    

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