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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 Film Studies

The Minor in Film Studies 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 Studies 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 studies. 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 Studies 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 Studies 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 Studies 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 Studies 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 HASS 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 Studies 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

Choose any FOUR courses from the following:

DT2007 History of Animation
DF3001 Cinematography for Visual Effects
DF2009 History of Film
HL3001 Film Theory
HL3002 Film, Politics and Ethics
HL3003 Film & Literature
HL3016 Gender and Sexuality
HL4014 Advanced Studies in Film
CS2027 Genre and Narrative Strategies
CS4053 Popular Cinema
CS4054 Asian Cinema
CS4068 Issues in Cinema Studies
CS9096 Cinema and New Media

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

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


Minor in Film Studies 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 Studies 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 Studies, please opt for courses outside of the BCS track.

 

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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)

DD3004: Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art
DD3006: Art in the Age of Colonialism
DD3010: Art in the Age of Colonialism
DD3011: Contemporary South-East Asian Art
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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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
HS3018: 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

 

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