FASS Forward to the Exams: Exam Tips & Strategies for FASS Freshmen

FASS Forward to the Exams, 29 Oct 2015 (Publicity1)

Specially designed for students in their first year, FASS Forward to the Exams: Exam Tips & Strategies is a two-hour session where your lecturers and seniors will share some insight on how to deal with your first exams at FASS.

If you would like to learn how you can write a good exam essay, remember difficult concepts and better tackle exam questions, this session is just for you! Together with top-performing senior students, our very own FASS lecturers from Geography, CNM, Philosophy and Economics will be there to share their personal experiences!

Registration period open from 19-23 October 2015. Please register now at the following link: www.tinyurl.com/fassfwdtoexams

Limited places available!

Invitation to Apply – Tata Crucible Campus Quiz

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The Tata Crucible Campus Quiz Singapore Edition returns for its 9th run this year. The quiz, seeks to engage the sharpest young minds on the subject of international business, in an intellectually stimulating manner. Its invigorating rounds makes it the ultimate test of business intelligence with the best of infotainment encouraging lateral associations, speed of thought and out-of-the-box thinking.

Participants will stand a chance to win a cash prize of S$12,000.* There are also exciting prizes to be won for the audience as well.

Date: Wednesday, 28th October 2015
Venue: University Cultural Centre Hall

*Terms and conditions apply.

For registration and more information, click here.

FASS Commencement Class Giving 2015

A. FASS Class Champions ready to take on the challenge to fund-raise for their juniors
FASS Class Champions ready to take on the challenge to raise fund to support their juniors.

The Commencement Class Giving campaign at FASS took off to a heartening start with the recruitment of 34 class champions across the departments at the beginning of this year. The annual giving campaign is an initiative by NUS Development Office (DVO) that runs across the campus in a spirit of friendly competition to inspire commencing students to support bursaries or student programmes for their juniors. It is a collaborative effort with the External Relations and Student Life Division (ERSL) at the faculty.

B. Class champions soliciting gifts from fellow graduating classmates
Soliciting gifts from fellow students.


C. Our Class Champions, Asst Dean AProf Loy and Vice Dean AProf Chang of External Relations and Student Life in high spirit at the collection booth
Class Champions in high spirit with Asst Dean A/Prof Loy Hui Chieh and Vice Dean A/Prof TC Chang of FASS’ External Relations and Student Life Division at the Class Giving Collection Booth.

Despite the busy schedule of their final semester at NUS, the class champions went all out to encourage their graduating classmates to make their gifts in support of the FASS Student Advancement Bursary Fund. In addition to setting up booths at the AS1 walkway and gown collection to solicit gifts, the class champions also reached out to their friends through various social media platforms and their departments’ social gatherings to raise funds.  Though some of them found it challenging to fund-raise initially, many of the class champions felt the experience was meaningful and enjoyed the friendship they forged through the process. According to David Hoe, Economics Class champion 2015, “Though it was a short few months of fundraising, I feel I have grown and have been inspired through serving alongside my fellow passionate comrades. More than that, those who gave also encouraged me to go the extra mile”.

D. Appreciation Dinner for FASS Class Champions for their hard work in the semester-long campaign
Appreciation Dinner to thank the class champions for their hard work in the semester-long campaign.


E. Commencement Class Giving Ceremony
Class Champions receiving Certificate of Appreciation from Provost Prof Tan Eng Chye at the Annual Giving Appreciation Night (FASS Class Champions Varun and Darryl standing third and fourth from the right).

The hard work of our class champions paid off handsomely when the competition results were announced at the end of August. A total of 25.8% of the commencing undergraduate cohort made gifts of at least $10 each, totaling S$ 8,617 for the bursary fund. Their achievement led to FASS being awarded second place for the Best Participation Award (among large faculties with over 1,000 graduating students). Their enthusiasm and committed effort also won FASS the inaugural Volunteer Excellence Award as the faculty with the most number of active student champions.

F. FASS awarded the Inaugural Volunteer Excellence Award for the most number of active student champions
FASS awarded the Inaugural Volunteer Excellence Award for the faculty with the most number of active champions.

We would like to thank the following class champions for their commendable efforts:

  • Kok Wang Lin (Chinese Studies)
  • Tong Wenxu (Chinese Studies)
  • Loh Sze Ming (Communications and New Media)
  • Louis Puah (Communications and New Media)
  • Grace Leong (Communications and New Media)
  • Lee Kai Shun (Communications and New Media)
  • David Hoe (Economics)
  • Roshan Kumar Belani (Economics)
  • Zachary Low (English Literature)
  • Timothy Joshua Ong (English Language)
  • Gladys Sim (English Language)
  • Wendy Ang (Environmental Studies)
  • Loo Wen Bin (Geography)
  • Kayley Ng (Geography)
  • Reuben Lim (European Studies)
  • Nathalie Ng (History)
  • Li Ling (History)
  • Philine Yong (Japanese Studies)
  • Nur’izzah Mohamad Afandi (Malay Studies)
  • Siti Nursamihah Jeffrey (Philosophy)
  • Daryl Ooi (Philosophy)
  • Darryl Lee (Political Science)
  • Varun Khemaney (Political Science)
  • Boris Wong (Global Studies)
  • Ace Ong (Psychology)
  • Ho Si Min (Psychology)
  • Elizabeth Chew (Psychology)
  • Ng Yi Ying (Social Work)
  • Muhammad Ilham Firdaus Omar Ali (Social Work)
  • Faris B. Ridzuan (Sociology)
  • Michelle Teo (Sociology)
  • Jayasutha Samuthiran (Political Science and South Asian Studies)
  • Diviyapriya Naidu d/o Vijayan (South Asian Studies)
  • Cindy Lin (Southeast Asian Studies)

Upon their commencement, the class champions now assume the role of class ambassadors. We take delight in knowing that FASS will remain connected to this wonderful group of selfless students, and we hope to be able to work with them on meaningful causes in the future.

Class Champions appointed as Class Ambassadors at the Investitute organized by OAR
Class Champions appointed as Class Ambassadors at the Investitute organized by OAR

Reading Social Sciences in FASS: What to Expect


In an ever-changing landscape of information and communication technologies, Social Sciences has never been more important as it seeks to understand the dynamics of interactions within a society. For students who are particularly interested in this area of study, FASS offers a variety of programmes that will provide a solid understanding of these interactions.

Such programmes include Communications & New Media, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work and Sociology.

Communications & New Media

The Department of Communications and New Media recognises the ever-changing new media landscape that takes place worldwide and offers a flexible, innovative and dynamic programme that prepares their graduates exactly for that.

It is the only programme in Singapore and Southeast Asia that offers a concentration in communications and new media studies within a single department.

Students are often encouraged to take up modules outside the department and beyond FASS (e.g. School of Computing and the School of Business) to be more competent.

Students can select between modules such as NM3210 Cybercrime and Society where students will look into the growing usage of ICTs for illegal activities and its countermeasures and NM4230 Communication for Social Change where they will critically examine the role of collective learning, information sharing, public participation and dialogue in designing, implementing and evaluating communication strategies for social change.

To find out more about other modules, click here.


Offered by the Department of Economics, one of the largest and leading departments of Economics in the Asia-Pacific region, the programme comprises a wide range of specialised sub-fields of the discipline and esteemed faculty members dedicated to impart both knowledge and skills that are applicable to various employment sectors.

Some of the modules that the programme offers include FMA1202D Taking Risks: Economics, Psychology and Biology where students seek to understand how people take risks through the role of biology,

Students can also expect to examine the central business organisations, keiretsu and chaebols that brought economic success to Japan and Korea in EC3375 Economy and Business of Japan and Korea.

To find out more about other modules, click here.


Established as Asia’s leading Geography department, the Department of Geography offers modules that are organised along four areas of enquiry – environmental processes and change, global political economy, society and culture as well as regional specialisations (with a focus on Asia) and is equipped with the latest facilities to facilitate better learning.

Beyond theoretical learning, students get the chance to travel to countries in the region to conduct field work or take part in home-stays, visits to local universities and key sites of interests such as in GE3230A Field Studies in Geography: Southeast Asia – a module conducted over six weeks in Thailand in partnership with Chiangrai Rajabhat University.

Throughout the course of study, students will be introduced to the functions of the biophysical environment of the city state of Singapore in SSA2215 The Biophysical Environment of Singapore before moving on to explore the role of space in the interplay of different social groups in relation to daily life in GE3241 Geographies of Social Life.

To find out more about other modules, click here.

Political Science

The Department of Political Science, offers a growing number of module selections for students who are interested to specialise in comparative politics, international relations, political theory and public administration.

Students of Political Science are trained to be broad-minded and sophisticated thinkers through modules such as PS2249 Government & Politics of Singapore where they will examine the key areas in Singapore’s domestic politics and issues related to nation building and PS3237 Women & Politics where they will critically examine established political theories and ideologies concerned with gender equality and representation.

To find out more about other modules, click here.


The Department of Psychology provides a comprehensive basic academic grounding in Psychology and hones the students’ empirical skills needed to undertake behavioural studies.

The curriculum comprises modules such as PL2131 Research & Statistical Methods which equips students with critical thinking and analytical skills for empirical research and FMA1201N Music on the Brain which provides an insight into the processes involved behind our reception to music.

To find out more about other modules click here.

Social Work

The Department of Social Work curated a programme framework that emphasises on the development of generic clinical expertise to ensure their graduates are ready for the social work profession at the direct-service level.

Students learn through cognitive and experiential knowledge in SW1101E Social Work: A Heart-Head-Hand Connection; visits to social service organisations is an integral and compulsory part of this module.

Students will also explore the nature of mental health and human dysfunction in SW3217 Mental Health and Illness and get a hand in developing their own public education campaign through copywriting, graphics and design, visual display and photography exercises in SW3203 Communication & Public Education.

To find out more about other modules, click here.


The Department of Sociology offers a comprehensive curriculum comprising a rich diversity of modules that focuses on exciting contemporary issues, ranging from popular culture, media and communications, race and ethnic relations, gender and sexuality.

This rigorous curriculum trains the graduates to analyse and critique the social dimension applicable to various aspects of individual and group behaviour in different social settings and contexts so that they will develop a good understanding of sociology needed to analyse social phenomena.

In FMA1201Q Freshman Seminar: Love Actually? The Social Construction of Romantic Love, students will engage in critical understanding of romantic love and address the impact of class and stratification on contemporary societies in SC2204 Social Inequalities: Who Gets Ahead?

Students will also be able to do a comparative study on deviance in SC3229 Comparing Deviance: Perverts & Scandalous Improprieties.

To find out more about other modules click here.

Congratulations Class of 2015!

As you embark on a new journey of endless possibilities and opportunities, let us look back and celebrate this milestone with the people whom have all played a part in your journey here at FASS.

Here’s a short video proudly brought to you by NUS Students’ Arts and Social Sciences Club (FASS Club) and the Dean’s Office (External Relations & Student Life):

Our heartiest congratulations to all our graduates again!

Reading Asian Studies in FASS: What to Expect


The Asian region is rich and diverse in culture, religion, history and language. As the region transforms politically and economically, its influence and significance increasingly extend to the other parts of the world.

The Asian Studies is for those who are seeking an area of study that allows them to gain an understanding of the region, its traditions and transformation while simultaneously assessing its role within the context of the world.

FASS provides an extensive range of programmes to equip our students with the skills and opportunities to study an area of their choice in-depth. Offered by various departments, these programmes comprise Chinese Language, Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, Malay Studies, South Asian Studies and Southeast Asian Studies.

Chinese Language

The Chinese Language programme curriculum offered by the Department of Chinese Studies focuses on three aspects namely the Chinese language and linguistics as well as Chinese-English translation.

Students can look forward to the Visiting Scholar Programme, also offered in the Chinese Studies programme, whereby eminent scholars and distinguished visitors such as famous writers are often invited to teach in the department on a short-term basis.

Over the course of study, students stand to gain from insightful sharing sessions and modules that will introduce them to the development of Chinese literature that originates from ancient times to the Qing Dynasty in CL2121 History of Chinese Literature or uncover topics and issues behind real-life anthropologistic scenarios in CL2291 Chinese Anthropolinguistics among many others.

To find out more about other modules, click here.

Chinese Studies

Also offered by the Department of Chinese Studies, the programme focuses on three prongs – Chinese literature, History and Philosophy.

Students will be trained in both classical and modern Chinese Studies through modules such as CH2223 Chinese Fiction that covers fictional narrative tradition or CH2244 Chinese Women: History & Literature that will give an idea of the life of women in pre-modern and modern eras.

To find out more about other modules, click here.

Japanese Studies

The Department of Japanese Studies is the largest area studies departments devoted to the study of Japan in the Asia-Pacific region.

Other than being exposed to a broad range of disciplines, students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture as they interact with the Japanese community in Singapore.

In modules such as JS2230 Itadakimasu – Food in Japan, students will evaluate the ways that food influence Japan’s state policies, international conflicts and its national identity or study how entrepreneurship determines the dynamics of the country’s economy in JS 227 Entrepreneurship: Self-made in Japan.

To find out more about other modules, click here.

Malay Studies

The Department of Malay Studies adopts a multidisciplinary and comparative approach that covers the broad issues of the Malay society and Southeast Asia.

From learning about issues that concerns the representation of Malay women and men in various socio-cultural and institutional contexts such as in MS3216 Gender in Malay Societies to uncovering themes, ideas and values reflected in classic Malay films in MS4207 Malay Film, students will gain scholarly knowledge and a better understanding of their history and cultural identity within the modern wold context and its challenges.

To find out more about other modules, click here.

South Asian Studies

The South Asian Studies programme offered by the Department of South Asian Studies seeks to provide a broad understanding of the region that comprises India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives which is crucial for dealing with the region in the 21st century – a time of rapid transformations.

Examples of modules include SN2280 Marriage, Sex, Love in South Asia which will harness students’ analytical skills by uncovering how love and sex are shaped politically, culturally, legally and ideologically or by learning the confluence between geography, environment and divinity in South Asia through the study of the region’s major river system in SN3278 Rivers of India: Divinity and Sacred Space.

To find out more about other modules, click here.

Southeast Asian Studies

The Department of Southeast Asian Studies offers an inter-disciplinary approach which draws on different disciplinary perspectives and methodologies from the humanities and social sciences.

Students can expect a truly, memorable experience as the Department incorporates theoretical modules with the chance to play and study the Javanese gamelan and classical Thai music.

Students will also be introduced to the culture of supernaturalism and its influence in Southeast Asia in FMA1201FS Thinking about the Supernatural in Southeast Asia and are able to investigate the ways illicit substances and behaviours are deeply imbricated in everyday life in Southeast Asia in SE2225 Forbidden Pleasures: Vice in Southeast Asia.

To find out more about other modules, click here.

Reading Humanities in FASS: What to Expect


The study of Humanities can be said as the study of human culture and experiences through explorations of philosophy, arts, history, languages and literature. Using methods that are often highly critical and analytical, students obtain knowledge that helps to make sense of the past and present. The study of Humanities bridges the past and present and in turn helps us to gain a deeper understanding of the world around us.

In FASS, students have the opportunity to read Humanities subjects such as English Language, English Literature, History, Philosophy and Theatre Studies.

English Language

Offered by the Department of English Language and Literature, the programme is great for those who have a penchant for the language and are interested to delve further into its structure, development and functions in the society.

Through modules such as EL 3206 Psycholinguistics or EL4254 Language, Ideology and Power, students will get a chance to explore the development and complex psychological processes behind the usage of language and examine key concepts and ideas by scholars.

To find out more about other modules offered, click here.

English Literature

Also offered by the Department of English Language and Literature, students who take up the programme will be adept in academic writing as well as literary and cultural reading taken from British, American and Film and Cultural Texts.

Currently, a Creative Writing Track is underway. The special programme will possess three strands – poetry writing, playwriting and prose writing.

Students can look forward to modules such as EN 2204 Reading the Horror Film which highlights the importance of genre analysis in film studies and EN 2271 Introduction to Playwriting which equips students with skills and resources needed to write for the stage.

To find out more about other modules offered, click here.


The Department of History introduces the subject to students who are particularly interested in pressing issues, political and economic trends, geography and other determinants that shaped the past centuries of human civilisation.

Students will be able to explore social concepts or debunk historical and current phenomenon in modules such as HY 2257 Law, Crime and Punishment in History and GEK 2049/GEH 1013 Pirates, Oceans & the Maritime World.

To find out more about other modules offered, click here.


The Philosophy programme curriculum crafted by the Department of Philosophy inculcate critical thinking skills and an appreciation for philosophical traditions.

From investigating alternative conceptions of the human condition in GEK 1067/GET 1029 Life, the Universe and Everything to grappling classic ancient and modern paradoxes in PH 3246 Paradoxes; students will develop valuable skills that are applicable in various aspects of life.

To find out more about other modules offered, click here.

Theatre Studies

The last of programmes offered by the Department of English Language and Literature is also the first degree-conferring programme in Theatre Studies in Singapore.

The modules offered under the programme entails both the theoretical and practical aspects of Theatre in both Eastern and Western traditions.

Students can expect to examine a wide array of film genres and styles in TS 2243 Film Genres: Stars & Styles as well as analyse and subsequently create a performance through another perspective such as in TS 4216 Feminism & Theatre.

Graduating cohort of the programme will also be able to experience working under the guidance of a guest director to put up a professional theatre production as a company in TS 3103 Play Production.

To find out more about other modules offered, click here.

Arts Camp 2015

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320 freshmen attended the highly-anticipated faculty-wide event in FASS for incoming freshmen – the Arts Camp 2015, which was held from 22 to 25 June 2015.

The annual camp returned this year with the theme “Avatar: the Last Airbender”, which tells the tale of four nations that oversee four different elements. These four nations are very much similar to the House System incorporated into Arts Camp every year; each named by the letters A, R, T and S.

The unification of these four nations and the peaceful co-existence among them is also analogous to the Faculty; FASS is made up of various departments and smaller communities connected by the One-ARTS spirit.

The theme will also be echoed in other Freshmen Orientation Programmes such as the O’Week and Arts Flag. It is the first time in FASS history that all the orientation programmes will be held as one full, unifying experience – creating a uniform storyline throughout.

This unique integration of programmes is called Project OneARTS 2015. The programmes that fall under the umbrella include Arts Camp, O’Week, Rag & Flag and Arts Bash.

The camp was a great opportunity to foster new ties amidst friendly rivalry among the four houses. Participants bonded over mainstay events such as “Beach Day”, “Wet & Dirty Games” as well as “War Games”; much loved by alumni who came down specially to participate in the activities again.

Eventually, the R House won the ‘Best House’ title. The participants showed great enthusiasm throughout the fun-packed five days. It was a true showcase of the One-ARTS spirit that FASS embodies.

Indeed, the participants had started their journey in FASS with a bang.

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To find out more about the other series of the Freshmen Orientation Programme (i.e. O’Week, ARTS Rag & Flag and ARTS Bash), click here.

Photo credits (in order of appearance): Max Chan Weng Kin, Max Chan Weng Kin, Boon Pin Lim, Boon Pin Lim, Max Chan Weng Kin, Boon Pin Lim, Max Chan Weng Kin, Max Chan Weng Kin, Wong Zhi Wei, Max Chan Weng Kin, Max Chan Weng Kin, Max Chan Weng Kin, Shaun Tay, Wong Zhi Wei, Wong Zhi Wei

NUS Eurasian Festival

All NUS Eurasian Students & Staff,

Invitation to NUS Alumni Eurasian Festival – Saturday, 11 April 2015.

Bring your families and join us for an afternoon of fun and excitement as we celebrate the inaugural gathering of the NUS Eurasian Alumni Group!

RSVP to Mr Kevin Shepherdson or Dr Leroy Mccully at eurasianfest@alummail.nus.edu.sg by 3 April 2015.

Warm Regards,

NUS Office of Alumni Relations

For more details:-

NUS Eurasian Festival 2015 Map - Shaw Foundation Alumni House