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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.

Economics

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.

Geography

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.

Psychology

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.

Sociology

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.

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chiyoko

05-22-2012, 09:27 PM

hi! I am interested in majoring in sociology. any soci seniors here mind sharing how the curriculum is like and what to expect? thanks! ^^


overtherainbow

05-22-2012, 09:47 PM

Hey guys! Is it possible to declare your major early? So that we won't have to waste one year exploring the others when you're pretty sure what you want already. :/

I think you can, but you still have to take the 4 exposure modules though!


Kaleb

05-22-2012, 10:46 PM

I think you can, but you still have to take the 4 exposure modules though!

And you'd still have to do the Unrestricted Electives (can't be from your major), the GEMs (one of which has to be science) and the Singapore Studies mods...


naomi

05-22-2012, 11:29 PM

hi chiyoko :) i am also interested in sociology :) looks like i've found a potential coursemate :) :)


walrus

05-23-2012, 12:14 AM

Hi can tell me how the exposure modules goes about?:X thanks

You will have to clear 4 exposure modules. These modules are labeled as XX1101E or XX1102E e.g. PL1101E for Psych and PH1102E for Philo.

You will be required to clear 1 from each basket, namely Asian Studies, Humanities, and Social Sciences. The last exposure mod will be the exposure mod for your major.

You can clear them any time you want, but most people clear at least 2 (including your major) in the first sem.


woonweiseng

05-23-2012, 01:04 AM

Hey guys! Is it possible to declare your major early? So that we won't have to waste one year exploring the others when you're pretty sure what you want already. :/

Hi! The earliest you can declare is after 1 semester has passed. This means that your first semester you are major-less. Use that time to take your exposure modules or take modules of your intended major. This time is good to allow you to explore other options. Even if you are dead-set on your major, you might never know if another subject tempts you into doing a minor or double major after all.


yeosu

05-23-2012, 09:21 AM

So that we won't have to waste one year exploring the others when you're pretty sure what you want already. :/

I don't know why people view this as waste. The best research in the social sciences are always those that can bridge two (or more) fields together. Focusing solely on one field goes against the spirit of the social sciences, where things are never black and white and you can't always fit problems neatly into one field. Employers like to see that graduates have both breadth and depth of knowledge. It shows that you have the aptitude to handle challenges from various angles. Quote from the Wall Street Journal:

Companies say they need flexible thinkers with innovative ideas and a broad knowledge base derived from exposure to multiple disciplines.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304072004577323754019227394.html


tetra_pakk

05-23-2012, 10:17 AM

Anybody interested in majoring in soci OR psych can PM me (I'm doing a double major). Be more specific or I don't know what you want to know.


inspirit

05-23-2012, 02:47 PM

I don't know why people view this as waste. The best research in the social sciences are always those that can bridge two (or more) fields together. Focusing solely on one field goes against the spirit of the social sciences, where things are never black and white and you can't always fit problems neatly into one field. Employers like to see that graduates have both breadth and depth of knowledge. It shows that you have the aptitude to handle challenges from various angles. Quote from the Wall Street Journal:



http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304072004577323754019227394.html

Hm but isn't this the reason for the exposure modules? Yup and I'm abit worried about the bid points cos I intend to take psych but I'm afraid somehow my bid is unsuccessful for the compulsory modules for psych T_T


inspirit

05-23-2012, 02:50 PM

Hi! The earliest you can declare is after 1 semester has passed. This means that your first semester you are major-less. Use that time to take your exposure modules or take modules of your intended major. This time is good to allow you to explore other options. Even if you are dead-set on your major, you might never know if another subject tempts you into doing a minor or double major after all.

I see... Thanks! :D and to others who replied too :D


chertx

05-24-2012, 03:19 PM

Hmm, what if I’m on a scholarship and it has been determined that I MUST major in, say, Economics. Does anyone know if it is possible to arrange with the coordinator such that I declare my major early and transfer the credits I was supposed to fulfill with exposure modules to other categories like Unrestricted Electives? Such that I take more modular credits worth of UEs in place of exposure modules.

Thanks in advance! :)


yeosu

05-24-2012, 03:36 PM

Such that I take more modular credits worth of UEs in place of exposure modules.

sorry to be blunt and unhelpful, but why would you want to do that?

I seriously doubt you'll be allowed to do that because (1) NUS has nothing to do with your scholarship (2) it won't be fair to others (3) it'll set a precedent that you can anyhow change the structure of the degree and everyone will be asking to do that.

i'm starting to see a trend in this thread that everyone is in a great hurry to declare their major. why? you have four years in NUS, whats the rush for? i really don't understand.


chertx

05-24-2012, 03:42 PM

sorry to be blunt and unhelpful, but why would you want to do that?

I seriously doubt you'll be allowed to do that because (1) NUS has nothing to do with your scholarship (2) it won't be fair to others (3) it'll set a precedent that you can anyhow change the structure of the degree and everyone will be asking to do that.


No offence taken. (: It’s so that I can have more freedom to choose what modules I want to take, like those from other faculties or maybe language modules..

Yeah I was thinking that they might not let me do so. Aww. ):

Thanks for your opinion!


yeosu

05-24-2012, 03:45 PM

No offence taken. (: It’s so that I can have more freedom to choose what modules I want to take, like those from other faculties or maybe language modules..

theres a good reason why FASS wants you to do exposure modules - so that you have a better understanding of other social science fields and that you won't graduate with just a tunnel vision of your major.

doing too many UEs would only water down your degree. after all, you'll grad with a social science degree, so it is only right that a majority of your modules are social science related and not UEs. the school would be doing a disservice to you to allow that.


yeosu

05-24-2012, 03:47 PM

Hm but isn't this the reason for the exposure modules? Yup and I'm abit worried about the bid points cos I intend to take psych but I'm afraid somehow my bid is unsuccessful for the compulsory modules for psych T_T

honestly, you guys/gals worry too much too early.
school haven't start and worry about bid points already? pls lar... this is the least of your worries. i've not heard of anyone who didn't get their intended major because of bid points (heck, i've not heard of anyone who didn't get their intended major ever for any other reasons either).


chertx

05-24-2012, 03:57 PM

theres a good reason why FASS wants you to do exposure modules - so that you have a better understanding of other social science fields and that you won't graduate with just a tunnel vision of your major.

doing too many UEs would only water down your degree. after all, you'll grad with a social science degree, so it is only right that a majority of your modules are social science related and not UEs. the school would be doing a disservice to you to allow that.


You have a point there. Thank you, yeosu!


plainsomeone

05-25-2012, 12:50 AM

You will have to clear 4 exposure modules. These modules are labeled as XX1101E or XX1102E e.g. PL1101E for Psych and PH1102E for Philo.

You will be required to clear 1 from each basket, namely Asian Studies, Humanities, and Social Sciences. The last exposure mod will be the exposure mod for your major.

You can clear them any time you want, but most people clear at least 2 (including your major) in the first sem.

Ohh.. so i need to choose 1 from each category (asian studies, humans and ss) and 1 additional from any category?:) btw thanks i think i sorta get it


inspirit

05-25-2012, 08:56 AM

honestly, you guys/gals worry too much too early.
school haven't start and worry about bid points already? pls lar... this is the least of your worries. i've not heard of anyone who didn't get their intended major because of bid points (heck, i've not heard of anyone who didn't get their intended major ever for any other reasons either).

Lol okay that's a relief.. Sorry... Don't know what to worry about more cos I find the system very confusing! :l But thanks anyway :D


chiyoko

05-25-2012, 09:42 PM

Lol okay that's a relief.. Sorry... Don't know what to worry about more cos I find the system very confusing! :l But thanks anyway :D

same! i have been trying to make sense of the bidding system here http://forum.brightsparks.com.sg/showthread.php?t=3742
i guess the school will probably give us clearer instructions when the semester starts?


inspirit

05-26-2012, 10:50 AM

same! i have been trying to make sense of the bidding system here http://forum.brightsparks.com.sg/showthread.php?t=3742
i guess the school will probably give us clearer instrutions when the semester starts?

Oh my goodness thank you so much :):):)


tetra_pakk

05-27-2012, 12:50 AM

Relax lah. You'll get the hang of it by clicking around when bidding starts.
It's actually easier to learn by yourself through trial-and-error than by someone giving you the instructions for you to just follow.


pinkyvoodo

05-27-2012, 01:00 AM

Relax lah. You'll get the hang of it by clicking around when bidding starts.
It's actually easier to learn by yourself through trial-and-error than by someone giving you the instructions for you to just follow.

Agreed. I think all year ones are very confused about bidding and what modules they should take to meet the requirements but most people will get used to it by the first or second semester. It will really really be much easier after the first time doing it and you will figure it out and get used to it after the first/second sem.


RadicalShift

05-29-2012, 04:45 PM

Hi guys, is anyone here in psychology? May I know is psychology a math intensive programme? I understand that we need to learn statistics (Research & Statistical Methods ) but are a lot of the modules mathematical? I am appealing to FASS and intending to major in psychology later on. Thanks for the help.


wenee

05-30-2012, 02:23 AM

Hi guys, is anyone here in psychology? May I know is psychology a math intensive programme? I understand that we need to learn statistics (Research & Statistical Methods ) but are a lot of the modules mathematical? I am appealing to FASS and intending to major in psychology later on. Thanks for the help.

Hey! Psychology is not math intensive. It's more of (very) memory intensive. As for the statistics mods, the statistics are quite simple and finals are open book so as long as you are able to grasp the concepts, they are relatively ok. In fact, personally i think the stats mods are easier than the other psych mods. HTH!


RadicalShift

05-30-2012, 10:37 PM

Hey! Psychology is not math intensive. It's more of (very) memory intensive. As for the statistics mods, the statistics are quite simple and finals are open book so as long as you are able to grasp the concepts, they are relatively ok. In fact, personally i think the stats mods are easier than the other psych mods. HTH!

Hi wenee, thanks for the help! May I also ask how are the lessons usually conducted? Are there a lot of presentations to do or do tutors just go through the material? Thanks.


soriyagtr34

06-01-2012, 10:24 PM

haha,now that I yr 2 finally get to advise freshie liao...

Ok,the bidding problems right, don't worry too much...when the time comes, can always post any problems here...


wenee

06-04-2012, 02:01 AM

Hi wenee, thanks for the help! May I also ask how are the lessons usually conducted? Are there a lot of presentations to do or do tutors just go through the material? Thanks.
For psych mods? Not a lot of presentations. But that depends on who are your lecturers. Different lecturers structured their teaching methods differently. Most psych tuts usually consist of group discussions. Presentations can come in two forms- presenting group project, presenting the ideas your group have came up with during group discussions. :)


frolick

06-06-2012, 05:54 PM

A year ago here I was, just like you. Time really does fly.

I wish the incoming freshies all the best. I hope your time in FASS will be a rewarding one!

I can tell you that you will meet alot of unexpected 'loves' along the way. I was dead set for Psychology or Geography, only to fall in love with Economics in the end. Something I totally did not expect. Economics is hard & tough like any other majors in FASS, but there is something about it that makes me curious. I hope you get to find that 'love' or if you have found it, that is wonderful.

All the best to you :) Be sure to enjoy your last few months of break!


yeosu

06-07-2012, 09:48 AM

I was dead set for Psychology or Geography, only to fall in love with Economics in the end. Something I totally did not expect. Economics is hard & tough like any other majors in FASS, but there is something about it that makes me curious.

that's precisely why I always encourage people to choose NUS FASS instead of NTU HSS, because it gives you the option to explore. most 19 year olds fresh out of A-levels don't really know what they want to do or what the different majors entail.


Irenicis

06-07-2012, 10:18 AM

i think the changes in major to Economics is mostly unsurprising...


plainsomeone

06-07-2012, 10:23 AM

A year ago here I was, just like you. Time really does fly.

I wish the incoming freshies all the best. I hope your time in FASS will be a rewarding one!

I can tell you that you will meet alot of unexpected 'loves' along the way. I was dead set for Psychology or Geography, only to fall in love with Economics in the end. Something I totally did not expect. Economics is hard & tough like any other majors in FASS, but there is something about it that makes me curious. I hope you get to find that 'love' or if you have found it, that is wonderful.

All the best to you :) Be sure to enjoy your last few months of break!

haha i m dead set for psycho n geog eh>< lol:)

btw whos goin for arts camp?


yeosu

06-07-2012, 01:01 PM

i think the changes in major to Economics is mostly unsurprising...

Why do you say that?


soriyagtr34

06-07-2012, 04:48 PM

i think the changes in major to Economics is mostly unsurprising...

wtf iren...even in this forum u also hijack NUS's thread when u're going to SMU...lol...


chiyoko

06-08-2012, 11:57 PM

Why do you say that?

is econs more practical?


RadicalShift

06-10-2012, 02:02 PM

For psych mods? Not a lot of presentations. But that depends on who are your lecturers. Different lecturers structured their teaching methods differently. Most psych tuts usually consist of group discussions. Presentations can come in two forms- presenting group project, presenting the ideas your group have came up with during group discussions. :)

Thanks wenee for the help! :)


RadicalShift

06-10-2012, 02:04 PM

A year ago here I was, just like you. Time really does fly.

I wish the incoming freshies all the best. I hope your time in FASS will be a rewarding one!

I can tell you that you will meet alot of unexpected 'loves' along the way. I was dead set for Psychology or Geography, only to fall in love with Economics in the end. Something I totally did not expect. Economics is hard & tough like any other majors in FASS, but there is something about it that makes me curious. I hope you get to find that 'love' or if you have found it, that is wonderful.

All the best to you :) Be sure to enjoy your last few months of break!

dead set for psychology too! Didn't like econs when I took it in poly. :D


Psychology is really cool because it balances science and arts in a way. I did some classes and its challenging in a good way.

Quite like the Communications classes. Different from the other unis.


lucida

06-25-2012, 10:14 AM

Hi people, I am a freshbie this year
just a few questions,

does Unestricted Electives refer to any modules within NUS (GEM/GEK, or modules from other schools, eg Engineering/business) ?

can I clear a GEK module under the GEM module requirement ?

anyone have any interesting or light Unrestricted Electives to recommend for freshbies ?

Also, I am intending to take the exposure mods PH1102e & SW1101e, and intend to leave one exposure mod for my 2nd sem, should I leave the sociology mod or South east asian studies for my 2nd sems, any opinions ?


Hi guys,

Can I check if you guys have received any emails sent by NUS or FASS itself to incoming students for this August?

I saw on the FASS website that there's a freshmen orientation day on 31 Jul/1 Aug but no email in my inbox as yet. Would appreciate if someone could reply..


woonweiseng

06-26-2012, 09:34 AM

Welcome to NUS FASS!

Unrestricted Electives refers to any modules within NUS. But I think it cant be a module from your major, correct me if I'm wrong.

GEM requirement stands for General Education Module, so technically GEK & GEM mean the same thing. You need to do 1 Arts GEK & 1 Science GEK. Arts / Science is differentiated by the second digit of the module code: if it's e.g. GEK1022, it's an Arts GEK because second digit is 0; if it's e.g. GEK1507, it's a Science GEK because second digit is 5. If it's GEK1900, it is considered both Arts & Science (but I'm sure you cant count this twice as fulfilling your GEM requirement)

SC1101E or SE1101E, personally I feel it's good to take in Semester 1 because the Semester 1 lecturer tends to be better, but it really depends. At least that was the case in the past, but now it seems like Semester 2 lecturer might be the same as Semester 1 for some modules so things do change. Dr Irving Johnson for SE1101E is good.

Hi people, I am a freshbie this year
just a few questions,

does Unestricted Electives refer to any modules within NUS (GEM/GEK, or modules from other schools, eg Engineering/business) ?

can I clear a GEK module under the GEM module requirement ?

anyone have any interesting or light Unrestricted Electives to recommend for freshbies ?

Also, I am intending to take the exposure mods PH1102e & SW1101e, and intend to leave one exposure mod for my 2nd sem, should I leave the sociology mod or South east asian studies for my 2nd sems, any opinions ?


chiyoko

06-27-2012, 10:20 PM

Hi guys,

Can I check if you guys have received any emails sent by NUS or FASS itself to incoming students for this August?

I saw on the FASS website that there's a freshmen orientation day on 31 Jul/1 Aug but no email in my inbox as yet. Would appreciate if someone could reply..

it is the 2 day orientation talk right? seems to me that it a walk-in talk cos it doesnt sound compulsary (but highly encouraged)


akitmitsu

06-28-2012, 05:08 PM

Hi seniors,

I am an incoming Science freshman (matriculating this August) and would like to know more about SSA2215 The Biophysical Envrionment of Singapore . Hence, I would like to ask seniors how it is like.

I have read up about the module at the NUS bulletin, and it said 'topics include geology, soils, river systems, water supply, natural reserves, green areas, land reclamation and coastal environments'.

What about these physical aspects does the module cover?


Does the module have field trips to help us better understand the subject? If so, where?


Since its a 'Arts' subject, does that mean more discussion and essay-writing for the module? (sorry if I unintentionally offended anyone, its just that I have the impression that Arts subjects require more interaction and writing than Science subjects. Please do correct me if i'm wrong.)


I noted that there is quite a bit of emphasis on preparatory work (Workload: 2-1-0-2-5), if so, is it difficult to manage?


How difficult is it to score well?



This may be a bit difficult to answer (since students usually only take 1 SS module), but does anyone know how the module compares to SSS1207 Natural Heritage of Singapore (in terms of what they cover-sorry but they seem similiar to me since both cover the natural environments in Singapore :o and level of difficulty).

Thanks. I look forward to your reply. :)


woonweiseng

06-29-2012, 08:50 AM

Hi! I'm a Geographer but I have not taken SSA2215 before. I have friends who have taken it before though, and it's taught by the Geography department. Might take it in future.

The little that I know that I can answer:

- Workload of 2-1-0-2-5 is just a guideline. Many modules also list this as a guideline but ultimately you may not spend that many hours on preparatory work; you'll spend more or less depending on how good/bad you are at it, how many readings they give which then depends on lecturer... in sum, that workload guide doesnt tell you too much

- There's labwork for this module IIRC from my friends, so there's still the Science element in this module. I remember my friends experienced a rock sample identification assessment for the module, which is fun yet quirky. Again this depends, as lecturers change the way the module is taught may change

- SSA2215 is different from SSS1207 because SSS is more about the flora & fauna of Singapore but SSA is more about geology / lithospheric processes occurring in Singapore. So if you are interested in wildlife, do SSS. If you are interested in rock formations, coastal landforms etc, do SSA.

Hi seniors,

I am an incoming Science freshman (matriculating this August) and would like to know more about SSA2215 The Biophysical Envrionment of Singapore . Hence, I would like to ask seniors how it is like.

I have read up about the module at the NUS bulletin, and it said 'topics include geology, soils, river systems, water supply, natural reserves, green areas, land reclamation and coastal environments'.

What about these physical aspects does the module cover?


Does the module have field trips to help us better understand the subject? If so, where?


Since its a 'Arts' subject, does that mean more discussion and essay-writing for the module? (sorry if I unintentionally offended anyone, its just that I have the impression that Arts subjects that to require more interaction and writing than Science subjects. Please do correct me if i'm wrong.)


I noted that there is quite a bit of emphasis on preparatory work (Workload: 2-1-0-2-5), if so, is it difficult to manage?


How difficult is it to score well?



This may be a bit difficult to answer (since students usually only take 1 SS module), but does anyone know how the module compares to SSS1207 Natural Heritage of Singapore (in terms of what they cover-sorry but they seem similiar to me since both cover the natural environments in Singapore :o and level of difficulty).

Thanks. I look forward to your reply. :)


akitmitsu

06-29-2012, 03:30 PM

Hi! I'm a Geographer but I have not taken SSA2215 before. I have friends who have taken it before though, and it's taught by the Geography department. Might take it in future.

The little that I know that I can answer:

- Workload of 2-1-0-2-5 is just a guideline. Many modules also list this as a guideline but ultimately you may not spend that many hours on preparatory work; you'll spend more or less depending on how good/bad you are at it, how many readings they give which then depends on lecturer... in sum, that workload guide doesnt tell you too much

- There's labwork for this module IIRC from my friends, so there's still the Science element in this module. I remember my friends experienced a rock sample identification assessment for the module, which is fun yet quirky. Again this depends, as lecturers change the way the module is taught may change

- SSA2215 is different from SSS1207 because SSS is more about the flora & fauna of Singapore but SSA is more about geology / lithospheric processes occurring in Singapore. So if you are interested in wildlife, do SSS. If you are interested in rock formations, coastal landforms etc, do SSA.

Hi woonweiseng,

Thanks for your reply, it has helped me alot. May I ask when students tend to take their Singapore Studies/ GEM? I know these modules may not be taken in year 1 or 2 cos they require quite a bit of bidding points? :confused:

May I ask what year are you in? I'm also interested in other Geog modules that I would probably take as my UEs later on. Thanks. :)


totallygone

06-29-2012, 06:38 PM

Hi woonweiseng,

Thanks for your reply, it has helped me alot. May I ask when students tend to take their Singapore Studies/ GEM? I know these modules may not be taken in year 1 or 2 cos they require quite a bit of bidding points? :confused:

May I ask what year are you in? I'm also interested in other Geog modules that I would probably take as my UEs later on. Thanks. :)

depends, some take in year 1. i took in year 2 sem 2! that's when u have more bid points! but kinda depends which ss/gem u taking. if popular mods confirm higher bid points


akitmitsu

07-01-2012, 11:43 AM

depends, some take in year 1. i took in year 2 sem 2! that's when u have more bid points! but kinda depends which ss/gem u taking. if popular mods confirm higher bid points

Thanks totallygone, do you have any idea what some of the popular mods are? :confused: As a freshman who knows next-to-zero knowledge of the bidding system, theres a fear that i will use up all my bidding points in one shot :eek: , so I guess its better to plan now than regret later (either that or i'm just being 'kan chiong' :p )

Does anyone know whats the difference between GE2221 Nature & Society and SC2221 Environment & Society? They seem to both focus on the human-environment relationships, although the description for SC2221 seems more in-depth and 'cheem' (i'm sorry for my ignorance..please do correct me if i'm wrong). Thanks again. I look forward to your reply. :)


tetra_pakk

07-05-2012, 12:11 PM

Hey ladies and gentlemen, the module listing is already out on CORS! In case you don't know.

For current students, it's yet another semester of headache. For freshies, choose wisely!

(:

http://www.nus.edu.sg/cors/schedule.html#facultymodinfo

For (intended) soci majors, here's the listing of lecturers: http://www.fas.nus.edu.sg/soc/undergrad/module_1000.htm

And for psych: http://www.fas.nus.edu.sg/psy/_download/Modules%20and%20Lecturers.pdf


wenee

07-05-2012, 07:48 PM

Thanks totallygone, do you have any idea what some of the popular mods are? :confused: As a freshman who knows next-to-zero knowledge of the bidding system, theres a fear that i will use up all my bidding points in one shot :eek: , so I guess its better to plan now than regret later (either that or i'm just being 'kan chiong' :p )


Hi!

You can visit cors website to view the bidding history for the list of modules offered:)
http://www.nus.edu.sg/cors/archive.html

HTH!


Kaleb

07-06-2012, 03:00 AM

I'm joining FASS this year (at last!) I've checked the website but still have a few questions about declaring your major. Must you have completed the exposure module for your intended major before you can declare it as your major in Sem 2? According to the website, you must have read or be reading the lv 1000 module for your intended major. Does that mean it's possible to declare major even if you're currently reading the module? (Note: I know that some majors such as psychology have more specific requirements. I am not intending to major in any of these.)

And yes, I know, don't rush into declaring...For what it's worth, I'm actually a year three, so I daresay I'm pretty set about what I would like to major in. Not to mention that having based my transfer to FASS on my intended major, it'd probably be pretty weird if I majored in something else instead ;)


akitmitsu

07-06-2012, 03:21 PM

Hi!

You can visit cors website to view the bidding history for the list of modules offered:)
http://www.nus.edu.sg/cors/archive.html

HTH!

Hi wenee,

Thanks for the url. :) Its helping quite a lot.


akitmitsu

07-06-2012, 03:32 PM

Hi again,

Does anyone know what GE2221 Nature & Society is about in terms of what it would cover? I know it would focus on human-nature relationships, so would it be a case-study kind of module where it shows some societies/cultures who are able to develop more sustainably than others, and then analyse why?

Does the module highlight any sustanability/environmental issues during the process, or any country/society/culture in particular?

Thanks again. I look forward to your reply. :)


lucida

07-06-2012, 05:07 PM

hello,

just wondering if anyone have taken these modules before

GEM1031 - The Study Of Names

GEK1537 - The Search for Life on Other Worlds

how are the lectures/tutorials/workload and exams questions like ??

I cant seem to find the reviews online, anyone care to share ?

many thanks.


inspirit

07-07-2012, 12:09 AM

Sorry for being so random, but do you need your GC for any of the modules, say PL2131? :) thanks in advance!!


teddybear

07-07-2012, 09:01 PM

hello,

just wondering if anyone have taken these modules before

GEM1031 - The Study Of Names

GEK1537 - The Search for Life on Other Worlds

how are the lectures/tutorials/workload and exams questions like ??

I cant seem to find the reviews online, anyone care to share ?

many thanks.

I'm a freshie... BUT I WANNA STUDY THE STUDY OF NAMES TOO HEHE


tetra_pakk

07-08-2012, 11:02 AM

Sorry for being so random, but do you need your GC for any of the modules, say PL2131? :) thanks in advance!!

So far, no. PL2131 doesn't allow GCs in exams, just the scientific calculator. I doubt you'll need GCs for school, this is FASS for a reason. (:


frolick

07-08-2012, 09:04 PM

hello!

are there econs major senoirs here or anyone who can give me some pointers?

can you give a feel on workload & manageability level on these modules?
let's say i take:

ec2101 (micro analysis 1)
ec2104( quantitative econ)
& either ec3303(econometrics 1) or 3102(macro analysis 2) ?

some concerns I would like to lay out:

i took ec2303 last sem & wanna know if i should take ec3303 this coming sem so that i wont forget the stats stuff i did last sem since its a continuation?

Thanks to anyone who help.


nixeij

07-12-2012, 03:22 PM

I am sure everyone is probably looking through all the modules and getting somewhat depressed for school.

Anyway anyone took CH2292A UNDERSTANDING MODERN CHINA THROUGH FILM before?


Darkzion

07-12-2012, 03:42 PM

hello!

are there econs major senoirs here or anyone who can give me some pointers?

can you give a feel on workload & manageability level on these modules?
let's say i take:

ec2101 (micro analysis 1)
ec2104( quantitative econ)
& either ec3303(econometrics 1) or 3102(macro analysis 2) ?

some concerns I would like to lay out:

i took ec2303 last sem & wanna know if i should take ec3303 this coming sem so that i wont forget the stats stuff i did last sem since its a continuation?

Thanks to anyone who help.

i dun think u can take ec3102.. one of the pre-req is ec2101.

ec2104 is very easy n light... basically the entire module of ec2104 = 1 chapter of ma1104 minus all the proofs.. im precluded from ec2104 but i alr learnt the entire mod within 10days including doing all the tutorials and one of the pre-test paper during this holiday.. even tho i did not take ma1104 before.


frolick

07-12-2012, 09:30 PM

i dun think u can take ec3102.. one of the pre-req is ec2101.

ec2104 is very easy n light... basically the entire module of ec2104 = 1 chapter of ma1104 minus all the proofs.. im precluded from ec2104 but i alr learnt the entire mod within 10days including doing all the tutorials and one of the pre-test paper during this holiday.. even tho i did not take ma1104 before.

yes you are right, I can't take ec3102.

Thank you for your help about ec2104 module. I think your response helps a fair bit to choose the suitable mods. i'll go do some search to see what ma1104's about. Thanks again, Darkzion.

Edit: After a quick search, is chapter 1 known as 'Vectors & Geometry of Space'?


Darkzion

07-12-2012, 10:15 PM

yes you are right, I can't take ec3102.

Thank you for your help about ec2104 module. I think your response helps a fair bit to choose the suitable mods. i'll go do some search to see what ma1104's about. Thanks again, Darkzion.

Edit: After a quick search, is chapter 1 known as 'Vectors & Geometry of Space'?

hmm im not sure wat is the first chapter as i nvr took ma1104 before.. but i happened to have the textbook (Thomas' calculus by George B thomas, Maurice D. Weir and Joel ) of it bcos of ma1102R which uses first half of the tb while ma1104 use the other half... all the things u need will be under chapter 14 of the textbook called partial derivatives. if u had math background, basically it is jus sec-JC calculus generalized to multivariables and the onli new thing is something called lagrange multiplier.

EDIT: anyway, u dun really need to know ma1104.. it contains proofs that might not be very read-able if u nvr take any calculus mod in uni before, altho if u happen to have the tb, u can still do those questions provided as additional practice


pufferfish

07-12-2012, 11:03 PM

I'm a freshie... BUT I WANNA STUDY THE STUDY OF NAMES TOO HEHE

OMG HELLO TEDDY. I was gg to respond to your post when i notice your username hehehe. Me too C:


flaming B52

07-13-2012, 12:26 AM

i never took the study of names..but i know some people who did, and their feedback wasn't really positive


teddybear

07-13-2012, 10:05 AM

OMG HELLO TEDDY. I was gg to respond to your post when i notice your username hehehe. Me too C:

Hahaha! pufferfish! i think im gonna see you around campus very often! meet on first day?!


frolick

07-13-2012, 12:07 PM

hmm im not sure wat is the first chapter as i nvr took ma1104 before.. but i happened to have the textbook (Thomas' calculus by George B thomas, Maurice D. Weir and Joel ) of it bcos of ma1102R which uses first half of the tb while ma1104 use the other half... all the things u need will be under chapter 14 of the textbook called partial derivatives. if u had math background, basically it is jus sec-JC calculus generalized to multivariables and the onli new thing is something called lagrange multiplier.

EDIT: anyway, u dun really need to know ma1104.. it contains proofs that might not be very read-able if u nvr take any calculus mod in uni before, altho if u happen to have the tb, u can still do those questions provided as additional practice

if it is partial derivatives, im quite familiar with it.

Do you have an opinion to choose between ec3303 (econometrics 1) or ec2104?
im tied down for the rest of the year, so i cant take two maths mods cos of the time needed. have got to choose one. if you've got some opinion, it'd be good for me.

Thank you again Darkzion.


inspirit

07-13-2012, 05:10 PM

So far, no. PL2131 doesn't allow GCs in exams, just the scientific calculator. I doubt you'll need GCs for school, this is FASS for a reason. (:

Lol, right. Thanks! :D


totallygone

07-13-2012, 06:07 PM

Thanks totallygone, do you have any idea what some of the popular mods are? :confused: As a freshman who knows next-to-zero knowledge of the bidding system, theres a fear that i will use up all my bidding points in one shot :eek: , so I guess its better to plan now than regret later (either that or i'm just being 'kan chiong' :p )

Does anyone know whats the difference between GE2221 Nature & Society and SC2221 Environment & Society? They seem to both focus on the human-environment relationships, although the description for SC2221 seems more in-depth and 'cheem' (i'm sorry for my ignorance..please do correct me if i'm wrong). Thanks again. I look forward to your reply. :)

i think both are different since they are offered by different departments. If it's offered by soci department, i guess you need to bring in some soci terms and write it in the soci way. For Geog, i'm not very sure cos i never taken any. Hope that helps you a little!


Kaleb

07-15-2012, 05:10 PM

Has anyone taken EU1101E: The Making of Modern Europe before? I've checked online but have heard a few very negative reviews about it...will we be severely disadvantaged if we don't have a history background?


palefirex

07-19-2012, 09:08 PM

Hi! Did anyone take the political science and history exposure mods before? How was your experience? :)


woonweiseng

07-20-2012, 12:27 AM

Hi! I took PS1101E last semester and HY1101E in the previous semester (first semester)!

PS1101E, if done by Dr Yoshinori Nishizaki (affectionately known as Yoshi), is worth taking. The professor is very, very good, and very hilarious during lectures. He drops mega-obvious exam tips during his lectures, which are not webcasted, so you go attend his lectures for those tips if not for the funny things he says. Content-wise, it deals with the modern state - how it came about, how it performs it role, how it interacts with other modern states... it's quite eye-opening to say the least. During tutorials, be prepared to talk and ask questions or voice out your opinions, though I heard that in the first semester where people are vying to be PS majors, the oral participation competition is intense and "wars" of words break out.

HY1101E is not too bad too. Dr Bruce Lockhart is very, very good too - very hilarious and lectures concisely too. The other two professors were not that good however, and one sometimes struggles to catch what these two professors say (one of them's new, so she needs time to warm up). They split the content up amongst the three of them though they have their specialities - South Asia & Indochina by Dr Lockhart, China-Japan-Korea by Dr Lee Seung-Joon and Southeast Asia by Dr Portia Reyes. They do not provide the PowerPoint slides before the lectures or even at all, so be prepared to write / type loads and loads of notes and revisit the webcasts to catch what was taught. Content-wise it focuses on Asia, from about 16th century in China & Europe and how the Europeans decided to travel to the East to "discover" India, Southeast Asia & China. The rest, as they say, is history. Coverage all the way till post-WWII & Cold War.

Hi! Did anyone take the political science and history exposure mods before? How was your experience? :)


mayumi

07-20-2012, 12:52 AM

Just to remind the newbies.. If you don't already know, we have a used textbook forum in IVLE. Just login to IVLE and find the link at the panel on the right-hand side. You'll find all the posts on used textbooks other people are selling.

So you don't always have to spend $ to buy a new textbook from the bookstore!


tetra_pakk

07-20-2012, 01:11 AM

Hi! I took PS1101E last semester and HY1101E in the previous semester (first semester)!

PS1101E, if done by Dr Yoshinori Nishizaki (affectionately known as Yoshi), is worth taking. The professor is very, very good, and very hilarious during lectures. He drops mega-obvious exam tips during his lectures, which are not webcasted, so you go attend his lectures for those tips if not for the funny things he says. Content-wise, it deals with the modern state - how it came about, how it performs it role, how it interacts with other modern states... it's quite eye-opening to say the least. During tutorials, be prepared to talk and ask questions or voice out your opinions, though I heard that in the first semester where people are vying to be PS majors, the oral participation competition is intense and "wars" of words break out.

HY1101E is not too bad too. Dr Bruce Lockhart is very, very good too - very hilarious and lectures concisely too. The other two professors were not that good however, and one sometimes struggles to catch what these two professors say (one of them's new, so she needs time to warm up). They split the content up amongst the three of them though they have their specialities - South Asia & Indochina by Dr Lockhart, China-Japan-Korea by Dr Lee Seung-Joon and Southeast Asia by Dr Portia Reyes. They do not provide the PowerPoint slides before the lectures or even at all, so be prepared to write / type loads and loads of notes and revisit the webcasts to catch what was taught. Content-wise it focuses on Asia, from about 16th century in China & Europe and how the Europeans decided to travel to the East to "discover" India, Southeast Asia & China. The rest, as they say, is history. Coverage all the way till post-WWII & Cold War.

HAHAHAH I DON'T EVEN REMEMBER WHO TAUGHT ME HY1101E. Damn forgettable can. But it's a fairly easy module to score if you took history in JC and can write. And I had a good tutor. (:

I took PS1101E under a visiting lecturer - Eric Mobrand - and he's pretty good, plus very good-looking, so that's a bonus. :p I have never liked the PS tutorials though.


palefirex

07-20-2012, 11:34 AM

Hi! I took PS1101E last semester and HY1101E in the previous semester (first semester)!

PS1101E, if done by Dr Yoshinori Nishizaki (affectionately known as Yoshi), is worth taking. The professor is very, very good, and very hilarious during lectures. He drops mega-obvious exam tips during his lectures, which are not webcasted, so you go attend his lectures for those tips if not for the funny things he says. Content-wise, it deals with the modern state - how it came about, how it performs it role, how it interacts with other modern states... it's quite eye-opening to say the least. During tutorials, be prepared to talk and ask questions or voice out your opinions, though I heard that in the first semester where people are vying to be PS majors, the oral participation competition is intense and "wars" of words break out.

HY1101E is not too bad too. Dr Bruce Lockhart is very, very good too - very hilarious and lectures concisely too. The other two professors were not that good however, and one sometimes struggles to catch what these two professors say (one of them's new, so she needs time to warm up). They split the content up amongst the three of them though they have their specialities - South Asia & Indochina by Dr Lockhart, China-Japan-Korea by Dr Lee Seung-Joon and Southeast Asia by Dr Portia Reyes. They do not provide the PowerPoint slides before the lectures or even at all, so be prepared to write / type loads and loads of notes and revisit the webcasts to catch what was taught. Content-wise it focuses on Asia, from about 16th century in China & Europe and how the Europeans decided to travel to the East to "discover" India, Southeast Asia & China. The rest, as they say, is history. Coverage all the way till post-WWII & Cold War.


Thanks for sharing your experience! :) May I know what other exposure modules did you take in addition to these modules? I'm currently in the midst of deciding which exposure modules to take, will be matriculating in Aug!


palefirex

07-20-2012, 11:37 AM

HAHAHAH I DON'T EVEN REMEMBER WHO TAUGHT ME HY1101E. Damn forgettable can. But it's a fairly easy module to score if you took history in JC and can write. And I had a good tutor. (:

I took PS1101E under a visiting lecturer - Eric Mobrand - and he's pretty good, plus very good-looking, so that's a bonus. :p I have never liked the PS tutorials though.

Ooh I see! What were PS tutorials like for you?


knowyourrightsxx

07-20-2012, 12:16 PM

hi all, like @palefirex, i'm a freshie deciding on my modules...most probably i'll be majoring in econs and i hope seniors can provide some generic (or specific econs related) advice to freshies judging this thread is pretty dead. i'm sure this will also benefit a lot of 'silent readers' who frequently visit this forum

my main issue with module choosing (unlike conventional ones eg preallocated or just choose the exposure modules from various baskets to fulfil) is because i'm interested in going for special programmes eg the NUS-UNC joint degree programme etc. these programmes have
(1) specific requirements eg for nus-anu, you have to take certain math modules which a 'normal' econ major can choose not to take
(2) different module fulfilments eg they don't require you to do all 3 different baskets of exposure modules (because you will be doing other things as part of the JDP at the partner uni)

so wrt to (1), i do understand if eventually you do not go for the JDP, you can continue to work towards your major requirements, honors or not regardless but it *does* affect your module choice which i'm puzzled about. eg in sem 1 i take MA1101R, 2 econs module including EC1101E, ACC1002X(required) and one other module, i end up taking a lot of ''irrelevant'' modules, which albeit can be counted towards requirements, will put me in a weird position in Y1Sem2? i.e. i will be busy clearing my exposure mods in sem 2, hence hindering me in completing higher level econs mods?

sorry for the wall of text, could not present my doubts in a more concise manner...had to explain thoroughly bc most of my friends do not understand this confusion of mine TIA :)


tetra_pakk

07-21-2012, 12:59 AM

Ooh I see! What were PS tutorials like for you?

Just like what woonweiseng said, lots of talking and opinion-sharing, tutorial participation points were counted. You'd have to do your readings in order to participate meaningfully.

FYI, since you asked woonweiseng, I'll also tell you that I took these in Y1S1: PS1101E, HY1101E, GE1101E, and my two majors, SC1101E and PL1101E.


akitmitsu

07-21-2012, 04:12 PM

FYI, since you asked woonweiseng, I'll also tell you that I took these in Y1S1: PS1101E, HY1101E, GE1101E, and my two majors, SC1101E and PL1101E.

Hi tetra_pakk,

Oh..may I ask how's GE1101E like in terms of difficulty, content and assessment? I'm thinking of taking it as a General Education module (GEK1001) but am not so sure since I'm also interested in GE2220 Terrestrial & Coastal Environments, which seems similiar in terms of content & difficulty (are they? :confused: ) Thanks. :)


palefirex

07-21-2012, 07:00 PM

Just like what woonweiseng said, lots of talking and opinion-sharing, tutorial participation points were counted. You'd have to do your readings in order to participate meaningfully.

FYI, since you asked woonweiseng, I'll also tell you that I took these in Y1S1: PS1101E, HY1101E, GE1101E, and my two majors, SC1101E and PL1101E.

Thanks for your input! Woah wasn't your workload very heavy in semester 1? :confused: When did you start taking GEMS, SS & Breath modules? Sorry for asking so many questions!


woonweiseng

07-22-2012, 12:26 AM

Hi tetra_pakk,

Oh..may I ask how's GE1101E like in terms of difficulty, content and assessment? I'm thinking of taking it as a General Education module (GEK1001) but am not so sure since I'm also interested in GE2220 Terrestrial & Coastal Environments, which seems similiar in terms of content & difficulty (are they? :confused: ) Thanks. :)

Hi! The Geographer (yours truly / myself) says that GE1101E is quite fun & insightful but the workload can be a bit intense because of the number of readings - consistently 2 readings per week, and the readings can get thick. Again, depends on professors - mine in Year 1 Semester 1 last year was Prof T C Chang (he's good!!!) & Prof David Higgit, they split the Human & Physical Geography components among themselves.

In terms of content, the Human component covers Geographical Imaginations, Globalization (Economic, Social & Cultural) & Sense of Place; the Physical component covers Climate, Climate Change, Water, Land Use & Earth Surface Processes. Based on this coverage you can see that there's a lot to cover... so many things can be quite touch-and-go, especially for Physical Geography. Background in A-level Geography helps but is not essential in Physical Geography.

The examination format is 4 essays in 2 hours, i.e. 30 minutes per essay, which is insane because you have so much to write but not enough time. This is too early but tip: do not focus only on Human Geography, spread out your efforts & time across both Physical & Human Geography despite your temptation to focus solely on Human Geography.

There is a fieldtrip for GE1101E, which you should go for an eye-opening experience plus for Prof Chang's very good tour of the Singapore River!

GE2220, meanwhile, I have yet to take it, but I doubt its coverage or difficulty is anything like in GE1101E, because after all GE1101E was pretty touch-and-go for the Physical component, which definitely wont be the case for GE2220.


pufferfish

07-23-2012, 10:32 AM

I hope this is the right thread to post my questions:p I'm thinking of taking either EL1101E or PH1102E to fulfill the humanities basket. Any seniors have taken the above mods under Dr Kim Chonghyuck and Assist Prof M.W. Pelczar? Care to share how your personal experience was like!! :)

Oh and does anybody know of mods that are only offered in 1 sem every year?

TIA for any responses <3


Hi guys,

wondering if there are any seniors here who can advice me on this. i'm a freshie, i've heard so many things from so many people, those currently studying in nus and those who're fresh as well.

1) for the FASS student, usually for Y1S1, what should the combination of of modules taken be? should we take all purely FASS modules (including intended majors) first, or should it be mixed with GEM (SS, Breadth and UE modules)?

2) i understand that we have to take a minimum of 3 FASS modules in which each comes from the 3 FASS dept (humans, ss and lang). But let's say i'm trying to decide among Sociology, Political Science (Soc Sc), History (Humans) and English (Language) for my major, can I just take all 4 exposure modules right although Pol Sc and Socio overlap as its from the same dept? Let's say eventually I decide to major in Pol Sc, what happens to the overlapping module of Soci? Will it be taken as one of the non-major modules?

Sorry if i sound unclear, but i'm trying me best to be clear. The system's quite confusing to a freshie. Thanks in advance to anyone who can help :)


tetra_pakk

07-24-2012, 12:51 PM

Hi guys,

wondering if there are any seniors here who can advice me on this. i'm a freshie, i've heard so many things from so many people, those currently studying in nus and those who're fresh as well.

1) for the FASS student, usually for Y1S1, what should the combination of of modules taken be? should we take all purely FASS modules (including intended majors) first, or should it be mixed with GEM (SS, Breadth and UE modules)?

2) i understand that we have to take a minimum of 3 FASS modules in which each comes from the 3 FASS dept (humans, ss and lang). But let's say i'm trying to decide among Sociology, Political Science (Soc Sc), History (Humans) and English (Language) for my major, can I just take all 4 exposure modules right although Pol Sc and Socio overlap as its from the same dept? Let's say eventually I decide to major in Pol Sc, what happens to the overlapping module of Soci? Will it be taken as one of the non-major modules?

Sorry if i sound unclear, but i'm trying me best to be clear. The system's quite confusing to a freshie. Thanks in advance to anyone who can help :)

1. Depends on individual preference.
2. You have to take one other module from the department of which your major belongs to. So if you choose to major in either SC or PS, then the other one would be the other module from that department. If you choose HY or EN, the other one would be your other Humans module.

FYI, there is no such thing as a Language department. It's SS, Humans, and Asian Studies. http://www.fas.nus.edu.sg/prospective/choices.html, click on the "3 divisions" bubble at the bottom.


1. Depends on individual preference.
2. You have to take one other module from the department of which your major belongs to. So if you choose to major in either SC or PS, then the other one would be the other module from that department. If you choose HY or EN, the other one would be your other Humans module.

FYI, there is no such thing as a Language department. It's SS, Humans, and Asian Studies. http://www.fas.nus.edu.sg/prospective/choices.html, click on the "3 divisions" bubble at the bottom.

Thanks for the reply. Sorry for the confusion and hope you do pardon me, was really trying hard to remember what the third department was and I didn't have the paper with the modular guide fass 2012 batch with me at the time of post. Thanks


violet28

07-25-2012, 10:48 AM

I hope this is the right thread to post my questions:p I'm thinking of taking either EL1101E or PH1102E to fulfill the humanities basket. Any seniors have taken the above mods under Dr Kim Chonghyuck and Assist Prof M.W. Pelczar? Care to share how your personal experience was like!! :)

Oh and does anybody know of mods that are only offered in 1 sem every year?

TIA for any responses <3

Hi,

To know what is offered in Sem 1 you can view them here. https://aces01.nus.edu.sg/cors/jsp/report/ModuleInfoListing.jsp?fac_c=31

However, modules offered in 1 sem are quite unpredictable as the departments may change the modules depending on the availability of lecturers. From my experience, the lower level modules in FASS seem to be offered in both sems. The higher level modules are often taught in one sem only unless they are core modules.

Hope this helps. :)

Btw, I did not take EL1101E or PH1102E hence I can't offer you much.


violet28

07-25-2012, 10:53 AM

Hi guys,

wondering if there are any seniors here who can advice me on this. i'm a freshie, i've heard so many things from so many people, those currently studying in nus and those who're fresh as well.

1) for the FASS student, usually for Y1S1, what should the combination of of modules taken be? should we take all purely FASS modules (including intended majors) first, or should it be mixed with GEM (SS, Breadth and UE modules)?

2) i understand that we have to take a minimum of 3 FASS modules in which each comes from the 3 FASS dept (humans, ss and lang). But let's say i'm trying to decide among Sociology, Political Science (Soc Sc), History (Humans) and English (Language) for my major, can I just take all 4 exposure modules right although Pol Sc and Socio overlap as its from the same dept? Let's say eventually I decide to major in Pol Sc, what happens to the overlapping module of Soci? Will it be taken as one of the non-major modules?

Sorry if i sound unclear, but i'm trying me best to be clear. The system's quite confusing to a freshie. Thanks in advance to anyone who can help :)

1. I would suggest you take the exposure modules first and preferably they are choices which you intend to major in. This is because if you decide on your major early, you can secure your modules without bidding in the upcoming sems. As for GEM and SS, I would take in my later sems if I were you. :)


nixeij

07-25-2012, 11:24 PM

Hi, anyone taken GEK 2040: Philosophy and Film before? How is the exam format like (highly doubt it's MCQ, lol) and are there any projects, etc.? Couldn't find any info online!

Thank you!


lucida

07-26-2012, 01:00 PM

hello seniors,

I would like clarify whether if the 'Class Code' of the Lecture determines how many lecture I would need to attend per week

for example this module: GEK1520

https://aces01.nus.edu.sg/cors/jsp/report/ModuleDetailedInfo.jsp?acad_y=2012/2013&sem_c=1&mod_c=GEK1520&modcat=GEM

Under lecture it states that:

SL1 LECTURE EVERY WEEK TUESDAY 1400 1600 LT27
SL1 LECTURE EVERY WEEK FRIDAY 1400 1600 LT27

Does it mean that I would need to attend both lectures (for Tuesday and Friday)? since both 'Class Codes' are similar. Or choose either


violet28

07-26-2012, 06:41 PM

hello seniors,

I would like clarify whether if the 'Class Code' of the Lecture determines how many lecture I would need to attend per week

for example this module: GEK1520

https://aces01.nus.edu.sg/cors/jsp/report/ModuleDetailedInfo.jsp?acad_y=2012/2013&sem_c=1&mod_c=GEK1520&modcat=GEM

Under lecture it states that:

SL1 LECTURE EVERY WEEK TUESDAY 1400 1600 LT27
SL1 LECTURE EVERY WEEK FRIDAY 1400 1600 LT27

Does it mean that I would need to attend both lectures (for Tuesday and Friday)? since both 'Class Codes' are similar. Or choose either

Hi,

Yup you have to attend both. This means that this module has two lectures every week. For modules with only 1 lecture, they will state SL1 and SL2 and let you choose during the bidding period. :)


lucida

07-26-2012, 07:36 PM

Hi,

Yup you have to attend both. This means that this module has two lectures every week. For modules with only 1 lecture, they will state SL1 and SL2 and let you choose during the bidding period. :)


oh ok thanks


Kaleb

07-26-2012, 10:52 PM

Hi, anyone taken GEK 2040: Philosophy and Film before? How is the exam format like (highly doubt it's MCQ, lol) and are there any projects, etc.? Couldn't find any info online!

Thank you!

Ok, a bit of a disclaimer here: I haven't taken the module, but I know people who have because this has been discussed a bit among some of them. So you may want to note I'm just reporting. I have taken a different module under the prof before, so I can confirm that some of these are correct.

Assessment is has some short writing assignments (nothing out of the ordinary, though I advise you really pay attention to what the prof tells you he wants to see in an essay. Especially if your most recent essay experience was GP/KI, you probably won't be used to what he wants.) There's a percentage of class participation in the form of comments/posts on a class blog that the professor will set up. You don't have to write something philosophically profound or earth-shatteringly brilliant, just comment and generally value-add somehow. There's no time limit--the blog comments thing will close some time before/after the exams, but before that, you can post as many times or as late as you want, he'll still give you credit for it. For my module, you had to make a minimum of five comments. That's pretty generous IMO.

He has a focus on SF films, so just be prepared, in case you're not too happy with that genre. And I've been a bit circumspect about the percentages for his assessment because you can locate it here (http://blog.nus.edu.sg/philofilm/2012/07/08/syllabus-for-the-first-half-of-the-semester/), you don't need me copy and pasting that. That link is basically to the class blog, most pertinent details are already up there.

If you're asking about the prof--I'll say he's a pretty interesting lecturer, though he has a tendency to derail discussions a little at lv2000s, but I'm told that for this mod, it's a bit more focused so I'm not too sure about that. He is very approachable and he normally makes things quite clear in consultations though, so I reckon you're pretty much covered from that angle. I'm told you might want to beware the workload because you have to both do the readings and watch the movies. And that can be pretty heavy.

In any case, hope you enjoy the mod if you do take it!

I hope this is the right thread to post my questions:p I'm thinking of taking either EL1101E or PH1102E to fulfill the humanities basket. Any seniors have taken the above mods under Dr Kim Chonghyuck and Assist Prof M.W. Pelczar? Care to share how your personal experience was like!! :)

Oh and does anybody know of mods that are only offered in 1 sem every year?

TIA for any responses <3

I took PH1102E in AY10/11, Sem 2 and did pretty well in it. Personal experience-wise: ok, first thing to take note is that Prof Pelczar didn't conduct all the tutorials for my sem. He might've, I'm not sure, but in Sem 1, there are definitely a bunch of other tutors too. So I'm not really going to talk about his tutorials.

With regard to Prof Pelczar as a lecturer, what I really liked was the way he explains things, IMO. As far as profs are willing to take questions, I don't see anything different, he certainly doesn't shoot you for asking about stuff. But he does take some really weird/tricky philosophical arguments and explain them in as basic a way as possible. He also tries to present things in an interesting way, his examples are clear and pretty simple, and he does love to use pictures. Philosophical debates are rendered in a way that's easy to follow, and broken down so you can get 'em. If I recall correctly, we got to watch a bit from a movie at one point. Lectures...are not boring, but they're webcast so...take that as you will.

Assessment-wise: you have to write a summary each week. That was pretty ok for me. The readings may sometimes be philosophical but more often than not, they are just related stuff like a newspaper article or something that you've got to summarise. The ones that are written by philosophers aren't technical so treat it like a GP summary. The final exam is just MCQ (don't know if that's still the case), and if you've paid attention during the whole course, it is very, very manageable. You have some percentage of your assessment going to tutorial participation, but that just really amounts to showing up. Tutorials are pretty much what you'd expect from a FASS tutorial. There's less content to revise, so it's more of a free and open discussion around what's going on. The prof tends to steer things if the group goes off-course or if he wants to lead you towards something interesting to consider.

You thinking of taking PH1102E?


pufferfish

07-27-2012, 02:12 PM

Violet28: I was told to begin on modular planning at least for my 1st yr and it can be really overwhelming so thank YOU, you definitely helped!

Kaleb: Hey truckloads of thanks for taking the time to share your experience! Appreciate it C:

I actually met Prof Pelczar at the philo booth during FASS OH and yes he very casually mentioned that finals will be in MCQ (yayes!) :rolleyes: and I went back did my uhhh homework? and borrowed some intro to philo bks like HAHA what is it like to be bat. So Philo's definitely on my radar. It's daunting though because i've got mixed reviews from seniors, it seems like you either love philo or hate it and i hardly know of much friends who's intd in philo as well.

So it's either Philo or Eng for me (since i'm somewhat interested in linguistic too). Hopefully the freshie talks this tues will help me make up my mind :(


Kaleb

07-27-2012, 06:04 PM

Violet28: I was told to begin on modular planning at least for my 1st yr and it can be really overwhelming so thank YOU, you definitely helped!

Kaleb: Hey truckloads of thanks for taking the time to share your experience! Appreciate it C:

I actually met Prof Pelczar at the philo booth during FASS OH and yes he very casually mentioned that finals will be in MCQ (yayes!) :rolleyes: and I went back did my uhhh homework? and borrowed some intro to philo bks like HAHA what is it like to be bat. So Philo's definitely on my radar. It's daunting though because i've got mixed reviews from seniors, it seems like you either love philo or hate it and i hardly know of much friends who's intd in philo as well.

So it's either Philo or Eng for me (since i'm somewhat interested in linguistic too). Hopefully the freshie talks this tues will help me make up my mind :(

Personally, if you don't mind me butting in, I'm a bit on the extreme side in that I find it helps to plan your GEMs and Breadth and UE stuff entirely. You don't have to worry so much about the modules in your major, but I find that if you want to squeeze in a minor, it's far better to know early than to find out you don't have room for one.

I'll admit the love or hate thing is pretty true about philo. As far as I'm concerned though, I think the intro mod is the sort of mod where you don't have to like philo to be able to do well, if that helps. Most of the skills are pretty basic and just require you to have decent memory-work. I hope you do have info about the linguistics mod though--can't help there, never took it.

Was just curious if you're taking it, because I got to retake PH1102E. :P


lucida

07-27-2012, 06:45 PM

sorry for the rude interference, Kaleb. But what do you mean by "retaking PH1102e" meaning you took PH1101e before the syllabus got changed?

I am definitely taking ph1102e :p

just wondering, what are the philosophers covered ? or what are the topics covered ? eg, dualism; ethics


Kaleb

07-27-2012, 07:14 PM

sorry for the rude interference, Kaleb. But what do you mean by "retaking PH1102e" meaning you took PH1101e before the syllabus got changed?

I am definitely taking ph1102e :p

just wondering, what are the philosophers covered ? or what are the topics covered ? eg, dualism; ethics

Don't worry about it. I took PH1102E. However, due to some administrative issues with NUS (which I don't really want to go into, long story), I basically have to take the module again.

You're taking PH1102E? Are you thinking of majoring, or...?

Syllabus-wise: we don't really quite do it by philosophers but by topics. If you're looking at names, people that will pop up range from David Chalmers, Nick Bostrom, Thomas Nagel, Hume, Sartre, Galen Strawson, Nietzsche (brief reference, don't get excited!), John Searle...etcetera. For my batch, what we covered were (I'm going to give a quick run-down here)--value theory, free will, personal identity, one lecture on epistemology, ethics (the equivalence thesis), the problem of evil-- I recall a great emphasis on what would be philo of mind, given that we dealt with both phenomenological aspects as well as psychological aspects. Yes, dualism and physicalism will appear under that category. The simulation argument would probably be closer to epistemology, and there's a bit of the basic distinction between metaphysics and epistemology in that same lecture.

Hope this helps.


palefirex

07-27-2012, 08:15 PM

Hi! Is it advised to take language modules in semester 1? I'm thinking of Malay 1 but I've received feedback that language modules are pretty hard to score :confused:


pufferfish

07-28-2012, 12:23 PM

Kaleb: haha how is it 'butting in'? thanks for the heads-up! yea i'm with you on having a long-term plan and honestly i find it so exciting HAHAHA :p but the thing is i haven't really decide what are the expo mods im gna take so i guess that will have to wait?

HEHE hope you don't mind me kpo - but are you a year 2 student...do you have a minor in mind alr? oo and have you declared your major yet? HAHA from what you shared with lucida, no worries i think you A++++ is in the bag already eh ehh? ;)


Kaleb

07-28-2012, 07:05 PM

Kaleb: haha how is it 'butting in'? thanks for the heads-up! yea i'm with you on having a long-term plan and honestly i find it so exciting HAHAHA :p but the thing is i haven't really decide what are the expo mods im gna take so i guess that will have to wait?

HEHE hope you don't mind me kpo - but are you a year 2 student...do you have a minor in mind alr? oo and have you declared your major yet? HAHA from what you shared with lucida, no worries i think you A++++ is in the bag already eh ehh? ;)

Oh, as in, it was a bit of unsolicited advice, but I admit the importance of this sort of planning was something I wish I'd known before I'd randomly filled up my UEs with some modules I didn't really want (so I had some difficulty doing the minor I wanted.) I'm still a bit undecided about the expos, because of mixed reviews on EU1101E.

I'm a year 1 due to some admin issues. I'm trying to declare a minor in Science, Technology and Society (STS) and planning to major in philosophy (might have been a tad obvious about it.) You've any plans?

Thanks, and well, we'll see about it. No sense counting before the mod begins.


pufferfish

07-29-2012, 07:38 PM

Kaleb: It must be quite frustrating hurr. So you'll be bidding at round 1c as a freshie then? I'm pretty certain i'll be majoring in psych. Maybe you can head down to the freshie talks this tues, i'm banking on that to help me decide which other expo mods to settle on :p

Oh, as in, it was a bit of unsolicited advice, but I admit the importance of this sort of planning was something I wish I'd known before I'd randomly filled up my UEs with some modules I didn't really want (so I had some difficulty doing the minor I wanted.) I'm still a bit undecided about the expos, because of mixed reviews on EU1101E.

I'm a year 1 due to some admin issues. I'm trying to declare a minor in Science, Technology and Society (STS) and planning to major in philosophy (might have been a tad obvious about it.) You've any plans?

Thanks, and well, we'll see about it. No sense counting before the mod begins.


akitmitsu

07-29-2012, 10:21 PM

Hi! The Geographer (yours truly / myself) says that GE1101E is quite fun & insightful but the workload can be a bit intense because of the number of readings - consistently 2 readings per week, and the readings can get thick. Again, depends on professors - mine in Year 1 Semester 1 last year was Prof T C Chang (he's good!!!) & Prof David Higgit, they split the Human & Physical Geography components among themselves.

In terms of content, the Human component covers Geographical Imaginations, Globalization (Economic, Social & Cultural) & Sense of Place; the Physical component covers Climate, Climate Change, Water, Land Use & Earth Surface Processes. Based on this coverage you can see that there's a lot to cover... so many things can be quite touch-and-go, especially for Physical Geography. Background in A-level Geography helps but is not essential in Physical Geography.

The examination format is 4 essays in 2 hours, i.e. 30 minutes per essay, which is insane because you have so much to write but not enough time. This is too early but tip: do not focus only on Human Geography, spread out your efforts & time across both Physical & Human Geography despite your temptation to focus solely on Human Geography.

There is a fieldtrip for GE1101E, which you should go for an eye-opening experience plus for Prof Chang's very good tour of the Singapore River!

GE2220, meanwhile, I have yet to take it, but I doubt its coverage or difficulty is anything like in GE1101E, because after all GE1101E was pretty touch-and-go for the Physical component, which definitely wont be the case for GE2220.

Thanks wooweiseng for the info! :)

Unfortunately, my core modules this sem will clash with GE1101E's lecture, so I can't take it for now. Any idea if taking Level 2000 GE modules (e.g. Terrestrial & Coastal Environments) now (1st semester as an undergrad) will be too tough to handle? I did not take Geography in A Levels, so my highest level of geog knowledge is that from 'O' Levels (I may have did well, but its so long ago so I hardly have any recollection of it-apart from liking the subject ;) ).

What should I expect/what is expected from me in a Level 2000 module?


Do I have to read up a lot of journals/articles?


How is it different from O Level Geog (i.e. expectations and mode of assessment)? Is it more essays (if so, what kind and what is expected from us students) or?


Is there a lot of interaction between the students & professors/group discussion and projects? (cos from what i see in my year 1/2 science modules, there's hardly any of those.. quite unexpected haha)


Lastly, would I be the only few Year 1 students in such modules? :p




Sorry for the many questions again (I'm very paranoid :o ). I look forward to your/other seniors' replies.


woonweiseng

07-30-2012, 01:08 AM

Hello!

Taking level 2000 GE modules without GE1101E is not exactly recommended because:

1. GE1101E gives you a good overview of how Geography is like / is taught and how to think / write geographically. You may be disadvantaged without GE1101E.

2. You will be competing with Year 2s, 3s and even 4s who are Geography majors. This puts you at an even more disadvantage especially when considering that you have not done GE1101E. The competition from them would be very tough.

It's not as if if you dont take GE1101E you will definitely die in level 2000 GE modules, because I have friends who did level 2000 GE modules in their first semester, but that was concurrently with GE1101E. And I'm not making sweeping statements or trying to ascertain a causal relationship but they tend not to have done as well for the level 2000 GE modules.

Having only O-level Geography is again disadvantageous but not difficult to overcome - there are people who only have that background and did okay. Why this is so is because University level geography is different from A-level geography, so A-level geography background often serves more as a bonus (makes your life easier in understanding certain concepts) rather than as a necessary foundation for you to build upon your higher-level knowledge.

In level 2000 Geography modules (or all Geography modules for that matter), expect lots of reading (journal articles mostly, but textbooks sometimes) and writing (of essays, except for certain lab / practical-based modules but even then you need to write lab reports). Expect at least 2 recommended (i.e. compulsory) readings each lecture for each level 2000 Geography module. Expect to open your mouth for discussion during tutorials, often with expectations of your having done your readings. All these sound tough, but after one semester in NUS you realize it's the least you can do for each module, even at Level 1000.

Essays to be submitted are expected to be argumentative - i.e. you must make a stand or an argument in your essay. You can do lots of research and plonk them in (be wary of plagiarism), but if you do not have an argument it is but a factual piece of writing and you get marked down badly for that. You need to think geographically in your essays to - which is why I recommend doing GE1101E first. Like, linkages of concepts to space, place, scales, flows and politics.

I hope this helps! PM me if you need more information!

Thanks wooweiseng for the info! :)

Unfortunately, my core modules this sem will clash with GE1101E's lecture, so I can't take it for now. Any idea if taking Level 2000 GE modules (e.g. Terrestrial & Coastal Environments) now (1st semester as an undergrad) will be too tough to handle? I did not take Geography in A Levels, so my highest level of geog knowledge is that from 'O' Levels (I may have did well, but its so long ago so I hardly have any recollection of it-apart from liking the subject ;) ).

What should I expect/what is expected from me in a Level 2000 module?


Do I have to read up a lot of journals/articles?


How is it different from O Level Geog (i.e. expectations and mode of assessment)? Is it more essays (if so, what kind and what is expected from us students) or?


Is there a lot of interaction between the students & professors/group discussion and projects? (cos from what i see in my year 1/2 science modules, there's hardly any of those.. quite unexpected haha)


Lastly, would I be the only few Year 1 students in such modules? :p




Sorry for the many questions again (I'm very paranoid :o ). I look forward to your/other seniors' replies.


Kaleb

07-30-2012, 01:33 AM

pufferfish: Well, it could be worse, I guess. At least I can avoid making the mistakes I did previously. Yes, I'll be bidding in round 1C, though I already placed advanced bids while I could. There's freshie talks on Tues? Thanks for the info, I'll have to see if I'm permitted to drop by...


pufferfish

07-30-2012, 10:09 AM

Kaleb: You're welcome C: Hey seriously you can just crash. I mean c'mon it's not like they will check your matric card or sth. The department talks only begin at 2pm for tues and 10.20am for weds. Go check out the FASS homepage for the timetable. P.S 3.20-3.40 on wed - ICE CREAM BREAK :p


teddybear

07-30-2012, 11:19 AM

sorry i need to ask

I'm thinking of double majoring psychology and southeast asia (2nd) weird combination, I know :/ Is there anyway I can minimise the overloading since I think both majors are very content heavy. Like is it possible to take modules over the holidays? I heard Southeast asia have some summer school programme where u can take like 3 modules during the hols.

oh yes, and take double major means must plan all your mods super early? when should you start overloading?

And if let say, u decide not to double major in the end, can you just drop it?

please help this blur freshie! :S thanks in advance!


aprilanatomy123

07-30-2012, 12:57 PM

Hi all.

Freshie here! I am totally clueless about everything. So I need some advice please.

Econs EC101E
Sociology SC1101E
Psychology PL1101E
South Asia Studies SN1101E
Japanese Language LAJ1201

These are the modules I am intending to take for sem 1. Please advise whether the workload is too heavy or not. I don't want to sucide so quickly.


Pentoshi

07-30-2012, 01:41 PM

Hi guys , I was just wondering how's the workload with the following modules
, cause i might be taking them all

TS1101E , NM1101E , EU1101E,EN1101E and GEK1045


Many Thanks!


akitmitsu

07-30-2012, 03:23 PM

Taking level 2000 GE modules without GE1101E is not exactly recommended because:

1. GE1101E gives you a good overview of how Geography is like / is taught and how to think / write geographically. You may be disadvantaged without GE1101E.

2. You will be competing with Year 2s, 3s and even 4s who are Geography majors. This puts you at an even more disadvantage especially when considering that you have not done GE1101E. The competition from them would be very tough.

In level 2000 Geography modules (or all Geography modules for that matter), expect lots of reading (journal articles mostly, but textbooks sometimes) and writing (of essays, except for certain lab / practical-based modules but even then you need to write lab reports). Expect at least 2 recommended (i.e. compulsory) readings each lecture for each level 2000 Geography module. Expect to open your mouth for discussion during tutorials, often with expectations of your having done your readings. All these sound tough, but after one semester in NUS you realize it's the least you can do for each module, even at Level 1000.

Essays to be submitted are expected to be argumentative - i.e. you must make a stand or an argument in your essay. You can do lots of research and plonk them in (be wary of plagiarism), but if you do not have an argument it is but a factual piece of writing and you get marked down badly for that. You need to think geographically in your essays to - which is why I recommend doing GE1101E first. Like, linkages of concepts to space, place, scales, flows and politics.

I hope this helps! PM me if you need more information!

Whoa thanks a lot woonweiseng! I nearly sent myself a death wish by trying to take up Level 2000 GE modules! I had a feeling that doing so may be a bad idea, so your advice definitely cleared my doubts. :) I guess I just have to hope my next sem's core modules won't clash with GE1101E again.. I want to take GE modules asap (of course, w/o killing my CAP too much at the same time :D ).

Btw, do you happen to have any suggestions on relatively manageable modules to take in sem 1? I'm starting to get stuck in timetable planning because many modules that i'm interested in are clashing with my core modules *frustrated*. I'm more inclined towards environmental stuff, but I'm prepared to do less-interesting modules. No philosophy,history or engineering though. :p


Jamaicatan

07-30-2012, 05:36 PM

Hi everyone!
I'm a FASS freshmen matriculating in Aug this year.
However, I'm really confused with some of the terms used.

1. What is Unrestricted electives?
2. Is unrestricted electives similar to GEMs or Breadth?
3. Must I fulfill the University requirements in the first year or can spread it across the 3 to 4 years of my studies?
4. Apart from the modules that I have to take to fulfill my preferred major requirements, what other necessary modules do I have to take (i.e. other exposure modules, etc.)

I would really really appreciate if someone can help clear my doubts! Thnks! :)


knowyourrightsxx

07-30-2012, 07:17 PM

Hi everyone!
I'm a FASS freshmen matriculating in Aug this year.
However, I'm really confused with some of the terms used.

1. What is Unrestricted electives?
2. Is unrestricted electives similar to GEMs or Breadth?
3. Must I fulfill the University requirements in the first year or can spread it across the 3 to 4 years of my studies?
4. Apart from the modules that I have to take to fulfill my preferred major requirements, what other necessary modules do I have to take (i.e. other exposure modules, etc.)

I would really really appreciate if someone can help clear my doubts! Thnks! :)

hi jamaicatan before i provide some humble information i know, i would assume, for the benefit of doubt, that you have done your fair share of research and reading up before posting these questions.

as much as i doubt so, here you go:
1. unrestricted electives, as the term suggests is unrestricted...i.e. you can take a finance module (offered by school of biz) or even languages, anything offered by NUS outside of FASS
2. similar but different, they are independent of each other, though very often may overlap (via module codes/cross listing) and are all required in totality in order to fulfil your uni level requirements(ULR)
3. over your course of studies
4. this was mentioned in the last few pages only i believe, you have to take 3 other exposure modules on top of your major from the respective baskets(humans, social science, asian studies) i.e. 4 exposure in total including your major's

you are certainly more than 'confused with the terms used'