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Frequently asked questions

1. What is this module about?
This is a General Education/Singapore Studies Module that examines how
Singapore has been represented in the literary arts (Prose Fiction), the
performing arts (Drama/Theatre) and the visual arts (Film). This module also
explores how (these) representations are constructed, how they operate, how
they can be received and their impact. This module hopes to connect a kind
of verbal and visual literacy to the larger Singapore environment and context
– how we represent/see Singapore and how the world represents/see
2. Really? Tell me more?
The module is divided in three components
The first component provides some ideas, context and examples of how
representations are constructed, how they operate, how they can be received
and their impact. This component will also relate representation to Singapore
and the issues revolving representing Singapore. Also, this component will
give some tools on how to read these representations in the literary,
performing and visual arts.
The second component takes you through the texts in the literary, performing
and visual arts. This component will investigate how the literary, performing
and visual arts have sought to represent Singapore. It will also study the
effects of these representations and their relationships with Singapore
histories and realities
The third component will ask the student to embark on a group project.
Students can either embark on a conventional research project (selecting
their focus from a range of topics that will be provided) or a creative project
(in either the literary, performing or visual arts that will comprise a creative
outcome and an accompanying exegesis).
3. Exegesis? What’s that?
An exegesis is a critical explanation or interpretation of the creative
processes/outcomes of the creative project. This module asks students to
constantly reflect on what they do, especially when creating something
aesthetic – and relate this to what they have learnt and experienced in the
4. I have no background in literature, or theatre or film? In fact, I’m
not very artsy at all. Can I still take this module?
Of course you can. This module merely requires basic literacy, curiosity and
a adventurous sense of enquiry. The module will equip you with basic tools to
understand and decode representations and relate them to Singapore. Like
all SS/GE modules, this is not discipline-specific or discipline-dependent.
5. The IVLE says the module will be conducted through lectures and
workshops? I know what lectures are – how are workshop different

the methodology. You will be given a series of topics for both the conventional research project and the creative project by week #5. Why aren’t the topics available now? This module wants to students to engage with the immediate environment . This is why the class participation component stands at 20% of the overall aggregate. If your group opts for a conventional research project. 7. During this test. This group project will comprise 40% of the final aggregate. the process of the research and of course. A lot of the thinking and talking through is done in the workshops. the workshops are based on peer-to-peer learning with the tutor acting as facilitator and sounding board for the discussions. If your group opts for a creative project. So what are these topics? I have never done a creative project before? How will I know what to do? The topics will be accompanied by detailed instructions of what to include. how about the rest of the assessment You will be required to sit for a compulsory mid-term test on week #7. you will need to hand in a 1000-1500 exegeies together with your creative outcome (either in print. outcomes and conclusions. The test comprises 20% of the overall aggregate You will hand in a term paper on week 10. you must sit for the test on the 28 Feb 2017 or forfeit the marks. Okay – since you brought up the 20% on class participation. you will be asked to respond to a unseen passage. You should come to a decision latest by workshop by week #9. 8. The term paper should be between 1000-1500 words. reflections and exchanging different ideas and different perspective. what is expected and how to deliver the project.from tutorials? The idea of a workshop includes intensive discussions and group activity – this means they are highly interactive. 6. In technical terms. And the group project? You will be broken into affinity groups by week #5 where you can start thinking about whether you want to do a conventional research project or a creative project. every member of the group will get the same one grade. [1 March 2017] at 8am during the lecture. 9.This term paper will also comprise 20% of your final aggregate. You will have a selection of texts to choose from. Unless otherwise requested. unless there is an emergency. it will involve a 20003000 word report outlining the objectives of the research. The lectures will communicate the knowledge and the critical content – the workshops will be focused on application. task-led and participant-driven. The date for the test is non-negotiable. the findings. The test will be 1 hour 20 minutes long. performance or video). The term paper will be based on a question (to be released) and you will be required to examine either a theatre text or a film text. The final submission will be at the end of the reading week. You will be responding to a few questions so it is not a full fledge essay question per se. Each group will deliver a preliminary or progress report in week #13 during the final workshop to the class to solicit comments and feedback.

This is all part of relating knowledge to context – and developing thinking and critical skills.available for purchase and loan from NUS library and NLB libraries 1 feature film: 7 Letters comprising 'Cinema' by Eric Khoo 'The Girl' by Jack Neo 'The Flame' by K Rajagopal '4:30' by Royston Tan 'Pineapple Town' by Tan Pin Pin 'Parting' by Boo Jun Feng 'Grandma Positioning System' by Kelvin Tong [due to the restricted availability of the DVD print of this film.available for download in the workbin under selected texts Model Citizens by Haresh Sharma . it wants to encourage students to go outside of the classroom and participate in culture-making. It is important to keep up with the relevant readings and activities to gain the most of this GES module.available for purchase and loan from NUS library and NLB libraries 2 plays The Coffin is Too Big For the Hole by Kuo Pao Kun . Singapore) and while the module values student contribution in the classroom.e. Anything else I need to know You are encouraged to attend all the lectures and workshops. 10. especially the workshops. the topics will be time and history sensitive and will be curated in tandem with what is happening. The topics will be selected based on current events and circumstances so that they may have relevance. Syllabus Top2 Short Stories: Miss Pereira by Catherine Lim (From Little Ironies: Stories from Singapore) . Because of this.available for download in the workbin under selected texts 1 novel The Teenage Textbook by Adrian Tan . But most importantly.(i.. this module wants you to enjoy the learning process – it will try its best to be engaging and rewarding. it will be screened during lecture on week 9] .available for download in the workbin under selected texts Cold Comfort by Alfian Saat (From Malay Sketches) .