The General Education curriculum is currently being reviewed for students who will be admitted in AY2015/16 onwards. Full details will be available in due course. Students admitted in AY2015/16 onwards are expected to complete 20 MCs. Students will be required to read one General Education Module (GEM) from each of the five pillars to satisfy the University Level Requirements for General Education. Please refer to the GEM website at http://www.nus.edu.sg/registrar/gem for the details.
The information below is applicable to students admitted in and prior to AY2014/15 for the fulfilment of ULR.
University Level Requirements
These requirements aim to broaden a student's intellectual horizon, to develop critical and creative thinking skills for independent learning, and to promote spoken and written articulacy. University level requirements consist of General Education, Singapore Studies, and Breadth Modules.
General Education (GE) is concerned with the knowledge, abilities and mindset that characterise a well-educated individual. Implicit in GE at NUS is the idea that undergraduate education should go beyond its traditional focus on the understanding and application of knowledge; it should seek to empower learners to question and to critically evaluate what is presented to them as knowledge, and to engage in inquiry, discovering and constructing knowledge on their own. Accordingly, GE modules fall into two broad Subject Groups and two broad Focus Groups.
Group A – Science & Technology
Group B – Humanities & Social Sciences
The reason for the division into two subject groups is that it is valuable for students in one area of specialisation to be exposed to the knowledge and ways of thinking in the other area.
The GE website gives a list of GE modules offered in the current semester.
Singapore Studies aims to strengthen a student's understanding of the economy, geography, history, politics, and society of Singapore. The modules are designed to expose students to different perspectives on the critical issues confronting Singapore, and a deep appreciation of the conditions affecting decision-making in a Singapore operating within a regional and global context.
All students (except those from the Faculties of Dentistry and Law, and the School of Medicine) are required to read and pass one Singapore Studies module within the period of their candidature. Students from Dentistry, Law, and Medicine may still take a Singapore Studies module for enrichment purposes.
Students may not take Singapore Studies modules that are cross-listed with their major subjects to fulfill their Singapore Studies requirements. A set of FAQs has also been compiled with more details. Students may take Singapore Studies modules to satisfy breadth if the Singapore Studies requirement has already been satisfied and the module is outside the student's home faculty.
This requirement provides students with the opportunity to read modules outside their chosen area(s) of study, i.e., modules beyond their Faculty/School's offerings.