Psychology of Creativity
You may have wondered why it is that others seem to have dozens of ideas whilst you struggle to find even one. Or you may have had many of these ideas yourself, but have yet to see any through to completion. Just what is it that makes you creative? This subject explores the thinking behind the creative process and allows you to express your own creativity in a final project. For those who want to know just how far their imaginations can go, the sky’s the limit.
Music: Expressions & Applications
You don’t have to be a musician or singer to appreciate music… and you certainly don’t have to be formally trained in music to do this subject. All you’ll need is a passion for music, a curiosity for the basic elements of music and how it has developed through the ages, along with how it is used in today’s context, in different areas, to create moods and reinforce ideas.
You may have looked at a piece of art and wondered what it meant, or how the artist managed to create it. You may even think you can’t draw or paint even if your life depended on it. Well, you don’t have to be a great artist to do well in this subject – all you need to bring along with you is your curiosity and a willingness to express yourself visually, through various art forms.
So you think you can act? Acting in the theatre is very different from acting in a movie – there are no outtakes in a live performance, for example – and requires a rather different set of skills. With this subject, you will learn firsthand about performing in the theatre, along with a greater understanding of the origins of theatre and its purposes… and how these have evolved through the ages. Basic skills of the theatre performer, as well as Eastern and Western forms of theatre will be explored in this subject.
Cross-Cultural Psychology (for Diploma Plus programme only)
This subject gives you a better understanding of how different cultural settings influence the way people think, behave, value and perceive things. It will raise awareness and create sensitivity on how culture shapes and influences a variety of areas ranging from individual development to socialisation and work.
Introduction to Counselling Psychology (for Diploma Plus programme only)
This subject provides opportunities for you to explore the fundamentals of counselling as well as discuss the primary theoretical perspectives and contemporary issues that influence the counselling profession. You will be equipped with helping skills that you can apply by helping people around you.
Critical Reasoning Skills
Ever had a disagreement but found it difficult to explain why you didn’t agree with someone? Can you tell the difference between a fact and an opinion? Between assumptions and knowledge? This subject gives you perspectives on thinking and how our thoughts form concepts that help us better understand the world. From exploring the thinking and reasons behind values, superstitions and personal beliefs to understanding what makes an argument work, you will gain a better appreciation of the reasoning behind arguments, and learn to persuade others using valid and sound reasoning.
Cinema: Reflections & Interpretations
Don’t rely on the opinions of movie critics anymore; develop your own. Learn to take a more in depth look at cinema and develop your critical thinking skills by applying them to films. The subject will take a look at a brief history of the cinema, as well as some of the more significant genres and styles in film-making. The range of films discussed and analysed will allow you to broaden your appreciation of history, society and culture beyond the usual Hollywood blockbusters, and develop your reflection, self-expression and writing skills.
Places & Spaces
Have you ever wondered what the word “home” really means? Why do you feel “connected” to certain places? What are the individual and collective impacts of familiar and significant spaces in your life? This subject will explore the different connections that you make with places and spaces in and around Singapore, help you develop ways to view places and spaces in a novel way and to have an informed consideration about the spaces you occupy.
Building Age-Friendly Communities
This subject will introduce students to the topic of ageing and the use of appropriate tools for uncovering challenges or problems that are related to ageing and well-being in the community. This subject will also examine the concept of ageing in place and the significance of accessibility in the built environment. This involves investigating age-related social and lifestyle issues within the community using empathic simulation tools and user centric approaches, as well as applying the age-related knowledge to produce concepts for an age-friendly environment/product/service.
Entrepreneurship Project: Interdisciplinary Approach
This subject engages you from different disciplines in a project that has entrepreneurship perspectives and objectives. In working through the project, you will develop entrepreneurship process skills, and ultimately create a potential/proposed business entity.
Innovation Principles & Practice
The subject equips you with the process skills for purposeful, systematic innovation through a comprehensive approach so as to prepare you for the fast-paced changing entrepreneurial environment. Starting with the aim to improve a product design, you will be brought through the process of user observations/interviews, brainstorming, product refinement/redesign and gathering feedback for validation of your designs and future enhancements. Throughout the process, you will be required to develop process maps, document and capture your learning and develop a framework for innovation based on what you have gone through.
Basics of e-Entrepreneurship
This subject engages students from different disciplines who have an interest to be the next generation of e-entrepreneurs. In working through the project, students will learn the necessary skills and develop an entrepreneurial experience by setting up an internet business. The e-testing process allows a student to understand the importance of conducting market testing of the products or services offered before bringing them to the market, thus minimising the risk of a business failure.
The subject involves understanding of various enterprise start-ups in a social environment in contrast with an all-for-profit business ventures. It comprises knowledge of social enterprise works, necessary skills of starting up a business, mobilising available resources, identifying market opportunity and assessing market potentials of a business in a social context. This subject would encourage enterprising students to create a social impact for societies and to fulfil their future learning needs in a business start-up. Students will also study opportunities and challenges in working and communicating with beneficiaries of social communities.
Do you fancy becoming the next J K Rowling? Do you have stories swirling about in your head? Does your imagination take fanciful flight when you see something or someone interesting? If so, Creative Writing may be the CDS for you! In this subject, you will explore different creative techniques in the writing process that will help you express your imagination beyond just plain writing. Different forms of writing, from poetry to short stories, will be explored and their respective characteristics laid bare for you to better understand the creative writing process.
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
So you think you can present? You may have all the theories and techniques relating to making presentations, but public speaking is truly a different kettle of fish. You will learn to deal with your fears and doubts, and to plan your speech according to your purpose and your audience, so that you will be able to deliver a coherent and insightful speech for any occasion… and at the drop of a hat!
Introduction to English Phonetics
You may have been learning English since you were in kindergarten, but a lot of how you speak really depends on how you’ve heard others pronounce, or on speech habits you may have developed over time. Sometimes, you’ve found that you have been misunderstood, and that bothers you because you aspire to distinguish/produce sounds accurately enough so there’s no confusion e.g. over the words “thyme” and “time”. Leave your accents at the door, please.
Introduction to Psychology
This subject introduces you to the five major areas of psychology: cognitive (learning and memory), developmental (intelligence and personality), physiological (motivations, emotions and stress), social (conformity, authority, friends and groups) and abnormal (disorders and treatment). By the end of this subject, you should be able to understand yourself and others better.
Introduction to Sociology
This subject introduces basic sociological perspectives in human behaviour. You will have the opportunity to examine current social issues, and develop an analytical mind. Topics include deviance and crime, mass media, culture, social interaction, ethnic relations, globalisation, cyber-culture and gender issues.