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School of Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS) is the newest School to be established at TP, adding a new dimension to the wide spectrum of courses offered.  HSS adopts a multidisciplinary approach and aims to offer courses in humanities and social sciences with a focus on people-oriented specialisations. The school promotes a broad-based and holistic curriculum that will prepare students to meet the needs and face the challenges of a rapidly-changing world.  

HSS graduates will acquire market-relevant knowledge and develop practical and adaptable skills through a curriculum that comprises diploma core and elective subjects.  In addition, the Polytechnic-wide core modules on character education and lifelong skills help lay the foundation for the graduates’ personal and interpersonal effectiveness.  It is the ultimate aim of HSS to help each graduate make a difference in their chosen career.

The School has a team of dedicated academic staff from a broad industry background.  Their extensive industry knowledge and experience, coupled with many years of curriculum development and teaching experience, help to ensure the quality of the programmes on offer.


The School of Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS) was established in October 2007 when the former Interdisciplinary & General Studies Department was converted into a full-fledged academic school. Our diploma courses attract school leavers who enjoy working with people and who wish to have a deeper insight into specific areas of humanities and social sciences. We aim to prepare our students for various industries such as early childhood, silver market, human resource, social services, etc. We aim to meet the needs of employers who want to hire graduates with good reasoning and creative thinking skills, and who have the ability to connect well with people. We are also glad to share that many of our graduates are accepted into local and overseas renowned universities.

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Our History

School of Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS), the newest academic school in Temasek Polytechnic, has its beginnings in the Interdisciplinary & General Studies Department (IGS).

IGS was established in 2001 as an academic department with a mission to create and deliver learning experiences for students to explore beyond their chosen disciplines and prepare them for an interdisciplinary world. Through its broad spectrum of Cross-Disciplinary Subjects (CDS) in the arts, humanities and social sciences, IGS successfully established itself as the key provider of CDS in the polytechnic.

In October 2007, IGS became a full-fledged academic school in the humanities and social sciences - School of Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS).

School Advisory Committee

Information as of 8 Nov 2022.

Ms Catherine Loh

Chief Executive Officer
Community Foundation of Singapore

Mr Wallace Lim

School of Humanities & Social Sciences
Temasek Polytechnic

Dr Majeed Khader

Director, Home Team Behavioural Sciences Centre
Chief Psychologist & Senior Consultant Psychologist
Ministry of Home Affairs
Senior Fellow Adjunct Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technological University

Dr Vincent Ng

Chief Executive Officer

AMKFSC Community Services Ltd

Associate Professor Kenneth Poon

Centre Co-Director, Centre for Research in Child Development
Associate Dean, Education Research, Office of Education Research
Associate Professor, Psychology and Child & Human Development (PCHD)
National Institute of Education

Professor Seng Boon Kheng

Professor / Head of Social Work Programmes
S R Nathan School of Human Development
Singapore University of Social Sciences

Associate Professor (Dr) Kenny Tan, JP

Chief Executive Officer, St Luke’s Eldercare Ltd
Associate Professor, Health & Social Sciences Cluster, Singapore Institute of Technology
Justice of the Peace, Ministry of Home Affairs

Mr Peter Tan

Director and Senior Principal Organisational Psychologist
Community Psychology Hub

Mr Clarence Tang

Divisional Director, Finance and Procurement Division
Ministry of Education

Ms Christine Wong

Executive Director
Caritas Singapore

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