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.
Welcome to the School of Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS).
The care sector in Singapore is rapidly expanding. The pandemic has highlighted many social issues and it has never been more important than now to provide appropriate care to vulnerable groups like children and older adults. The full-time diploma courses that HSS offers
• Diploma in Psychology Studies
• Diploma in Social Sciences in Gerontology
• Diploma in Early Childhood Development & Education*
will equip you to contribute significantly to the care sector. In addition, HSS also has three Centres of Excellence that supports our HSS students as well as the wider TP community.
The Centre for Life Skills (CLS) equips full-time TP students and working adults with effective life skills including communication, critical thinking, customer service and personal skills to enhance their value in the workplace. The Centre also has oversight responsibility for the suite of compulsory TP Fundamental subjects taken by all full-time TP students. These subjects are aligned to our TP Student Profile to prepare them for the working world.
The Centre for Foundation Studies (CFS) provides preparatory programmes for all students across TP. A flagship offering is the Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP). Eligible students can choose to take the PFP in place of their O levels – to strengthen their foundational knowledge and skills – prior to starting their diploma programmes.
The Centre for Applied Behavioural & Social Sciences (CABSS) bridges the gap between theoretical research and field practice by providing evidence-based solutions to real-world problems through applied research, translational projects, consultancy services and training in behavioural and social sciences. CABSS serves as a platform for HSS lecturers and students to work closely with industry partners, and adopts an interdisciplinary approach by working with a wide variety of partners and other TP centres.
Whether you are a student looking for further education in humanities and social sciences, or an organisation exploring opportunities for collaboration, we hope you will find what you are looking for from our website. Do contact us if you would like to find out more.
School of Humanities & Social Sciences
* Conducted by the National Institute of Early Childhood Development (NIEC), in collaboration with Temasek Polytechnic at the NIEC (TP) Campus.
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).