Foundation Modules

Nurture a solid series of skills that will equip students for the interdisciplinary work they will encounter in the subsequent tiers.


Inquiry Modules

Focus on further developing and expanding the skills and ideas encountered in the Foundation modules. Encourage students to generate new and innovative ways to look deeply at complex issues and solve problems.


Reflection Module

Builds upon both the broadening of inquiry and the disciplinary knowledge that students have gained within their own majors, by having students reflect on their processes in a single seminar-style module.


USP believes that students who attend closely to complex issues using a broad range of interdisciplinary tools will be better equipped to face the challenges of the modern world. Students are encouraged to share their perspectives and thoughts and to learn through questioning their own assumptions and exposing themselves to new and competing ideas. The style of learning is accomplished by limiting class sizes to 12 to 30 students to facilitate meaningful interactions with professors and among students.

For a list of modules for the current academic year (description, instructor, semester it's offered), see "Modules Timetable".

Below is a quick listing of USP modules offered.

Inquiry Tier

Humanities and Social Sciences

Arts of Memory:Public Recollection & Memory
Creation of Value
Creative Thinking
Effective Decision Making
Emotion in Daily Life
Engaging and Building Communities
Ethics and the Environment
Imagining Animals
From Lab to Stage: Writing the Science Play
Gender and Ecology in Asia
Globalizing Asian-Pacific Identities
Language, Cognition and Culture
New Media and Politics
Ordinary Politics
Polycentric Governance: Possibilities and Pitfalls
Questioning Sustainable Development
Reason, Secularization & Multiculturalism
Representing War
Satires and (Un)Serious Histories
Singapore Studies: Asianism and Singapore
Singapore Studies: Examining Local Lives
Singapore Studies: Managing Cultural Difference: Theorizing the S'pore Model
Singapore Studies: Multiculturalism in Singapore and Its Contested Meanings
Singapore Studies: Nationalism and the Arts
Singapore Studies: Politics of Heritage: Singapore and the Region
Singapore Studies: Singaporean Nostalgia
Singapore Studies: The Heterogeneous Indians of Contemporary Singapore
Singapore Studies: Singapore: The Making of a Nation
Singapore Studies: The Politics of Language and Literacy in Singapore
Singapore Studies: Transitional Justice and War Crime Trials: Case Studies from Singapore and Asia
Situating Singapore in a Wider World
Technologies of the Self: from Socrates to Self-Help
The Problematic Concept of "Gender"
The Subject of Reading
Theatre and the World
Utopia: Ideal Places from Plato to the Smart City
Virtue and Leadership
Welcome to the Anthropocene: Agency in the Era of Climate Change


Sciences and Technologies

Biodiversity and Natural History in Singapore
Complexity and Recursion
Computational Thinking and Modelling
Computer Science and the IT Revolution
Creating Wolverine in Real Life
Developing Meaningful Indicators
Energy in Singapore: Is Technology the Answer?
Hormesis and Life
Mathematics and Reality
Molecular Courtship
Nanoscale Science and Technology
Nature's Threads
Passing Time: Processes, Temporality, and Econometrics
Quantum Computation
Quantum Reality and Appearance
Singapore Studies: Pollution Control Engineering in Singapore
Space, Time and Matter
The Biology and Phenomenology of Pain
The Biomolecular Revolution
The Doors of Perception: Biology, Technology and Culture
The Importance of Being Formal
The Nature of Natural Law
The Science and Art of Business Analytics