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

Theatre and the World
From Lab to Stage: Writing the Science Play
Singapore Studies: The Heterogeneous Indians of Contemporary Singapore
Virtue and Leadership
Language, Cognition and Culture
Polycentric Governance: Possibilities and Pitfalls
Emotion in Daily Life
Welcome to the Anthropocene: Agency in the Era of Climate Change
Singapore Studies: Singaporean Nostalgia
Representing War
The Subject of Reading
Singapore Studies: The Politics of Language and Literacy in Singapore
Ethics and the Environment
Creative Thinking
Creation of Value
Singapore Studies: The Making of a Nation
New Media and Politics
Ordinary Politics
Singapore Studies: Nationalism and the Arts
Satires and (Un)Serious Histories
Singapore Studies: Multiculturalism in Singapore and Its Contested Meanings
Singapore Studies: Managing Cultural Difference: Theorizing the Spore Model
Singapore Studies: Transitional Justice and War Crime Trials: Case Studies from Singapore and Asia
The Problematic Concept of "Gender"
Singapore Studies: Asianism and Singapore
Reason, Secularization & Multiculturalism


Sciences and Technologies

Hormesis and Life
Computer Science and the IT Revolution
Quantum Computation
The Importance of Being Formal
Computational Thinking and Modelling
The Biomolecular Revolution
The Biology and Phenomenology of Pain
Space, Time and Matter
Nature's Threads
The Nature of Natural Law
Complexity and Recursion
Quantum Reality and Appearance
Nanoscale Science and Technology
Molecular Courtship
Singapore Studies: Understanding Environmental Pollution in Singapore
Passing Time: Processes, Temporality, and Econometrics
The Science and Art of Business Analytics
Mathematics and Reality