EN3242: History of Film

Taken in:
AY16/17 Semester 2

Lecturer:
A/P Valerie Wee
Tutor: Phoebe Pua

What the module is about, briefly:
History of film. Isn’t it self-explanatory? HAHA. A brief coverage (not in depth) about the different historical backgrounds of film in America, Japan, Russia, Germany, France, Italy. You can choose to focus on any of them later.

Texts:
FILMS* (Ranging from SILENT FILMS to Sound ones),
1. A Trip to the Moon
2. Broken Blossoms
3. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
4. Battleship Potempkin
5. Bringing Up Baby
6. The Rules of the Game
7. Sunset Boulevard
8. The Bicycle Thief
9. The 400 Blows
10. Late Spring
11. The Graduate (I think this was changed, I’m not sure, don’t remember)

Workload:
HAHA. I would say it is tiring but interesting. The most tiring part is perhaps keeping up with the movies, because you’ll need to watch them so you can talk in tutorial, and also, the research part for the group/pair report concerning the various topics (pick one). I did Russian cinema: Constructivism, so that was pretty interesting, though energy-sapping. Final essay requires more in depth thought and research, but if you pick something you like, it isn’t too bad 🙂 I did Doctor Strange (and linked it to Film Noir) and I did pretty okay! (YAY).

Format of assessment:
100% CA:
1. Tutorial participation (20%)
2. Tutorial facilitation (10%)
3. Group Written Report (20%)
4. Research paper – Annotated Biblio (10%), Abstract (10%), Essay (30%)

Project/Presentation:
Presentation centers on the movie of your choice, you have to engage the class in a discussion concerning the movie for that week, you can choose to break the class into groups to discuss various topics in the movie. There are guiding questions so you do not have to worry. The group written report will probably be linked to the movie of your choice (or it may not be, as well). 

Comments on lecturer:
Here is where I shall sing the praises of Prof Wee and my tutor.
Prof Wee: she’s extremely approachable and helpful with the topics you choose to write on, comments on essays and reports are constructive. Her lectures are engaging and interesting. And she’s super nice (I can’t even)
Phoebe: She’s kinda like Prof Wee, and since I got her in tutorial, I’ll say she’s very insightful and proffers useful comments and also does this little thing where she contextualises every national cinema and gives you important dates you should know about each cinema. She does this every week. Also, she’s very good with time management so we always end on time and yet there’s a very fruitful discussion, so I appreciate that immensely.

Exam difficulty:
Just workload, no major exams.
It’s spaced out through the semester so requires a fair but of stamina and much less space for last minute work.

Recommended:
YES. If you like film, yes. If you don’t, (like me), you can still listen it is worth listening to, and then pick a topic you like and work on it. I did film noir and Doctor Strange because I happened to really like both. I wanted to do Marvel but I didn’t in the end because there was just a better option (and I changed my topic like last minute after I finished full annotated biblio and abstract and all because I just felt like it, and Prof Wee let me do it, she talked me through changing the topic and everything worked out). So I hope I have successfully convinced you to do it!!!!!!!!

Overall rating (/10):
8/10

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EN3249: Introduction to Visual Culture: Art, Film and Media

Taken in:
AY 16/17 Semester 2

Lecturer:
Dr. David Teh

What the module is about, briefly:
Art history, visual culture, various mediums (photography, painting, videography, etc). Background historical context as well as relevance to current media and technological advancements.

Texts:
mostly pdfs/readings (mostly in RBR, some given in package)

Workload:
You should do AT LEAST ONE of the recommended readings for each week. This is because he covers some of the readings in lecture and it would be oh so helpful to know what he is talking about. Other than that, you just have to work for your presentation (whenever it is) and engage the class, talk to them…Lastly there’s a final research paper and for this perhaps a wee bit more of effort is needed, you got to go search for contemporary art events (or something you have been to before) and write about it.

Format of assessment:

Slide Test 30% (you don’t have to worry, this can’t really be studied for, just show up in class enough to know what it is about)

Review Essay (final essay, ’cause you’re reviewing the art exhibition you’re supposed to go for) 40%

Class part 15%

Seminar Presentation 15%

Project/Presentation:
You’ll be rostered to present on a certain reading, based on the week’s assigned readings. You can choose one or two readings, and you can also choose if you’d like to work alone or in a group. I’ve seen people who present alone and do it realllllly well, some work better in a group, so really, your choice. For the presentation, you’d have to really engage with the reading (it’s not very hard, tbh?) and find interesting stuff that the class (who probably (like 80% chance) wouldn’t have done the reading, as you expect) would be able to be interested in.

Comments on lecturer:
He interrupts presentation, sometimes with useful comments, sometimes with less than useful comments. He’s a good marker and gives valid comments to work and stuff. His lectures can bore people sometimes but if you do the readings, and if you’re interested in the topic, it can be slightly less boring.

Exam difficulty:
Midterms – it’s like, you’d be asked to know the formal qualities of an image (so say like actually give the dimensions and also the material it’s made of, and perhaps where the artwork is displayed etc… and then give the contextual and cultural significance of the image

Finals -none.
Review essay is due week 12, pretty early, so get started on it fast!

Recommended:
It’s not art history, it’s an overview of visual culture, you do cover breadth not depth, so your choice. Interesting readings are given 🙂 You compare across various mediums of art and evaluate the differences and contextualise it.

Overall rating (/10):
6.5/10

Dearest FCBayern München

Dearest FC Bayern München,

you played with bravery, intensity, passion and drive. We were constantly screwed by refereeing decisions that decided both legs of the tie but we played and supported with all our hearts. I love you, champions league or no, you’re always my champions.

I am so so proud of everything we did despite all the odds stacked against us, from ridiculous red cards/double yellows to bad offside goals (I stopped counting how many there were).
I am proud because we never backed down despite already going into the game with a deficit.
I am proud that Mats Hummels and Jérôme Boateng played so well with all they had despite the recent injury.
I’m proud we didn’t give up after going a goal down.

We withstood the ridiculous red card decision against Vidal and didn’t lose our heads. For all that, we deserve credit. We don’t buy our matches, we earn them. (hear that, Madrid?)

You all were tired, we all were, too. You all pulled yourselves together despite everything, you ran, you fought, you gave your all. We love and respect you for that. You never gave up.

We played like 11 vs 11 although we had 10. The 11th man were the fans. Always cheering, always behind the team. As fans, we had our hearts in our mouths for almost the whole tie, it was stressful, really, terribly pressurising for all of us. We screamed, pulled our hair, some of us cried, even. It’s well worth it.

It’s been a long time since we crashed out from the UCL in the quarters. This game felt like a final to all of us, for the hype, the passion, the madness.

Thank you Bayern for giving us the opportunity to be part of this amazing experience. We love you no matter what.
Thank you Mr Carlo Ancelotti for the amazing run in this competition, for bringing us all through so far.

Bayern, you make me hate football, and you also make me love football.

(Image credits: https://twitter.com/Football__Tweet)

 

Don’t despise the day of small things

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It’s the little things that count, and this semester, I learnt to be proud of, and thankful for the smallest things. They’re little on their own but if you put them together, they’re not so little after all.

Here’s 25 little victories this semester:

  1. Being punctual for class. God knows how hard it was to (actually show up) and be punctual for class especially when the going got tough
  2. Attempting to eat healthier. (YAY!)
  3. Keeping coffee intake to ONE cup a day – for those people who say I am a coffee addict, now you know
  4. Not cabbing to school at all this semester. SAVING ALL THAT MONEY
  5. Learning how to save a few bucks a day
  6. Learning NOT to be guilty for being tired and then pushing myself doubly hard to deal with my weak, inefficient self.
  7. Planning essay submission such that it was one essay per week, not 5 per week (12/13).
  8. Walking away from friendships that caused me pain (congrats to me!)
  9. Shopping less
  10. Spending more time with my family, going home before 9pm almost every night.
  11. Doing more readings than last semester
  12. Doing readings not for assignments but for interest’s sake
  13. Gaining enough confidence to wear a midi dress (and other things that I thought was not my ‘type’ of attire).
  14. Maintaining my composure in tight situations and not lambasting people who I had issues against.
  15. Sleeping 6 hours (or more) a day (with the exception of one day in the semester)
  16. Finishing a notebook planner – like reaching the end of the book and not dumping it halfway
  17. Very actively participating in church stuff 🙂 yay
  18. Learning and honing a new skill/interest in watercolour
  19. Selling my own creations and learning to believe in the power of art and that I can make something that make people smile (thank you friends who have played a part in this)
  20. Making time for people who matter. Loving harder than ever.
  21. Being okay with being alone and happy on my own
  22. Drinking enough water (almost everyday)
  23. Reading my Bible almost everyday
  24. Hanging out more with my dad before he left for missions
  25. Quitting things that were not worth my time. and not being guilty for it.

How not to be always ‘broke’

This is written for broke college students. By broke, I mean 2.50 in your bank account kind of broke. That’s how bad it gets. One uber ride here ’cause you’re late and another expensive 10 bucks meal there and before you know it, you’re utterly down to your last dollar.

This cycle repeats every month until you get paid perhaps if you’re working part time or like a few hours a week which I’m sure is what a lot of us do. Wherever the money comes from, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that it’s kinda gone before we know it. Social media is filled with advertisements and we fall for it. It doesn’t help that Google or the bots that run the internet track what we see and later you see that Zalora dress turn up as an ad on your Facebook sidebar. It sucks.

Anyway so this is how I saved money because well, I needed to plan for an event and more importantly, I was really sick of being broke

  1. Firstly, make your own food. And if you can’t cook then get what you like to eat that’s really easily prepared. Well,  it depends on what you like to eat. You could boil potatoes, celery and chicken overnight in a slow cooker for stew which costs about $5 for everything. I’m good with oats. I grabbed a 1kg bag of rolled oats and another bag of oatmeal and dunked them both in a box, mixed them. I soaked a portion overnight every night and ate it with milk and whatever fruits I could find in the fridge. That and coffee, made breakfast. It lasted me till at least 1 to 2pm. Then I got a meal at school, about 4 bucks maximum. And then the next meal was dinner which I forced myself to go home for. So I spend 4 bucks a day on food outside. That’s a change from spending 10 bucks a day. That’s 6 dollars difference, in a week, that’s 42 bucks.

    (Other ideas include: boiled eggs (my friend says you can chill them overnight), macaroni and minced chicken with veg and fishball, put chicken stock for the soup, pasta salad, fried rice – where you empty the contents of your fridge’s leftovers into the frying pan, sandwiches – all sorts of them).

  1. I started going home earlier. Going home late means sleeping later and waking later. University for me doesn’t start till 10, so of course I don’t get up at 6. I didn’t have to at least. But I realised as above mentioned, that I saved cost on one meal by having dinner at home. That meant I was home by 8pm. After dinner, was work until about 11.30 and I went to bed earlier, and consequently woke up at 7 instead of the usual 8.30. That’s a whole hour and a half more to chill, make breakfast, shower, prep to go to school, check emails, roll around a bit more in bed if needed etc. That’s an hour an a half of money. Look, if you wake up quick and rush, you lose the chance to have breakfast and then you’re starving but you have to go to class so you dash out to class, grab something small along the way which doesn’t exactly fill you but it’s meant to last till lunch – waffles and a drink that’s about 2.50, repeat this 4 times and week and that’s 10 bucks extra. You saved 10 bucks a week by having breakfast at home. It’s a lifestyle thing.
  1. I stopped spending on small stuff. It looks small, it’s less than 10 bucks. But buy 10 $8 items and that’s $80 bucks, repeat that for 4 months and that’s $320 that could have been saved. I stopped buying small stuff I didn’t need and only got them cause they looked cute. That habit was bad and it was one of the biggest reasons I kept blowing money everywhere unnecessarily..
  2. Stop going to bazaars if you know you’re gonna spend. Don’t go. Don’t browse cause you’re sure to grab stuff. Unless your self control is amazing. Mine’s definitely not. Stay off Carousell, Zalora, Asos, Aliexpress, Ebay, Amazon and Taobao/Ezbuy…
  3. If transport is a big issue in spending try getting concession passes. It’s 85 for uni students for a month of unlimited tapping (bus and train). Applying for a concession cards costs $23 and can be done at selected Transitlink offices!
  1. Have a coin box. It’s so primary school but it’s not a bad idea. Dump your coins in at the end of the day. It clears your wallet and makes your future self few dollars richer. Any savings program can’t be a bad thing. If you have many two dollar notes, put one inside. You’ll thank yourself later. I did that for a year. I got 100 bucks out of it.

 

That’s about all. Start small. It actually feels really nice seeing more money in your bank as you go along.

Mid-semester update 

The last time I posted something it was December. It’s half of Sem 2 now and it’s been nothing short of a roller coaster ride as always. The first two weeks of the semester I struggled deeply with inner lack of motivation as I hauled myself back up from the pits of the effects of a bad result sheet last Sem. It was tough and exhausting beyond measure, seeing that I’m someone who gains my drive and motivation from within though it’s mostly externalized. It wasn’t a mere struggle but also a journey. I discovered the importance of rest and repose. Not just for the body but also for the mind. I think I went much deeper into painting and art, creating new designs because I was very stressed. As the weeks rolled on I saw myself running away from people more and more and I started to question whether there was something actually wrong with me because I never ran away from people. Church was literally the only place of refuge I found, where I could feel rested and not feel anxious and tense. I treasured church and the community so much more as I dealt with constant problems at home and in school. 

One thing I kept alive from my new year resolution was to do QT. Thank God it’s still going on. I mean it’s March right and everyone probably still can maintain a modicum of their new year resolution but I’m really thankful for the grace to sustain it. I’ve been kept by it, kept focused, resolved and steady. Though I nearly collapsed internally not a few times, God really kept me up through people and in ways I never expected. 

I’m going deeper into my modules. I really enjoy some of the mods and readings from them. There’s also the bad part where I realised I really can’t stand some mods but I have to do them anyway. That’s when I really pray for grace and patience. So it’s a learning experience.

One of the other things that kept my attention was also the weekly Bible studies I either had to give or partner with someone to give. It took up a large portion of my thinking time and stayed in my head a lot. Someone told me recently about objectives and how I should think about them when considering Bible studies and specific audiences. I think I learnt a lot about myself as well an in evangelising and speaking to other people. 

In other matters, there’s still a lot of things to pray and worry about in some way or another. But a friend of mine was reading Philippians and it comforted her much. This morning too in my QT, psalm 59 the last verse mentioned that God is my Defence and the God of my mercy. It comforts and brings strength to think not on how I should solve my own problems but that God goes before us, if we are faithful and follow His Word. 

Typing this while going for an exam is rather healing. Well… Might as well since the train is stuck at Bishan and it’s raining outside. Good reflection weather 😉 

A Christian student in college

 

Most people have their timetables empty when they come into university. Slowly with every fair that they go to, whether it is faculty events fairs, CCA fairs, sports fairs, etc., it starts filling up, first the weeknights, then the Saturdays and Sundays (perhaps) and then the slots where they don’t have lectures, and it gets more and more. Not everyone does this, but mostly, people prioritize academics, social life, and some, sleep. As a Christian student, we all know in the back of our minds that we come to college, wanting to first pull ourselves through as well as bring Christ to those around us, (some of us of course have this conviction deeper than others).

So we enter school (me included) and I started out Year 1 with the vision for myself that I would enjoy everything I do and do it all to the glory of God, for Him, not for myself. Sooner or later, this changed as I found that other things seemed to have taken over the  top of the priority list, my next social gathering beckoned while church events and quiet time took a backseat. At first my conscience was slightly disturbed, but I suppressed it, telling myself I would get my priorities in order when it was possible and that now was not the time. This repeated itself all semester and by the end of semester 1, I was burnt out and tired, happy but perhaps superficially.

I thought through this in semester 2 as well as in Year 2 Sem 1 and as I entered my second academic year I realised what a failure I’d been because I put God together with my to do list. Perhaps it was not that I did not prioritize Him, but that He was just another thing to tick off the list. In that sense it was as though if I could not finish the task, I could always push it to the next day or the day after. By His grace I repented of this in Year 2 and here are therefore some lessons I learnt.

  1. God is not part of your priority list, He should be independent of it

God should be ruling your to do list. How I arrange what I need to do for the day, week and month should be regulated by my attitude towards God. This means that we should allocate time to seek Him, quiet time in the mornings or nights, and not do it only when it is convenient for us to do so. If He really comes first, other things can wait.

  1. We are often stressed that we cannot finish everything we have to do.

That’s a problem I face all the time and still do. I figured somewhere along the way that the reason why I face this problem is because I never truly and fully believed that God is the God of the impossible. If I said He is Who He is then I should believe it – and that means to trust that if I go for that prayer meeting instead of allocating that two-hour slot to finish another 500 words of my essay, He will help me to complete it. I say this not meaning that we should leave our work to the last minute and expect Him to complete it for us, but that if perhaps practically, we are conflicted whether to go for a church meeting or do a piece of work instead, try putting Him first, try having faith in Him, and He promised He will be faithful and never fail us.

  1. Do all things not half-heartedly but with all that we have, not for ourselves, but for Him.

God tells us that He wants us to do everything we do with our whole heart. Whether it be relationships with people or academics, or any other task we sign up to do, we should not do it with a nonchalant attitude. This is because we are the living testimonies for Christ and for the Christian values (that we possibly claim to uphold). Furthermore, the way we carry ourselves with relation to work also is a way to share the gospel – the best proof is our lives and our attitude toward work. The Bible says we should do everything as unto God and not to men.

  1. Our standard should therefore be not men’s standard but God’s.

In a society where GPA/CAP/any form of academic grading seems to take the priority, determining our future and life, it is hard to look for anything outside that box. It is essential to always remind ourselves that we belong to Christ and that God is the ONLY one whose opinion matters. Ultimately, if we have done our best, we leave the result to God. At the same time, when failures come our way, it may be that God wants to teach us lessons through it and in a way, no one’s expectations and standards can impact and affect us to a really great extent because He is the most powerful God. We serve a God who controls all the world, do we believe that our grades and our lives are in His hand too? So, all the time, but especially when we feel that we are thrashed because we have not been able to live up to the expectations of the world, ourselves, family, anyone else for that matter, remember that it is God’s expectations and His favour and love toward us that count.

I hope that as Year 2 Sem 2 starts, I will remember these lessons and that we all together will become a blessing to someone else, to many others :’).

Studyblrs; what are they?

I started on this journey in Year 2 Sem 1 because truth be told, I was attracted to the aesthetic side of it. It was much later that I appreciated everything else alongside the aesthetic. I’ve always been a stationery and notebook hoarder and it is a pain for anyone who follows me to Muji to see me croon over the pens in all their varying colours and shades.

So here are some common questions when people hear about ‘Studyblr’s.

1. What is a studyblr?

You know this microblogging site Tumblr? Tumblr (currently owned by Yahoo) – is home to many communities of different interests – football (and the different clubs), Marvel, DC, Doctor Who, etc. So some of these communities incorporate the end of the word ‘Tumblr’ into their community. Studyblrs are therefore a combination of a community of people who love studying/learning/school and are on Tumblr – there you go, Study-blr!

2. Who are the people on Studyblr(s)?

There are all sorts of people on Tumblr who have blogs on studying and nice notes etc etc. The age ranges from high school to postgrad studies. The community is home to many who love studying – literally. We are (a little too) obsessed with making nice notes, bullet journaling (which will be discussed in another post), and sharing resources. People are generally very nice and welcoming and it is no surprise that the community has grown very fast. Personal style is very encouraged and people are often bouncing ideas off each other which creates a very diverse and yet original environment.

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3. What’s so good about it?

A lot of things – there’s a community of people who understand you, the worries of 3am late nights and school problems, you get people who are amazing enough to create resources (we call them printables!) and others who create a collation of bases of resources (also known as #masterposts), you pick up languages and learn where and how to study them online, there’s 100++ different note taking styles which you can adapt as your own, tips and tricks on productivity, reminders to take breaks, be nice to yourself and not murder yourself studying, and so many more. It sets up a very nice place to be a student in and you learn from other people how to improve yourself academically and even otherwise. Best of all, you make new friends. Here are some screenshots.

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Just a screenshot of what you find when you google ‘masterpost studyblr’

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here’s a screenshot of free printables from @theorganizedstudent

4. What do you need to do to be part of the community?

All you need, really, is to start a tumblog – and follow people – find people, search for ‘studyblr’ and follow according to your fancy. If you don’t know how to use Tumblr, it is simple. Go to tumblr.com, sign up and then follow the instructions onscreen. Maybe start with a first post introducing yourself and let people know what you do and what you’re interested in. Then go reblog some posts, like some posts that you fancy and maybe go talk to people very PM or comment on some posts. Slowly ease yourself into the community.

All it takes is to start with your first post. Then you’ll get in slowly.
The most important thing to note is that – your pictures and posts DO NOT have to be like everyone else’s. They may all look roughly similar – cup of coffee, notes, laptop, scattered stationery… but actually everyone has their style. I personally like to post pictures of nice word headings I did and stuff.

5. You’ll see certain common stationery that tends to pop up in more than a few posts, and they’re actually used by quite a few people because they’re good. Here’s a list,

  • Mildliners by Zebra
  • Muji plain pens – 0.38 and 0.5
  • Sharpies
  • Tombow Pentel Touch Sign Pen – it’s a brush pen if you like fancy header.

The point of studyblrs are to encourage good studying habits – taking nice notes, bullet journaling, good time management and more. You can always start today! 🙂

6. Recommend me blogs to follow!

Here are some:
http://theorganisedstudent.tumblr.com/
http://hexaneandheels.tumblr.com/
http://hermionegoals.tumblr.com/
http://studyshu.tumblr.com/

There are others but here are 3 starters.

Personally I have enjoyed the time in the community very much and I look forward to new studyblrs being set up and people introducing themselves. It’s very nice to see ideas being shared on such a platform and it’s a very positive thing to have students from all over the world collaborating and sharing ideas and motivating each other!
Here’s a shoutout to my Singapore studyblr friends – @literaturistic @motivatedmeepguin @studyshu

Enjoy yourself, and PM me if you have any questions or think I can help you in any way!
Also, visit my studyblr here 🙂

Credits: Most pictures are not mine, they belong to the rightful owners and creators on tumblr.

 

 

PS2203: Ancient Western Political Thought

Taken in:
AY16/17 Semester 1

Lecturer:
Prof Ethan Andrew Putterman
TA: Charles Brian Suresh (Bob)

What the module is about, briefly:
Aristotle, Plato and Machiavelli – political systems, human nature, religion and it’s link to politics, constitutional stuff, etc.

Texts:
Plato – The Republic
Aristotle – The Politics
Aristotle – The Poetics
Niccolo Machiavelli – The Prince

Workload:
Reading the texts (if you’re not used to this kinda more archaic language) can be a challenge when you start out, nonetheless I assure you that once that’s conquered it’s not too bad. You have sparksnotes/gradesaver/etc. not for nothing. There are no other readings, maybe because the weekly set of readings (which I highly, strongly recommend for you to complete before the lecture) is more than enough.

Format of assessment:
Midterms 20%, class participation + presentation 20%, finals 60%

Project/Presentation:
You’ll be rostered to present on a certain question from 1 of the 4 texts, you can present individually or in a group setting. My recommendation is do in a group setting where you can actually go further with the entire presentation and in my opinion it is so much better than just having barely enough time to regurgitate the text content or the lecture content which is boring and useless for yourself and the class (unless no one understood the lecture which is probably not the case).

Comments on lecturer:
He’s interesting and gives you comprehensive content, complete with real life examples in lecture. In tutorial it’s not the same story though – as it’s a presentation filled tutorial and he doesn’t say much unless there’s some heinous mistake made by someone. I’ve heard the tutor approaches tutorials rather differently, with more explanations and slightly more spoon feeding which is helpful if you’re new to pol science in general. Prof Putterman just expects you to work out things in your mind and then come to him with questions. He’s very friendly which is a bonus.

Exam difficulty:
Midterms – 1 compulsory question and one other question of your choice (can be comparison if you prefer)

Finals – three essays – one comparison, then one from Section B (comparison) and one from Section C (individual book)

Pretty manageable if you studied and thought through the texts, making sure you understand critical and vital concepts/made notes etc.

Recommended:
Perhaps, if you’re interested in foundational political/economic and social ideas that were in the incipient stages of discussion. Ideas of democracy and idealism vs realism are discussed at length and that’s something very appealing to me. Also, I think the module gives you a chance at expressing your analytical and critical skills in comparison because not much is told to you concerning comparing the political thinkers so that’s for you to go figure and explore which appeals to some.

Overall rating (/10):
7/10

GET1029/GEK1067: Life, the Universe, and Everything

Taken in:
AY16/17 Semester 1

Lecturer:
Prof Loy Hui Chieh
6-7 other tutors (for tutorials). Mine was Theresa Helke

What the module is about, briefly:
It’s philosophy 1101, it’s the intro module so there’s a different topic covered every week and you get exposed to the various dilemmas of metaphysics, epistemology, applied ethics etc. The module is not heavy in that you have to do a lot of work, but there’s weekly brain work involved. Lectures are all available on webcast so if that’s your thing sure why now. Tutorials are an hour long, weekly. (Please note that Prof Loy is working on changes for the upcoming batch and therefore there will be slight tweaks to the next year/semester’s syllabus the next time the module comes out.)

Texts:
1 reading every week.

Workload:
Not much, just that enough effort is needed to understand the concepts explained in the lecture. It is worth doing the readings, anyway you should, because there are weekly quizzes and some of them are literally lifted from the readings. There’s a blog where answers to the weekly quizzes are put up and also other ‘further thinking’ material that’s rather interesting if you’re into philosophy.

Format of assessment: (lifted from IVLE)
Tutorial Attendance and Participation — 10%
Reading Quizzes x 10 — 40% (MCQ)
Special Project — 10% (in groups of 3-5)
Final Exam — 40% (MCQ; closed book)

Recommended:
I kinda died for all the quizzes because maybe I didn’t put in enough effort, but when it came to studying for finals I sat down and actually went through each topic in detail and I enjoyed it. I think the module’s contents are thought provoking and it is worth listening to the lectures/following the arguments. It is good as a philosophy introduction module although there’s much room for improvement which the prof has already recognized and improvement is in the wings!

Overall rating (/10):
8/10