This module requires students to reflect on and further develop the intellectual dimension of their academic, professional or social interests. It revolves around a series of talks given by invited speakers that explore some of the major forces shaping the world of thought in the 21st century. The theme of this year's University Scholars Seminar is "Humans and Technology". The Seminar aims to explore the impact of technology on society, and vice versa, with particular emphasis on tensions between the scientific and humanistic views on the subject.
Facilitated by the instructors, students will engage in discussions in small groups. The focus of these discussions need not be on the content of the talks per se, but on the process of intellectual inquiry; and the aim is not to find answers per se, but to ask (good and feasible) questions. Students are divided into three groups, each with a different focus, as follows:
Group 1: Responses to technology (facilitator: A/P Ian Gordon)
Group 2: History of scientific thought (facilitator: A/P Peter Pang)
Group 3: Man, science and technology: tensions and innovations (facilitator: A/P Kang Hway Chuan)
The module reinforces skills learnt in Writing and Critical Thinking, and allows students to apply them to a diverse range of issues. Assessed on a CS/CU basis, the 4-MC module is completed in two semesters (student's 2nd and 3rd semesters in NUS). Students are required to attend at least nine talks (at least four per semester), participate actively in discussion, and submit four response papers (two per semester) and two term papers (at the end of each semester). Students will have to perform satisfactorily in each of these assessment modes. No partial MC will be given. Registration for this year-long module will be opened for a new intake of first-year students only in Semester 2 of each Academic Year.