1. USS is (part of) the beginning of your USP academic journey, a goal of which is ultimately to shape independent, adaptable thinkers and doers who will make an impact in the world. And to do that, we want to help you develop your ability to recognize potential problems and needs more readily & with greater accuracy than others.
2. USS serves the larger goals of the USP academic journey by treating you to a four-fold stroll through big ideas on human inquiry and the nature of the world, where four different instructors with different intellectual backgrounds will introduce to, and help you reflect upon different modes of inquiry that constitute the modern knowledge enterprise.
3. By introducing you to these ideas, we seek to leverage upon your existing curiosity in subjects that go beyond your specializations, and also to encourage you to seek out new things to learn. You might have a stronger background in the sciences or in the humanities, but as USP students, we know that you have wider intellectual ambitions—and USS is here to give you a taste of that wider field.
4. We also want you to reflect upon what you learn. The point of the modulets is not deep specialization (the majors are for that); rather, we want to show you how we can and ought to make critical audits of our knowledge, views, and approaches to understanding the world around you. The day will come when the reflection thing becomes the main point—in the capstone USR. The USS is the just the start of the process that will take you there.