The starting pistol has sounded for this term’s HASS 02.201 Film II - Production Studies. Four film-making teams (30 students) will get a taste of film school boot camp by becoming writers, cameramen/women, editors, etc., and learning to use our 6K Scarlet RED Dragon cameras – the same model used to shoot Hollywood movies such as The Hobbit.
The idea for this course sprung from a series of conversations between the course instructors as they are both interested in understanding how groups of people in Singapore and elsewhere in this region identify themselves and relate to each other.
Many students express the desire to apply their skills overseas in helping less fortunate communities address pressing everyday concerns - from the lack of clean running water to improving a children’s playground. While this impulse to ‘help’ may on the surface seem a good one, engineering and design projects in foreign locations often have deep social and political effects that are not immediately evident.
Ever wonder where the idea for void decks came from? Or why some parts of the city are denser and have taller buildings than others? Or what will happen to the city as driverless cars and data driven design becomes more prominent?
HASS’ flagship course on Asian religion and philosophy, “Sages Through the Ages”, provides a 3000 year snapshot of some of the most important thinkers in Indian and Chinese intellectual history, beginning in northwest India in 1500 BCE and ending in southeast China in 1500 CE.
Earlier this year, Dr Olivia Nicol and Dr Zsombor Meder co-designed a new elective titled “Morals and Markets”. This collaboration between their two disciplines – sociology and economics – brought an innovative blend of ideas to the HASS curriculum.