Cross-Offering Courses - AY2022 Semester 2



The College synergies with its four schools to offer the following courses for Postgraduate (Research) students within the college.

Students can register these courses through the Cross-Programme Course Registration System.



Course CodeCourse TitleCourse Content / DescriptionPre-RequisiteCourse InstructorPre-approval required from Course Instructor
Narrative Strategies and Moving Images

This course presents an opportunity to explore and understand the connections for narrative strategies and moving images. Through guided readings, discussions and film screenings, students will investigate, explore and formulate their own ideas on narrative strategies in the filmmaker’s works. From these investigations they may integrate this knowledge into their own research. This course for 2023 will focus on digital 360 immersive media and virtual reality (VR). We will examine how the nature of storytelling and narrative techniques change significantly when placed in a 360 environment. We will examine the emergence of new terms that have developed with this media, such as immersion and presence, and the influence that these terms have on the nature of the narrative. We will examine the nature of narrative engagement, and if 360/VR narrative experience is passive, or interactive, or both at the same time. This course will include a practical component where you will have the opportunity to build and test an aspect of digital 360 or VR you wish to investigate. 

NILAssoc Prof Gray HodgkinsonYes
Exhibition Design

This course will present and discuss current issues and concepts in exhibition-making with a particular focus on design approaches and interpretative techniques that communicate knowledge and engage the audiences. Exhibition-making means the creation of innovative structures for the presentation of cultural artefacts through interdisciplinary collaboration. There will be a critical discussion on the latest design trends in the context of museum exhibitions helping the students to reflect on the relationship between the narrative, the space and the visitor experience. As exhibition concepts and agendas largely reflect the hosting institutions’ mission, students will be exposed to a variety of exhibitions: historical, cultural, scientific, permanent and temporary.

NILAssoc Prof Maura MiottoYes
New Media History and Theory

“New Media History and Theory” offers an overview of the pioneering artists and scientists who have brought about the dissolution of boundaries that have traditionally existed between the artistic and technological disciplines. The course will survey the work and ideas of artists who have explored new interactive and interdisciplinary forms, as well as engineers and mathematicians who have developed information technologies and influential scientific and philosophical ideologies that have influenced the arts. There will also be a study of the invention of information technologies and new human-machine paradigms that has come to define the medium of the personal computer as it has impacted the arts and design. The course introduces key concepts and paradigms in media history through a study of media art prior to and including the digital era. 

NILMr Ruben de la Nuez ArencibiaYes
Seminar in Design and ColorsIn this seminar you will analyse and discuss the historical development of two-dimensional design and colour through the lens of Western and Chinese ink paintings. You will study works from the 15th to early 20th century, a period that marks the most significant development of art concepts and technical progress of both Western and Chinese ink painting. Through this comparative analysis you will examine the parallel developments of color theory, space structures and design concepts. This course will deepen your awareness and comprehension of art and design development across these two cultural areas.NILAssoc Prof Ng Woon LamYes


Course CodeCourse TitleCourse Content / DescriptionPre-RequisiteCourse InstructorPre-approval required from Course Instructor
HC7003Special Topics in Chinese Overseas & Their Relations with ChinaOver different periods of time, many towns and villages in China have evolved, socially and economically, as a result of changing relations with the Chinese working and living outside China. This course explores specifically the localities with past or present connections with Chinese diaspora, collectively and fashionably labeled as qiaoxiang areas. The aim is twofold. The first is to shed light on the changing landscape of these localities amidst the political and economic developments in China. The second is to identify the pattern and content of the relations Chinese diaspora have with their native and ancestral homelands in China. Course Evaluation: There will be no exam for this course. Final course grade will be based on the evaluation of writing assignments / oral presentation / research paper.NilAsst Prof Ong Soon KeongNo
HC7006Special Topics in Modern/Contemporary Chinese LiteratureIn-depth study of selected modern/contemporary authors. Selected topics such as the following may be examined: Comparative Literary Criticism on selected works; Critical Textual Analysis; Transition and Transformation from Modern to Contemporary; Impact of the Cultural Revolution; Modernity and Post-Modernity.NilAssoc Prof Zhang SongjianNo
HC7015East Asian Cultural Interaction: Text & Image StudiesThis course introduces the contemporary scholar’s theoretical approaches of the study of text & image in the context of East Asia, such as the relationships between poems and paintings, intertextuality and comparison of the content of the texts and images. Students are required to find the interested and meaningful texts and images in the context of East Asia as the example to analyze the idea of those approaches of study of text and image which is covered in the course.NilAssoc Prof I Lo-fenNo
HG7005Advanced Readings in SociolinguisicsThis course covers advanced work in sociolinguistics, including consideration of a range of theoretical models and alternative methodologies for collecting data and analysing sociolinguistic variation. It offers a critical review of sociolinguistic methods for data collection and analysis. Students taking this course will develop their knowledge of the various approaches to the study of sociolinguistics to the point where they are able to conduct their own fieldwork and analysis of spoken language, and are able to deepen their understanding of the relationships between various social aspects and language use.Background in Linguistics requiredAsst Prof Ivan PanovicYes
HG7011The Politics of LanguageThe course starts with an overview of language policy and planning at all levels from nation-state governments to the individual (including the most widely accepted frameworks), then looks at areas where policy and planning overlap. The course covers areas such as the legal status of languages and language rights; the interrelations between globalisation, nationalism, ethnicity, identity and language policy; linguistic ecology; multilingualism as a problem or resource as well as issues on language minoritisation and endangerment. Students will be assigned a set of readings from several authoritative scholars, including Joshua Fishman, Bernard Spolsky, Stephen May and Ofelia Garcia. Students will also be given guided readings of a selection of key papers and journal articles published in recent years on language planning and policy in Asia, Europe, America and Africa.Background in Linguistics requiredAssoc Prof Tan Ying YingYes
HG7015Topics in PsycholinguisticsLanguage is a fundamental aspect of human beings and is central to social life. In this course we will consider a range of topics relevant to the nueral underpinnings of our ability to comprehend and produce human languages. Topics range from the sensory-motor aspects of language use to the nature of abstract linguistic representations, and include consideraton of a number of congenital and acquired linguistic deficits such as different forms of aphasia. The course is designed to highlight important theoretical issues in language processing and to understand how different techniques in cognitive science (e.g. recodings of electrical and magnetic activity of the brain) have been used to address these issues. The course also aims to provide training for critical reading of research reports and for development of research questions and experiment design.Background in Linguistics requiredAssoc Prof Alice ChanYes
HG7020Readings in Linguistics ResearchThrough guided readings and hands-on tutorial exercises, students will read comprehensively in one area of Linguistics not offered as a course in the MA/PhD programme. This course is taken by graduate students under the direction of a faculty member, most likely the supervisor. The course offers a great flexibility in adapting to the individual academic interests of the student to the research interests of the faculty. By the end of this course, graduate students will have an enhanced appreciation of a topic essential to their dissertation. The advanced knowledge they attain will further consolidate their ability to formulate effective research questions and will inform their subsequent MA and PhD research methodology and analysis.​Background in Linguistics requiredAssoc Prof Tan Ying YingYes
HG7032Topics in Corpus LinguisticsThis course aims to provide graduate students with key concepts and common methods used in the construction of language corpora. On completion of this module, graduate students should be able to understand the uses of text corpora in language research and be able to manipulate program to extract data from a corpus. Students should be able to design and build a corpus for specific task.Background in Linguistics requiredDr Lee JunwenYes
HG7036Linguistic TypologyLinguistic typology aims to define and classify languages according to their distinguishing features, and to establish universals on the basis of attested patterns. In this course, students will compare and assess competing explanations for these patterns by considering the impact of diachronic influences, pragmatics, markedness and cognitive processing constraints on linguistic structure. The main areas of study are: the theory of language typology; sampling methodologies and their justification; linguistic typology as applied to categories of grammar and syntactic structure; text analysis; and processes responsible for the development of grammatical complexity.Background in Linguistics requiredDr Lee JunwenYes
HG7041The Anatomy & Physiology of Speaking & HearingThis course examines the anatomical and physiological details underpinning aspects of speech, both speaking and hearing, including the respiratory system, the laryngeal and supralaryngeal parts of the vocal tract, the auditory system, and the brain, and the ontogenetic and phylogenetic development of these structures and systems. In addition to in-class examinations, students will need to demonstrate their technical knowledge through the construction of a physical model of a structure or process of their choosing. Students will also need to produce a written work that critically evaluates and synthesizes recent literature, drawn from a wide array of relevant fields, concerning a structure or process of interest.Background in Linguistics requiredAssoc Prof Scott MoisikYes
HH7113Advanced Directed Readings in HistoryThis course is designed to provide a student with a more individualized course of reading that goes beyond the existing graduate courses. In this course, students are expected to read widely in their chosen field under the guidance of their supervisor/instructor. HH7113 is intended to provide students with a more advanced reading course than HH7888. Students whose research speaks to multiple audiences within and beyond history may also explore another sub-field or a differing approach to history than they examined in HH7888. The content and requirements of each directed reading course are determined by the student in consultation with his/her supervisor/instructor. The reading list, written work, and meeting times will be negotiated between the supervisor/instructor and the student. The final detailed syllabus will be subject to the approval of the Head of Division, prior to the commencement of the course.​Prior agreement of a History faculty member to conduct HH7113Asst Prof Michael YeoYes
HH7114ArchivesThis course introduces students to archival methods, practices and theories. It will address a broad range of different approaches to archives that have emerged in recent decades. Students will explore both conventional, institutional archives—which have been the mainstay of the historical profession—as well as a much wider range of archival practices. Key questions include: how do historians think about archives and how has this shifted over time? How do power relations shape the formation and operation of archives? How do archives construct particular narratives? How has digitization impacted upon historical research? How do historians make their own archives in the absence of, or in addition to, ‘brick-and-mortar’ archives? What is the relationship between the history discipline and family, community, organisational and activist archives?
Background in humanities, art/design/media or social
Asst Prof Tapsi MathurYes
HH7888Directed Reading in HistoryThe course is designed to provide students with a more individualized course of reading that goes beyond the existing graduate courses. In this course, students are expected to read widely in their chosen field under the guidance of their supervisor. The content and requirements of each Directed Reading course are determined by the students in consultation with his/her supervisor. The reading list, written work and meeting times will be negotiated between the supervisor and the student.Prior agreement of a History faculty member to conduct HH7888Asst Prof Michael YeoYes
HL7110Graduate Seminar in Contemporary Literature & CultureThis module introduces students to a selection of literary texts in English published in the last fifty years and which have, as their governing theme, the role of the artist and the place of art in the present time. It calls for close analyses of the formal experiments in the selected texts which, while in their several ways can be dubbed modernist or postmodernist works, open up grounds for exploring ‘contemporary’ as a viable concept in current literary studies. It introduces students to a number of key strands in aesthetics and in literary theory; and encourages critical negotiations between conceptualisations of language, mind, history, society, culture from different schools of criticism and the selected literary texts in question. It pays attention to the selected texts as interdisciplinary sites in which different disciplinary genres and cultural forms interrelate and interact -- history, photography, visual arts, philosophy, horticulture, music – to arrive at new and significant attempts at ‘sense making’ (Frank Kermode).Some background in English Studies or in Literary Studies required.Prof Shirley ChewYes
HL7114Graduate Seminar in Cultural StudiesCultural studies is a broad phenomenon. This historically oriented seminar specifically explores cultural criticism, which examines the relationship of artistic culture to larger socio-political and economic developments. It begins with ‘culture’ during a machine-industrial era, with older notions of literary and artistic creation as realms of high culture that explored ultimate human meaning separate from the supposed debased values of industrial-capitalist society. We proceed to mass culture and the culture industry during this industrial era and the post-Second World War mass society linked to rapid communication and a new mass consumption. We also reflect on how the modernity associated with the colonial West affected the creation of modern culture in East Asia. The module concludes with culture in a post-industrial era, when services and finance capital add more ‘value’ than making things, and capitalism increasingly becomes globalised: capitalism, then, is not only about producing serialised mass products but is a zone of ‘creative’ industries. We also ask: is the burst of an inter-Asian pop culture in the wake of an increasing regional middle class linked to this globalised capitalism? What is the nature of culture and the time we live in now?Some background in humanistic or media studies required. Prof C.J. Wee Wan-ling
Prior approval required for all other NTU Schools.
Prior approval not required for ADM, WKWSCI, SSS, IGP or NIE. 
HL7201Graduate Seminar in Creative Writing: Directed StudyIn this course students will have the opportunity to engage in independent research related to their proposed dissertation/thesis and to produce an appropriate example of written work arising from this. The content and requirements of each Directed Study module are to be determined by the student in conjunction with the appointed supervisor/ thesis committee and the Head of Division.
Background in Creative Writing
Only available to ELH students. Students must check with Graduate Coordinator before registering.
Asst Prof Christopher Trigg
Not Open to Students from Other Schools. 
Open to IGP students with prior approval required.
HL7205Graduate Seminar in Creative Writing: Place & TimeThe Graduate Seminar in Creative Writing: Place and Time is designed to develop students’ technical facility with setting, world-building and temporality, and to develop their awareness of how their creative work is situated in contemporary geographies of literature and theory.English literature or Creative Writing background preferableAssoc Prof Boey Kim ChengYes
HL7888Directed Study in Literature
This course will provide graduate students with an opportunity to engage in independent research related to their proposed dissertation/thesis and to produce an appropriate example of written work arising from this. The content and requirements of each Directed Study module are to be determined by the student in conjunction with the appointed supervisor/ thesis committee and the Programme Head. 
Note: This course is reserved for PhD  students.  Exceptions can be made for MA students who have compelling reason to take on directed studies, and is subject to the approval of the graduate studies committee.  
Background in English studies
Only available to ELH students. Students must check with Graduate Coordinator before registering
Asst Prof Christopher Trigg
Not Open to Students from Other Schools. 
Open to IGP students with prior approval required.
HY7011Directed Reading in PhilosophyThis course is designed to provide students with an individualized course of reading that goes beyond the existing graduate courses. Specific contents of the course may vary depending on student needs and instructors. In this course, students are expected to read assigned material thoroughly under the guidance of their supervisor and to develop research projects.NilAssoc Prof Andrew T. Forcehimes
Prior approval required for Students from Other Schools. 
Prior approval not required for IGP students.
HY7012Independent Study for Thesis PreparationThis course provides students with an opportunity to engage in independent research related to their proposed thesis. The content and requirements of each Independent Study module are determined by the appointed supervisor and the student, depending on their area of interests. In this course, students are expected to develop a reading list under the guidance of their supervisor, to read widely both primary and secondary material, and to write a thesis outline as preparation for the thesis.NilAssoc Prof Andrew T. Forcehimes
Not Open to Students from Other Schools. 
Open to IGP students,  prior approval not required.
HY7013Independent Study on Special TopicsThis course allows students to engage in in-depth study of a philosophical subject chosen by the teaching faculty member. Assessment of this course include reading reports, face-to-face discussion, and research papers.NilAssoc Prof Andrew T. Forcehimes
Not Open to Students from Other Schools. 
Open to IGP students,  prior approval not required.
HY7021Directed Reading in Philosophy IIThe Division of Philosophy proposes HY7021 Directed Reading in Philosophy II for our MA and PhD programme in Philosophy. The main purpose of this course is for graduate students to focus on a set of individualized readings on an advanced topic in philosophy. These readings will go beyond any existing graduate courses. Specific contents of the course may vary depending upon student needs and faculty areas of specialty. The secondary goal is for students to gain experience with independent research. Students will conduct readings on their own with support from faculty, and write up a significant research paper based upon those readings. There is already a course HY7011 Directed Reading in Philosophy, but it can only be taken once for credit. At the graduate level, however, students who are interested in specific research topics that are not covered in existing graduate courses may need to do such a directed reading course more than once. This course is being proposed so that such students will be able to take a second Directed Reading course for credit.NilAssoc Prof Andrew T. Forcehimes
Not Open to Students from Other Schools. 
Open to IGP students,  prior approval not required.


Course CodeCourse TitleCourse Content / DescriptionPre-RequisiteCourse InstructorPre-approval required from Course Instructor
Mathematical EconomicsThe aim of this course is to provide the graduate students with advanced mathematical background needed in economic research. Topics covered will be a balance between the conventional mathematical economics and the new developments in the frontier of computational economics, which include the advanced matrix analysis and qualitative analysis, optimization with or without constraints, discrete and continuous dynamic optimization, continuous and the discrete dynamic processes, nonlinear analysis and chaos, delayed-differential systems. Introductions to Singular and non-singular perturbation theory, Wavelet analysis, Genetic algorithm, Neural network and their applications in economic analysis will be also provided.Background in Economics and Fundamental MathematicsAssoc Prof Huang Weihong

Yes, Students interested to register for this course are to email to the Course Instructor for approval, with a brief summary of their studies background.

HE7003Econometrics IIThis course provides a detailed treatment of models for analyzing both cross-sectional and time series data. The course emphasizes application rather than theory; hence, the models introduced are illustrated with examples using real-life data. In general, theoretical developments are often carried to the extent that they enhance understanding of the model.HE7002 Econometrics I Asst Prof Wang Wenjie
HP7001Advanced Research Design & Data AnalysisThe course is designed to acquaint researchers with the principles of experimental design, basic experimental designs used in social science research including between-subjects, within-subjects/repeated-measures, mixed (split-plot) and nested designs. The core statistical tool to be discussed is General Linear Models with emphasis on model comparison approach to analyze data collected from various experimental designs.​Basic training in statistics, such as linear regression and hypothesis testingAssoc Prof Xu Hong
HP7228Cognitive Neuroplasticity In Ageing & DementiaThe process of ageing is associated with cognitive decline and vast changes in the neurophysiology of the brain. These neural changes such as the accumulation of abnormal proteins, cerebral atrophy, and multi-domain cognitive decline are amplified in pathological diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. Cognitive neuroscience research in this area has proposed several factors purported to influence the trajectory of cognitive and neural decline such as exercise, cognitive training, socioeconomic status, among others. Students interested in understanding factors that influence cognitive and neurological changes i.e. cognitive neuroplasticity in the context of ageing and dementia will benefit from taking this course. Through this course, students will learn to appreciate the complexity of cognitive neuroplasticity in ageing individuals. Background in Biological psychology/Cognitive psychology/Cognitive neuroscience, or consent of the instructorAsst Prof Tan Chin Hong
HP7303Seminar On Computational Social Science & Big DataBig Data presents unprecedented opportunities to study human behaviour on a very large scale. It has been increasingly used in social science to reveal individual differences and group dynamics. This course will introduce students to methods and tools for using Big Data to conduct social science research. Topics include characteristics of Big Data, forecasting and nowcasting, text mining, digital field experiments, human computation, ethical frameworks, etc.Background in Social Sciences or permission of the instructorAssoc Prof Qiu Lin


Course CodeCourse TitleCourse Content / DescriptionPre-RequisiteCourse InstructorPre-approval required from Course Instructor
Network Analysis: Theory and MethodsThis course introduces the core concepts of network theory and methods and discusses theoretical and analytic issues associated with network analysis. It consists of three major parts: the theoretical foundations of network analysis, the review of seminal and recent works on social and communication networks, and applications of network theory to real-world problems. The course focuses on (but not limited to) the following topics: homophily and community structure, tie strength and structural holes, diffusion and network effects, small-world phenomena, random graph model, large-scale empirical networks, and computational approaches to network analysis. Students will learn and use programming languages for data collection and analysis. All the programming skills necessary for the course will be taught in a step-by-step manner. Prior knowledge of linear algebra and calculus will be helpful, but it is not required.Asst Prof Poong OhYes
CI7108Media Influence and PersuasionThis course provides an introduction to classic and influential theories and research on media influence and persuasion. The readings and class meetings will be guided by the major theoretical approaches to understanding how and why media messages have intended and unintended effects on individuals and society across a variety of contexts (e.g., media violence, health, political, entertainment media, news media, etc.). Within the context of these theories, students will review empirical applications of the theories and develop skills in operationalizing theoretical concepts for empirical testing.NilAssoc Prof Kim Hye KyungYes