CET117 Publishing in Contemporary Singapore

Course Provider

School of Humanities (SoH)



Academic Unit



This module examines the present state and developing trends in the Singaporean publishing industry. Emphasis will be placed on book publishing in various languages and the specific business dynamics for each, in addition to Singaporean policy governing the book trade. Attention will also be given to the greater realities of publishing in SE Asia and to the post-colonial context of Singapore as a hub of Anglophone literature in Asia.

The course is part of: 
- Graduate Certificate in Publishing
- FlexiMasters in Publishing


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By the end of this course, participants should be able to:
- Demonstrate an awareness of the present conditions of publishing in Singapore
- Develop the ability to apply humanities research and research methods to publishing
- Develop an appreciation of the particularity, diversity and range of publishing opportunities in SE Asia and the world from both a theoretical and practical perspective
1. Publishing in Singapore
2. Publishing in SE Asia
3. Post-colonial theory
As with all Humanities courses, this course prepares students for a wide range of employment opportunities in Busincess, Education, Civil Service, and the arts, as it provides specific job scope considerations to supplement the writing, reading, and critical thinking skills that serve Humanities so well in taking on jobs in these sectors. This particular course provides special insight into jobs in Journalism and Media.

Standard Course Fee: S$1080.00

SSG Funding Support


Course fee payable after SSG funding, if eligible under various schemes


Fee BEFORE funding & GST

Fee AFTER funding & 8% GST

Singapore Citizens (SCs) and Permanent Residents (PRs) (Up to 70% funding)



Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (ETSS)


SCs aged ≥ 40 years old
SkillsFuture Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy (MCES)
(Up to 90% funding)

• NTU/NIE alumni may utilise their $1,600 Alumni Course Credits. Click here for more information.

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CET100 Professional Communication: Essentials 1
CET101 Professional Communication: Interpersonal skills 1
CET102 Professional Communication: Speaking skills 1
CET113 Understanding the creative industries 1
CET114 Writing and research for the creative industries 1
CET115 Writing for the creative industries II 1
CET116 Introduction to Contemporary Publishing 1
CET117 Publishing in Contemporary Singapore 1
CET118 Editorial Functions and Strategies 1
CET119 Technology and Electronic Publishing 1
CET120 Marketing and Sales 1
CET121 Book Editing 1
CET122 Magazine Editing 1
CET123 Copy Editing 1
CET124 Editorial Theory and Practice 1
TI6113 Creative Writing and Literature Translation 1
CET150 Author Branding1
CET151 Literary Publishing1
CET152 Book Manuscript Workshop I1
CET153 Book Manuscript Workshop II1

Listed courses are:

  • Credit-bearing and stackable to Graduate Certificate in Publishing (total 9AU) and FlexiMasters in Publishing (total 15AU)
  • SSG funded and SkillsFuture Credit approved