Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Public Policy and Global Affairs

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BSocSci (Hons) in Public Policy and Global Affairs

The Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Public Policy and Global Affairs is a four-year programme that prepares students for a career and leadership role in both public and private sectors in Singapore, in the Asian region and across the globe. 

With an interdisciplinary orientation and a focus on Singaporean society, the direct honours degree programme offers courses that equip its graduates with multi-dimensional practical knowledge in areas such as policy analysis, programme evaluation, public financial management, human resource management, and non-profit management. The education they receive will enable them to contribute to the public, non-profit, or business sectors in Singapore. The professional training in political dynamics, international politics, comparative public administration, and global affairs also lays a solid foundation for graduates for a possible career in regional and international governmental organisations as well as regional and international non-governmental organisations.

Course Code​TitleCourse Coordinators/
​HA1003Introduction to Public Administration and Policy​​Chen Chung-An
HA1011Politics of Singapore
Walid Jumblatt
HA2003Politics and Government in Southeast AsiaVannarith Chheang
​HA2004Theories in International RelationsFelix Tan
​HA2011Cost-Benefit AnalysisTang Cheng Keat
​HA2017Foreign Policy Analysis​Felix Tan
​HA2026American Foreign PolicyNilay Saiya
​HA2027Statistical analysis for public affairs IIChen Chung-An
​HA3010Mass Media and PP​Wu Wei
​HA3014Singapore Foreign Policy 
​Dylan Loh
Christopher Holman
​HA3023International SecurityNilay Saiya
HA3028​Political Parties & Election​Felicia Low
​HA3030​Innovation Management and Policy ​​Wang Jue
​HA4001ASEAN in the 21st CenturyKei Koga
​HA4006Public Leadership
​Wu Wei
​HA4017Economic Issues for Public Decision MakingKim Soojin
HA4019Methods in Political TheoryChristopher Holman
HA4022International Politics of the Asia PacificVannarith Chheang
HA4025Designing and Conducting Qualitative ResearchKim Soojin
HA4030Interstate ConflictFelix Tan
HA4034Causal Inference in Policy Evaluation Tang Cheng Keat
HA4035Food Politics and PoliciesChou Meng-Hsuan
HA4038Critical International TheoryDylan Loh
HA4039Knowledge Politics
Chou Meng-Hsuan
HA4040Health, Disease Outbreak and PoliticsSabrina Luk
HJ5001Introduction to Health and SocietySabrina Luk

To obtain Honours (Highest Distinction & Distinction), students must complete their graduation projects.

The Graduation Project (8AUs) is undertaken during a student’s final year or when the student has fulfilled the below requirements. All GP Projects are to be conducted individually, and, typically over two consecutive semesters in NTU. There is only one intake in August each year.

In exceptional cases, we may allow students to complete the GP within one semester. Please refer to the GP 
guideline document for more information. 

1) Students with CGPA of 3.90 and above must complete the GP.

2) Those with CGPA between 3.75 and 3.89 may opt-in to do the GP. This is subject to the approval by the Program.
3) Students with CGPA below 3.75 will not be allowed to conduct the GP. 

4) Students who do not do the GP are to take two 4000-level courses to fulfill the 8 AUs requirement. 


GP Research Areas:

  • Comparative Public Administration
  • Comparative Public Policy
  • Comparative Politics in Asia
  • Global Governance and Regulation
  • Globalization and East Asian Politics
  • Government, Nonprofits and Society
  • International Security
  • Migration and Asylum Policy
  • Normative theories of International Relations
  • Performance Measurement in Public Sector
  • Policy Analysis and Evaluation
  • Political Communication
  • Political Theory
  • Politics and Government in Southeast Asia
  • Politics in Singapore
  • Public Administration in Southeast Asia
  • Public Administration in Singapore
  • Public Budgeting and Finance
  • Public Policy Making in Singapore
  • Science, Technology and Public Policy
  • Singapore's Foreign Policy
  • South-South relations


Files for GP students

Commencement: (All Applications are now to be submitted online. A link will be sent to students in due course)


Submission to Programme: 

Submission of GP to DR-NTU:
• You may visit
• DR-NTU Submission Guidelines:
• For any enquires on DR-NTU submission, please email
The School has carefully selected a set of interdisciplinary Major-PEs, so as to provide students with​ a broad-based curriculum within the School. It offers our students more choices to take Major-PEs in other fields of study other than those related to their own major programmes, that they may have the opportunity to gain interdisciplinary training within the humanities and social sciences discipline.
This list of Interdisciplinary Major-PEs are for students who are interested and confident to take modules outside their Major of Study. If students wish to focus on taking Major-PEs from their own major programme, they can still do so. 
The following modules are part of a common pool of Interdisciplinary Major-PEs that all SSS students can register for, regardless of their offering Programme with effect from Semester 2, AY2016-2017.
Modules with pre-requisites are indicated in red below.
Existing courses
HISTHH1007 The Making of Civilizations
HH3013 Comparative History of Race Science
HC3001 Modern Chinese Literature (will remain as Core for CHIN students)
(Pre-req: B4 and above in O-Level Chinese or equivalent)
HC3003 Southeast Asian Chinese (will remain as Core for CHIN students)
(Pre-req: B4 and above in O-Level Chinese or equivalent)
PSYHP1000 Introduction to Psychology (will remain as Core for PSY students)
HP1100 Fundamentals of Social Science Research (will remain as Core for PSY students)
PPGAHA3016 China's Foreign Policy (Pre-req: HA1004)
 HA3010 Mass Media and Public Policy (Pre-req: HA1004)
HE1004 Introduction to Statistical Theory and Methods
(will remain as Core for ECON students)
HE9092 Economic Theory (Pre-req: HE9091)
SOCHS2007 Understanding Globalization (Pre-req: HS1001)
HS2028 Graying society: Issues and Challenges (Pre-req: HS1001)
PHILOHY1001 Introduction to Philosophy (will remain as Core for PHIL students)
HY3001 Existentialism: Freedom, Being, Death
HG1001 Fundamentals of Linguistics: Mind and Meaning
(will remain as Core for LMS students)
HG2020 Language in Society (will remain as Core for LMS students)
(Pre-req: HG1002)
HL1001 Introduction to the Study of Literature
HL1005 Singaporean Literature and Culture (Pre-req: HL1001)
Please note that: 
  1. Students are allowed to take not more than 2 courses from the common pool of Major-PEs courses as substitute of their own Major-PEs.
  2. ​​A waiver of the pre-requisites will be granted to students who wish to register any of these 18 modules. They will be advised that they need to put in more effort when attempting higher level courses in the list with pre-requisite.


PPGA students can match 1000/2000/3000-level IPE to our 2000/3000-level Major-PEs requirement.


All calculators that are to be brought into the examination halls must be registered by the School.

School of Social Sciences students are required to get their calculators registered at the SSS Undergraduate Office at any time during the following hours:

Time : 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Mondays to Friday, excluding public holiday)
Venue : SSS-01-02 (SSS Undergraduate Office counter)

However, if you have already registered your calculator previously and the seal is not broken, you do not have to register it again.

Re-registering of Calculator is required only if you are using a new calculator or the seal on your current calculator has broken.

Please remember that all calculators that are brought into the exam halls are to have the School's seal on it.

Please read carefully the Rules of Governing the Use of Calculators at Examinations.

Graphic calculators are allowed for use in the new GCE 'A' Level Curriculum from 2006. For consistency, the University will allow the use of graphic calculators with effect from S1 AY 2006-07 examinations.

Students are responsible for clearing any information and/or programs stored in the graphic calculators before the examination.