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Old 18-03-2011, 01:35 AM   #16
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I couldn't help but chuckle at your post, you sound like you got the bad end of a deal. Are you from NTU history? Any experience to share?
NTU history haven't even start yet.... how am I from there. Let's just say I am semi in the loop with regards to developments in the teaching of history in Singapore
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NTU history haven't even start yet.... how am I from there. Let's just say I am semi in the loop with regards to developments in the teaching of history in Singapore
Ahh, my bad then, I am not as in the loop regarding NTU. But I did not want to sound too biased considering the choice I made.
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Old 18-03-2011, 01:41 AM   #18
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Ahh, my bad then, I am not as in the loop regarding NTU. But I did not want to sound too biased considering the choice I made.
Always take those tea session with a pinch of salt.

Anyway for the humanities and social sciences, you can't construct a empire in 1 day, it takes years to get the right people, set the identity of the department, get graduate students and research down, get the resources for the library etc
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Always take those tea session with a pinch of salt.

Anyway for the humanities and social sciences, you can't construct a empire in 1 day, it takes years to get the right people, set the identity of the department, get graduate students and research down, get the resources for the library etc
Yah, always take it with a pinch of salt, even online advice. Your own judgment/gut feeling would be the best

While it's true about not constructing an empire in a day, sometimes it might actually be beneficial to get a fresh perspective not too bounded by the established structure too, empires tend to topple by the very weight that stabilise them. There are always some profs who get a little too high in the instep, and suffocate their students's creativity because it doesn't conform to academic standards set by 'eminent' ones.

Just to clarify though, I like most of my profs and they've been encouraging. There are some profs that I really question though, "why in the world are they teaching??" some profs are better as academics instead of teachers. Fortunately I haven't encountered that many of them.

At ground level, things might not look too different to the student. But I'm just advocating for a pros and cons view lah. What kind of student you are and what environment you work best in is very important too.
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Old 18-03-2011, 08:54 AM   #20
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Yah, always take it with a pinch of salt, even online advice. Your own judgment/gut feeling would be the best

While it's true about not constructing an empire in a day, sometimes it might actually be beneficial to get a fresh perspective not too bounded by the established structure too, empires tend to topple by the very weight that stabilise them. There are always some profs who get a little too high in the instep, and suffocate their students's creativity because it doesn't conform to academic standards set by 'eminent' ones.

Just to clarify though, I like most of my profs and they've been encouraging. There are some profs that I really question though, "why in the world are they teaching??" some profs are better as academics instead of teachers. Fortunately I haven't encountered that many of them.

At ground level, things might not look too different to the student. But I'm just advocating for a pros and cons view lah. What kind of student you are and what environment you work best in is very important too.
The work you do is somewhat limited by the hegemonic discourse of academia, so fresh and new hmmm..... Not until you are a grad student or it's some eminent young professor
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Old 18-03-2011, 10:30 AM   #21
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the most classic one, go FASS must bid for modules/major, if I want to major in XXX, there is a chance I can't do it cause of this unlike in NTU...
NO!!! This one of the common misconception. YES you must bid for it but the thing is that they do take into account past bidding trends to make sure that there are sufficient spaces. And the thing about FASS is that even if you don't get what you want this semester, there are other requirements to fufil so you can do those first.

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Old 18-03-2011, 10:57 AM   #22
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NO!!! This one of the common misconception. YES you must bid for it but the thing is that they do take into account past bidding trends to make sure that there are sufficient spaces. And the thing about FASS is that even if you don't get what you want this semester, there are other requirements to fufil so you can do those first.

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Ehh that's what I'm saying.......
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Old 19-03-2011, 12:43 AM   #23
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Lastly, sorry but I do think NUS FASS is way stronger than NTU HSS and SMU Social Sciences
The sentiment is shared by many employers
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Old 19-03-2011, 08:06 AM   #24
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Lol, instead of choosing FASS or HSS, actually look at the department who's major you are interested in. Who are the profs? Have they done good work? Offers special modules you are interested in? For example, if you are planning to do psych, look at the specialisations of the profs, because you will have to do at least one lab course with one of them. If NTU claims to be not as rigid as NUS, what does that mean in terms that would affect you?
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Offers special modules you are interested in?
Hmm... I've compared the modules and NUS wins hands down in terms of variety.

For example, if you are planning to do psych, look at the specialisations of the profs, because you will have to do at least one lab course with one of them.
Rather unrealistic to expect A-level grads to have the mental maturity to make such evaluations yeah?

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Lol, instead of choosing FASS or HSS, actually look at the department who's major you are interested in. Who are the profs? Have they done good work? Offers special modules you are interested in? For example, if you are planning to do psych, look at the specialisations of the profs, because you will have to do at least one lab course with one of them. If NTU claims to be not as rigid as NUS, what does that mean in terms that would affect you?
the latter usually applies to people who are choosing grad schools
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Rather unrealistic to expect A-level grads to have the mental maturity to make such evaluations yeah?
That is why potential applicants have to do really do their homework if they are serious instead of being sugarcoated by all the course marketing..

And see, we all learnt something today, right?
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That is why potential applicants have to do really do their homework if they are serious instead of being sugarcoated by all the course marketing..
how many ginna know what they want to specialize especially for the humanities lol
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how many ginna know what they want to specialize especially for the humanities lol
Yeah... that's why I always advice people to choose NUS FASS if they are unsure. Gives you more flexibility and room to explore.
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the previous time i made a comparison between econs and psy modules in ntu and nus, both majors from nus seemed more interesting to me. However, this was from 3 years ago. The module content in ntu may have since changed then with its increasing enrolment and perhaps higher dynamic interaction among students and profs.
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