Singapore University of Social Sciences



Applications Open: 01 April 2022

Applications Close: 31 May 2022

Next Available Intake: July 2022

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $1378 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: General Studies

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education (ACE), Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: Centre for Continuing & Professional Education


This course enables students to approach works of literature as artefacts that are directly tied to real-world experiences and life lessons. The course will provide students with a set of integrated skills required to engage with literary texts confidently and critically. These skills, in addition to the engagement with materials in this course, will gear students towards appreciating the intricacies of narrative story-telling as an important aspect of cultural expression and analytical reflection.

Level: 1
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July
E-Learning: - Learning is done ENTIRELY online using interactive study materials in Canvas. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. There are no face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, this will be administered on-campus. To be confirmed


  • Course overview, introduction of basic concepts of narrative and genre
  • Introduction to fiction - story, plot and narrative
  • Key elements of fictional narratives (setting, character, dialogue, tone)
  • Close reading fiction of meaning
  • Presenting your interpretation
  • Introduction to drama – reading vs performance
  • Key elements of dramatic narratives (act structures; monologues; musicals; video)
  • Close reading of drama for meaning
  • Presenting your interpretation
  • Introduction of poetry - poetic devices, basics of reading poetry
  • Poetic structure
  • Close reading poetry for meaning
  • Presenting your interpretation

Learning Outcome

  • Discuss one or more texts for artistic, cultural, historical, or structural merit
  • Describe the aesthetic principles that guide the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
  • Explain relevant literary devices and rhetorical strategies as they relate to the selected readings
  • Develop a limited and coherent thesis statement
  • Demonstrate critical analysis of textual forms and expressions
  • Relate thematic ideas from texts to contemporary society and current affairs based on logical, independent analysis and class discussion
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