Singapore University of Social Sciences

Communication and the Story of Self

Communication and the Story of Self (GSP194)

Applications Open: 01 October 2021

Applications Close: 30 November 2021

Next Available Intake: January 2022

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: General Studies

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education (ACE)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: SUSS Academy


This course focuses on the development of self-identity as a foundation for effective communication and leadership. Participants will learn and practise the core skills of narrative building and story-telling, and learn how to leverage the unique self as a core strength and asset in approaching one’s problem-solving and leadership. The course takes a practical approach, with assignments taking the form of live presentations and the construction of tangible marketable assets such as one’s resume and introductory video.

Level: 1
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every semester


  • Identity-building as a foundation
  • Motivating values: values, emotion, action
  • Public narrative: the art of self, us, now
  • Crafting my story of self
  • Understanding the lens through which I see
  • Identifying the opportunity in me
  • Persuasive communication
  • Public speaking
  • Building presence and trust
  • Creating my public narrative: presentation/video
  • Creating my public narrative: linkedIn
  • Creating my public narrative: resume

Learning Outcome

  • Describe the use of self as a tool for effective communication and leadership
  • Explain how identity and values drive motivation and action
  • Discuss their own driving values
  • Identify opportunities and perspectives through the lens of their unique self
  • Develop a personal narrative on the story of self
  • Present the story in front of an audience to effectively communicate one’s driving values
  • Write compelling communication pieces in the form of marketable assets such as a short presentation in front of an audience, their LinkedIn profile, a video, or personal resume.
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