Singapore University of Social Sciences

Contemporary Issues in Societies from a Multidisciplinary Social Science Perspective

Contemporary Issues in Societies from a Multidisciplinary Social Science Perspective (RSS553)

Applications Open: 01 October 2023

Applications Close: 15 November 2023

Next Available Intake: January 2024

Course Types: Modular Graduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $2200 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Humanities and Social Sciences

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education (ACE)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Humanities & Behavioural Sciences


The RSS553 advanced seminar course will focus on 6 to 8 specialized topics. The course is designed to impart in-depth knowledge and understanding of the chosen specialized topics, to enable students to proficiently evaluate and interpret social science research and societal phenomena in those areas. As contemporary social issues intersect multiple social science disciplines (e.g., sociology, political science, and economics), this course will examine social science issues that are pertinent to modern-day societies from a multidisciplinary approach. The course will provide students with the research skills to develop innovative research methods or solutions that aim to solve evolving societal issues. The course also aims to train students who are able to translate the existing research into applied projects that have impact on people. Topics chosen will vary from year to year, depending on the prevailing expertise of the full-time faculty at SUSS and the availability of guest speakers (who are academic experts or industry practitioners).

Level: 5
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY JAN
E-Learning: BLENDED - Learning is done MAINLY online using interactive study materials in Canvas. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. This is supplemented with SOME face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, this will be administered on-campus.


  • Current issues in developed societies
  • Ageing
  • Migration, acculturation and integration
  • Globalization, connectivity, and technology
  • Heath and healthcare policies in developed societies
  • Modernization and social transformation
  • Economic development and well-being
  • Social equality, social trust and governance
  • Social capital
  • Social mobility and inequality
  • Consumption and values
  • Media, culture and society

Learning Outcome

  • Examine the theories, concepts, and findings underlying current issues in social sciences
  • Assess the influence of sociocultural and economic factors for the chosen specialized topics
  • Evaluate the impact of policies on social and economic issues, and the challenges in policy implementation
  • Select relevant theories to analyse current social issues
  • Propose appropriate recommendations for evaluating and addressing social issues from a multidisciplinary perspective
  • Design research projects relevant to real-world problems and recommend solutions to solve the problems
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