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BA Tamil Language and Literature

Bachelor's Degree Programme
(Part-time)

Caters to the needs of adults who aspire to enhance their competence and knowledge levels in Tamil language and literature.

BA Tamil Language and Literature


Overview

Singapore University of Social Sciences is the only local university that offers an undergraduate programme in Tamil language and literature. This degree programme caters to the needs of adults who aspire to enhance their competence and knowledge levels in Tamil language and literature. It is jointly developed by Singapore University of Social Sciences and scholars from Tamil Nadu. The programme is similar to that being offered in Tamil Nadu. At the same time, local content has been specially integrated into the curriculum to make it more relevant and palatable for students in Singapore. Furthermore, courses on linguistics and translation have been incorporated to suit our local needs of our bilingual society.

The language courses enhance students' understanding of linguistic concepts and language discourse from a functional grammar perspective. The literature courses offer an insight into a range of literary genres, periods and styles.

This programme admits students only for its July intake.
You may pursue Tamil Language and Literature as a single subject or in combination with a Minor.

Refer to Minor Courses for more details.

Overview

Admission Requirements

Refer to general admission criteria for undergraduate programmes.

In addition to the standard admission criteria for all Singapore University of Social Sciences undergraduate programmes, applicants need to fulfil the following:

  • A pass in Tamil at GCE 'A', 'AO' or 'O' level

Financial Assistance

There are also various types of financial aid available to students who need financial assistance. Please click here for more details.

Dhinakaran – SUSS Bursary in Tamil Studies
The Dhinakaran Education Fund together with SUSS, is supporting 4 study grants at S$1,250 each semester to deserving undergraduates with financial needs from the BA Tamil Language and Literature, and BA Tamil Language with Minor programmes. The grants are open to students with good academic records (new students), or have made satisfactory progress towards complete of his/her academic programme (for existing students).

Programme Structure

BA Tamil Language and Literature
Students are required to complete a total of 130 credit units (cu) to graduate with a basic degree, inclusive of 10 cu of SUSS Core courses and 10 cu of Behavioural Science Core courses. All courses are 5 cu unless stated otherwise. Students are encouraged to read SUSS Core and Behavioural Science Core courses in English. However, for those in the Tamil Language and Literature (BATL) programme who experience difficulty in the English language, they will have the option to read these courses in their primary language of instruction, i.e., Tamil. The students from the BATL with minor programme will have to read SUSS and Behavioural Science Core courses in English.

The breakdown of the cu to be completed is:

  • 10 cu SUSS Core courses;
  • 10 cu of Behavioural Science Core courses; and
  • 110 cu Tamil Core courses.

BA Tamil Language and Literature with Minor
Students are required to complete a total of 130 cu to graduate with a basic degree, inclusive of 10 cu of SUSS Core courses.

The breakdown of the cu to be completed is:

  • 10 cu SUSS Core courses;
  • 80 cu of Tamil Language and Literature courses; and
  • 40 cu of Minor courses
Module Types
SUSS CORE COMPULSORY
10 cu
COMPULSORY
110 cu
SHBS CORE COMPULSORY
5 cu
SHBS CORE ELECTIVE
5 cu

This programme is meant for anyone irrespective of their career background but has passion for the language. Particularly, for those who have no degree but work in Tamil related area such as Tamil language teachers, court interpreters, and broadcasters could upgrade their academic qualifications.

Degree holders will be able to engage in Tamil language teaching in pre-primary, primary, secondary, and junior colleges. They can also advance their careers in broadcasting or in the courts and Parliament as interpreters.

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