Sociology of Gender Studies
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Reading List: NUS SC2220 Gender Studies

Gender is a hot topic among Sociology students. And so it is among American citizens. The failed campaign of what would be the first female US president coincided with the election of someone recorded on tape boasting of sexual misconduct. If you take a cultural angle towards politics, the backlash of the #MeToo campaign would hardly be surprising.

While the ethical contradictions between the sexual misconduct allegations and legal processes are hard to reconcile, it is a better time than ever to challenge our habitual ways of thinking about sex and gender. For a start, do you believe that girls should enter the arts while guys play sports, that girls should stay at home for guys to work outside, that girls can cry but guys must not?

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Reading List: NUS SC2220 Gender Studies
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Sociology of Tourism
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Reading List: NUS SC2217 Sociology of Tourism

NUS SC2217 is the module for which my notes are most incomplete. The readings total about 70, though most of them were optional. Not that I adhered to the arbitrary classification; I read only those which caught my interest. While there is a certain messiness to the module, it does symbolize the inescapable sketchiness of ethnographic field notes.

Some of these notes still come to mind when I’m in another country.

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Reading List: NUS SC2217 Sociology of Tourism
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NUS SC2216 Emotions and Social Life
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Reading List: NUS SC2216 Emotions and Social Life

Philosophy intrigues me. But like most of you, I hold onto a stereotypical fear of the subject: too abstract. In some sense we are right; there are technical branches within philosophy which deal with signs and symbols. (Not the kind of ‘logic’ we understand.) Yet there is also phenomenology, which while abstract, deals with more human concerns.

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NUS SC2211 Medical Sociology - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
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Reading List: NUS SC2211 Medical Sociology

Ri An asked us to each name a medical condition observed in the film, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. When it was my turn, I said “delusion”. Murmurs broke out in the class. Voices emerged and explained that delusion was not a medical condition, but a symptom. There was nothing else I had that hadn’t been said, so I admitted as such and passed the turn. I certainly did no favours to Sociology here in this NUS SC2211 tutorial class dominated by Nursing students.

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Reading List: NUS SC2211 Medical Sociology
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