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Cultural Identities and the Art

This course examines how a community may express its values and belief systems in its arts as well as popular images in mass media. The course provides insights into cultures, identities and world views by examining the relationships linking these constructs and the process of sense-making in the arts and related objects. Objects examined may include the visual and performing arts, films, historical artifacts, and popular images in mass media. Emphasis will be given to the Asian cultural and societal contexts.

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Programme Length

10 January 2018 to 4 April 2018

3-hourly face-to-face classes once a week over 12 consecutive weeks.

It will be held every Wednesdays from 3.30 pm to 6.45 pm. 

Admission Period 10 January 2018 (Course Start Date)
Application Period

Registration is now closed. (Opened from 23 November 2017 to 4 December 2017)


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Admission Requirements

Participant must:

  • be conversant and literate in English
  • be prepared to be interviewed prior to course placement
  • know how to surf the internet 

After Subsidy:

SGD $239.68 after GST*


Qualified for SkillsFuture Credit.

Application via SkillsFuture Credit Portal using SingPass can only be made starting from 30 days before the course commencement date.

Please note that a full refund on the course fee will only be made if notice of withdrawal is made in writing via email or letter at least 1 month (30 days) before the course start date. Withdrawals within 30 days before course start date will not be refunded. No refunds will be made on books or course packs that have been purchased.


*Does not include registration fee and cost of materials, e.g. course pack and books. Course fees are non-refundable on and after 8 December 2017.

Who Should Attend

Participants must be Singapore Citizens age 50 years and above.

Last updated on 7 Dec 2017.



School of Social Sciences @ SMU

Singapore Management University
School of Social Sciences
90 Stamford Road
Singapore 178903


Contact Person:
Ms Wang Hui Zhi
Phone: +65 6808 5425

Ms Tan Lijing
Phone: +65 6828 0832