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SMU-X Courses

The SMU-X Initiative aims to bring about a mind-set change for collaboration across the University, signaling a paradigm shift towards learning and working together. We strive to do this by introducing two components:

(1) An experiential portfolio of courses that is hands-on and interdisciplinary

(2) Unconventional, flexible co-working spaces for 24/7 use such as the SMU Labs that meet the usage patterns and behaviours of the millennial student.

It gets the SMU Community – faculty and students alike – to collaborate and step out of their disciplines, by encouraging group effort in solving complex issues. Leveraging on our position as a University in the heart of the city, SMU-X can also bring us closer to our community and the industry.

We are pleased to offer several social science courses that are categorized as SMU-X:


PPPM301 Public Policy Task Force
The Public Policy Task Force is a core part of the Public Policy and Public Management (PPPM) second major offered by the School of Social Sciences. The Task Force emphasizes the development of problem-solving and analytical skills that constitutes a strong comparative advantage for PPPM students. Students are required to sign up for a specific public policy topic that is suggested by the faculty instructor. They discuss and deliberate core theoretical issues for a few weeks, and then conduct actual fieldwork for solving the policy problem being examined. At the end of the semester, students are required to come up with specific policy recommendations and reports. Topics that have been covered include Participatory Decision Making for Service Provision in Singapore, Social Entrepreneurship for the Provision of Public Goods in a Poorer Singapore Neighbourhood, and Singapore's Education Policy and Low-Income Post-Normal Tech Students.


THAR003 Post Modern Theatre Studies
The Post-Modern Theatre Studies Course is taught within the context of a leading international school of Business. The course will provide students with an insight into the business of theatre-making, but will also teach students important lessons in the understanding of self, and personal growth; to understand and manage of people and resources. There will be opportunities for leadership as well as teamwork. Students will learn how to be responsible and will be made aware of accountability when dealing with projects that present a public face. Students develop stamina through the rehearsal process and learn the performer’s code, “That the show must go on”. Above all, students will learn to value accomplishment. The course culminates in a public theatre production and a public seminar on the works of Kuo Pao Kun and present day relevance of his writing, with special reference to our youth.


Last updated on 11 Jan 2019 .