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Reading Groups bring together students, faculty members, practitioners, and researchers from multi-disciplinary backgrounds to think together about topics specific to each reading Group’s theme. They aim to help students deepen their knowledge through in-class discussion, talks by invited speakers, and projects/interventions, guided by relevant readings from literature.

Reading Groups are not credit-bearing. Participation in a Reading Group will take approximately two to three hours per week during Semester.

Senior CAPTains who have completed their UTCP can participate in a Reading Group to fulfil residency requirements if they are unable to take a College module.

CAPT is offering four Reading Groups this semester (AY2019/2020 Semester 1). Sign up for Reading Groups here. Registration will close on 23 August 2019 Friday.

Reading Groups

Mental Wellness: Understanding Diverse Approaches
What is mental wellness? How do we define ‘(ab)normal’ mental wellness? How do communities across different countries and cultures achieve mental health and resilience? How do the government, society and family contribute to mental wellness? This reading group explores the key concepts and approaches to mental wellness across disciplines, ideologies and cultures. We will examine the different perspectives to appreciate the mental health landscape at the global, local and individual levels.

Schedule

This group will meet on Thursdays, from 6-8pm in the SR5. The first session will be held in Week 3 (29 Aug).

Contact

Ms Wong Soon Fen (rc3wsf@nus.edu.sg)

Dr Linda Matar (linda@nus.edu.sg)

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Diverse Singapore Families
How would you define ‘family’? Who would you say is in your family? The increasing trends toward cohabitation, same-sex couplehood, divorce, remarriage and singlehood have led to the emergence of diverse family patterns and changes in family life in societies in many parts of the globe. This Reading Group aims to reflect on the definition of the traditional nuclear family consisting heterosexual married parents and their biological children, as well as examine some of the shifts in family life by taking stock of various configurations of familial relationships, using Singapore as a case-study. In so doing, it seeks to investigate some of the public policy and on-the-ground challenges in addressing these changing experiences of family within society.

Schedule

This group will meet on Tuesdays, from 4-6pm in the SR6. The first session will be held in Week 3 (27 Aug).

Contact

Ms Sue Chang-Koh (rc3scsf@nus.edu.sg)

Dr Lavanya Balachandran (lavanyab@nus.edu.sg)

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Chances in Life
We take chances every day. There is a risk the train won’t arrive on time, that we lose in a computer or sports game, or that we crash while riding a scooter. Our savings and investments may gain or lose value. The polling prediction for an election may turn out to be wrong, as was famously the case with Hillary Clinton in 2016. There’s even a small chance that a healthcare procedure may go wrong, or that our plane won’t safely land.

Together with Assoc Prof Yap Von Bing from the Department of Statistics & Applied Probability, this Reading Group looks at the reasoning involved when encountering such every day risks. Should I ride a motorised scooter if not confident? Is gambling at the casino a winning proposition? Is it safe to go for Lasik? The basics of estimation – and visualisation – of likelihood will be introduced in a friendly way, welcoming to non-mathematics majors.

Schedule

This group will meet on Wednesdays, from 4-6pm in SR6. The first session will be held in Week 3 (28 Aug).

Contact

Miss Lynne Yang (lynne.yang.xinglin@nus.edu.sg)

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In 3D: Painting the Streets (Literally)
Street Art is among the biggest cohesive art movements exploding all around the world today. From urban graffiti to award-winning commissioned pieces, Street Art has brought aesthetics out of private galleries and museums into the public domain to amuse and disturb. The latest incarnation, 3D interactive art, is being fuelled by the boom in international travel, the ubiquity of smartphones (and smart cameras), and the connectivity of social media. The roots of 3D art go back to at least 16th century Italy, but with greater understanding and a developing art form, the limits of this exciting media are being pushed further by contemporary artists. Because Street Art occurs in public spaces, unique issues arise, and clever solutions are often found.

This Reading Group will provide students with some of street art’s historical and scientific underpinnings. Students will explore some of the social and theoretical aspects of the movement. Most importantly, students will participate in practical demos and collaborative creations with Rudy Kistler.

Schedule

This group will meet on Mondays, from 7-9pm in SR5. The first session will be held in Week 4 (02 Sep)

Contact

Assoc Prof Greg Petersen (greg.petersen@nus.edu.sg)

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