Course Offerings Information

Urban Studies Courses for AY 2019-20 (as of 12/02/2019)

This information may be subject to some change, but is as accurate as of date of posting. See below also for advice on sequencing of courses and study abroad.

Semester 1 Semester 2
YSS2220 Intro to Urban Studies Prof Jacobs Required Intro/Foundation YSS2220 Intro to Urban Studies Prof Jacobs & Prof Cardoso Required Intro/Foundation
YSS3222 Urban Theory Prof Cardoso Required Theory YSS3273 GIS and Demographics Prof Shin 1 of 2 Required Methods
YSS3231 Methods Social Science Prof Zuin Methods* YSS3231 Methods Social Science Prof Zuin Methods*
Urban Studio Capstone Prof Jacobs Required 4000 Urban Studio Capstone Individual Advisors Required 4000
YSS3245 Key Debates in Urban Planning and  Policy Prof Smith Topical 3000 YSS4234 Urban Heritage: Place, Memory, Identity Prof Jacobs Topical 3000
YSS3250 Cityscapes & Urban Form Prof Jacobs & TBC Topical 3000 YSS3269 Water & Waste in Urban Environments Prof Zuin Topical 3000
YSS3246 Cities of the Global South Prof Zuin Topical 3000 YSS4247 Transnational Urbanism Prof Cardoso Topical 4000
YSS4220 Housing and Social Inequality Prof Chua Topical 4000 YSS3274 Urban Singapore Prof Chua Topical 3000
Urban Mobilities Prof Shin Topical 3000
YSSXXXX Healthy and Resilient Cities Prof Zuin Topical 3000
Methods Courses

*Methods in Social Sciences is ONE way of fulfilling the second required methods course. You can also select from any of the following recognized courses, or seek approval for other Yale-NUS or NUS methods courses.

  • YSS2211 Econometrics
  • YHU3276 The Historian’s Craft
  • YHU2223 Documentary Photography
  • YHU2215 Drawing Methods
  • YSS3202 Ethnography

Requirements Reminder for Urban Studies

Introduction to Urban Studies

Urban Theory

2 x Methods (we strongly recommend GIS & Demographics and Methods in Social Sciences, but you should mix and match your methods according to what skills you want to acquire and what you need for your capstone)

5 x Topical courses, with a minimum of 1 x 4000

The Capstone Project

Course Sequencing – Think Ahead!

It is recommended that students contemplating an Urban Studies major complete Introduction to Urban Studies as soon as they can (that is, in Semester Two of Year 1 or Semester One of Year 2) and preferably before they declare into the major.

Introduction to Urban Studies should be taken no later than Semester One of Year 3, and cannot be taken in Year 4.

Introduction to Urban Studies normally should be completed before Urban Theory, or concurrently with Urban Theory. Urban Theory normally should be completed by end of Year 3, to prepare you for the capstone.

Methods requirements should be completed by end of Year 3, to prepare you for the capstone.

Planning for Study Abroad in Year 3

If you plan to study abroad in Semester One of Year 3, you should ideally complete Introduction to Urban Studies and Urban Theory by the end of Year 2. If this is not possible because of study abroad opportunities and course offerings, then a student can complete Urban Theory in Semester One of Year 4.

If you plan to study abroad in Semester Two of Year 3, you should ideally complete Introduction to Urban Studies and Urban Theory in Year 3, before you leave for Study abroad.