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The SUSS Core courses form the foundational and common experience in applied humanities and social sciences for all SUSS undergraduates. They aim to develop students with the skills to think critically and reflexively about the social world around them, help students connect with what is important in life and develop responses to deal with new challenges, and provide them with a platform to articulate goals beyond the confines of their immediate surroundings. 

To this end, the SUSS Core offers courses that take a cross-disciplinary perspective on emerging global issues and incorporate a practical component to integrate teaching and learning with doing. These courses are organized into 3 clusters to develop students with the skills to question, broaden, and co-create learning. They also support social innovation with community-oriented outputs, with learning objectives demonstrated through practical outcomes (e.g., creating a website, an app, infographics, poster presentation, or awareness campaign, or starting a service-learning project) where student learning can continue beyond the SUSS Core.

​Thinking and Reasoning​​
This cluster focuses on different types of critical inquiry and decision-making
​Inquiry and Impact
This cluster looks at the science in the social sciences as it guides students through the framing and conduct of social inquiry and assessing policies and their impacts and side-effects.
​Meaning and Imagination​
This cluster guides students through the process of meaning-making through creative expressions