FOR two years, they operated as an unofficial club with` more than 200 members, inviting speakers like Worker’s Party leader Sylvia Lim to give lectures in NTU, among other events they organised.
Last month, the NTU Sociological Society finally gained official status from the Student Affairs Office (SAO). Before that, SAO had recommended the Society be a sub-club of the existing Humanities and Social Sciences Club, but the Society decided against it, citing “differences in objectives and goals”.
With this new standing, the Society has plans for bigger projects and events. They are currently working on giving students a chance to be research assistants under the supervisions of professors.
Besides an on-going lecture series from guest speakers, a public forum on undergraduate education will be held in August that will also involve the National University of Singapore and Singapore Management University.
Although sociology students gain automatic membership, the Society welcomes all NTU students.
Open membership, while appreciated, failed to elicit much interest from second-year Computer Science student Wendy Zhong, 23, who worried that it will be hard for students like her to pick up enough knowledge on sociology to enjoy the activities planned.
“The activities proposed seem more relevant to sociology students,” she said,.
To address such concerns, Co-President Hemavalli S.Padmanathan, 23, a third-year Sociology student said the Society is looking at collaboration with other faculties, through which “interdisciplinary education and cross-faculty collaboration on projects will better prepare students for the working world.”