||Singapore and Southeast Asia
- To introduce the course.
- To provide an overview of the historical origin and
development of Singapore and the relationship between
Singapore and Southeast Asia.
||The Founding of Modern
- To examine the reasons for the British East India
Company and Stamford Raffles being interested in building
up a free trading port and factory in Singapore in the
early nineteenth century.
- To evaluate critically the historical role of Stamford
Raffles in the modern history of Singapore, and also how
effective the British administration governed Singapore in
||Singapore¡¦s Colonial Economy
- To explain the factors contributing to the growing
prosperity of the Singapore port-city as compared with its
counterparts in Malacca and Penang since 1819.
- To discuss how far the opening of Hong Kong and other
Chinese ports in the 1840s affected the economic prospects
||The Chinese Society in Singapore
- To identify major characteristics of the Chinese society
in Singapore. To differentiate two major groups of the
Chinese residing in Singapore in the nineteenth century
till the Japanese occupation in the 1940s, namely, the
Straits Chinese and the newcomers or new immigrants from
- To compare and contrast these two groups of Chinese
communities in Singapore from the political, social,
economic and cultural perspectives.
||The Fall of Singapore: Japanese
- To note the linkage between Singapore and Japan before
the Japanese occupation in 1942.
- To discuss whether the fall of Singapore was inevitable,
and the legacy of the Japanese occupation on the historical
Merger and Independence
- To trace the development of the postwar Singapore with
special reference to the process of decolonization, which
was represented by the introduction of democratic
elections, the setting up of the self-government, the
pursuit of a merger between Singapore and Malaysia in 1963,
and finally the separation between Singapore and Malaysia
which led to the independence of Singapore on 9 August
- To account for the failure of the merger between
Singapore and Malaysia between 1963-65.
||Lee Kuan Yew and Nation-building of
- To review the political career of Lee Kuan Yew and his
nation-building policies after the independence of Singapore
- To evaluate the role and significance of Lee Kuan Yew
and the People¡¦s Action Party on the development of
Singapore since they came to power in 1959 when the
self-government was set up.
||From Third World to First: Economic
Miracle in Singapore
- To trace the economic development of Singapore after the
Second World War.
- To explain how economic transformation works in
Singapore to turn it from a Third World to First World
country with special reference to the role of the state in
developing the Singapore economy.
||Pragmatic Social Policies for Political
- To examine the concept of the ¡§developmental state¡¨ in
the context of the ¡§Singapore model of social welfare¡¨
since the 1950s.
- To analyze how the ruling party in Singapore has been
able to achieve and preserve its political hegemony through
the institutionalization of a series of social policies,
especially in terms of the Central Provident Fund and
public housing programmes.
||Education for Elitism and Meritocracy
- To investigate how elitism, meritocracy, patriotism, and
Confucianism have been preached and consolidated through
education in Singapore since 1965.
- To evaluate critically the social consequences of the
education system in Singapore with reference to its impact
on politico-socio-economic and ethnic disparities in the
|| Singapore Cinema: From Run Run Shaw to Jack
- To discuss the importance of the filmmaking industry and
mass media in the shaping of popular culture in
- To demonstrate how the social reality and problems of
Singapore can be studied from Singapore-made movies, such
as 12 Storeys, I Not Stupid, and
|| Singapore in a Globalized World
- To synthesize major changes and challenges facing
Singapore from the nineteenth century onwards and in the
context of globalization.
- To shed light on what can be learnt from the Singapore¡¦s
experience from different perspectives as covered in the
course, and discuss whether the ¡§Singapore model of
development¡¨ can be copied or adopted in other places such
as Hong Kong.