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Lecturer: Michael H. Lee

2:30 - 4:15 pm, Wednesday

Venue: LSB LT2
This course traces and examines the development of Singapore from 1819, when Stamford Raffles of the English East India Company established a trading settlement on the island, up to the present. The main focuses of the course will include the political, social and economic development of Singapore since the colonial era up to the post-independent period, the characteristics of the Chinese, Malay and Indian communities in Singapore, the impact of decolonization on Singapore and Southeast Asia, the roles performed by Lee Kuan Yew and the People's Action Party in the nation-building of Singapore, and a comparison between Singapore and Hong Kong from a historical perspective.
Class schedule:
Lecture Date Theme
1 08 Jan 2014 Introduction & Singapore Chronology
Modern Singapore from Historical Perspective
Lecture Date Theme
2 15 Jan 2014 Stamford Raffles and Modern Singapore
3 22 Jan 2014 The Straits Chinese in Singapore
4 29 Jan 2014 Japanese Occupation
5 12 Feb 2014 Self-Government, Merger and Independence
6 19 Feb 2014 Lee Kuan Yew and Nation-Building of Singapore
Modern Singapore from Political, Social and Economic Perspectives
Lecture Date Theme
7 26 Feb 2014 Becoming First World Country: Economic Growth and Development in Singapore
8 05 Mar 2014 Reengineering the Society: Central Provident Fund and Public Housing in Singapore
9 12 Mar 2014 Moulding a Nation: Education for Elitism and Meritocracy
10 19 Mar 2014 Governing Singapore: The Government Machine under the People’s Action Party
11 26 Mar 2014 Filming Singapore: Cinema from Demise to Recovery
12 02 Apr 2014 A Tale of Two Cities: Singapore and Hong Kong from a Comparative Perspective
Take-Home Exam: 100%
To be Announced in the First Lecture.
Last updated on 11 Jul 2013