Lecturer: Michael H. Lee
Lecture Time: 2:30-4:15 pm, Mondays
Lecture Venue: WMY502
Tutorial Time: 4:30-6:15 pm, 13 Feb, 27 Feb, 6 Mar, 13 Mar (Monday) (tentative)
Tutorial Venue: To be Arranged

This course introduces and examines the historical development of Singapore since the British trade settlement in 1819, through the time of British colonialism, Japanese occupation, decolonization, self-government, merger with Malaysia, and finally nation-building after the independence in 1965 and up to the present. Apart from the political aspect of modern Singapore history, this course also examines the social, economic and cultural aspects of the historical development of modern Singapore over the past two centuries.

Learning Outcome

The expected learning outcomes include:

  1. The students can trace the historical development of Singapore and explain the factors that contributing to the rise of Singapore as a prominent British colony in the Far East region in the mid-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries.
  2. The students will be able to identify major characteristics of the historical development of modern Singapore since 1819 until nowadays. They can conduct more in-depth research on modern Singapore history from different perspectives, such as political, economic, social and cultural perspectives.
  3. The students should be able to compare similarities and differences between the historical development of Singapore and other ex-British colonies especially in Asia, including Hong Kong.

Class schedule:

Lecture Date Theme
1 09/01/2017 Introduction: Modern Singapore
2 16/01/2017 Stamford Raffles and Modern Singapore
3 23/01/2017 Singapore as an Economic Hub in the 19th Century
4 06/02/2017 (Straits) Chinese in Singapore
5 13/02/2017 15 February 1942
6 20/02/2017 1965
7 27/02/2017 From Lee Kuan Yew (LKY) Era to Post-LKY Era
8 06/03/2017 From Third World to First: Economic Miracle or Not?
9 13/03/2017 Pragmatic Social Policies for Political Hegemony
10 20/03/2017 Education for Elitism and Meritocracy
11 27/03/2017 The Rise of the People’s Action Party
12 03/04/2017 Media and Singapore Society
13 10/04/2017 Beyond SG50
*This schedule is adopted from the course offered in 2015-16 and for preliminary reference only. It is subject to change. For the finalized schedule, please refer to the course outline to be available by late December or early January in this webpage.
Tutorials (25%)
Mid-Term Assignment (25%)
Take-Home Examination (50%)
*Assessment is tentative and subject to change.
Please refer to the course outline to be available by late December or early January in this webpage.
Last updated on 20 Sep 2016