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Lecturer: Michael H. Lee

2:30 - 4:15 pm, Wednesday

Venue: LSK LT1
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 10 Jan 2018 Modern Singapore: An Overview
Modern Singapore from Historical Perspective
Lecture Date Theme
2 17 Jan 2018 Stamford Raffles: Beginning of Modern Singapore
3 24 Jan 2018 Botanic Gardens and Singapore’s Colonial Economy
4 31 Jan 2018 Overseas Chinese and Peranakans in Singapore
5 7 Feb 2018 The Fall of Singapore and Japanese Occupation
6 14 Feb 2018 9 August 1965
7 28 Feb 2018 Nation-Building of Singapore: Lee Kuan Yew and After
Modern Singapore from Political, Social and Economic Perspectives
Lecture Date Theme
8 7 Mar 2018 Becoming First World Country: Economic Growth and Development in Singapore
9 14 Mar 2018 Reengineering the Society: Public Housing and Central Provident Fund
10 21 Mar 2018 Moulding a Nation: Education for Elitism and Meritocracy
11 28 Mar 2018 Governing Singapore: The Government Machine under the People’s Action Party
12 11 Apr 2018 Filming Singapore: Mass Media and Press Freedom
13 18 Apr 2018 Beyond SG50: Singapore Past, Present and Future
*This schedule is adopted from the course offered in 2016-17 and for preliminary reference only. It is subject to change. For the finalized schedule, please refer to the course outline to be available early January 2018 in the elearn blackboard.
Online Forum on Required Readings (20%)
Mid-Term Data-Based Questions (30%)
Take-Home Examination (50%)
*Assessment is tentative and subject to change.
Please refer to the course outline to be available by early January 2018 in the elearn blackboard.
Last updated on 27 JUL 2017