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HIST2370 History of Singapore

Semester 2 (2019-2020)

Lecture TimeThursday 2:30pm-4:15pm

VenueKKB 101


Lecturer LEE Hiu Hong Michael ((852) 3943 7122 /

Course Description

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.
Lecture Date Theme
1 09/01/2020 Introduction: Modern Singapore
2 16/01/2020 Stamford Raffles and Modern Singapore
3 23/01/2020 Singapore as an Economic Hub in the 19th Century
4 06/02/2020 (Straits) Chinese in Singapore
5 13/02/2020 15 February 1942
6 20/02/2020 1965
7 27/02/2020 From Lee Kuan Yew (LKY) Era to Post-LKY Era
8 05/03/2020 From Third World to First: Economic Miracle or Not?
9 12/03/2020 Pragmatic Social Policies for Political Hegemony
10 19/03/2020 Education for Elitism and Meritocracy
11 26/03/2020 The Rise of the People’s Action Party
12 09/04/2020 Media and Singapore Society
13 16/04/2020 Beyond SG50
Assessment & Assignments

Tutorials 25%
Tutorial Review Essay 25%
Take-Home Examination 50%


Please refer to the course outline to be available by late December 2019 in this website and elearn blackboard.

Honesty in Academic Work

Attention is drawn to University policy and regulations on honesty in academic work, and to the disciplinary guidelines and procedures applicable to breaches of such policy and regulations. Details may be found at

With each assignment, students will be required to submit a signed declaration that they are aware of these policies, regulations, guidelines and procedures.

  • In the case of group projects, all members of the group should be asked to sign the declaration, each of whom is responsible and liable to disciplinary actions, irrespective of whether he/she has signed the declaration and whether he/she has contributed, directly or indirectly, to the problematic contents.
  • For assignments in the form of a computer-generated document that is principally text-based and submitted via VeriGuide, the statement, in the form of a receipt, will be issued by the system upon students’ uploading of the soft copy of the assignment.

Assignments without the properly signed declaration will not be graded by teachers.

Only the final version of the assignment should be submitted via VeriGuide.

The submission of a piece of work, or a part of a piece of work, for more than one purpose (e.g. to satisfy the requirements in two different courses) without declaration to this effect shall be regarded as having committed undeclared multiple submissions. It is common and acceptable to reuse a turn of phrase or a sentence or two from one’s own work; but wholesale reuse is problematic. In any case, agreement from the course teacher(s) concerned should be obtained prior to the submission of the piece of work.

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