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UGEC2011 The Making of Modern Singapore

Semester 2 (2019-2020)

Lecture TimeWednesday 2:30pm-4:15pm

VenueLSK LT1


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

Course Description

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.

Lecture Date Theme
1 8 Jan Modern Singapore: An Overview
Modern Singapore from Historical Perspective
Lecture Date Theme
2 15 Jan Stamford Raffles: Beginning of Modern Singapore
3 22 Jan Botanic Gardens and Singapore’s Colonial Economy
4 5 Feb Overseas Chinese and Peranakans in Singapore
5 12 Feb The Fall of Singapore and Japanese Occupation
6 19 Feb 9 August 1965
7 26 Feb Nation-Building of Singapore: Lee Kuan Yew and After
Modern Singapore from Political, Social and Economic Perspectives
Lecture Date Theme
8 4 Mar Becoming First World Country: Economic Growth and Development in Singapore
9 11 Mar Reengineering the Society: Public Housing and Central Provident Fund
10 18 Mar Moulding a Nation: Education for Elitism and Meritocracy
11 25 Mar Governing Singapore: The Government Machine under the People’s Action Party
12 8 Apr Filming Singapore: Mass Media and Press Freedom
13 15 Apr Beyond SG50: Singapore Past, Present and Future
Assessment & Assignments

Attendance (10%)
Online Forum on Required Readings (15%)
Mid-Term Data-Based Questions (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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