History of Singapore | 香港中文大學歷史系
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HIST2370 History of Singapore


課程講師 李曉康 ((852) 3943 7122 / michaellee@cuhk.edu.hk)


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 01 (09 Jan): Introduction: Modern Singapore

Lecture 02 (16 Jan): Stamford Raffles and Modern Singapore

Lecture 03 (23 Jan): Singapore as an Economic Hub in the 19th Century

Lecture 04 (06 Feb): (Straits) Chinese in Singapore

Lecture 05 (13 Feb): 15 February 1942

Lecture 06 (20 Feb): 1965

Lecture 07 (27 Feb): From Lee Kuan Yew (LKY) Era to Post-LKY Era

Lecture 08 (05 Mar): From Third World to First: Economic Miracle or Not?

Lecture 09 (12 Mar): Pragmatic Social Policies for Political Hegemony

Lecture 10 (19 Mar): Education for Elitism and Meritocracy

Lecture 11 (26 Mar): The Rise of the People’s Action Party

Lecture 12 (09 Apr): Media and Singapore Society

Lecture 13 (16 Apr): Beyond SG50


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.




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