Lecturer: Michael H. Lee
Lecture Time: 2:30-4:15 pm, Thursday
Lecture Venue: KKB 101
Tutorial Time: 4:30-6:15 pm, 20 Feb, 27 Feb, 5 Mar, 12 Mar (Thursday)
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 09/01/2020 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
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.
Last updated on 27 JUL 2019