JR SEM: HIDDEN COMMUNITIES
2016/2017, Semester 1
Non-Faculty-Based Departments (College of Alice & Peter Tan)
Modular Credits: 4
Address and investigate the issues and challenges surrounding the hidden communities in Singapore.
Interact with grassroots volunteers and organizations that work with these communities.
Provide practical as well as academic insights for meeting these challenges.
We have field trips to visit various hidden communities. When visiting the red-light district in Geylang, other than encountering the pervasive vice trade, we will arrange for foreign construction workers to have dinner followed by a dialogue with our class. These workers are on long medical leave because of work related injuries and accidents. Students will also be tasked to purchase something that they cannot usually find in Singapore.
After the field trip – we will hold a detailed debrief with cross references to readings, videos and journals. Students will write a one-page reflection essay.
There are 5 components:
2 Quiz based on Readings “Unmet Social Needs” & "Changing Public Perceptions of Child Abuse & Neglect in Singapore"
2 Personal Reflection Reports on Fieldtrips (500 words for each trip)
Due on: 4 Sep & 2 Oct, 2200h
Debates – 10 October
Group Presentation (15 + 5 mins) – 24 October
Personal Reflection Reports (Fieldtrips) - 15% of overall grade
Use “POEMS” framework to see, hear and observe for fieldtrip reflections:-
Observations on trips
Who are the people? What are the relationships
Safety, Community ,
media / messages
Sign boards , Graffiti
What is available? Accessible?
f POEMS adapted from “Design Works” by Heather M A Fraser
You are required to write a one-page reflection essay of the experience after every fieldtrip.
The reflection essays are
meant to be a time scale recollection (i.e. not a diary / not a minute-by-minute record of what we did) of the event but you should be writing your analysis, situational appreciation and thoughts of the events. Reflections should be supplemented by readings and references. Your reflections will be graded based on the following:
• Analysis – i.e. Good use of references and reading materials.
• Interconnections – i.e. How does this relate to your chosen field of study and/or other voluntary/sports activities?
Reflections are due within
from the field trip. Marks will be deducted for late submission.
Field trip 1: Reflections due on
Field trip 2: Reflections due on
02 Oct (Sunday), 2200h
Group Journal Readings and Presentations (25% of overall grade)
You will be in groups of 3-4. Each small group of students will choose one “Hidden Community” to research and study. The first task is to find and recommend ONE journal reading about this subject i.e. a journal on this Hidden Community (in Singapore). This can be essays/ journals written from economic, social, ethical, emotional, health, architectural, media and related perspectives.
Readings should be articles that are well written, reliable and enriching – It should NOT be a news report though opinions and special features from major newspapers are acceptable.
It should be between 5 to 10 pages (A4) or its equivalent.
Groups will be formed (in class) by week 2.
Each group is expected meet the lecturers and to discuss this journal essay with the lecturer by week 6. You should be
to give a 15-minute presentation for this journal - tell us why you chose this article and summarize the key learning points by Week 5.
Presentation time/venue/rubric: - Please arrange directly with lecturers. After clearing the journal part of the presentation, upload your journal to IVLE, your group should then prepare for the topical presentation based on the journal that you have chosen. This will be done in class from
week 11 - 24 Oct.
25% of module assessment
Breakdown of marks for Group Presentation:
Summary of Journal
Response to Journal
Please allocate equal time among the speakers in your group.
Plan for a
15 min presentation
. Specificity is important as you have only 15 mins to present and another 5 mins will be for Q&A. Choose a topic that you are passionate about. Use of multimedia is certainly a plus. Aim of this presentation is to inform, educate and propose solutions. Your research of this Hidden Community
include a personal interview with a front-line person from or involved in the Hidden Community in focus.
Debates (25% of overall grade)
Assuming there are 15 people in each class; the class will be divided into 3 teams of 5 people in each team. Debate will have 4 speakers: 3 min, 3 min, 3 min and 4 min, with an “open to the floor” opportunity after the first 3 speakers. Of the 5 speakers, who will speak? Your team will chose one speaker and then draw lots half an hour before debate and decide who will be the other 3 speakers.
Each team will have 2 x 30 seconds slots to interrupt and rebut the opposing speaker. You can score up to 5 points for each rebuttal. Since we have 2 classes (i.e. 4 pm class and 7 pm class), the teams will be debating across the class i.e. against teams from the other class. Debate teams and topics will be balloted on
Oratory Skills/ Presentation
Public TV in Singapore should portray gay couples as normative.
Unmet social needs in Singapore actually reflect Singapore’s success as a nation.
Meritocracy has resulted in widening social inequality in Singapore.
Retirement is an obsolete idea – senior citizens in Singapore should continue working.