PUBLIC MANAGEMENT SEMINARS
2014/2015, Special Term I
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (Lee Kuan Yew School Of Public Policy)
Modular Credits: 4
The module highlights a selected set of dominant issues that contemporary societies face. The appreciation of these issues is followed by a display of strategies and policies that could be implemented to resolve such issues. The main theme of the module is
“making a difference”
. And the means of
“making a difference”
is reviewed from the experiences of both the government and non-government sectors.
Mandatory Module - Open to MPM candidates only
Lectures - Seminars - Simulations and Role Plays - Discussion Groups
26 May 2015 (T)
Introduction and Over-View
27 May 2014 (W)
Hard Choices in Singapore
28 May 2015 (Th)
Health Policy in Rural Asia
Dr Tan Lai Yong
04 June 2015 (Th)
Vulnerable Women and Children
Daughters of Tomorrow
08 June 2015 (M)
Climate Change and Food Security
Dealing With Environmental Disasters
11 June 2015 (Th)
Education and Curriculum Challenges
15 June 2015 (M)
Reconciliation in Post-Conflict Setting
17 June 2015 (W)
Leadership – New Perspectives
19 June 2015 (F)
19 June 2015 (F)
Review and Closure
Dodo - Donald
The issues/topics chosen for this year are as follows.
1. Hard Choices – Case Study of Singapore:
Hard Choices – A Case Study of Singapore’s Productivity Challenge: The Singapore polity is changing. The consensus that enabled the country to succeed in its first five decades is increasingly scrutinised and challenged. A clear example of this is how the country’s long-standing openness to foreign capital and foreign labour – a key reason for Singapore’s economic miracle so far – has come under stress in recent years. Singapore’s relatively poor productivity performance in the last decade has also brought to the fore growing concerns over its reliance on low-wage foreign workers. Politically, liberal immigration and foreign worker policies are less accepted by Singaporeans than before. Meanwhile, growing land and resource constraints suggest that there might be hard environmental limits to growth. But if Singapore were to restrict the inflows of foreign capital and foreign labour, would it continue to succeed economically and deliver rising standards of living
2. Challenges of Health Policy in in Rural Asia:
This topic will illustrate the needs to approach health policy its delivery at the grass roots level. The topic will also cover amongst others the misuse of pharmaceuticals and the dire consequences of such misuse.
The Plight of Vulnerable Women and Children:
The vulnerability of women and children is widespread across the world and takes different shapes and forms. A common thread however is the exploitation of vulnerable women and children. This topic will highlight the various ways by which vulnerability could be mitigated
Case studies will be examined and the role of social enterprise will be illustrated.
4A Climate Change and Food Security:
Barring the controversies on the science of climate change, there is now tangible evidence of such change. In this topic we examine the drivers of climate change. Some of these drivers are also factors underlying mental illness and food insecurity. The perception of food insecurity has prompted land grabs and marginalization of vulnerable people
4B Dealing With Environmental Disasters:
As an extension to the topic on climate change, this topic will deal with sea level rise, floods, fires and other environmental disasters. The focus will be on preparedness and responses - especially in an urban context.
5. Education – Reworking the Curriculum in Asia:
The main question posed here is – Are we developing and delivering an appropriate curriculum? For instance, explore the need for introducing social capital, social stewardship and altruism as mandatory components of the curriculum at all levels of education.
6. Post-Conflict Reconciliation and Peace:
Countries torn by war and conflict carry longstanding residual emotional scars. If post-war development is to take effect, reconciliation is an essential pre-requisite. Here we examine the various methods of promoting reconciliation including case-studies.
7. Leadership – New Perspectives:
The dominant issues in contemporary society are more complex than ever before. Many leaders have repeatedly failed to address them, and there is an increasing concern that the flaws in traditional, authoritarian, leadership make it untenable or even dangerous. This seminar explores these dangers and alternative leadership possibilities.
8. Cultivating Social Conscience for Social Welfare:
In this concluding topic we explore the role of social conscience and examine the ways to enhance them. We show that economic rationalism could act as a strong barrier to the development of such conscience. We also examine the content of the previous sessions and elicit strategies for expanding social conscience.
Topics 1-5 would be generally case-specific, whilst topics 6-8 would be largely prescriptive and would draw on the case specific content covered in topics 1-5. The content and discussions surrounding the above topics would also inform the preparation of the Attachment Paper in PP5304. Some content and discussion may bear direct relevance to some attachment topics. But in general the appreciation of managerial practices, outside the box approaches and the very act of making a difference would bear relevance for PP5304.
The candidates need to submit two essays on any one of the topics covered – each not exceeding 1500 words - on the theme “
Making a Difference”
. Each essay carries a weight of 50%.
Each essay will be a critical review of how the issues highlighted in the chosen topic can be resolved.
Deadline 07 July 2015.
Workload Components : A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week