CHANGES IN SINGAPORE POLITICAL ECONOMY
2018/2019, Semester 2
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (Lee Kuan Yew School Of Public Policy)
Modular Credits: 4
This course is an overview of opportunities taken and the strengths obtained in the changes of the political economy of Singapore. It will cover Singapore from an East India Company settlement to its status as a Straits Settlement colony and then as a colony by itself, full internal self-government, merger with Malaysia and now an independent republic. Topics covered include how the political economy of Singapore coped with changes in the region, new commodities in the hinterland, population movements, global ideology, national aspirations, international finance, multinational corporations and economic volatility.
Weekly three hour sessions with lecture cum class participation, a guest speaker
Session 1 Wednesday 16 January SGP in the EIC and as part of the EIC
Session 2 Wednesday 23 January SGP as part of the Straits Settlements
Session 3 Wednesday 30 January The impact of rubber and tin on SGP
Wednesday 6 February Chinese New Year public holiday
Session 4 Wednesday 13 February How Singapore is made up of its people
Session 6 Wednesday 20 February The return of British rule and SGP acquires an identity
Monday 23 February to 3 March RECESS
Session 7 Wednesday 6 March How internal self-government works
Session 8 Wednesday 13 March Political separation and MNCs
Session 9 Wednesday 20 March Educating the workforce
Session 10 Wednesday 27 March The management of aging
Session 11 Wednesday 3 April The management of economic volatility & income inequality
Session 12 Friday 5 April Guest speaker: Mr. J.Y. Pillay, adjunct professor, LKY School
Session 13 Wednesday 10 April Student presentations
Session 14 Wednesday 17 April Student presentations
Singapore was managed differently through various modes of British and self-rule. Various challenges were encountered and threats avoided. This course seeks to point out how public policy capacity was adjusted to face global and internal changes. Sometimes economic, sometimes political considerations, often both, need to be appropriatlely handled in the political economy framework that is uniquely Singaporean.
Singapore began as an outpost of the East India Company (EIC), the first multinational company in the world. Growth was through the spice trade. After the EIC closed down, and a short spell under the India Office of the British government, Singapore was governed to a second mode of governance, as part of the British colony of the Straits Settlements. Its growth then switched to growth through the rubber and tin trade. Singapore acquired a human identity through immigration from China especially after the 1911 revolution there. The fall of British rule to the Japanese occupation of 1942-45 marked a third switch in governance to that of Singapore as a British colony by herself. Internal self-government was followed by a switch to a fourth mode of governance as part of Malaysia. Separation in 1965 led to the present mode of governance as an independent republic. New challenges are now being faced which are dealt with in the last three teaching sessions.
There is no practical work
30% is on a single essay of up to 2,000 words on a topic based on the first four sessions. Students can make a choice from some given topics. This essay is to submitted in the IVLE after the mid-term recess.
The second 30% is on a presentation covering the second four teaching sessions. Topics will be allocated. It can be done in a group of up to 3 persons.The presentation of up to 15 power point slides is to be done in the last two sessions of the course. A guest speaker will be invited for one session.
The final 40% is through a take home final exam, to be done over a period of 72 hours, uploaded into the IVLE by the due date.
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