GOVERNANCE STUDY PROJECT
2015/2016, Semester 1
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (Lee Kuan Yew School Of Public Policy)
Modular Credits: 4
GOVERNANCE STUDY PROJECT (GSP)
: Ora-orn Poocharoen
Time and venue
: Selected Wednesdays 9:00-12:00, MM SR 3-5 (Sem 1)
From September onwards I will be holding the position of Dean at the Faculty of Political Science and Public Administration, Chiang Mai University, Thailand. We will make use of skype or other means to communicate via the internet for consultation hours.
The GSP aims to fulfill LKY School’s Mission:
“Educate and inspire current and future generations of leaders to raise the standards of governance in Asia, improve the lives of its people and contribute to the transformation of the region.”
The GSP module is a yearlong course for mid-level officials in the MPA program. It’s learning objectives are two-folds: to be able to analyze a complex governance issue in Asia and provide sound recommendations; to be better decision-makers and leaders by practicing the skills of emotional intelligence. The module also aims to build a strong sense of bonding for the cohort.
The GSP connects the beginning to the end of the MPA degree program, requiring students to put to use the knowledge and skills learnt in each module and past managerial and policy experiences. In the end, each GSP team is to produce a problem analysis & recommendation report for their chosen topic.
Students are expected to fully take ownership of their own learning journey. This means that each student must carefully decide on the topic that they wish to invest their time in for the next 11 months. At the end of the journey, students should feel fulfilled that they have worked hard to study a topic that they find meaningful.
This course is unconventional in that it follows purely the problem-based approach to learning. There are no fixed theoretical readings and the topics are designed to meet the demands of the students of each cohort and the pressing governance issues in Asia.
This module has been recognized as a cutting-edge innovation of teaching in a professional program for three reasons: 1) incorporation of emotional intelligence in the curriculum -
; 2) real-world and real-time problem-based learning -
; and 3) integration with high-level service learning -
The module comprises of:
Classroom teaching and discussion;
An overseas study trip where students hear from stakeholders, feel and see the ground;
Internal seminars and field visits in Singapore;
A conference in the end where students present their recommendations to stakeholders.
Students will know of a particular complex governance problem in Asia.
Students will be able to analyse components of governance problems; ask the right questions to the right people; compare with other contexts/cases; do basic research, write, and present well.
Students will learn to work in teams and practice higher emotional intelligence levels.
Class participation 20%
Regular attendance, constructive and active participation is expected of all students.
Team presentations 20%
5% at the seminar and 15% at the final conference.
Team-based assignments 10%
As teams, you will be asked to submit assigments that will help with your final report.
GSP report 30%
10% for the draft and 20% for the final submission.
Stakeholders will provide inputs on the drafts, where possible.
Individual small assignments 10%
Students will be asked to submit small writings throughout the course.
Students will assess each other on leadership skills, ability to solve problems, contribution to class learning.
Please purchase ‘Search inside yourself’ by Chade-Meng Tan and read it. All other websites & readings for each topic will be made available via IVLE.
Study Trip Destination and Date
This year we will focus on governance issues of secondary cities in Asia.
The destination for the trip will be
Chiang Mai, Thailand
. The dates are
29 November to 5 December 2015
The city will celebrate its 720
year anniversary (60
round) starting from this October onwards. Thus we will be part of their celebration and contribute to help improve the city’s governance.
Possible issues to study are such as: public transportation, urban planning, environmental protection, migration and population management, aging population, medical tourism, river management, eco-tourism, community development, small medium enterprises, ICT in local governance, smart city concept, haze control, ASEAN integration and others.
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