This module aims:
1. To help students acquire critical vocabularies, drawn mainly from Political Science and Sociology, to turn their opinions into arguments, both in speech and writing.
2. To train students to think in a dialectical way, engaging theory and practice not as neat and separate realms but as modes that relate to each other in productive tension.
3. To help students understand the limits and possibilities of governance, democracy, and civil society.
4. To give students a critical understanding of politics, society, and culture in Singapore, challenging any stereotypical mental images that they might have of Singapore’s government and people.
5. To encourage international students to make analytical comparisons between the Singapore case and their own countries, developing the intellectual capacity to avoid simplistic approaches to treating each country’s experiences as straightforward lessons for others.