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Senior Seminars

Semester 1

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Senior Seminars / FacultySynopses
UTC2400/GEM2903X Community Leadership
Dr Tan Lai Yong & Angie Tan
This interdisciplinary module introduces and examines the idea of ‘community leadership’. It focuses on how ordinary individuals identify social needs in the local community and endeavour to improve the lives of vulnerable groups by organising grassroots solutions. These individuals include grassroot leaders in HDB areas, social entrepreneurs and business people. They could be well known personalities or ordinary unsung heroes. Students are required to investigate the emergence of pioneering community leaders combining the socio-historical contexts, personal psychology, networking, negotiation and socialisation processes and social entrepreneurship. The teaching methodology incorporates lectures, seminar discussion, experiential exercises and field study to interview real-life community leaders.
UTC2402/UTS2402/GEM2906X Environment and Civil Society in Singapore
Dr Joelle Lai & Dr Toh Tai Chong
How ‘green’ is Singapore and how should we preserve biodiversity on this island? This GEM explores the rise of the conservation ethic in Singapore. It traces the scientific, social and economic conditions that gave rise to the global environmental movement, and to its various expressions in Singapore. Students will engage with stakeholders (scientists, officials, civil society) to understand the conflicts and collaborations between advocates of development and conservation. The class will make field trips to evaluate state-civil society partnerships (wildlife sanctuaries, green corridors, water catchment etc), and debate choices and dilemmas for the future.
UTC2403/UTS2403/GEM2028X Citizenship in a Changing World
Dr Daniel Jew & Dr Kankana Mukhopadhyay
Originally a concept which bound individual members to a defined nation via relations of rights and responsibilities, “citizenship” in the 21st century is coming under unprecedented pressure from technological change and globalization. This module will trace the development of the concept, the values and social assumptions which underpin citizenship, and the interactions between liberal, communitarian and civic narratives of citizenship from ancient Greece to contemporary Singapore. Three key relationships are considered: the rights and duties of citizens in relation to government, to other citizens, and to non-citizens in and beyond the polity.
UTS2400 Identities in Asia
Dr Kevin McGahan
This course explores identity-formation in Asia from top-down and bottom-up perspectives, by looking at how authorities, communities and individuals construct their collective identities. The concept of ‘identity’ is a contentious site as it deals with issues of belonging, imagining communities and defining one’s trajectory (identity-formation). Looking at historical cases to cross-compare examples among Asian societies, the course aims to encourage students to investigate groups and their relationships to their surrounding communities (families, societies and gender) and to examine the relations between state and identity, and between social activism and identity.
UTC2404 [NEW MODULE]
(Re)Building Communities: Insights from India

MS Wong Soon Fen & Dr Kankana Mukhopadhyay
This module explores the concepts, practices and issues related to “community development”. It focuses on the building and/or rebuilding of marginalised communities (e.g. women, the poor) in developing Asia, particularly within the context of India. It offers students an interactive learning opportunity that combines development theory, classroom discussions in Singapore, and field visits in India. Students will critically examine debates about the nature of community development as well as ethical, social and economic challenges of different models.

Semester 2

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Senior Seminars / FacultySynopses
UTS2400
Identities in Asia
Assoc Prof Anne Raffin & Dr Mukhopadhyay Kankana
This course explores identity-formation in Asia from top-down and bottom-up perspectives, by looking at how authorities, communities and individuals construct their collective identities. The concept of ‘identity’ is a contentious site as it deals with issues of belonging, imagining communities and defining one’s trajectory (identity-formation). Looking at historical cases to cross-compare examples among Asian societies, the course aims to encourage students to investigate groups and their relationships to their surrounding communities (families, societies and gender) and to examine the relations between state and identity, and between social activism and identity.
UTC2400/GEM2903X
Community Leadership
Dr Tan Lai Yong & Angie Tan
This interdisciplinary module introduces and examines the idea of ‘community leadership’. It focuses on how ordinary individuals identify social needs in the local community and endeavour to improve the lives of vulnerable groups by organising grassroots solutions. These individuals include grassroot leaders in HDB areas, social entrepreneurs and business people. They could be well known personalities or ordinary unsung heroes. Students are required to investigate the emergence of pioneering community leaders combining the socio-historical contexts, personal psychology, networking, negotiation and socialisation processes and social entrepreneurship. The teaching methodology incorporates lectures, seminar discussion, experiential exercises and field study to interview real-life community leaders.
UTC2403/UTS2403/GEM2028X
Citizenship in a Changing World
Assoc Prof Greg Petersen & Dr Yasmin Y. Ortiga
Originally a concept which bound individual members to a defined nation via relations of rights and responsibilities, “citizenship” in the 21st century is coming under unprecedented pressure from technological change and globalization. This module will trace the development of the concept, the values and social assumptions which underpin citizenship, and the interactions between liberal, communitarian and civic narratives of citizenship from ancient Greece to contemporary Singapore. Three key relationships are considered: the rights and duties of citizens in relation to government, to other citizens, and to non-citizens in and beyond the polity.
UTC2405
Emerging Asia: Successes and Challenges
Dr Linda Matar
Why do certain societies succeed, while others fail? While some countries in East Asia such as Singapore and South Korea have achieved economic success, others in the Middle East (or ‘West Asia’) have undergone a trend of de-development, evident in the post-‘Arab Spring’social unrest . This module explores the contrasting social and economic development models of Asia’s regions. We will explore how states are formed, different economic strategies countries have pursued, weigh the impact of culture, and examine social deprivation and autocratic leadership. We uncover the deep-rooted social and economic reasons behind successful or failed development in different Asian countries.