Undergraduate Programme

Minor Requirements

The following minor requirements apply to all Cohorts:

Accumulate at least 24 MCs of MS-prefixed modules, which include the following:

1. Read and pass the following module:

MS1102E OR MS1101E Malays – Tradition, Change and Conflict

2. Read and pass a minimum of 8 MCs of level-3000.


DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY

GE2101 Methods and Practices in Geography

GE4219 Eco-Development in Southeast Asia


DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY

HY2241 Why History? The 20th Century, 1914-1989

HY3201 Indonesia: History, Economy and Society

HY3231 History of the Malay World

HY3246 History of Muslim Southeast Asia

HY4101 Historiography and Historical Method

HY4201 Economy and Society in Southeast Asia

HY4210 Issues and Events in Malaysian History

HY4217 Approaches to the Study of SE Asian History


DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE

PS3257 Political Inquiry


DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY

PH2110 Logic

PH3201 Philosophy of Social Science


DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY

SC2101 Methods of Social Research

SC3101 Social Thought & Social Theory

SC3203 Race & Ethnic Relations

SC4201 Contemporary Social Theory

SC4202 Reading Ethnographies

SC4209 Interpretive Sociology


DEPARTMENT OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN STUDIES

SE2211 Mordern Southeast Asian Social History

SE2213 Politics in Southeast Asia

SE2216 Idols, Villains and Jesters

SE2226 Moro Peoples of the Philippines

SE2221 Old and New Music in Southeast Asia

SE3211 Religion, Society & Politics in SE Asia

SE3217 Knowing Southeast Asia: Lives and Texts

SE4218 Majorities and Minorities in Southeast Asia

SE4221 Southeast Asia Postcolonialism

SE4223 Knowledge, Power and Colonialism in Southeast Asia


SOUTH ASIAN STUDIES PROGRAMME

SN2234 Gender & Society in South Asia (Gender Studies Minor)(for Cohort 2004-2007)

SN2276 Islam: Society & Culture in South Asia

SN4231 Peasants &Capitalism in Asia(for Cohort 2004-2007)

SN4232 South Asian Interregional Tourism(for Cohort 2004-2007)

SN4276 Epic Traditions in South-and SE-Asia


DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE & LITERATURE

TS3233 Southeast Asian Performance

SN4101 APPROACHES TO THE STUDY OF SOUTH ASIA

Modular Credits: 5
Pre-requisites: Cohort 2011 and before: Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SN, with a minimum CAP of 3.50 or be on the Honours track. Cohort 2012 onwards: Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SN, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.

The module will provide a basis for a close study of the foundations of the study of South Asia, particularly in the three areas around which the Programme operates: historical and political; cultural and religious; and social and economic. It will look closely at the work of major figures in order to provide an understanding of important shifts in the study of the region. These studies will include work on historical writing in colonial and postcolonial times, the rise of village studies, the development of the significant scholarly work on South Asian religions and caste, and the nature of the colonial and postcolonial economies of the region. Thus, the module will provide a basis for understanding the literature in the three areas of study and the major advances that have taken place in the study of South Asia.

SN4102 CRITICAL DEBATES IN SOUTH ASIAN STUDIES

Modular Credits: 5
Pre-requisites: Cohort 2011 and before: Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SN, with a minimum CAP of 3.50 or be on the Honours track. Cohort 2012 onwards: Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SN, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.

The module will provide a basis for a close study of the foundations of the study of South Asia, particularly in the three areas around which the Programme operates: historical and political; cultural and religious; and social and economic. It will look closely at the work of major figures in order to provide an understanding of important shifts in the study of the region. These studies will include work on historical writing in colonial and postcolonial times, the rise of village studies, the development of the significant scholarly work on South Asian religions and caste, and the nature of the colonial and postcolonial economies of the region. Thus, the module will provide a basis for understanding the literature in the three areas of study and the major advances that have taken place in the study of South Asia.

SN4221 REGIONAL CONFLICT & COOPERATION IN ASIA

Modular Credits: 5
Pre-requisites: Cohort 2011 and before: Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SN, with a minimum CAP of 3.50 or be on the Honours track. Cohort 2012 onwards: Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SN or 28 MCs in GL/GL recognised non-language modules, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.

The module will provide a comparative understanding of the problems and challenges that are faced in promoting regional cooperation and development in South and Southeast Asia. It will look at regional conflict and cooperation in a comparative perspective. It will examine issues in conflict in South Asia and the factors that have impeded regional cooperation. It will then contrast the dynamics of regionalism in Southeast Asia. It will also look at intra-regional and inter-regional ties that have been evolving between South and Southeast Asia in the context of multilateral trading arrangements.

SN4231 PEASANTS AND CAPITALISM IN ASIA

Modular Credits: 5
Pre-requisites: Cohort 2011 and before: Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SN, with a minimum CAP of 3.50 or be on the Honours track. Cohort 2012 onwards: Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SN or 28 MCs in GL/GL recognised non-language modules, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.

The aim is to provide a comparative perspective on capitalist development and socio-cultural change in peasant societies of South and Southeast Asia, as well as the underlying factors of change. Students are expected to appreciate the contrast between peasant and capitalist societies, and identify factors explaining the different experiences of these two regions of Asia. Major topics include the analytical and empirical features of the peasantry and capitalist development, and the range of factors explaining resilience and change.

SN4232 SOUTH ASIAN INTERREGIONAL TOURISM

Modular Credits: 5
Pre-requisites: Cohort 2011 and before: Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SN, with a minimum CAP of 3.50 or be on the Honours track. Cohort 2012 onwards: Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SN or 28 MCs in GL/GL recognised non-language modules, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.

The module will discuss the emerging pattern of inter-regional tourism flows between South and Southeast Asia. One of the facets of increasing globalisation is the expansion of the tourism industry. For the South Asian region, in particular India, higher incomes and the emergence of an expanding middle class have created a new market for the outbound tourism industry. The trappings of the new middle class in India would include holidays abroad and Southeast Asian region has become more widely known in India. The long historical, religious and cultural linkages between South and Southeast Asia would add to the tourism flows between the two regions. Recent developments that will spur tourism included the Open Skies policy being negotiated between India and ASEAN plus the upgrading and modernisation of infrastructure in India.

SN4233 SOCIAL, POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC CHANGE IN INDIA

Modular Credits: 5
Pre-requisites: Cohort 2011 and before: Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SN, with a minimum CAP of 3.50 or be on the Honours track. Cohort 2012 onwards: Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SN or 28 MCs in GL/GL recognised non-language modules, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.

India is in the throes of substantial social, political and economic change. This module deals with social structures such as caste and class; political developments such as the political empowerment of backward caste groups and the relationship between the state and society captured in phenomena such as social movements; and economic change such as the movement from state control to regulation, from autarky to globalization, and the rise of sub national federal economies at the state level.

SN4234 MAPPING SOCIAL MOVEMENTS IN INDIA

Modular Credits: 5
Pre-requisites: Cohort 2011 and before: Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SN, with a minimum CAP of 3.50 or be on the Honours track. Cohort 2012 onwards: Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SN or 28 MCs in GL/GL recognised non-language modules, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.

The module will focus on contemporary social movements in India. They are deeply connected to its contested trajectories of development and democracy. Issues of displacement, environment, patriarchy, indignities and everyday tyranny are strongly connected to the contemporary social movements. By focusing on movements’ ideology, social base, modes of mobilization, leadership and nature of engagement with the state and social power, the module will advance understanding of a significant reality in contemporary India.

SN4261 SOUTH AND SOUTHEAST ASIA: EARLY CONTACTS

Modular Credits: 5
Pre-requisites: Cohort 2011 and before: Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SN, with a minimum CAP of 3.50 or be on the Honours track. Cohort 2012 onwards: Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SN or 28 MCs in GL/GL recognised non-language modules, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.

Cultural contacts between South Asia and Southeast Asia started around the 3rd c AD. Especially several South-Indian dynasties (as, e.g. the Pallavas and the Cholas), under which trade and the setting up of diplomatic ties flourished, were the main responsible forces for an early spread of Indian cultural and social concepts and values beyond South Asia – and especially to Southeast Asia. The module aims at looking at those early forms of contact between the two regions, and at providing an understanding of the concepts of “kingship”, society, religion and culture, that became shared as a consequence. We will explore how much about “everyday life” in old times can be learned from inscriptions, and how temple-constructions and other pieces of Art can give insights into these concepts. We will also look into early trade-connections between South India and Southeast Asia (trading guilds) and into the impact of cultural influence – especially of the Chola dynasty – in the region.

SN4262 HINDUTVA NATIONALISM

Modular Credits: 5
Pre-requisites: Cohort 2011 and before: Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SN, with a minimum CAP of 3.50 or be on the Honours track. Cohort 2012 onwards: Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SN or 28 MCs in GL/GL recognised non-language modules, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.

This module looks closely at Hindutva ideology, and considers the formation and development of Hindutvaorientated political parties and organisations in India and also, where applicable, the diaspora. The course will consider the key challenges to the development of Hindutva nationalism and the threat that the growth of the movement poses to the position of religious minorities in the Indian context.

SN4263 THEMES IN CONTEMPORARY INDIAN HISTORY

Modular Credits: 5
Pre-requisites: Cohort 2011 and before: Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SN, with a minimum CAP of 3.50 or be on the Honours track. Cohort 2012 onwards: Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SN, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.

This module will explore historical sources relating to Contemporary India and encourage students to examine archival evidence and develop critical narratives focused around key themes. The focus will be on India after 1947. Key themes will include: the Aftermath of Partition, National Integration; Leadership and Ideologies; Economic Development and Reconstruction; Political Parties and Organizations; Crises and Transitions; India’s External Relations with its Neighbours. Students will work with on-line archival sources now available due to declassification and digitisation, together with secondary materials.

SN4275 SOUTH ASIAN LANGUAGES AND LITERATUES

Modular Credits: 5
Pre-requisites: Cohort 2011 and before: Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SN, with a minimum CAP of 3.50 or be on the Honours track. Cohort 2012 onwards: Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SN, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.

This module has four broad aims: 1) introducing linguistic theories of “Language Families”, 2) giving an overview of the Language Families found in South Asia, 3) briefly exposing regional conflicts that have their root in language-based formations of identities, and 4) giving a historical overview of the most important regional literatures in different South-Asian Languages.

SN4276 EPIC TRADITIONS IN SOUTH AND SOUTHEAST ASIA

Modular Credits: 5
Pre-requisites: Cohort 2011 and before: Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SN, with a minimum CAP of 3.50 or be on the Honours track. Cohort 2012 onwards: Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SN, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.

The two Indian epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, - are mainly known through their classical representatives in Sanskrit language. They also exist, however, in many regional vernacular forms, some being “classics” in their own right (e.g. Kamban’s Iramavataram in Tamil, 11th c; Tulsidas’ Ramcaritmanas in Hindi, 16th c). Folkloristic renderings are available, too, besides Jain-, Buddhist-, and even Muslim-versions. The two texts have had a great impact on Southeast Asia, as is evident from literary traditions, performing arts and sculpture and painting. This module introduces the different epic traditions in India and looks into their spread to Southeast Asia.

SN4401 HONOURS THESIS

Modular Credits: 15
Pre-requisites: Cohort 2011 and before: Completed 110MCs including 60MCs of SN major requirements with a minimum CAP of 3.5. Cohort 2012 onwards: Completed 110 MCs including 60 MCs of SN major requirements with a minimum CAP of 3.50.

The Honours Thesis will normally be done in the second semester of the student’s final year. A qualified student intending to undertake the Honours Thesis will be expected to consult a prospective supervisor in the preceding semester for guidance on the selection of a topic and the preparation of a research proposal. The research proposal will be in an area of South Asian Studies in which the student has the necessary background and will be discussed with the supervisor. The supervisor will provide guidance to the student in conducting researching and writing the thesis of 10,000 to 12,000 words.

SN4660 INDEPENDENT STUDY

Modular Credits: 5
Pre-requisites: Cohort 2011 and before: Completed 100 MCs, including 60 MCs in SN, with a minimum CAP of 3.50. Cohort 2012 onwards: Completed 100 MCs, including 60 MCs in SN, with a minimum CAP of 3.20.

The Independent Study Module is designed to enable the student to explore an approved topic within the discipline in-depth. The student should approach a lecturer to work out an agreed topic, readings, and assignments for the module. A formal, written agreement is to be drawn up, giving a clear account of the topic, programme of study, assignments, evaluation, and other pertinent details. Head’s and/or Honours Coordinator’s approval of the written agreement is required. Regular meetings and reports are expected. Evaluation is based on 100% Continuous Assessment and must be worked out between the student and the lecturer prior to seeking departmental approval.

SN4880A PRINT CULTURE IN INDIA: HISTORY AND ITS FUTURE

Modular Credits: 5
Pre-requisites: Cohort 2011 and before: Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SN, with a minimum CAP of 3.50 or be on the Honours track. Cohort 2012 onwards: Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SN, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.

This module focuses on the history of the book and print culture in India. The themes covered include how print functioned in a hierarchical (caste) and modernising society such as India. Apart from exploring the role of print in knowledge production and distribution, it studies its foundational role in the making of modern identities in relation to language, culture, caste, and religion.

GEH1008/GEK1035 Nations and Nationalisms in South Asia

Modular Credits: 4
Preclusion: SN2261

This module examines the role which nationalism has played in the formation and political development of the nations and states of South Asia. It examines nationalist forces in anti-colonial struggles, in post-colonial state formation and in contemporary political developments. It will be of relevance to students with an interest in political developments in Asia, with particular reference to forms of nationalism and nation-building.

GET1009/GEK1048 Gandhi’s Life, Thought And Legacy

Modular Credits: 4

This module will examine and critique the life and legacies of M.K. Gandhi, widely regarded as one of the icons of the twentieth century. It will focus on his ideas on violence and conflict-resolution. Gandhi understood violence in a broad sense and saw conflict as involving, inter alia, man vs man; man vs God; man vs Nature; man vs woman; and man vs machine. The global significance of his ideas and work will be discussed, particularly the relevance of his methods for conflict-resolution and consensus-building. Using case-studies, it will critique his legacies and examine how they continue to influence many social, political and environmental movements around the world.

GEH1009/GEM1050 Framing Bollywood: Unpacking the Magic

Modular Credits: 4

Bollywood Cinema is recognised as the most vibrant form of cultural media in India, one whose influence now extends to many parts of the world. By studying the content and meaning of selected Bollywood films, this module will introduce students to key social, economic, political and cultural issues in India, and explore important concepts in the humanities and social sciences such as nationalism, gender and sexuality, diaspora and globalisation.

GEH1010/GEM1913 Beasts, People and Wild Environments

Modular Credits: 4

How do ideas about big beasts and the wild inform our socio-cultural worldview? In other words, what is a “tiger” when it is not just a zoo animal but one that lives in a forest next to your home? In this introductory and interdisciplinary course to conservation and the environment, we will watch films and discuss novels and ethnographies focusing on human/animal relations in six different spheres: Mountains, Deserts, Rivers, Plains, Forests, and Sea. The course aims to be an informative, provocative and fun introduction to an exciting and relatively new field of scholarship.

GES1006/SSA2214 Singapore and India: Emerging Relations

Modular Credits: 4

The module aims to examine the evolving economic linkages between Singapore and India in a post Cold War setting and attempts to explain the factors that have led to their enhanced economic collaboration based on areas of complementarity. The module will use concepts like economic regionalism, Singapore's regionalization policy and India's "Look East" policies to explain the confluence of national interests that has enhanced bilateral economic ties between both countries. In particular it will examine bilateral collaboration in infrastructure development (ports and telecommunications) and services (airline and tourism) industries to explain the success and problems of bilateral economic collaboration. The target audiences are students from various Faculties who would like to have a better understanding of Singapore's evolving foreign economic policy in South Asia in an increasingly globalised economy.

GES1007/SSA2219 South Asia in Singapore

Modular Credits: 4

The South Asian presence in Singapore is an important part of Singapore?s multicultural society: in terms of the `Indian' community and its economic and commercial influence; its religious and artistic impact; and its role in the everyday life of the nation (eg. cuisine, sport and entertainment). Students will be provided the opportunity to understand the nature of South Asian migration to Singapore, the significance of the South Asian community and its contributions to Singapore's development. Students will be provided with the necessary framework to study and analyse the historical and socio-economic development of the community and South Asian identity and concerns. The module will develop critical and analytical skills guiding students in the process of social scientific enquiry. The target students are undergraduates from all Faculties.

FMA1201R FS:SINGAPORE'S LITTLE INDIA: A 'COMMUNITY SPACE'?

Modular Credits: 4

The module explores the emergence of ‘Little India’ along its well-known main street, Serangoon Road, which is defined by ubiquitous retail outlets dealing with things ‘Indian’, from groceries, to puja items to clothing to cooked food. But ‘Little India’ has also been a multi-ethnic and multi-religious space. Its identity has been produced by a combination of historical factors. The module undertakes a physical and cultural mapping of this site paying attention to the commercial, religious, cultural and tourism-related practices enacted here. Students will be provided with an interdisciplinary framework (historical, anthropological, urban studies) to analyse the development of ‘Little India’.

Recognised modules for SN major

 

EC3378 Emerging India in Asia's Economic Integration

 

EN3265 South Asian Literatures in English

 

GE2225 Methods & Practices inGeography

 

GE4202 Remaking the Global Economy

 

GE4204 Urban Space: Critical Perspectives

 

GE4213 Cultural Analysis

 

HY4230 Historiography and Historical Method

 

HY4222 Asian Business History

 

HY2241 Why History? The 20th Century, 1914-1989

 

HY2258 Passage to India: Contemporary Modern Indian Society

 

LAH1201 Hindi 1

 

LAh4201 Hindi 2

 

LAL1201 Tamil 1

 

LAL2201 Tamil 2

 

PS2247 South Asian Politics

 

PS2249 Goverment and Politics of Singapore

 

PS3257 Political Inquiry

 

PS4214 Politics, Art & Popular Culture

 

MS4204 The Malay Middle Class

 

NM4202 Transnational Information Producers

 

NM4213 Digital Economies

 

SE4212 Elites of Southeast Asia

 

SE4218 Majorities and Minorities in Southeast Asia

 

SE4221 Southeast Asian Postcolonialism