Singapore University of Social Sciences

Understanding Singapore Society (理解新加坡社会)

Understanding Singapore Society (理解新加坡社会) (CHS215)

Applications Open: 01 May 2024

Applications Close: 15 June 2024

Next Available Intake: July 2024

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: Chinese

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $1391.78 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Linguistics and Languages

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education (ACE)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Humanities & Behavioural Sciences


This course provides a general introduction to the various aspects of Singapore society, from its historical formation to its post-independence social transformation. Reflecting on the diverse social, economic, political, historical proceedings and legacies, challenges and contradictions that have constructed modern Singapore society, this course aims to equip students with varied lenses that will enable them to think critically about Singapore society, to relate them to the larger political, economic, social and cultural contexts, and to apply new knowledge to daily life experiences.

Level: 2
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July


  • The Making of Modern Singapore 小岛城国:现代新加坡的成长之路
  • Economic Growth and Transformation 经济发展与转型战略
  • Language and Culture 语言与文化
  • Religion and Inter-Ethnic Relations 宗教与种族关系
  • Family and Gender 家庭与性别
  • Housing 居者有其屋:新加坡的住房政策
  • Health 医疗与卫生
  • Governance 法治与廉正:新加坡治理的基石
  • Education 任人唯贤、唯才是用:新加坡教育制度
  • Social Resilience 新加坡社会保障制度
  • Diversity and Inclusivity 多元与包容性社会
  • Social Movements and Change 社会运动与变革

Learning Outcome

  • Demonstrate an analytical and holistic knowledge of Singapore as a society.
  • Discuss the promises and challenges facing contemporary Singapore.
  • Identify key facets of economic, social, infrastructural and institutional dynamics shaping Singapore’s transformations.
  • Apply knowledge and understanding of Singapore society to everyday life.
  • Analyse the complex social systems and nexus embedded within and beyond Singapore’s boundaries.
  • Use concepts learnt to engage the issues facing Singapore.
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