Singapore University of Social Sciences

Malay Civilisation, Philosophy and Thought

Malay Civilisation, Philosophy and Thought (MLL109)

Applications Open: 01 May 2024

Applications Close: 15 June 2024

Next Available Intake: July 2024

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: Malay

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


The course introduces concepts and issues in Malay Civilization and Malay philosophy, leading towards a systematic approach in the field of Malay Studies using a Cultural Anthropological (i.e culture-specific) perspective. Assignments are designed to to develop the students' ability to 'see' the Malay Civilization and Malay philosophy from a Malay-centric point-of-view.

Level: 1
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY JULY
E-Learning: BLENDED - Learning is done MAINLY online using interactive study materials in Canvas. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. This is supplemented with SOME face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, this will be administered on-campus.


  • Introduction
  • Cultural Anthropology Framework
  • Malay Civilization and Philisophy
  • The Evolution of Malay Civilization and Philosophy in Malaysia
  • Malay Thinkers
  • The future possibilities of Malay Civilization and Philisophy
  • History of Singapore Malays: Leadership and Institutions
  • Modernisation and Development of the Malays: Feudalism, Colonialism and Post-independence

Learning Outcome

  • List fundamental concepts in Malay civilization and philosophy
  • Discuss the current developments in Malay civilization and philosophy
  • Operate key constructs in Malay civilization and Philosophy.
  • Define fundamental concepts in Malay civilization.
  • Describe cultural systems of values.
  • Illustrate examples of Malay civilization in South East Asia.
Back to top
Back to top