Bachelor of Arts (Social Studies)

Category/ Subject Course Code Title No of AUs
ACADEMIC SUBJECT 
Year 1 AAL10A/AAL28D Government and Politics of Singapore 3
AAL10D/AAL28B Globalisation: Examining Interconnectedness 3
CURRICULUM STUDIES  
Year 2 ACL22A Teaching Social Studies to Secondary School Students 3
GENERAL ELECTIVE 
ACL18A Teaching Social Studies to Secondary School Students 3

 

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Course Synopses

 

AAL10A/AAL28D Government and Politics of Singapore

Singapore is a small country that has achieved considerable success as a relatively young nation state. This course will introduce student teachers to the broad political factors that have contributed to the country’s development as a nation state. Considerable attention would be paid to the role of the PAP government and the ways it approached the complex task of nation building. The course will provide opportunities for student teachers to address current and prospective challenges confronting the country domestically as well as internationally.

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AAL10D/AAL28B Globalisation: Examining Interconnectedness

This course examines what we often don’t talk about when we talk about globalisation. Globalisation is often treated as a political-economic term and has assumed widespread recognition though differing meanings abound. While seeming to be everywhere and nowhere at the same time, globalisation has significant, widely varying impact in areas fundamental to individuals, communities and sovereign nations. Apart from the tensions arising from the interconnected web of changes and impact, the vicissitudes wrought in areas of governance, education, diversity, environment and identities have amplified the sense of global insecurities and anxieties. However, this has also prompted the resolution to manage both intended and unintended outcomes of globalisation in ways that can engender national survival and a global justice framework. As the title suggests, this course will seek to examine the issue of globalisation beyond the reassurance that globalisation processes will “lift all boats” while deconstructing the interconnectedness of global relations.

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ACL22A Teaching Social Studies to Secondary School Students

This course aims to provide student teachers with an understanding of the rationale, nature and scope of the secondary social studies curriculum. The course will provide opportunities for pre-service teachers to develop understanding of some of the significant issues and tensions related to social studies education in Singapore and in other countries, such as global and multicultural education. It also seeks to equip student teachers with a variety of classroombased teaching strategies that are appropriate for diverse learners. The course will provide opportunities for student teachers to reflect on the teaching of concepts, content, skills and values that are integral to social studies education, design lesson plans, and practice teaching strategies in a cooperative learning environment.

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ACL18A Teaching Social Studies to Secondary School Students

This course aims to provide student teachers with an understanding of the nature, scope and goals of social studies education in Singapore. The course will provide opportunities for student teachers to reflect on issues related to the secondary social studies syllabus content, and acquire an understanding of these issues. It also seeks to equip student teachers with a variety of classroom-based teaching strategies that are appropriate for the teaching of concepts, content, skills and values to differentiated learners in the social studies classroom. Student teachers will be exposed to these strategies through experiential learning. The tutorials will also provide opportunities for student teachers to reflect on critical issues of social studies teaching, discuss and practice some of the teaching strategies and design and develop unit and lesson plans in a cooperative learning environment. Student teachers will have opportunities to set source-based questions and structured-response questions, devise the mark schemes and mark the answer scripts. This course is compulsory for all student teachers with History and / or Geography as their curriculum subjects.

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