History and History Education

Courses in this strand focus on history and history education. Content covered include topics such as globalization, heritage, ancient civilizations, women’s history, and historical thinking. This strand also offers history pedagogy courses that will examine key issues and research in history education focusing on disciplinary practices and concepts.

History and History Education Courses (4AUs)
MAS912 Heritage, History and Culture
MAS913 Conflict and Cooperation in International Relations
MAS914 Government and Politics in Southeast Asia
MAS 915 Multicultural Studies
MAS 925 Women in East Asia
MAS 933 The Early Modern Origins of Globalization, 1450-1750
MAS 934 History Education – Teaching for Historical Understanding
MAS 935 Issues and Research in History Education
MAS 936 Contemporary Singapore
MAS 937 Ancient Civilizations of the East


Course Synopses

MAS912 Heritage, History and Culture

This course provides a general survey of basic issues and methods in historical investigation. It explores the intellectual framework within which history has come to be written. This objective is achieved by considering simultaneously the history of historical writing and some urgent issues in current historical theory. Applied History is the application of history to a practical issue. The skills of historical training, such as research techniques, interpretation of sources, and writing skills are used to work on problem. The issues involved range from heritage studies, community and family history, oral history, and historical interpretations in museums and tourism. In the workaday world, history is now applied in various ways by teachers, librarians, archivists, conservationists, journalists, curators, civil servants, architects and scientists, as well as amateur and professional historians. This course concerns case studies of applied history used by these occupations in the areas of public history, popular culture, local history, and museology.

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MAS913 Conflict and Cooperation in International Relations

The course will provide an introduction to international relations and key issues governing world politics. The emphasis is on the three core international relations theories: realism, liberalism and globalism. Key issues and theories are analyzed in relation to past and present events, and in relation to the themes of conflict, change and cooperation.

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MAS914 Government and Politics in Southeast Asia

This course examines the dynamics of political and socio-economic transformation in modern Southeast Asia. Southeast Asia comprises a rich diversity of political practice and forms combined with different experience in economic growth and development. The course examines regional political problems such as the consolidation of government, political integration and regional association, regime change, nationalist and ethnic dissent, political order and legitimacy, security concerns and challenges during and after the Cold War.

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MAS 915 Multicultural Studies

Our globalising world implies that dealing with multicultural contexts has become an inevitable part of modern life. This course will first examine the term ‘multicultural’ itself. What exactly is meant by the term and what are its origins? Does multiculturalism manifest itself in the same way from country to country? In Singapore the terms ‘multicultural’ and ‘multiculturalism’ have been used increasingly in recent years. What we should determine is whether the term to describe Singapore is ‘multicultural’ or whether it is ‘multiracial’. ‘Multiculturalism’ has often also been assumed to speak only of race or ethnicity, but it is much more than that. ‘Multiculturalism’ also addresses class, gender and other social structures. It also speaks of a frame of mind, of whether a society is really open to and truly embraces diversity, of the multiplicity of voices that help to find a consensus that best guarantees equality and justice.

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MAS 925 Women in East Asia

This course seeks to explore the history of women in East Asia, mainly China and Japan, through a survey which will incorporate past and contemporary interpretations and critiques of gender theories that have been articulated. It will examine the definitions of feminism within the patriarchal societies of East Asia and look at how women, through the centuries, negotiated their social, political, economic and legal boundaries to create a space and place for themselves within their world. Traditional paradigms and moments of historical change will be explored as well to extrapolate the changing roles and expectations of women in East Asia. This course will allow students to better understand the situation of women in East Asia in the past as well as current gender issues in general.

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MAS 933 The Early Modern Origins of Globalization, 1450-1750

This course probes into the debate and origins of globalization in the early modern period. In the process, issues relating to crises and wars on a global scale, economic systems of the period, as well as issues pertaining to cultural diffusion are discussed in the depth. This course supports subject matter understanding for teachers teaching Social Studies and Humanities courses in Singapore’s schools.

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MAS 934 History Education – Teaching for Historical Understanding

The course will examine key issues and research in history education, with a specific focus on what it means to teach for historical understanding. This course challenges teachers to explore different aspects of history education. What does it mean to teach history? What does it mean to teach historical thinking? What kind of knowledge do we need to teach history? Through an examination of current research on the teaching of history, in particular, teaching for historical understanding, participants will acquire a deeper and broader understanding of the key elements of historical thinking such as empathy, perspective, accounts, chronology, and narratives. This will also help prepare teachers address the changes in the humanities curricula implemented by the Ministry of Education.

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MAS 935 Issues and Research in History Education

An education in the humanities would not be complete without a consideration of how history education has shaped the development of nations over the years and the ways in which these developments are related to the specific socio-political and cultural contexts. This course will thus help prepare history teachers for the new Humanities curriculum that is inquirybased and discipline-driven. It offers participants the opportunity to develop their professional expertise and disciplinary understandings through an exploration of deeper issues facing history education research in different contexts, such as the place of history in society, its philosophical underpinnings, aspects of curriculum development, as well as recent issues and developments in international research on students’ thinking in history.

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MAS 936 Contemporary Singapore

This course is a state-of-the-field study of the history and governance of Singapore. Students are invited to participate in case analyses of contemporary Singapore from post-war, 1945 to the present. The focus is thematic and issue-oriented and will be on the evolving political, socialcultural and economic dimensions that had shaped and are continuing to shape the landscape of contemporary Singapore. Participants will examine the political, social and economic challenges facing Singapore today, and critically evaluate current and potential solutions to these challenges.

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MAS 937 Ancient Civilizations of the East

This course will provide a survey of the ancient civilizations of the East, namely China, India and Southeast Asia. There will be specific focus on political and social institutions and developments with a view of showing the continuity between past and present. This course will further acquaint students with a core body of the literature of the ancient world of the East. This course designed primarily for primary social studies teachers as the new primary social studies curriculum includes topics that focus on ancient Eastern civilizations, and for all interested in ancient civilizations of the East.

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