Overview

Module Convenor

Dr Mustafa Izzuddin
Fellow, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute
Adjunct Lecturer, NUS University Scholars Programme (USP)
Tel: 6870 4529; Email: uspmi@nus.edu.sg
Consultation hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2-3pm, or by appointment

 

Module Description

This module provides for a multifaceted understanding of the heterogeneous Indian community in contemporary Singapore by straddling the fields of history, ethnicity, faith, culture, diaspora, political economy and foreign policy. By apportioning this multidisciplinary module to three themes, that is, (a) theories and concepts of domestic politics and foreign relations; (b) business networks, social groups and cultural interconnections; and (c) religious diversity of Indians in Singapore society, it combines theory with empirics to better appreciate the rich and diverse Indian cultural heritage observable in Singapore as well as comprehend the multidimensionality of Singapore-India relations. Two questions guide the module: what makes an Indian? Have you thought how heterogeneous the Indians of Singapore are? Field trips and dialogues with policy-makers and stakeholders are some highlights of this module.

For a glimpse of the module offered in 2016, please see here

 

Module Schedule

Classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 noon to 2pm.
All the field trips, the dates of which are subject to change, will take place during class time.

 

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, USP students would have enhanced their knowledge of the multifaceted nature of India-Singapore relations. By combining theory with empirics, USP students would have a better sense and greater appreciation of the rich and diverse Indian cultural heritage in Singapore. Although categorised as a Singapore Studies module of a social science variety, this course will be taught in such a way that it caters to students from all academic disciplines in NUS and does not discriminate against students of other nationalities.