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Day 10: 2016 Singapore Study Tour

The daily chronicle of the 2016 POLIS Study Tour to Singapore, “Inside Singapore: History, Politics, Identity”. Day 10 – ! Following on from yesterday’s exploration of Singapore’s climate policy and environmentalist culture, we looked ahead to what the future has in store for this small and vulnerable nation. We glanced over the previous topics of the last […]

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Day 9: 2016 Singapore Study Tour

The daily chronicle of the 2016 POLIS Study Tour to Singapore, “Inside Singapore: History, Politics, Identity”. Day 9 – ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS A recap of the principles of citizenship and how they tied into our field trips and lecture sessions got our morning started as we moved onto today’s theme, the environment. We discussed Singapore’s beautiful concept […]

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Day 8: 2016 Singapore Study Tour

The daily chronicle of the 2016 POLIS Study Tour to Singapore, “Inside Singapore: History, Politics, Identity”. Day 8 – RIGHTS OF CITIZENS AND MIGRANT WORKERS Our day began with a classroom discussion on citizenship in Singapore. Citizenship is a complex and contested issue globally. In Singapore, citizenship is conferred by birth if at least one parent […]

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Day 7: 2016 Singapore Study Tour

The daily chronicle of the 2016 POLIS Study Tour to Singapore, “Inside Singapore: History, Politics, Identity”. Day 7 – ONLINE POLITICS Our day began with a classroom discussion on the media landscape within Singapore. We looked at the role of the media within the nation and how it attempts to keep in line with the nation’s […]

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Day 6: 2016 Singapore Study Tour

The daily chronicle of the 2016 POLIS Study Tour to Singapore, “Inside Singapore: History, Politics, Identity”. Day 6 – PAP-STYLE DEMOCRACY Today we discussed Singapore’s Democracy, which is quite different from what we are used to in Australia. We explored Singapore’s communal style of democracy, which takes into account the greater good for society as a […]

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Day 5: 2016 Singapore Study Tour

The daily chronicle of the 2016 POLIS Study Tour to Singapore, “Inside Singapore: History, Politics, Identity”. Day 5 – AUSTRALIA – SINGAPORE RELATIONS The majority of our classroom discussion today revolved around the relationship between Australia and Singapore. The two countries enjoy what we would describe as a long-standing friendship, where mutual respect is evident and […]

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Day 4: 2016 Singapore Study Tour

The daily chronicle of the 2016 POLIS Study Tour to Singapore, “Inside Singapore: History, Politics, Identity”. Day 3 – GOVERNING THE ECONOMY Our first visit for the day was to the National Gallery which opened 12 months ago, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Singapore’s independence (in 1965). It’s housed in two colonial buildings, the old […]

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Day 3: 2016 Singapore Study Tour

The daily chronicle of the 2016 POLIS Study Tour to Singapore, “Inside Singapore: History, Politics, Identity”. Day 3 – NATIONAL BRANDING Building on the daily themes explored so far, of Singapore’s history and its foreign policy, we turned our attention to the so called ‘soft power’ used to attract others on an international stage, namely public […]

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Day 2: 2016 Singapore Study Tour

The daily chronicle of the 2016 POLIS Study Tour to Singapore, “Inside Singapore: History, Politics, Identity”. Day 2 – INTERDEPENDENT INDEPENDENCE In today’s session we discussed how “Historical Memory” (considered yesterday) has shaped the development of Singapore’s Foreign Policy, which is a balance of elements of both realism and liberalism, as seen in their competitive yet […]

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Day 1: 2016 Singapore Study Tour

The daily chronicle of the 2016 POLIS Study Tour to Singapore, “Inside Singapore: History, Politics, Identity”. Day 1 – SINGAPORE STORY We spent the morning in a tutorial-style discussion about the “Historical Memory” of Singapore – mapping out the significant milestones that are said to contribute to the unique identity of this city-state. Of particular interest […]

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