CHANGING LANDSCAPES OF SINGAPORE
2013/14 SEMESTER 2
Objectives: To further understanding of:
a) The challenges, tensions and exclusions arising from the Singaporean state’s global city vision
b) How landscapes may be used to analyse social cost and marginalization/exclusions in Singapore;
(NB: Refer to lecture notes and compulsory readings for lectures on economic landscapes, geopolitical landscapes and landscapes of immigration in Singapore. You are also required to keep abreast of developments as reflected in our newspapers)
As Singapore globalises and is increasingly affected by flows, processes and events from ‘elsewhere’, there would inevitably be accompanying social costs. To what extent is this happening in Singapore?’
Globalisation is the process by which the world is becoming increasingly interconnected as a result of massively increased trade and cultural exchange. Primarily, it has resulted in the freer movement of human capital.
Flow: the action or fact of moving along in a steady, continuous stream. 2 forms of flow: foreigners in and locals out
Processes and events facilitating flow of human capital.
(1) Discuss this statement in relation to landscapes that reflect the marginalisation and/or exclusion of certain groups of people in Singapore.
Boon Lay MRT Corridor, a result of the marginalisation of Bangladeshi workers. FEP/Little India, congregation of FDWs
(2) Bring a picture or make use of webpage that illustrates this marginalisation and/or exclusion to assist in classroom discussion. You may draw your examples from economic landscapes, immigration landscapes or other landscapes in Singapore that reflect the underbelly of globalisation.
(3) Remember to consider how power operates in the creation and maintenance of such landscapes of...
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