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Politics is an intensely human activity and the study of it is an exhilarating experience. Political Science covers a wide spectrum of concerns: political thought, political institutions, the policy-making process and politics between states. It ranges across normative, empirical, and policy concerns and does so from a cosmopolitan rather than a parochial perspective. The study of political science prepares the students to appreciate the political world and to explore how the study of politics is informed by knowledge from different disciplines. Students of political science are not left with a cache of facts but are trained to reflect, analyse and interpret. The lectures and, more importantly, the discussion sessions and the assignments in class are geared towards creating a confident, articulate, attentive and active person. Equipped with these qualities, a political science graduate will be able to seek employment in the civil service, print and broadcast media, teaching, research, and many other fields.

Entry Requirements

A candidate who proposes to read Political Science should have a good pass in General Paper of the GCE ‘A’ Level Examination and other related subjects.

Subject Requirements

Single Major [BSocSci (Hons)]

1. Pass PS1101E. This will be counted towards the Faculty Core or UE requirements.

2. Pass at least 84 MCs of PS modules or PS-recognised modules which include the following:

a) PS3257

b) a minimum of ONE * from the following (Singapore Politics):

  1. PS2249   Government and Politics of Singapore (CP)
  2. PS2244   Public Administration in Singapore (GPP)
  3. PS3249   Singapore’s Foreign Policy (IR)

* These modules may be used to fulfil requirement (c).

c) a minimum of ONE module from each of the following subfields:

  1. Comparative Politics (CP)
  2. International Relations (IR)
  3. Political Theory (PT)
  4. Governance and Public Policy (GPP)

d) a minimum of 60 MCs of Level-3000 PS modules or higher, with

  1. a minimum of 40 MCs of Level-4000 PS modules or higher approved PS modules
  2. a maximum of two Level-5000 PS modules (subject to the department’s approval)

Note 1: The following modules are recognised as fulfilling the PS major requirements:

LIST OF RECOGNISED MODULES

S/N MODULE CODE & TITLE SUB FIELD
1. EU3228 The EU and ASEAN in the World International Relations
2. EU4226 Imperialism and Empires International Relations
3. GE2222 Politics and Space Comparative Politics & International Relations
4. GL4881A Colonial, Anticolonial and Postcolonial Political Theory
5. GL4882A Development and the Globalisation of Food International Relations
6. GL4882B Contested Globalisation: Resistance and Resilience International Relations
7. GL4882C The Politics of Global Finance International Relations
8. GL4882D Global Corporations and Power International Relations
9. GL4883A Conflict and Natural Resources International Relations
10. GL4883B Climate Justice Governance and Public Policy
11. GL4885A International Law and World Politics International Relations
12. GL4886A Citizenship and the Politics of Belonging Comparative Politics
13. GL4887A The Modern Middle East in the Age of Globalizations Comparative Politics
14. GL4888A Justice and Emerging Technology Governance and Public Policy
15. GL4889A International Law and Terrorism International Relations
16. GL4889B Debates on Human Rights International Relations
17. HY4209 Imperialism and Empires International Relations
18. HY4225 Ideological Origins of US Foreign Policy International Relations
19. JS2223 Government and Politics of Japan Comparative Politics
20. JS4224 Japanese International Relations International Relations
21. JS4227 Japanese Political Economy Comparative Politics
22. NM5201R State and Civil Society in the Information Age Comparative Politics
23. PH2202 Major Political Philosophers Political Theory
24. PH4202 Political Philosophy Political Theory
25. PH4203 Issues in Moral Philosophy Political Theory
26. PH4205 Topics in East Asian Philosophy Political Theory
27. PH4210 Topics in Western Philosophy Political Theory
28. PH4262 Nietzsche Political Theory
29. SC4201 Contemporary Social Theory Comparative Politics
30. SC4203 Sociology of Organisations Governance and Public
Policy
31. SC4217 Social Movements and Collective Behaviour Comparative Politics
32. SC4218 Religions, Secularity, Non-Secularity Comparative Politics
33. SC4882A Perspectives on State and Society Comparative Politics
34. SC4882B Citizenship, Nation and Globalization International Relations
35. SC4883 Selected Topics in Law and Justice International Relations
36. SE4227 Nationalism in Southeast Asia Comparative Politics
37. SE5294R The Politics of Environment in SE Asia Comparative Politics & International Relations
38. SN2213 Governance and Politics in South Asia Comparative Politics
39. SN3223 International Relations of South Asia International Relations

 

Note 2:
To declare Honours track, students must have completed 110 MCs, including 44 MCs in the Major, with a CAP of  3.20 and above.

Note 3:
The Honours Thesis/Project (15 MCs) is optional. To qualify for the Honours Thesis/Project (15 MCs), students must complete 110 MCs including 44 MCs of PS major requirements with a SJAP of 4.0 and minimum CAP of 3.50. Students may seek a waiver of the SJAP pre-requisite from the department if they have a minimum CAP of 4.25 after completing 110MCs.

In order to obtain Honours (Highest Distinction), students will be required to read and pass the Honours Thesis/Project and obtain a CAP of 4.50 or higher.

Students who do not attempt the Honours Thesis/Project will read Level-4000 modules to fulfil the Honours Requirements.

Note 4:
Students may also read a Level-4000 Independent Studies Module (5 MCs). The Level-4000 ISM carries a prerequisite of 100 MCs completed, including 44 MCs in the Major, with a minimum CAP of 3.20. It precludes the Honours Thesis/Project

Note 5:
All Level-4000 modules carry a general prerequisite of having completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in the Major, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 OR being on the Honours track (some Level-4000 modules may have different prerequisites).

Note 6 :

i) a minimum of 64 MCs must be PS coded (including PS3257)

ii) a maximum of 16 MCs may be double counted from the secondary major towards the PS major.

Single Major (BA)

1. Pass PS1101E. This will be counted towards the Faculty Core or UE requirements.

2. Pass at least 44 MCs of PS modules or PS-recognised modules which include the following:

a) PS3257

b) a minimum of ONE * module from the following (Singapore Politics):

  1. PS2249   Government and Politics of Singapore (CP)
  2. PS2244   Public Administration in Singapore (GPP)
  3. PS3249   Singapore’s Foreign Policy (IR)

* These modules may be used to fulfill requirement (c).

c) a minimum of ONE module from each of the following subfields:

  1. Comparative Politics (CP)
  2. International Relations (IR)
  3. Political Theory (PT)
  4. Governance and Public Policy (GPP)

d) a minimum of 20 MCs of Level-3000 PS modules or higher

Note 1: The following  modules are recognized as fulfilling the PS major requirements:

LIST OF RECOGNISED MODULES

S/N MODULE CODE & TITLE SUB FIELD
1. EU3228 The EU and ASEAN in the World International Relations
2. EU4226 Imperialism and Empires International Relations
3. GE2222 Politics and Space Comparative Politics & International Relations
4. GL4881A Colonial, Anticolonial and Postcolonial Political Theory
5. GL4882A Development and the Globalisation of Food International Relations
6. GL4882B Contested Globalisation: Resistance and Resilience International Relations
7. GL4882C The Politics of Global Finance International Relations
8. GL4882D Global Corporations and Power International Relations
9. GL4883A Conflict and Natural Resources International Relations
10. GL4883B Climate Justice Governance and Public Policy
11. GL4885A International Law and World Politics International Relations
12. GL4886A Citizenship and the Politics of Belonging Comparative Politics
13. GL4887A The Modern Middle East in the Age of Globalizations Comparative Politics
14. GL4888A Justice and Emerging Technology Governance and Public Policy
15. GL4889A International Law and Terrorism International Relations
16. GL4889B Debates on Human Rights International Relations
17. HY4209 Imperialism and Empires International Relations
18. HY4225 Ideological Origins of US Foreign Policy International Relations
19. JS2223 Government and Politics of Japan Comparative Politics
20. JS4224 Japanese International Relations International Relations
21. JS4227 Japanese Political Economy Comparative Politics
22. NM5201R State and Civil Society in the Information Age Comparative Politics
23. PH2202 Major Political Philosophers Political Theory
24. PH4202 Political Philosophy Political Theory
25. PH4203 Issues in Moral Philosophy Political Theory
26. PH4205 Topics in East Asian Philosophy Political Theory
27. PH4210 Topics in Western Philosophy Political Theory
28. PH4262 Nietzsche Political Theory
29. SC4201 Contemporary Social Theory Comparative Politics
30. SC4203 Sociology of Organisations Governance and Public
Policy
31. SC4217 Social Movements and Collective Behaviour Comparative Politics
32. SC4218 Religions, Secularity, Non-Secularity Comparative Politics
33. SC4882A Perspectives on State and Society Comparative Politics
34. SC4882B Citizenship, Nation and Globalization International Relations
35. SC4883 Selected Topics in Law and Justice International Relations
36. SE4227 Nationalism in Southeast Asia Comparative Politics
37. SE5294R The Politics of Environment in SE Asia Comparative Politics & International Relations
38. SN2213 Governance and Politics in South Asia Comparative Politics
39. SN3223 International Relations of South Asia International Relations

Note 2 : Students are allowed to read Level-4000 modules subject to department’s approval.

Note 3 :

i) a minimum of 24MCs must be PS coded (including PS3257)

ii) a maximum of 16 MCs may be double counted from the secondary major towards the PS major.

Second Major

1. Pass PS1101E. This will be counted towards the Faculty Core or UE requirements.

2. Pass at least 44 MCs of PS modules or PS-recognised modules which include the following:

a) PS3257

b) a minimum of ONE * module from the following (Singapore Politics):

  1. PS2249   Government and Politics of Singapore (CP)
  2. PS2244   Public Administration in Singapore (GPP)
  3. PS3249   Singapore’s Foreign Policy (IR)

* These modules may be used to fulfill requirement (c)

c) a minimum of ONE module from each of the following groups:

  1. Comparative Politics (CP)
  2. International Relations (IR)
  3. Political Theory (PT)
  4. Governance and Public Policy (GPP)

d) minimum 20 MCs at level-3000 or higher **

**Students are allowed to read level-4000 modules subject to department’s approval.

Note 1:  The following modules are recognized as fulfilling the PS major requirements:

LIST OF RECOGNISED MODULES

S/N MODULE CODE & TITLE SUB FIELD
1. EU3228 The EU and ASEAN in the World International Relations
2. EU4226 Imperialism and Empires International Relations
3. GE2222 Politics and Space Comparative Politics & International Relations
4. GL4881A Colonial, Anticolonial and Postcolonial Political Theory
5. GL4882A Development and the Globalisation of Food International Relations
6. GL4882B Contested Globalisation: Resistance and Resilience International Relations
7. GL4882C The Politics of Global Finance International Relations
8. GL4882D Global Corporations and Power International Relations
9. GL4883A Conflict and Natural Resources International Relations
10. GL4883B Climate Justice Governance and Public Policy
11. GL4885A International Law and World Politics International Relations
12. GL4886A Citizenship and the Politics of Belonging Comparative Politics
13. GL4887A The Modern Middle East in the Age of Globalizations Comparative Politics
14. GL4888A Justice and Emerging Technology Governance and Public Policy
15. GL4889A International Law and Terrorism International Relations
16. GL4889B Debates on Human Rights International Relations
17. HY4209 Imperialism and Empires International Relations
18. HY4225 Ideological Origins of US Foreign Policy International Relations
19. JS2223 Government and Politics of Japan Comparative Politics
20. JS4224 Japanese International Relations International Relations
21. JS4227 Japanese Political Economy Comparative Politics
22. NM5201R State and Civil Society in the Information Age Comparative Politics
23. PH2202 Major Political Philosophers Political Theory
24. PH4202 Political Philosophy Political Theory
25. PH4203 Issues in Moral Philosophy Political Theory
26. PH4205 Topics in East Asian Philosophy Political Theory
27. PH4210 Topics in Western Philosophy Political Theory
28. PH4262 Nietzsche Political Theory
29. SC4201 Contemporary Social Theory Comparative Politics
30. SC4203 Sociology of Organisations Governance and Public
Policy
31. SC4217 Social Movements and Collective Behaviour Comparative Politics
32. SC4218 Religions, Secularity, Non-Secularity Comparative Politics
33. SC4882A Perspectives on State and Society Comparative Politics
34. SC4882B Citizenship, Nation and Globalization International Relations
35. SC4883 Selected Topics in Law and Justice International Relations
36. SE4227 Nationalism in Southeast Asia Comparative Politics
37. SE5294R The Politics of Environment in SE Asia Comparative Politics & International Relations
38. SN2213 Governance and Politics in South Asia Comparative Politics
39. SN3223 International Relations of South Asia International Relations

Note 2 : a minimum of 24 MCs in PS (including PS1101E and PS3257)

Note 3: a maximum of 16 MCs may be double counted from the primary major towards the PS major.

Minor

Pass at least 24 MCs of PS or PS-recognised modules or PS-cross-listed, which include the following:

1. PS1101E Introduction to Politics

2. a minimum of ONE * module from the following (Singapore Politics):

  1. PS2249 Government and Politics of Singapore (CP)
  2. PS2244 Public Administration in Singapore (GPP)
  3. PS3249 Singapore’s Foreign Policy (IR)

* These modules may be used to fulfill requirements (3).

3. a minimum of ONE module from each of the following subfields:

  1. Comparative Politics (CP)
  2. International Relations (IR)
  3. Political Theory (PT)
  4. Governance and Public Policy (GPP)

4. a minimum of 8 MCs of PS modules at Level-3000 (including modules listed above)

Note 1:  The following modules are recognized as fulfilling the PS minor requirements:

LIST OF RECOGNISED MODULES

S/N MODULE CODE & TITLE SUB FIELD
1. EU3228 The EU and ASEAN in the World International Relations
2. EU4226 Imperialism and Empires International Relations
3. GE2222 Politics and Space Comparative Politics & International Relations
4. GL4881A Colonial, Anticolonial and Postcolonial Political Theory
5. GL4882A Development and the Globalisation of Food International Relations
6. GL4882B Contested Globalisation: Resistance and Resilience International Relations
7. GL4882C The Politics of Global Finance International Relations
8. GL4882D Global Corporations and Power International Relations
9. GL4883A Conflict and Natural Resources International Relations
10. GL4883B Climate Justice Governance and Public Policy
11. GL4885A International Law and World Politics International Relations
12. GL4886A Citizenship and the Politics of Belonging Comparative Politics
13. GL4887A The Modern Middle East in the Age of Globalizations Comparative Politics
14. GL4888A Justice and Emerging Technology Governance and Public Policy
15. GL4889A International Law and Terrorism International Relations
16. GL4889B Debates on Human Rights International Relations
17. HY4209 Imperialism and Empires International Relations
18. HY4225 Ideological Origins of US Foreign Policy International Relations
19. JS2223 Government and Politics of Japan Comparative Politics
20. JS4224 Japanese International Relations International Relations
21. JS4227 Japanese Political Economy Comparative Politics
22. NM5201R State and Civil Society in the Information Age Comparative Politics
23. PH2202 Major Political Philosophers Political Theory
24. PH4202 Political Philosophy Political Theory
25. PH4203 Issues in Moral Philosophy Political Theory
26. PH4205 Topics in East Asian Philosophy Political Theory
27. PH4210 Topics in Western Philosophy Political Theory
28. PH4262 Nietzsche Political Theory
29. SC4201 Contemporary Social Theory Comparative Politics
30. SC4203 Sociology of Organisations Governance and Public
Policy
31. SC4217 Social Movements and Collective Behaviour Comparative Politics
32. SC4218 Religions, Secularity, Non-Secularity Comparative Politics
33. SC4882A Perspectives on State and Society Comparative Politics
34. SC4882B Citizenship, Nation and Globalization International Relations
35. SC4883 Selected Topics in Law and Justice International Relations
36. SE4227 Nationalism in Southeast Asia Comparative Politics
37. SE5294R The Politics of Environment in SE Asia Comparative Politics & International Relations
38. SN2213 Governance and Politics in South Asia Comparative Politics
39. SN3223 International Relations of South Asia International Relations

Note 2: a maximum of 8 MCs from the minor can be used to satisfy the requirements of a major or another minor. Double-counting only applies where PS minor modules are officially recognised by the other major or minor.

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