Course Description

Course Description

This module engages the concept of heritage and how it is operationalized in politics, domestic culture, international relations, the economy, and the construction of personal and communal identities.Readings will be taken from the fields of anthropology, sociology, linguistics, urban studies and tourism studies among others. The second half of the semester will focus on language as an aspect of cultural heritage and the role that language choice and practice play in Singaporean culture. To that end, students will learn to conduct qualitative interviews that explore these themes. The politics of heritage is a vast field and the class will draw on many examples around the world for the purpose of comparison, however as a Singapore studies course, the focus of the course and the discussions will be on Singapore itself.

The class will meet twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays from 4PM to 6PM.