History

H1 HISTORY (SYLLABUS 8821)


Aims


H1 History at ACJC aims to provide students with opportunities to further explore international relationships between superpowers through the period of the Cold War. In addition to this, students will also be exposed to the role of China as an emerging superpower and appreciate the nature of its relationship with the United States and the Soviet Union. Students will then appreciate how these international dynamics affect the Southeast Asian region in particular through ASEAN’s role and Singapore’s foreign policy. The study of UN’s structure and its mixed results in peacekeeping will complete a comprehensive journey which involves the study of inter-state relations, foreign policies and the efficiencies of international and regional organizations.

No specific requirements to offer the subject.

Approach


General
Lectures would be the medium used to provide the necessary content knowledge as well as the necessary skills set needed to tackle the main components of the matter which is Source Based Questions and essays. Interactive tutorial will provide students with the opportunities to engage deeper with the content covered and at the same time seeking clarifications in a safe and conducive learning environment. Comprehensive lecture notes and slides are provided for the students along with additional online materials to ensure a fulfilling learning experience.

Skills
For Source Based Questions (SBQ), students will learn to critically analyze sources and evaluate their reliability and utility in depth before presenting a comprehensive argument to address a given hypothesis.

For Essays, students will learn to analyze and extract relevant information from numerous case studies and organize their arguments coherently.

Programme


Assessment consists of one 3 hour paper where students are required to attempt:

  • 1 Source Based Question premised on the Cold War between the United States and Soviet Union.
  • 2 essays on topics such as Sino-Soviet and Soviet-US relationship, the Cold War and its effects on Southeast Asia, Singapore’s foreign policy and the United Nations’ organizational structure and peacekeeping operations.

The H1 History syllabus may be accessed at the following URL

H2 HISTORY (SYLLABUS 9752)


Aims


History at ACJC aims to create strong foundations in historical thinking skills and hopes to foster enthusiasm about the past. H2 History at ACJC consist of two components:
  • Paper 1: Shaping the International Order (1945–2000)
  • Paper 2: Making of Independent Southeast Asia (Independence–2000)

Paper 1 (International History) aims to provide students with opportunities to explore the relationships between the superpowers and various states through the period of the Cold War. In addition, students will also learn about the development of the global economy, and evaluate how the decisions of the United States, the Western European countries and Japan impacted the rest of the world. Furthermore, students will take a closer look at the rise of two ‘Asian Tigers’, South Korea and Taiwan, and appreciate how a country’s economic development is influenced by regional and international forces. Finally, students will examine the origins, structure, and actions of the United Nations, and evaluate its political effectiveness in its peacekeeping and reform efforts. This study will complete a comprehensive journey in enabling students to discern how the international order was shaped through inter-state relations, and the policies of regional and international organisations.

Paper 2 (History of Southeast Asia) aims to enable students to examine the political, economic, and social development of Southeast Asian countries. Students will look at Southeast Asian governments’ attempts to find the best way to govern their respective societies, from liberal democratic governments to various manifestations of authoritarianism. Students will also appreciate the challenges faced by governments in unifying diverse populations as they attempted to balance between introducing integrationist approaches, while acknowledging the desire of ethnic minorities to champion their own distinctive cultures. Students will also understand that the economic policies of governments constitute an important pillar of their countries’ development, and that these could even affect the rise and fall of governments. The study of ASEAN’s effectiveness as a regional organisation will complete an understanding of the dynamics governing the Southeast Asian region between 1945 and 2000.

Approach


General
For both Paper 1 (International History) and Paper 2 (History of Southeast Asia), lectures and tutorials will be conducted to provide the necessary content knowledge and skills for students to master the curriculum.

Interactive tutorials will provide students with opportunities to interrogate sources, and consider different ways of approaching a variety of questions.

The History Department believes strongly in fostering a safe and collaborative environment for students to seek clarifications, and to learn from one another.

Skills
For the Source-Based Case Study, students will learn to critically analyse sources and evaluate their reliability and utility in depth, before presenting a comprehensive argument to address a given hypothesis.

For the essay component, students will learn to analyse and extract relevant information from a range of case studies, and construct thoughtful and coherent arguments.

Programme


Students will sit for 2 papers:

Assessment for Paper 1 (International History) will consist of a 3-hour paper where students are required to attempt:

  • 1 Source-Based Case Study premised on the Cold War between the United States and Soviet Union.
  • 2 essays on topics such as the development of the global economy, the rise of the ‘Asian Tigers’, and the United Nations.

Assessment for Paper 2 (History of Southeast Asia) will consist of a 3-hour paper where students are required to attempt:

  • 1 Source-Based Case Study premised on the features and effectiveness of ASEAN
  • 2 essays on topics such as Approaches to Governance, Approaches to National Unity, and Paths to Economic Development

The H2 History syllabus may be accessed at the following URL

H3 HISTORY (SYLLABUS 9823)


Aims


History at ACJC aims to create strong foundations in historical thinking skills and hopes to foster enthusiasm about the past. The H3 syllabus will provide students with the opportunity to further develop their interest in history through the exploration of the historical issues in greater depth.

History at the H3 level aims to create students who are capable of engaging in independent research, engage critically with sources from the past as well as the interpretations of historians.

Approach


History at the H3 level will depend primarily on the students’ interest in exploring a historical issue.

Students will be guided through the process of crafting a research proposal encapsulating their initial analysis of a historical issue. In the course of the crafting of the research essay, students will have up to three conferences with their Research Supervisor to provide feedback on the research essay’s progress.

Programme


The assessment of History at the H3 level consists of a research essay of between 3000-3500 words.

The H3 History syllabus may be accessed at the following URL