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7WISP @ NP Module Introduction - April 2012 Semester


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You’ve heard it. You’ve been told. The world is changing rapidly at a pace that dazzles the mind. Not merely a history lesson, this module (7WISP) equips you with an understanding of current, major global issues. It looks at how city-state Singapore defied the odds and witnessed close to half a century of rapid economic growth, strong political ties and social harmony. WISP invites you to embark on a journey beyond knowledge, a journey that will change your life.(

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7WISP @ NP Module Introduction - April 2012 Semester

  1. 1. World Issues:A SingaporePerspective (1WISP)
  2. 2. What will we be doing in this module?1. Learn about current GLOBAL issues and events.2. Examine these issues in a LOCAL context and explore the challenges facing Singapore.3. Discuss the concepts of sovereignty and citizenship.
  3. 3. WISP Objectives1. To engage in active learning about world events and global issues such as racism, terrorism and globalisation.2. To gain a deeper understanding of these issues.3. To see the relevance of world issues and events to the political, social and economic scenes in Singapore.4. To develop competence in articulating and expressing thoughts and informed opinions.
  4. 4. Topics covered in WISP1.Discrimination2.Religious Intolerance3.Globalisation4.Terrorism5.Political Systems
  5. 5. How will you best learn in WISP?
  6. 6. 5 Simple Steps …
  7. 7. Step 1READ magazines, newspapers (onlineor print), watch the news ontelevision. Be aware and find out whatis going on in our world!“The real voyage of discoveryconsists not in seeking newlandscapes but in having new eyes.”(Marcel Proust)
  8. 8. Step 2THINK … how do theseissues and events affect ourlives in Singapore?“Our lives begin to end the day webecome silent about things thatmatter.” (Martin Luther King)
  9. 9. Step 3ASK questions and SHAREyour views with your friendsand tutor in class.“It is not the answer thatenlightens, but the question.”(Eugene Ionesco Decouvertes)
  10. 10. Step 4RESPECT each other’s opinions.Not everyone might have thesame beliefs and we need tolearn to listen to views other thanour own.“The goal of education is toreplace an empty mind with anopen mind.” (Malcolm Forbes)
  11. 11. Step 5TRY your best … that’s allanyone can ask of you!“The journey of a thousandmiles must begin with a singlestep.” (Lao Tzu)
  12. 12. WISP Quick Facts!1. In its 18th run. Classes are in small module groups (about 25 per class).2. Prescribed module for ALL Level 3 students, hence the large cohort (approximately 2000 students this semester).3. Available on MeL ( 77.4% of Oct 2011 students obtained Bs and above (compared to 75.0% in Apr 11). 98 students obtained AD. Two failed.
  13. 13. Assessments in WISPASSESSMENT 1 – Exploratory Paper: Due 18 May (Week 5) Indv - 20%ASSESSMENT 2 – Google Maps & Investigative Report Indv -20%Submission (What in the World): To be completed by 29 June Grp – 20%(Week 12)ASSESSMENT 3 – In-class Group Presentation (Home & Indv – 20%Away): Due Weeks 13-16 (by 3 August, Week 16) Grp - 10%CLASS PARTICIPATION & ATTITUDE 10%(Throughout the semester) TOTAL 100%
  14. 14. Key Events
  15. 15. • Date: 20 January 2011 (Week 13)• Venue: Block 5• Time: 1:00-2:45PM
  16. 16. SAF Camp Visits 2012
  17. 17. Army Open House @ Our City
  18. 18. In Conversation with….