Urban Ecology: Singapore
This course emphasizes the ecological constraints that arise in areas of high human concentration, including how humans cope with the environment and how the natural environment reacts to human presence and manipulation. Singapore is a unique country in that it is very small and yet has a very dense human population. Although the focus is on ecology, students will also examine Singapore in various other aspects, including history, culture, and religion. Included are day trips into the adjacent countries of Malaysia and Indonesia to highlight similarities and differences.
Singapore is a city-state located south of Malaysia and is home to one of the most urbanized and diverse societies in Southeast Asia. With influences from Chinese, English, Arabic, Indian, and Malay cultures, Singapore itself is made up of roughly 63 separate islands. Although linguistic influences in Singapore are diverse, English is widely spoken and Singapore is often recognized for its high-quality English education system. In addition to the atmosphere of culinary adventures, modern landscapes, extensive public transportation, and bustling shopping centers, Singapore is also one of the greenest cities in the world, with the world’s tallest man-made waterfall and nearly half of the island under green cover.
- The interchange of history, culture, and landscape in determining ecological outcomes
- How to explain basic concepts of urban ecology
- The basic ecology and culture of Singapore
- Similarities and differences among Singapore and its immediate neighbors
- The history, culture, and natural history of Singapore
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