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HEADS UP magazine is a Social Studies-based publication that aims to broaden students’ perspectives on current social issues, both locally and globally. Articles in this magazine are written to help students analyse current issues more effectively and critically. The magazines will help upper secondary school students taking Social Studies as an ‘O’ or ’N’ level subject as the articles are directly relevant to the topics in the MOE syllabus. Regular key features include essay clinic, common myths and misconceptions. The articles in the magazine are written by highly-qualified educators, backed by a strong panel of experts and professors from local universities.
 
Our Panel of Advisors for HEADS UP:
 
  • Dr Mark Baildon: Associate Professor and Head of the Humanities and Social Studies Education Academic Group, National Institute of Education (NIE)
  • Professor Rohan Gunaratna: Professor of Security Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technology University, and Head of International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research.
  • Mr Kwa Chong Guan: Senior Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Adjunct Associate Professor at the History Department, National University of Singapore, and Visiting Fellow at the Archaeological Unit of the Nalanda- Sriwijaya Centre, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute.

Heads Up! Issue 1 looks at the biggest story in globalisation – how new US President Donald Trump’s policies can affect the fault lines of globalisation, which is one of the three themes in the Social Studies syllabus. Other Social Studies stories featured in this issue are:
• Citizenship: More than Meets the Eye; and
• Disentangling Race and Ethnicity.
In the History section of the magazine, we look at these topics:
• Close Calls of the Cold War; and
• Revisiting World War One

Heads Up! Issue 2 looks at the several crucial moments that could have plunged the world into nuclear war during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Our feature story in Social Studies this issue is the migration story of Southeast Asia, our larger home, where we look at the unique patterns of migration that our forefathers took to bring them here. We also get to meet Jose Mujica, the ‘poorest President in the World’, a story relevant to the theme on citizenship and government. Nearer to home,
we explore the rich diversity of some lesser-known cultural communities in Singapore (as well as some nice Myanmar food).

Heads Up! Issue 3 explores the concept of prejudice, a key concept under the theme ‘Living in a Diverse Society’. We find out how we can use social psychology to explain thoughts prejudice in our minds. In a related story, we look at the recent case of a Vietnamese-American who was dragged off a plane and discuss if it was a case of prejudice. In the other Social Studies story, we examine how Singapore’s healthcare system stacks up against those of the rest of the world, another Social Studies concept within the theme of Diversity.

Heads Up! Issue 4  focuses on terrorism in our study of the globalised world and takes a closer look into terrorism with articles on the Lone-Wolf Terrorist Attacks by Dr Kumar Ramakrishna and Cyber Attacks. Also, in an exclusive for Heads Up, we feature an interview with one of the world’s top terrorism experts, Professor Rohan Gunaratna, as he reflects on the fight against terrorism 16 years after the notorious 9/11 Attacks in the USA.

In other stories, we look at Integration with Transient Migrant Workers and also Hitler’s Death Army in World War 2. Our Essay Clinic features Part 2 of How to Handle SBCS.

Heads Up! Issue 5 invites former Secretary-General of ASEAN, Ambassador Ong Keng Yong, to contribute an article on what lies ahead for this body of Southeast Asian nations. Mr Kwa Chong Guan also contributes an article on ASEAN’s achievement in the last 50 years (as well as what lies ahead). Together, we hope that these two articles will give our readers a clear picture of what ASEAN has done and how ASEAN can move forward in this age of globalisation.

As August is Singapore’s birthday month, we also feature an article on the Singapore Pledge contributed by Mr Janadas Devan, Director of the Institute of Policy Studies, which gives us a timely reminder of who we are in our understanding of citizenship.

We also feature an article on a very current media topic, Fake News, contributed by Mr Han Fook Kwang, Editor- at-Large with The Straits Times. Still on relevant topics, this time on security, Dr Kumar Ramakrishna talks to Heads Up about self-radicalisation and gives us a better understanding of how it can happen. Not to forget history, we feature the Soviet Union in this issue and what has become of it since its disintegration 26 years ago.

Heads Up! Issue 6 looks at three recent developments at home and in the region that are closely related to our Social Studies syllabus.

In September 2017, Singapore’s eighth President was sworn into office. In doing so, the country saw its first woman President and also its first Malay President in 47 years. Heads Up is happy to bring to its pages a feature adapted from the National Institute of Education on this topic.

Shortly after this historic event, it was reported in the news that the Singapore passport took top spot in a passport index ranking carried out by a Canadian-
based global consultancy firm. In a related article, our resident writing team explores the value of the Singapore passport, a topic relevant to the theme of Citizenship in the syllabus.

In the wider region, there was a collective sigh of relief when the siege of Marawi City came to an end in October 2017, after more than five months of fighting between the Philippine Army and an ISIS-backed militia. Heads Up brings to you a feature on the heroes of the conflict who risked their lives to rescue those trapped in the city between the warring forces.

On the History front, we feature a little-known Cold War tale called ‘10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Korean War’. In it, you will find, among other nuggets, that South Korea’s first President was a dictator, the United States never actually declared war in the conflict, and no peace treaty has ever been signed to this day.

In Essay Clinic, we cover frames for writing essays, which we hope help you in handling SRQs in Social Studies and SEQs in History.

Heads Up! Issue 7 focuses on Theme 2 in the Social Studies syllabus: Living in a Diverse Society.

Our two-part article on migration, contributed by Dr Christopher Lim and Mr Vincent Mack, touches on migration in our larger neighbourhood – Southeast Asia – and how this trend has affected people in ASEAN. It includes the challenges faced by the various member nations of ASEAN and how the region can overcome and thrive in this new social and economic landscape.

Ambassador Mohammad Alami Musa’s article on religious harmony, where he exhorts us to ‘Stop the Tolerance, Start Appreciating’ peoples of different religions, is a timely call for us to review our outlook on those of other faiths.

Under the Social Studies theme of ‘Being Part of a Globalised World’, we uncover the meanings of a few key terms that economists use to tell us if the economy of a country is doing well. Read this article and learn what GDP, GNP and GNI mean.

They call her Lady Death. During the early days of World War 2, the Soviet Union had a feared and deadly woman sniper who was said to have killed more than 500 German soldiers in a space of about one year. Heads Up! brings you the exploits of Lyudmila Pavlichenko in this issue.

In Essay Clinic, we continue our series on frames for writing essays for Social Studies and History.

Heads Up! Issue 8 is on a topic that has been a large concern for governments, businesses and the man on the street: Fake news. One of Heads Up’s regular contributors, Associate Professor Kumar Ramakrishna, traces the roots of fake news, tells us about the different types of fake news, and how it is impacting us today.

In the globalisation article, Dr Friedrich Wu examines how China could be the next champion of globalisation, including a side story on China’s One Belt, One Road initiative, an ambitious plan that is supposed to build
a giant infrastructure to link Asia and Europe. Is this possible? Read on.

Our next Social Studies article takes a look at SG Civil Society: how it came about, what it involves and where it is going.

The History articles features a heroic campaign during the Cold War that saved tens of thousands of Berliners from starvation and death. The Berlin Airlift was one of the turning points in modern history that determined the course of the world order.

In Part 3 of Essay Clinic, we cover the issues of causation and how to tackle such questions, a challenge that many students face in their exams.

Heads Up! Issue 9 looks at how the World Cup 2018 event, which was watched by 3.4 billion people worldwide (about half the world’s population), can be a lesson in diversity and unity in Social Studies.

Inequality can be a sensitive and thorny issue. But it is a fact of life. To take a closer look into this matter, we review a book on this topic written by a local academic, Dr Teo You Yenn, on what inequality looks like.

For two days in June, the world had its eyes on Singapore when US President Donald Trump met North Korean leader Jim Jong-Un here. So what happened
at this summit and what are the takeaways? Heads Up takes another look and tries to put together what the meeting means for the US, North Korea, the world and, of course, Singapore.

In the History article, we bring you a League of Nations topic entitled ‘Small Wars and Why They Matter’, where we examine the issue of collective security.

Heads Up! Issue 10 looks at how our neighbour, Malaysia, is adjusting to a new political order after the shock results in its 14th General Elections. The elections saw the defeat of the Barisan Nasional (BN), which had ruled the country for more than 50 years without a break. It also saw the return of a 92-year-old former Prime Minister, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who came out of retirement to lead a coalition to take on his former party, which he felt had become corrupt.

In two articles related to Malaysia’s shock election results, Heads Up! looks at Malaysia’s new political order and how Singapore’s security may be affected by several joint projects between the two countries.

Our History article in this issue is a reappraisal of the appeasement policy of the 1930s, which many historians and layman alike felt was a key cause of World War 2. But what do we know about the sentiment of the day in those years? Was this what the citizens of Britain and France actually wanted at that time? Read on and find out for yourself.

In this issue, we also take a closer look at voluntary welfare organisations (VWOs) through an interview with Mr Raymund Wee, who runs Noah’s Ark Natural Animal Shelter (NANAS), and Mr Darren Chan, a volunteer there.

Heads Up! Issue 10 looks at how our neighbour, Malaysia, is adjusting to a new political order after the shock results in its 14th General Elections. The elections saw the defeat of the Barisan Nasional (BN), which had ruled the country for more than 50 years without a break. It also saw the return of a 92-year-old former Prime Minister, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who came out of retirement to lead a coalition to take on his former party, which he felt had become corrupt.

In two articles related to Malaysia’s shock election results, Heads Up! looks at Malaysia’s new political order and how Singapore’s security may be affected by several joint projects between the two countries.

Our History article in this issue is a reappraisal of the appeasement policy of the 1930s, which many historians and layman alike felt was a key cause of World War 2. But what do we know about the sentiment of the day in those years? Was this what the citizens of Britain and France actually wanted at that time? Read on and find out for yourself.

In this issue, we also take a closer look at voluntary welfare organisations (VWOs) through an interview with Mr Raymund Wee, who runs Noah’s Ark Natural Animal Shelter (NANAS), and Mr Darren Chan, a volunteer there.

Heads Up! Issue 11 focuses on Sweden – the country that
gave the world the furniture giant Ikea, Spotify music streaming services, Volvo cars, H&M clothing stores, Bjorn Borg and ABBA.

We look at Sweden’s success as a tech innovator as well as its infrastructure of social services and healthcare, making it one of the world’s most liveable countries in terms of environmental quality, civic engagement, education, work-life balance, health status, wealth, personal safety, and other such factors.

On the tech front, we bring you an article on the Internet-of-Things – the network that resides in all Internet- enabled things such as fitness trackers, medical devices, household appliances, mobile gadgets and even Barbie dolls – and look at how it can affect our lives and way of living, for better or for worse.

Our History article features the US Arsenal of Democracy, or how the US mobilised its great economic strength to enter and later turn the tide to give victory to the Allies in World War 2.

The essay section features an article to help you to understand political cartoons so you can be better equipped to tackle your Social Studies assessment.

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