Sustainable Development in Singapore: Summative Assessment
*Sustainability can be defined in many ways:
⦁ Wellbeing for all, within the means of Nature
⦁ Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations to meet their own needs.
⦁ Environmental sustainability is the ability to maintain rates of renewable resource harvest, pollution creation, and non-renewable resource depletion that can be continued indefinitely.
In 2015 the Ministry of Environment and National Resources and Ministry of National Development published the “Sustainable Singapore Blueprint 2015”. It highlighted that everyone has a part to play if we are to succeed and realise our vision for
⦁ A Liveable and endearing home
⦁ A Vibrant and sustainable city
⦁ An Active and gracious community
In the same year Singapore also made clear its support for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan stating “National pride of ownership and innate motivation are the biggest drivers of sustainable development. We applaud the 2030 Agenda for providing peoples and governments around the world with the necessary tools to take ownership of their own futures”
International labour organization:
Ways of approaching sustainability:
The Five Ps of Sustainable Development
To achieve this vision, contribute to achieving SDG’s and to fit within the Five P model, there are still several issues that need to be addressed such as:
People – End poverty and hunger in all forms and ensure dignity and equality
⦁ Human Trafficking
⦁ Gender equality
⦁ LGBTQ Rights
⦁ Wealth inequality and relative poverty
⦁ Youth from disadvantaged families
Prosperity – Ensure prosperous and fulfilling lives in harmony with nature
⦁ Ageing population, quality of life of senior citizens
Peace – Foster peaceful, just and inclusive societies
⦁ Social inclusion for people with intellectual and physical disabilities
⦁ Social inclusion for people with mental health issues
⦁ Social inclusion for people living with dementia
⦁ Social inclusion for people with down syndrome
⦁ Social and welfare issues for migrant workers
⦁ Stigmatization of people with HIV/AIDS
Planet – Protect our planet’s natural resources and climate for future generations
⦁ Biodiversity loss in urban areas: Rainforest Reforestation / Wildlife Gardening
⦁ Resource depletion: zero waste, recycling and upcycling
⦁ Food waste: Composting, Biogas, Waste reduction measures
⦁ Food security, Industrial Farming: Urban gardening
⦁ Air pollution/deforestation connected to palm oil production: Alternatives & Campaigns
⦁ Environmental Impact of Animal Agriculture: Vegetarianism/Veganism
Partnership – Implement the agenda through a solid global partnership
⦁ The Critical Challenge Project – Your opportunity to partner with people in our local and college community who are equally as passionate as you about addressing the above issues
Using your research, create a platform to educate our community about a specific sustainability issue from the suggestions in Singapore. You will have freedom to choose the medium of the assessment which could be a podcast, infographic, video diary, class presentation, etc. but the final product must clearly and thoroughly address demands of the assessment. A traditional Gpers essay is not allowed. All recorded assessments cannot be longer than 5 minutes.
Your assessment must cover the following questions:
1. Where and why does your issue exist in Singapore? How does this topic link to a previous unit in Gpers (Human Rights, Wealth and Poverty, Environment, Ethics, Identity, Faith). Use vocabulary specific to these topics throughout your assessment. Use evidence to illustrate your issue (statistics, photographs, quotes). Who is affected by your issue? How does this illustrate the interconnectedness of the sustainable development 5 P’s or the compass model?
2. Analyse and evaluate different perspectives that exist on your issue. You should investigate government opinions and actions regarding this issue, opinions in the local media and also in the international media. You should also research the perspectives of Singaporeans and any NGOs involved in the issue. You need to incorporate the perspectives into your chosen assessment medium.
3. Once you have established why your issue exists in Singapore, identify some current measures for tackling this issue. These measures could involve action by the government, residents, NGOs or VWOs or other groups.
Questions you should address the following ideas:
⦁ Identify the measures taking place to promote sustainability around your issue in Singapore. Evaluate how successful have they been. Why/ why not?
⦁ Identify how UWCSEA is addressing this issue through local or college service partnerships with Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs)? Use the⦁ Sustainability in Singapore: Contact List to learn about our local and college service partners.
⦁ Suggest what else could be done to promote sustainability around issue? Based on your research, how feasible are your suggestions? What barriers may prevent them from successfully addressing inequality?
Week 1 Topic selected, initial secondary research and note taking, investigation of UWCSEA connections to the topic
Week 2 Continuation of secondary research and note taking, deciding on how to present your information in the assessment.
Week 3 Working on assessment using all the sources, submissions of assessment
Week 4 Complete assessment. Presentation of assessments during last lesson of the week.
Band 1 Band 2 Band 3
1-2 3-4 5-6
Limited information is gathered that illustrates the sustainability issue although this is superficial. Few perspectives (perhaps only 2) are described and limited evidence is included to support them. There are insufficient secondary sources. Limited sources, which are not cited or are poorly cited. Some relevant information is gathered that illustrates the sustainability issue in Singapore. Several perspectives are explained and mostly supported by evidence although not all three scales may be addressed. Personal (your own) perspectives are clearly explained and justified. Sources are cited accurately in most cases. A broad range of relevant information from credible sources is gathered to illustrate the sustainability issue in Singapore. Several perspectives that are personal (your own), local and global are thoroughly explained and supported by evidence. Sources are accurately and comprehensively cited using MLA.
To reach band 3 you must:
⦁ Provide a range of evidence from secondary sources that illustrates the depth and scale of the sustainability issue (quotes, statistics etc)
⦁ Include 3 or more different perspectives (at least one for each scale), including your own personal perspective.
⦁ At least two of your perspectives must relate back to one or more units in the Gpers course, e.g. the difference between a utilitarian perspective on children with disability vs a human rights perspective; or a socialist perspective on economic marginalisation
⦁ Give at least 5 credible sources in your reference list
⦁ Sources must be APA/MLA style, in text as well as in the reference list (for band 2 or above)
within the area of
There is limited explanation of the conditions or causes of the sustainability issue in Singapore. There is little or no attempt to and the arguments presented. There is little or no attempt to identify which are the most important factors that contribute to the sustainability issue. The conditions and causes of the sustainability issue in Singapore are explained although not in consistent detail. There is some attempt to identify which are the most important factors that contribute to the sustainability issue. There is occasional reference to the significance of different perspectives. The conditions and causes of the sustainability issue in Singapore are thoroughly explained. The relative importance of the different factors contributing to the sustainability issue is discussed. The relative significance of different perspectives is evaluated.
To reach band 3 you must:
⦁ Fully explain how the different factors contribute to the sustainability issue.
⦁ Make connections with previous unit(s) in Gpers and incorporate topic specific vocabulary thoughtfully
⦁ Clearly show the relative importance of each perspective.
⦁ Provide evidence to substantiate both the reasons and their relative importance.
C. Identify and
The measures taken to address the sustainability issue in Singapore are listed and there is little or no attempt to explain how successful they have been.
Limited and unrealistic solutions to increase sustainability in Singapore are suggested. Several measures taken to address the sustainability issue in Singapore are identified based on evidence collected, although this is not comprehensive. The success rate of these measures is described and there is some attempt to explain this. Some solutions to increase sustainability in Singapore are suggested and their likely success is acknowledged. A broad range of
measures taken to address the sustainability issue in Singapore are identified
based on the evidence
collected. There is
thorough evaluation of
how successful these measures have been, and why. Some realistic suggestions to increase sustainability in Singapore are suggested and justified, and their likely success is fully evaluated.
To reach band three you must:
⦁ Identify and evaluate at least 3 measures (actions) that have been taken to address the sustainability issue in Singapore
⦁ Identify how UWCSEA is partnering with an Voluntary Welfare Organisation (VWO) who is addressing the issue
⦁ Suggest one or two REALISTIC solutions to increase sustainability in Singapore and explain how and why you think they may be successful in the Singapore context.
18-15 = 7
14-13 = 6
12 = 5
11 -10 = 4
9-8 = 3