Political Science Society
The National University of Singapore POLITICAL SCIENCE SOCIETY (PSSOC) was founded in 1967, mainly for the benefit of undergraduates majoring in Political Science at NUS. The Society serves as a bridge between students and staff of the Department. It also seeks to raise awareness about current affairs issues among the student population. To this end, membership in PSSOC is open to all students who have an interest in local and international political, economic and social affairs. In recent years, students from fields and disciplines as diverse as engineering, law, medicine and science have joined PSSOC and its activities.
PSSOC organises numerous activities and events annually. The society's flagship activity is the Singapore Model United Nations (SMUN) conference, held in June every year. SMUN first began in 2004, and simulates various UN committees and organs such as the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council and the Human Rights Council. In addition, SMUN also simulates an international organisation outside of the UN each year, such as the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the International Court of Justice. Over the years, the conference has evolved and currently attracts over 300 delegates from secondary schools, junior colleges and universities in Singapore, as well as international participants from around Asia.
PSSOC also organises an annual forum, which in recent years has discussed a host of engaging and controversial local and international topics, such as the role of the PAP in Singapore, and political liberalisation in China. Panellists have included prominent academics, Members of Parliament and representatives from civil society and NGOs.
The Society also played a big part in the establishment of the Singapore Globalist, an online international affairs publication. It is part of the Global21 network of student-run international affairs magazines at premier universities throughout the world. Furthermore, the society constantly looks for new activities and initiatives to further strengthen interest in political affairs among the undergraduate population, and other students in Singapore. Among the exciting new initiatives are the inaugural Singapore Model Parliament and the Model Asia-Europe Meeting.