• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Non Language Asian Studies

Through historical examples from Vietnam, Burma, Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia, this course will emphasise the study of mainland Southeast Asia in a comparative framework, with particular attention to political culture, the production of knowledge, concepts of 'civilisation', and emerging civil societies in the twentieth century.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

This course will provide an overview of critical historical transitions in Mainland Southeast Asia. Following the course, students will be able to articulate and analyze the processes of colonialism, independence movements, and the effects of Cold War geopolitics had on the political, social, and cultural contexts of various locations in this region. Essay assignments will further hone students' analytical skills and forms of written presentation of material.

Other Information

Prior assumed knowledge: an introductory knowledge of Asian societies, Asian religions, or the fields of history, politics, or anthropology indicated by the completion of two introductory courses in Asian Societies and Histories, Introduction to Religions B (RELS1003) or two introductory courses in history, politics or anthropology is desirable.

Indicative Assessment


Attendance/Participation:          20%                

Essay 1 (1,500 words)              20%              

Essay 2 (2,000 words)              30%                

Final exam                             30%                 

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Workload will consist of three contact hours per week and approximately 75 pages of assigned reading per week (subject to variation depending on the density of the materials)

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed 36 units of any courses.

Preliminary Reading

Steinberg, D. J. (ed.), In Search of Southeast Asia: A Modern History, Allen & Unwin, 1987 (rev. ed.).





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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1164
2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2286
2008 $2286
2007 $2286
2006 $2190
2005 $2190
2004 $1926
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2014 $3246
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2009 $3240
2008 $3240
2007 $3240
2006 $3240
2005 $3234
2004 $2916
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9642 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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