The course will provide an overview of the main historical trends in Southeast Asia over the last 2000 years. This region, remarkable for its ethnic, cultural and social diversity, has evolved into eleven nation states, but the approach in this course will be comparative and cross-regional. It will examine themes and issues that bind the region, including the early emergence of rich civilizations, the spread of world religions, the intrusion of Western colonialism and the tumultuous politics of nation-formation, war, revolution, independence and dictatorship. The course will address the different interpretations of the region’s history, especially the tension and contrast between indigenous and external perspectives. It will address both the big picture of dramatic political change and the experiences of ordinary people as they accommodated those changes in their daily lives. Southeast Asia has inspired ideas such as Anderson’s ‘imagined communities’ and Scott’s ‘seeing like a state’ that have influenced research far beyond the region. The course offers an introduction to this writing and to the turbulent societies that it analyses. The coverage of the course will conclude in about 1990 with the end of the Indo-China Wars.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
The course will cater for students with a variety of skill levels and needs to be seen as enhancing skills which have been developed in prior study and which will be further developed in subsequent courses. Within this broad, student-focussed framework, undergraduate students successfully completing the course will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of key events, social formations, and conceptual tools used to comprehend Southeast Asian history
- Identify the main controversies in Southeast Asian history and the evidence and arguments that are applied to those debates.
- Present a grounded opinion on whether Southeast Asia should be seen as a world region.
- Apply critical skills in the identification and use of historical sources
- Construct an evidence-based argument in essay form in answer to a historical question
Item A Contribution to discussion (10%)
Item B 2 article summaries – 500 words each, 10% each – (20%)
Item C Long essay (2,000 words) (30%)
Item D Two-hour exam (40%)
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The workload (per week) will be:
2 X 1 hour lectures
1 X 1 hour tutorial (except for week 1)
7 hours independent study (likely to be unevenly spread over the semester)
Requisite and Incompatibility
You will need to contact the School of Culture History and Language to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
Prescribed text for the course will be Craig Lockard Southeast Asia in World History (Oxford University Press, 2009)
A list of other readings will be provided to students and will include both scholarly works and primary sources.
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- 6 units
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