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.
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.
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.
Essay 1 (1,500 words) 20%
Essay 2 (2,000 words) 30%
Final exam 30%
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WorkloadWorkload will consist of three contact hours per week and approximately 85 pages of assigned reading per week (subject to variation depending on the density of the material).
Requisite and Incompatibility
Steinberg, D. J. (ed.), In Search of Southeast Asia: A Modern History, Allen & Unwin, 1987 (rev. ed.).
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|9142||23 Jul 2018||30 Jul 2018||31 Aug 2018||26 Oct 2018||In Person||N/A|