While many area studies courses have taken the nation-state as the initial unit of analysis and inquiry, this course shifts to look at margins and borders in order to understand the broader (sub) and (supra)state historic, economic, cultural, and political processes throughout the region of Mainland Southeast Asia. In so doing, this course is divided into two major parts: first, we will examine transnational historic processes which are themselves transgressive of state boundaries, and second, we will look at the ways in which borders themselves are mobilized as part of the state's assertion of sovereignty over geography, however incomplete this might be. In addition to assigned readings and two short essays, students will complete an independent research paper on a topic of their own choosing.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Through this course, students will engage in non-nation-based analyses of transnational economic, historical, and cultural processes. Topics for investigation include human migration/trafficking, the international narcotics trade, cosmopolitanism, and transnational culture flows. Students will hone their analytical skills and ability in written expression through assigned essays, as well as their independent research skills in a term project.
Attendance/ Participation: 20%
Essay 1 (1,500 words, min) 20%
Essay 2 (1,500 words, min) 20%
Independent Research Paper (3,000w) 40%
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Students can expect to spend 11 hours on this course per week, inclusive of lectures, tutorial and independent study.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Thongchai Winichakul, Siam Mapped
Andrew Walker, The Golden Boat
Horstmann and Wadley, eds. Centering the Margins
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|8884||23 Jul 2018||30 Jul 2018||31 Aug 2018||26 Oct 2018||In Person||N/A|