• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Non Language Asian Studies, Cultural Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Jane Ferguson
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2020
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All activities that form part of this course will be delivered remotely in Semester 2 2020.

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:

On successful completion of this course, students will have the skills and knowledge to: 

1. Develop a critical analysis of historical transitions in Mainland Southeast Asia. 

2. Integrate understandings of Southeast Asian cultures within the broader notions of nation and nationalism. 

3. Deconstruct historical methods and approaches for studying Mainland Southeast Asian modern history

4. Utilise new ways to approach studying historical events and processes. 

5. Demonstrate collaborative learning skills in group discussions

Indicative Assessment

1. Discussion Participation:  20% (LO 1,2,3, 5) 

2. Essay 1 (1,500 w):  20% (LO 2, 3)

3. Essay 2 (2,000w)  30% (LO 1, 3) 

4. Final exam   30% (LO 1, 2, 3, 4)

In response to COVID-19: Please note that Semester 2 Class Summary information (available under the classes tab) is as up to date as possible. Changes to Class Summaries not captured by this publication will be available to enrolled students via Wattle. 

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Workload 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

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed at least 24 units of university courses.

Preliminary Reading

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



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $3120
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4800
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9362 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person View

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