- Class Number 3507
- Term Code 3330
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In-Person and Online
- AsPr Jane Ferguson
- AsPr Jane Ferguson
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 20/02/2023
- Class End Date 26/05/2023
- Census Date 31/03/2023
- Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
Although Burma/Myanmar has long been overlooked as a dedicated subject of study, there is a growing interest in this country. This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the history, ecology, culture, and contemporary politics of Burma. The first part of the course introduces the ecological, religious and cultural foundations of the country, followed by its colonial and post-colonial history. The second part examines a range of contemporary issues such as military rule, conflict and ethnic insurgency, refugees and human rights, gender and sexuality, the drugs trade, and debates around international pressure for change.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Develop a critical analysis of historical transitions in Burma/Myanmar.
- Integrate understandings of majority and minority ethnic nationality cultures within the broader notions of nation and nationalism.
- Articulate how an interdisciplinary approach to a country study differs from other ways to learn.
- Utilise research methodologies and critical inquiry for a short original research project.
- Demonstrate collaborative learning skills in group discussions
I have been doing work about and within Burma/Myanmar for over 20 years, including video production, ethnic research, land history and popular culture. I am fluent in Burmese and in Shan languages, so I strive bring to my courses the nuance of cultural translation, with consideration of how concepts and movements can be understood differently. I have numerous publications from this research, and offer critical engagement with students in designing their own research topics.
For students' research projects, we will visit the Menzies library and explore the university's considerable resources in Southeast Asian Studies.
Students are encouraged to attend the Myanmar Update Conference on campus, and check out the various events of the Myanmar Research Centre. https://myanmar.anu.edu.au/myanmar-update
Additional Course Costs
Examination Material or equipment
Final independent research paper, using scholarly resources, library materials.
All materials provided on the Wattle site
The Menzies Library is a tremendous resource for Burma/Myanmar Studies, as is the National Library of Australia. The NLA has a wonderful collection of old Burmese periodicals. For any student of the course, I thoroughly recommend having a browse of these collections.
Staff FeedbackStudents will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Approaching Burma/Myanmar: Challenges to Studying A Dynamic Place|
|2||Cultural, Philosophical and Religious Contexts|
|3||Colonialism: Power, Economy, and Culture|
|4||Ethnic Identities and Ethnic Tensions|
|5||Anti-Colonial Nationalism and the Upheavals of the World War II|
|6||Gendered Modernity and the Role of Women in Burmese History|
|7||Art and Popular Culture|
|8||Religion, Activism, and Social Movements from 8-8-88 to the Saffron Revolution|
|9||War, Drugs and Insurgency|
|10||Political systems, International Relations, and Engaging with a military dictatorship|
|11||Politics of Transition and Return of Military Rule|
|12||Student Research Presentations|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|In-class Participation and Presentation of Readings to Peers||20 %||*||*||1,5|
|Short Essay #1||20 %||22/03/2023||30/03/2023||1,2|
|Short Essay #2||20 %||28/04/2023||06/05/2023||1,2,3|
|Independent Research Paper||40 %||07/06/2023||04/07/2021||4|
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Moderation of AssessmentMarks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
As part of Participation marks, each student will be required to select a minimum of two weeks' assigned readings to present during tutorials. You should think of your presentation as more than just a basic summary of the readings, but as you teaching the readings to your peers. What are the main points for discussion? If you didn’t understand a point, or find something controversial, how would you engage with your peers in discussion of this? For the sake of balance and equity, I will be sending around a sign-up sheet for these at the beginning of the semester. Remember, you are only required to introduce two readings, but active, engaged participation in all tutorials is expected, and will be evaluated accordingly.
There will be no sat exams, but rather three written assignments: two assigned short essays and one Independent Research Paper.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,5
In-class Participation and Presentation of Readings to Peers
As part Participation marks, each student will be required to select a minimum of two weeks' assigned readings to present during tutorials. These are part of your participation mark, and you should think of your presentation as more than just a basic summary of the readings, but as you teaching the readings to your peers. What are the main points for discussion? If you didn’t understand a point, or find something controversial, how would you engage with your peers in discussion of this? For the sake of balance and equity, I will be sending around a sign-up sheet for these at the beginning of the semester. Remember, you are only required to introduce two readings, but active, engaged participation in all tutorials is expected, and will be evaluated accordingly.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2
Short Essay #1
An essay of 1,200 words, based on assigned readings, and in response to a topic proposed by the instructor.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Short Essay #2
An essay of 1,200 words, based on assigned readings, and in response to a topic proposed by the instructor.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 4
Independent Research Paper
A research paper of 2,400 words, minimum, making use of library research to develop an original research question; part of the expectation for the assessment is that the student will also give a ten minute presentation of her/his findings to the class at the end of the semester.
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AsPr Jane Ferguson