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. In particular, for post-graduate students, this course offers training in research question conceptualisation as well as area-studies training in interdisciplinary methodology and comparative research approaches.
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, as well as the cultural foundations of Southeast Asian gender and sexuality.
- Articulate how an interdisciplinary approach to a country study differs from other ways to learn.
- Compare and critique the epistemological histories of research methods and discourses from an Area Studies perspective.
- Utilise research methodologies and critical inquiry for a short original research project.
- Demonstrate collaborative learning skills in group discussions with academic staff and other students, with an emphasis on listening, critical feedback and managing diverse views.
This is a co-taught course. Any cap on enrolments in one course applies to both courses combined.
- Participation / Reading Presentations (20) [LO 1,5,6]
- Essay 1 (1500 words) (20) [LO 1,2]
- Essay 2 (1500 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Independent Research Paper (3000 words) (40) [LO 5,6]
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The total workload for the subject is 130 hours over 12 weeks of class and the examination period.
Students can expect to spend 11 hours on this course, inclusive of two lectures and one tutorial, each week.
Requisite and Incompatibility
A reading list to be provided in the course outline.
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