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Allan E Lumba
HSTAS 221
Seattle Campus

History of Southeast Asia

Surveys Southeast Asian civilizations at the outset of Western colonial rule; the colonial impact on the traditional societies of Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines; nineteenth- and twentieth-century nationalist and revolutionary movements; emergence of Southeast Asia as a region in the modern world. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 221.

Class description

This is an introductory course to the countries of contemporary Southeast Asia: Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam. The course will focus on a myriad of key theoretical themes: imperialism and religion; transformations in local and regional economies; the formation of modern colonial states; the increasing global circulation of commodities and labor; the eruptions of revolutions; and the emergence of racial forms and nationalisms.

Student learning goals

Become familiar with the region and histories of Southeast Asia.

Historical and critical thinking.

Learn to express ideas in written and oral form.

Close reading of historical sources through archival research.

Collaborative work in research and presentation.

General method of instruction

Lectures, general text, fictional literature, films, in-class discussions, historical research, and group collaborations.

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites.

Class assignments and grading

There will be mandatory lectures and in-class discussions. Graded assignments will be outlined in detail in the course syllabus, but there will be a map assignment, two in-class short answer written exams, group project and presentation, and a final 5-6 page historical research paper.

Class participation and attendance (10%), map assignment (5%), 2 short answer written exams (30%), group project (25%), research paper (30%).


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Allan E Lumba
Date: 04/18/2012