Allan E Lumba
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.
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.
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%).