Laurie J Sears
Post-eighteenth-century history of the present countries of Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Deals with colonial rule, emerging nationalism, and political independence. Investigates broad themes of social, economic, and cultural history.
Note: Although this is an Evening Degree course, day students will be allowed to register for it on the first day of the quarter. Please see a history adviser for details.
An in-depth survey of historical issues and problems in the area of Southeast Asia that includes the present-day countries of Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Begins with a brief introduction to the older history and ways of life. The body of the course deals with the post-1800 era of colonial rule, nationalist movements, gender roles, revolution and war, environmental issues, and oral and written literary traditions. The approach is by way of broad themes of social, economic, and intellectual history; political history will be connected to these powerful currents of change.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading
Undergrads: 1. Graded exercises (2.5% each; total 10% of final grade): two maps, two quizzes. 2. Weekly in-class written comments on assigned readings and lectures (40% of grade; 5% each, week 2 to week 9). 3. In-class discussion sections (15% of grade). 4. Final take-home essay questions (35% of grade).
Grads 1. Maps and Quizzes (10% of grade) 2. Final take-home essay questions (40% of grade). 3. Research paper due in ninth week of class (40% of grade). 4. Graduate discussion in or out of class (10% of grade).