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 HSTAS 221.
This is an introductory course to the countries of contemporary Southeast Asia: Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam. The course will place the region as a whole in a historical context that reveals the emergence of the present day nations of what we call Southeast Asia.
Student learning goals
Broad knowledge of Southeast Asian nations, their histories, cultures, and societies, with an emphasis on unifying themes and patterns of development.
Identify broader historical trends within Southeast Asia and those influencing Southeast Asia from outside.
Historical and critical thinking.
Close reading of historical sources.
Foundational knowledge for more specialized learning and research in Southeast Asian Studies and about specific Southeast Asian nations.
General method of instruction
Lectures, documents, video segments, section discussions. Readings will include primary sources, academic texts, and literature.
Class assignments and grading
Course assignments will be outlined in the course syllabus, but usually entail a map assignment, two exams around weeks 5 and 9, but no final exam.