Graduate Programmes

GRADUATE PROGRAMME MODULES

Module Information 2011-2012

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Level Module Code Module Title
5000 MS5101 Social Science Theories and Malay Studies
5000 MS5201 Critiques in Malay Studies
5000 MS5660 Independent Studies
6000 MS6201 Literature and Art in Malay Society
6000 MS6202 Elite and Intellectuals in Malay Society
6000 MS6203 Religion and Modernisation Among the Malays
6000 MS6204 Capitalism and Malay Culture
6000 MS6660 Independent Studies
6000 MS6770 Graduate Research Seminar

 

Module Description

Level 5000 Modules


MS5101 - Social Science Theories and Malay Studies

Modular credits: 4 
Workload: 3-0-0-4-3
Prerequisite(s) : Nil
Preclusion(S) : Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil 

This module explores the relevance and applicability of selected major theories in the social sciences for Malay Studies. As far as possible the module aims at combining theoretical reflection with research materials on major aspects of Malay society and culture. The module encourages the exploration of creative methodology and theorizing in Malay Studies research beyond mere exposition of social scientific theories. The module is highly relevant for students interested in understanding the promises as well as the pitfalls of the social sciences in Southeast Asian research.

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MS5201 - Critiques in Malay Studies

Modular credits: 4 
Workload: 3-0-0-4-3
Prerequisite(s) : Nil
Preclusion(S) : Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil 

This module examines the state of Malay Studies through critiques of existing works, aiming towards theoretical refinement, as well as the building up of research materials. The module aims towards placing Malay Studies on stronger foundation, both theoretically and substantively. It is also the objective to identify new areas of research that could be developed. The module is relevant to students interested in understanding the socio-cultural history of the Malays, as well as appreciating the state of the social sciences in Southeast Asia.

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MS5660 - Independent Study

Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 0-0-0-0-10
Prerequisite(s) : Nil
Preclusion(S) : MS6660
Cross-listing(s): Nil

Independent research plays an important role in graduate education. The Independent Study Module is designed to enable the student to explore an approved topic in Malay Studies in dept. The student should approach a lecturer to work out an agreed upon topic, readings and assignment for the module. A formal written agreement is to be drawn up, giving a clear account of the topic, number of contact hours, assignments, evaluation, and other relevant details. The Head's and/or Graduate Coordinator's approval is required. Evaluation is based on 100% Continuous Assessment and must be worked out between the student and lecturer prior to seeking departmental approval.

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Level 6000 Modules


MS6201 - Literature and Art in Malay Society

Modular credits: 4 
Workload: 3-0-0-4-3
Prerequisite(s) : Nil
Preclusion(S) : Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil 

The module examines Malay literature and art through the perspective of the sociology and history of ideas. Emphasis would be placed both on form and essence of Malay literature and art with the aim of understanding the world view which had given expression to them. The module investigates the relationship between literature and art as an expression of the cultural identity of the Malays, both from the point of view of aesthetics as well as cultural meanings. The module is relevant for students interested in cultural history and sociology of art in general.

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MS6202 - Elite and Intellectuals in Malay Society

Modular credits: 4 
Workload: 3-0-0-4-3
Prerequisite(s) : Nil
Preclusion(S) : Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil 

The module examines the nature of Malay elite and intellectuals and their influence or impact on Malay society. This is undertaken by recourse to major theoretical studies on elite and intellectuals and their roles in society. As elite and intellectuals represent the more influential segment of their society, the module also inquires into contemporary problems of leadership and democratic change in Malay society and culture. The module is relevant to students interested in Malay politics and important aspects of the intellectual history of Southeast Asia.

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MS6203 - Religion and Modernisation Among the Malays

Modular credits: 4 
Workload: 3-0-0-4-3
Prerequisite(s) : Nil
Preclusion(S) : Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil 

This module proposes to study the role of Islam in influencing the response of the Malays to modernization and social change in general. In examining the dynamics between Islam and modernization, the module looks at both the doctrines of Islam, as well as the particular orientation of Islam that Malay society had evolved in history. The module aims not only at an understanding of how the challenge of modernization is being faced by the Malays but also seeks to understand and evaluate general theories on religion, modernization and social change through the social-historical experience of Malay society and culture.

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MS6204 - Capitalism and Malay Culture

Modular credits: 4 
Workload: 3-0-0-4-3
Prerequisite(s) : Nil
Preclusion(S) : Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil 

The module examines the development of capitalism among the Malays. It inquires what is the nature, origin and future of capitalism among the Malays. The module would look at how the Malays adapt themselves to the modern and global economy. What issues arise in the process of adaptation and adjustment? What about cultural conflicts and tension and how are they managed or resolved? The module looks at Malay capitalism specifically, as well as from the point of view of the history and dynamics of capitalism in general. Module is relevant for students interested in the political economy of Southeast Asia.

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MS6660 - Independent Study

Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 0-0-0-0-10
Prerequisite(s) : Nil
Preclusion(S) : Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil 

Independent research plays an important role in graduate education. The Independent Study Module is designed to enable the student to explore an approved topic in Malay Studies in dept. The student should approach a lecturer to work out an agreed upon topic, readings and assignment for the module. A formal written agreement is to be drawn up, giving a clear account of the topic, number of contact hours, assignments, evaluation, and other relevant details. The Head's and/or Graduate Coordinator's approval is required. Evaluation is based on 100% Continuous Assessment and must be worked out between the student and lecturer prior to seeking departmental approval.

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MS6770 - Graduate Research Seminar

Modular credits: 4 
Workload: 3-0-0-4-3
Prerequisite(s) : Nil
Preclusion(S) : Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil 

This is a required module for all research Masters and PhD students admitted from AY2004/2005. The module provides a forum for students and faculty to share their research and to engage one another critically in discussion of their current research projects. The module will include presentations by faculty on research ethics and dissertation writing. Each student is required to present a formal research paper. Active participation in all research presentations is expected. The module may be spread over two semesters and will be graded " S satisfactory/Unsatisfactory" on the basis of student presentation and participation.

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