Undergraduate Programme

MODULES

Module Information AY2012-2013

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Level Sem Module Code Module Title Lecturer
1000 1 MS1102E Malays – Tradition, Conflict and Change Dr Azhar
2000 1 MS2205/SSA2206 Islam and Contemporary Malay Society Assoc Prof Noor Aisha Abdul Rahman
2000 2 MS2210 Malay Culture and Society Dr Suriani Suratman
2000 2 MS2211 Criticism in Modern Malay Literature (in Malay) Dr Azhar Ibrahim
2000 2 MS2212 Law and Malay Society Assoc Prof Noor Aisha Abdul Rahman
2000 2 MS2213 Malay Families and Households Dr Suriani Suratman
2000 1 MS2215 The Malays in History Dr Syed M Khairudin Aljunied
3000 1 MS3209 / SSA3203 The Malays of Singapore Dr Suriani Suratman
3000 1 MS3210 Modern Indonesian Literature (in Malay) Assoc Prof Jan van der Putten
3000 2 MS3211 Political Culture of the Malays Assoc Prof Maznah Mohammad
3000 2 MS3212 Classical Malay Literature Assoc Prof Jan van der Putten
3000 1 MS3213 Ideology & Ideas on Malay Development Dr Azhar Ibrahim
3000 2 MS3215     Malays and Modernization  Dr Syed M Khairudin Aljunied
3000 2 MS3216     Gender in Malay Societies Assoc Prof Maznah Mohamad
3000   MS3217     Political Economy of the Malays TBA
3000 2 MS3218     The Religious Life of the Malays Dr Syed M Khairudin Aljunied
3000 2 MS3219     Muslim Law in Southeast Asia Assoc Prof Noor Aisha A Rahman
3000 1 & 2 MS3550     Malay Studies Internship Assoc Prof Jan van der Putten / Dr Suriani Suratman
4000 1 MS4101 Theory and Practice in Malay Studies  Assoc Prof Syed Farid Alatas
4000 2 MS4201     Social Change 1900 - 1950  Dr Sher Banu
4000 1 MS4202     Malay Society in 19th Century  Dr Syed M Khairudin Aljunied
4000 1 MS4204 The Malay Middle Class Dr Suriani Suratman
4000   MS4207     Malay Film  TBA
4000 1 & 2 MS4401 Honours Thesis All Staff
4000 1 & 2 MS4660 Independent Study All Staff
4000   MS4880     Topics in Malay Studies TBA
4000 2 MS4880(a) Topics in Muslim Revival Dr Sher Banu d/o A.L Khan
4000 1 MS4880(b) Topics in Malay Culture and Globalization   Dr Sher Banu d/o A.L Khan
4000 2 MS4880(c) Topics in Malay Narrative Art Forms Assoc Prof Jan van der Putten

 

Module Description


MS1102E Malays – Tradition, Conflict and Change
Modular Credits: 4 
Workload: 2-1-0-3-4 
Prerequisites: NIL 
Preclusion: MS1101E
Cross-listing: NIL

Foundation module on the Malays that outlines their history, culture and institutions. It introduces some of the major areas of research and scholarship on the study of the Malays. It highlights and evaluates dominant views expounded by colonial and post colonial scholars and alternative discourse on the subject. The themes covered in this module provide the basis for further exploration in greater depths in other modules offered by the Department.

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MS2205 - Islam and Contemporary Malay Society
Modular credits: 4 
Workload: 2-1-0-3-4 
Preclusions: SSA2206
Cross-listing: SSA2206

This module, targeted for FASS students, examines the dominant religious orientation that had evolved among the Malays of SEA and analyses the socio-historical factors that had influenced such orientation. How the religious orientation conditions their response to the modern world is then discussed. The module also looks at the phenomenon of the Islamic resurgence and its effects. It also deals with the style of thought of the religious elite and its impact on the Malays. Apart from these, factors that condition the image of Islam and the issues relating to Islam in a plural society will also be examined.

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MS2210 - Malay Culture and Society
Modular credits: 4 
Workload: 2-1-0-3-4 
Pre-requisite(s)/Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil

The main theme of this module is processes of change in Malay cultures and societies and how attempts at creating certainties are made. Part 1 introduces students to approaches in studying Malay culture and society. Malay culture and society does not exist in vacuum. In Part 2, we look at how in encountering "others" Malay culture and society has historically gone through and is going through massive changes. Part 3 highlights aspects of changes in contemporary Malay society including ethnicity and Malay identity, new Malay rich, Malay woman and femininity as well as national development and the indigenous people.

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MS2211 - Criticism in Modern Malay Literature
Modular credits: 4 
Workload: 2-1-0-3-4 
Pre-requisite(s)/Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil 
The module adopts the approach of literary criticism. It looks at modern Malay literature both in terms of literary creativity as well as ideas and content. This evaluation is set against the social-historical background which had inspired and shaped that literature, bringing out the contextual meanings of major works in modern Malay literature. A general assessment of modern Malay literature would be attempted, examining its role, achievement and direction for the future. This module is designed for students interested in literature and the sociology and history of ideas.

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MS2212 - Law and Malay Society
Modular credits: 4 
Workload: 2-1-0-3-4 
Pre-requisite(s)/Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil

This module, targeted for FASS students, deals with the legal history and institutions of Malay society and its evolution. It examines the nature of adat laws and the socio-historical factors that influence its development. Major themes include the impact of colonialism on the perception of the laws, contemporary problems relating to the administration of Muslim personal laws by the Syariah Courts and an evaluation of recent demands for the expansion of Islamic law. Underlying these themes are the role of ideological factors and style of thought of the elite in determining perception of the laws and the dispensation of justice.

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MS2213 - Malay Families and Households
Modular credits: 4 
Workload: 2-1-0-3-4 
Pre-requisite(s)/Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil

This module aims to provide an understanding of contemporary forms and practices of Malay families and households. It discusses the underlying concepts in family studies and prevalent notions of the Malay family and household derived from earlier studies. A major focus is to show the changing nature of Malay family and household structures as well as their diverse forms. Furthermore, the dynamic social relationships in households will be analyzed from different perspectives. In addition the module explores how Malay families "design" family styles in a context of changing societies. The module is targeted for students interested in family studies.

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MS2215 - The Malays in History

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-1-0-2-5
Pre-requisite(s)/Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil

This module exposes students to a vairety of approaches in the study of Malay pasts. It offers insights into the works of both indigenous foeign writers, scrutinizing each of these writings against wider developments in scholarship and politics of their time. The module covers different genres of historical writings including among others, the Hikayat and Babad tradition. Orientalist works, Malay autobiographical works, nationalist writings, social scientific historiography, postmodern historiography and popular historiography with the aim of evaluating the usefulness of each of these approaches.

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MS3209 - The Malays of Singapore
Modular credits: 4 
Workload: 2-1-0-3-4 
Preclusions: SSA3203 
Cross-listing: SSA3203

Who are the Malays of Singapore? How are they perceived and how do they perceive themselves? These and other related questions will be raised in this module. To answer these questions we will discuss the Malays in the socio-economic and political context they live in. The module is divided into five topics: Topic 1 looks at the socio-history of the Malays. Topic 2 introduces approaches in studying Malays of Singapore. Topics 3, 4 and 5 look at different dimensions of their life in Singapore i.e. as Singapore citizens, as part of the Malay "community" and as members of "Malay families".

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MS3210 - Modern Indonesian Literature
Modular credits: 4 
Workload: 2-1-0-3-4 
Pre-requisite(s)/Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing: Nil

The module studies the development of modern Indonesian literature, highlighting major themes and thought. The achievement of modern Indonesian literature in expressing the aspirations of the Indonesians would be evaluated. The dynamics between art, literature and society would be inquired into in the light of literary and cultural theories. The module aims not only at an understanding and appreciation of modern Indonesian literature but also the historical, cultural and intellectual experience of Indonesia as an evolving nation as reflected in literature. The module is beneficial for both students of Southeast Asian literature as well as its society and culture.

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MS3211 - Political Culture of the Malays
Modular credits: 4 
Workload: 2-1-0-3-4 
Pre-requisite(s)/Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing: Nil

This module will examine the nature and origins of the current day Malay political behaviour as observed. It will focus on the Malay concepts regarding government (kerajaan); consensus building (musyawarah) authority/power; dissent; patronage; territoriality, loyalty; and leadership. Close attention will be given to the role of the traditional and modern political elites in the shaping of Malay political culture. Relevant theoretical perspectives will also be provided. This module is targeted for FASS students.

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MS3212 - Classical Malay Literature
Modular credits: 4 
Workload: 2-1-0-3-4 
Pre-requisite(s)/Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing: Nil
The module explores the various forms which can be identified in classical Malay literature, such as folklore, historical romances, the legal digests as well the traditional verses of pantuns and the syair. The relationship between these art forms and society would be examined, with the aim of constructing the culture and worldview of traditional Malay society. The module also attempts at evaluation of the relevance and significance of classical Malay literature for contemporary Malay society and culture. The module applies the multidisciplinary approach to compliment relevant theories on literature and art.

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MS3213 - Ideology and ideas on Malay Development
Modular credits: 4 
Workload: 2-1-0-3-4 
Pre-requisite(s)/Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing: Nil

This module seeks to expose students to the thinking of Malay elite on Malay development. In discussing the ideas of the elite, various ideologies and styles of thought would be identified and examined as to their influence on development philosophy. A critique of the thinking of the Malay elite would be attempted. The conditioning of feudalism, colonialism, Islam, nationalism and capitalism on development thinking would be critically analysed. The module is designed for students interested in issues of Malay development and intellectual history.

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MS3214 - Asian Tradition and Modernisation
Modular credits: 4 
Workload: 2-1-0-3-4 
Pre-requisite(s)/Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil

The module discusses the nature of modernisation as a universal process affecting mankind. This process is examined against the experience of Asia, within its context, problems and challenges. The pattern of Asian responses to the challenges would be analyzed. The applicability and relevance of theories of modernisation for Asian societies would be assessed. The module analyses the intellectual and idealistic aspects of Asian modernisation in reference to its philosophy and cultural traditions. The module is designed for students interested in intellectual history and cultural change in Asia.

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MS3215 Malays and Modernization
Modular Credits: 4 
Workload: 2-1-0-3-4 
Prerequisites: NIL 
Preclusion: NIL 
Cross-listing: NIL

This module discusses the issue and significance of modernization, modernity and post modernity within the Malay world. It adopts a comparative and multi-disciplinary approach, using the tools of sociology, cultural studies and politics to critically understand and revisit the notions of modernisation in the Malay experience and in the global context. The aim is to understand the concept, nature, dynamics and the impact of modernization and its antecedents on phenomena such as economic development, social movements, intellectual discourse, political mobilization, religious institutions, art, architecture and popular culture in Malay society.

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MS3216 Gender in Malay Societies
Modular Credits: 4 
Workload: 2-1-0-3-4 
Prerequisites: NIL 
Preclusion: NIL 
Cross-listing: NIL

This module looks at gender relations of Malay women and men in different socio-cultural and institutional contexts in Malay societies. The focus is on social constructions and re-production of Malay femininities and masculinities. Students will be provided with a theoretical framework to examine issues concerning Malay women and men including how Malay women and men are represented in literature and media as well as contestations with regards to womans and mans roles in development projects, family and in the work place. Students will also explore the contributions of experiences of Malay women and men to academic discourses on gender relations.

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MS3217 Political Economy of the Malays
Modular Credits: 4 
Workload: 2-1-0-3-4 
Prerequisites: NIL 
Preclusion: NIL 
Cross-listing: NIL

This module studies the indigenous political economy of the Malays in the pre-colonial period. The changes in the indigenous political economy brought about by the introduction of colonial-capitalism under the British would be examined. The evolution and development of capitalism among the Malays is looked into. The module utilizes socio-historical materials on the Malays against general theories of political economy. In this way the module hopes to contribute to our understanding of some of the major issues of development among the Malays, as well as examine critically various theories on the political economy of Southeast Asia.

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MS3218 The Religious Life of the Malays

Modular Credits : 4
Workload : 2-1-0-3-4
Prerequisite(s) : NIL
Preclusion(s) : MS4203 The Religious life of the Malays
Cross-listing(s) : NIL

This module airms to provide students with critical understanding and awareness of the religious orientations and institutions of the Malays, the major factors that influence these, their significance, potentials and challenges in the context of the demands of technological change and modernisation. It also seeks to develop perspectives on the study of Malay religious life. Major topics examined include theoretical insights into the sociology of religion, socio-historical factors and their impact on Malay religious orientations.

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MS3219 Muslim Law in Southeast Asia

Modular Credits : 4
Workload : 2-1-0-0-7
Prerequisite(s) : NIL
Preclusion(s) : Nil
Cross-listing(s) : NIL


This module examines commonality and diversity of the Muslim personal law and its implementation in Southeast Asia. Utilizing the sociology of law approach, it discusses the law in relation to social structure, it response to social change and its impact on society. Debates on the nature of the law as well as its evolution from classical forms will be discussed within this approach. The overriding aim is to analyze major problems pertaining to the mode in which the law is conceived and implemented as well as challenges posed to its development within the context of modernization confronting these communities.

 

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MS3550 Malay Studies Intership
Modular credits: 4-8
Workload : 0-0-0-0-10
Prerequisite(s) : Students have completed a minimum of 24 MC in Malay Studies and have declared Malay Studies as their Major.
Preclusion(s) : Any other Internship modules
(Note: Students who change major may not do a second internship in their new major)

Internships vary in length but all take place within organisations or companies in Singapore. All internships are vetted and approved by the Department of Malay Studies, have relevance to the major in Malay Studies, involve the application of subject knowledge and theory in reflection upon the work, and are assessed.

Available credited internships will be advertised at the beginning of each semester. In exceptional cases, internships proposed by students may be approved by the department.

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MS4101 - Theory and Practice in Malay Studies
Modular credits: 
Workload: 0-3-0-7-0
Prerequisite(s) : Cohort 2006 and before: Completed at leas100MCs including 56MCs of major requirements. Cohort 2007 onwards: Completed 80MCs including 28MCs in MS, with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track.
Preclusion(s) : Nil
Cross-listing(s) : NIL

The theoretical underpinnings of each phase of the development of Malay studies would be examined based on representative works. The contribution and pitfalls of each phase of its development would be critically appraised. A general and critical evaluation of the present state of Malay Studies as an area study would be undertaken. The significance and relevance of Malay studies in relation to the social sciences and the other humanities would be discussed.

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MS4201 - Social Change 1900-1950
Modular credits: 4 
Workload: 0-0-0-0-10
Prerequisite(s) : Cohort 2006 and before: Completed at least 80MCs including 28MCs of MS major 
Cohort 2007 onwards: Completed 80MCs including 28MCs in MS, with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track.
Preclusion(s) : Nil
Cross-listing(s) : NIL

The module looks in depth at the nature and significance of various social changes in Malay society 1900-1950. Some topics to be covered would be changes in education, economic life, urbanization, ethnic relations, westernization, religious life and administration of Islam, the changing roles of Malay rulers and traditional Malay elite, the development of Malay nationalism, the development of modern literature, the issue of tradition and change, the challenges of social reform. Module is meant for students interested in the study of social change among the Malays, as well as Southeast Asia in general.

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MS4202 - Malay Society in the 19th Century
Modular credits: 4 
Workload: 0-3-0-7-0
Prerequisite(s) : Cohort 2006 and before: Completed at least 80MCs including 28MCs of MS major
Cohort 2007 onwards: Completed 80MCs including 28MCs in MS, with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track.
Preclusion(s) : Nil
Cross-listing(s) : NIL

This module focuses on the conditions of traditional Malay society and covers the following topics: The nature and function of the Malay ruling class, the social and political position of the subject class, the position and function of Islam, the structure and nature of traditional administration, impact of the introduction of Western rule on Malay administration, the nature of traditional economy, aspects of Malay education, traditional Malay recreations. This module is meant for students interested in Malay cultural history in particular and Southeast Asian history in general.

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MS4203 - The Religious Life of the Malays
Modular credits: 4 
Workload: 0-3-0-7-0
Prerequisite(s) : Complete at least 80 MCs, of which at least 28 MCs must be from MS or SN Major.
Preclusion(s) : Nil
Cross-listing(s) : NIL

This module aims to provide students with critical understanding and awareness of the religious orientations and institutions of the Malays, the major factors that influence these, their significance, potentials and challenges in the context of the demands of technological change and modernisation. It also seeks to develop perspectives on the study of Malay religious life by examining discourse on the sociology of religion with a focus on its application to Malay society. Major topics examined include theoretical insights into the sociology of religion, socio-historical factors and their impact on Malay religious orientations.

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MS4204 The Malay Middle Class

Modular Credits: 4 
Workload: 0-3-0-7-0 
Prerequisites: Cohort 2006 and before: Completed at least 80MCs including 28MCs of MS major 
Cohort 2007 onwards: Completed 80MCs including 28MCs in MS or 28 MCs in SN, with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track.
Preclusion: Nil 
Cross-listing: Nil 

This module examines the emergence of a new social group in Malay history, namely the Malay middle class. In the past, the dominant Malay elite had always been associated with the hierarchy of traditional Malay society. With the introduction of Malay capitalism in the 70s under the New Economic Plan (NEP), there has been the emergence of the Malay middle class. This module looks at the background of its emergence, identifies its socio-historical characteristics, and evaluates its influence on society and nation in general. Insights on the Malay middle class can contribute to an understanding of Southeast Asian affairs.

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MS4207 - Malay Film
Modular credits: 4 
Workload: 0-3-0-7-0
Prerequisites: Cohort 2006 and before: Completed at least 80MCs including 28MCs of MS major 
Cohort 2007 onwards: Completed 80MCs including 28MCs in MS, with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track.
Preclusion: Nil 
Cross-listing: Nil 

This module invites students to reflect on Malay films, particularly the classics. Malay films are important documents of Malay social and cultural history. The main themes, ideas and values reflected in Malay films are analysed and understood against the background of their times. Through a reflection on Malay films, its audience and the social conditions inspiring them, the module hopes to gain further insights into the evolution and development of Malay society and culture.

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MS4401 Honours Thesis
Modular credits: 12 
Workload: 0-0-0-30-0
Prerequisites: Cohort 2006 and before: (1) Completed at least 100 MCs including 56 MCs of major requirements and (2) Obtain one of the following minimum standards at the point of registration (a) minimum CAP of 4.0 or (b) minimum SJAP of 4.0 and CAP of 3.5 
Cohort 2007 onwards: completed 110 MCs including 60 MCs of MS major requirements with a minimum CAP of 3.5.
Preclusion: MS4660 
Cross-listing: Nil 

For the Honours Thesis, students are required to carry out a research under the supervision of a staff member from the Department. Topics will be chosen by students in consultation with and approved by the staff member. Students will learn how to do research based on primary and secondary data and write a thesis of 10,000 to 12,000 words. Honours Thesis is equivalent to three modules.

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MS4660 Independent Study Module
Modular Credits: 4 
Workload: 0-0-0-0-10 
Prerequisites: Cohort 2006 and before : Completed at least 100 MCs including 56 MCs of major requirements and obtain a minimum CAP of 3.2.
Cohort 2007 onwards: Completed 100 MCs, including 60 MCs in MS with a minimum CAP of 3.5. 
Preclusion: MS4401 
Cross-listing: NA

This module allows for student to define a topic and a list of readings under the guidance of an academic staff of the Department leading to a project work. Students are required to write a paper of 5,000 to 6,000 words. The Independent Study is equivalent to one module.

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MS4880 Topics in Malay Studies
Modular credits: 4 
Workload: 0-3-0-3-4
Prerequisites: Cohort 2006 and before: Completed at least 80 MCs of which at least 28 MCs must be from MS major.
Cohort 2007 onwards: Completed 80 MCs including 28 MCs in MS, with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track.
Preclusion: Nil 
Cross-listing: Nil

This module is designed to allow faculty members or visiting staff to teach specific topics in their areas of interest and expertise.

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MS4880(a) - Topics in Muslim Revivalism
Modular credits: 4 
Workload: 0-3-0-3-4 
Prerequisites: Cohort 2006 and before: Completed at least 80 MCs of which at least 28 MCs must be from MS major.
Cohort 2007 onwards: Completed 80 MCs including 28 MCs in MS, with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track.
Preclusion: Nil 
Cross-listing: Nil

This module investigates the role of Islam in the contemporary Malay world in an historical and comparative manner. The focus is on contemporary Muslim movements while the historical background is discussed to provide the necessary context for the understanding of the origins of the current Muslim revival. The module also looks at the nature and function of Muslim reform in Malay society in the socio, political, economic and legal arenas. Comparative references to similar phenomena in other parts of the Muslim world are made. Empirical cases are discussed in the context of theoretical problems raised in the social scientific study of religion.

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MS4880(b) - Topics in Malay Culture and Globalisation
Modular credits: 4 
Workload: 0-3-0-3-4 
Prerequisites: Cohort 2006 and before: Completed at least 80 MCs of which at least 28 MCs must be from MS major.
Cohort 2007 onwards: Completed 80 MCs including 28 MCs in MS, with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track.
Preclusion: Nil 
Cross-listing: Nil

This module examines the encounters between Malay culture and globalization. Dimensions of these encounters include the dissolving of frontiers and divisions of Malay culture associated with global consumer citizenship, the active interpenetration and combination of cultural elements as a consequence of human flows and availability of information and, developments revolving around rejection or turning away from changes that have come out of global integration. Empirical cases drawn from the Malay world in the areas of media, internet, tourism, popular culture and music etc will be discussed towards understanding the factor of diversity and difference in the Malay cultural experience of global modernity. Particular emphasis is given to the economic and cultural dimensions of globalization.

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MS4880(c) - Topics in Malay Narrative Art Forms
Modular credits: 4 
Workload: 0-3-0-3-4 
Prerequisites: Cohort 2006 and before: Completed at least 80 MCs of which at least 28 MCs must be from MS major.
Cohort 2007 onwards: Completed 80 MCs including 28 MCs in MS, with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track.
Preclusion: Nil 
Cross-listing: Nil

This module is designed to allow faculty members or visiting staff to teach specific topics in their areas of interest and expertise. It enables students to pursue in-depth readings on particular topics in the area of Malay literature and other art forms. This module will compare forms from various parts of the region, while the focus will be on Indonesia and the Peninsula including Singapore. The module will depart from contemporary forms that will be traced back in time, while possible aspects such as identity, gender, violence and religion, will be used as compass to navigate through these forms.

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