Module Information

Level 5000

SE5151 Approaches to the Study of Southeast Asia 

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-1-6 
Pre-requisite(s)/Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil

Important contributions to the study of Southeast Asia in fields as diverse as archaeology and history, ethnography and anthropology, economics and political economy, and sociology and geography are surveyed in this module. It seeks both to familiarize students with the contributions of these disciplines to various contemporary and historical understandings of the region and with the assumptions and interests inherent in those understandings. The module is required of all Masters (coursework and research) students in their first year of enrolment. 

SE5201 Supervised research project 

Modular credits: 8
Workload: 0-0-0-20-0 
Pre-requisite(s):
i) Approval of Departmental Graduate Coursework Selection Committee.
ii) Must achieve "B" grade in SE5151.
iii) Must have completed at least 4 modules with minimum CAP of 4.0.
Preclusion(s): SE5660

This is a dedicated research module for MA coursework students designed to enable them to complete a research-based thesis.

SE5211 Socio-economic History of Southeast Asia 

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-1-6 
Pre-requisite(s)/Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil

Adopting a regional perspective, this module will focus on economic and social developments within Southeast Asia between 1750 and 1950. In addition to examining topics such as the production of export commodities and trade, the module will assess the social and cultural impact of economic changes that have taken place during the 19th and 20th centuries.

SE5213 Revolt and Revolution in Southeast Asia

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-1-6
Pre-requisite(s)/Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil

This module examines the causes, processes and outcomes of the conflicts that have occurred in Southeast Asia. Consideration will also be given to the role of ideology and leadership. The module will attempt to cover as much ground as possible but emphasis will be placed on the major attempts at revolt and revolution.

SE5219 TECHNOPOLITICS in Southeast Asia

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-0-7
Pre-requisite(s)/Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil

Technopolitics refers to the strategic practice of designing or using technology for political goals. However, even as the design of technological artifacts and systems may reflect a variety of interests, the material and cultural power of artifacts and systems often exceeds or escapes those intentions making for a complex and uncertain social landscape. This module offers an overview of technopolitical interactions in Southeast Asia and a vision of Southeast Asia as a technological society. Issues to be covered include technological nationalism, development as technique, infrastructure, risk, climate change, the digital revolution, and bio-security.

SE5221 LANDSCAPES OF SOUTHEAST ASIA 

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 3-2-0-5-0
Pre-requisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s) : GE5214
Cross-listing(s) : GE5214

This module will provide an overview of the diversity of peoples and places in Southeast Asia, with the aim of examining its regional identity. It is grounded conceptually in the notion of “landscape”, situated across multiple scales of reality from the local to the global. Empirically, aspects of material and non-material cultures and dimensions of Southeast Asia will be discussed, including the economy, religion, environment and politics. The potential and limits of “landscape geography” in critically understanding Southeast Asia will also be assessed. 

SE5222 The Arts In Contemporary Southeast Asia

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-1-6
Pre-requisite(s)/Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil

This module explores the various forms of visual and performing arts in contemporary Southeast Asia in their contexts. While the different art practices, notions, institutions, and art worlds discussed in the module may be labelled traditional, tribal, modern, or contemporary, none of these terms fully expresses how each artistic phenomenon continues the artistic/ cultural history of the region and at the same time is part of the contemporary artistic, cultural, and social landscape. The module explores these and other issues through studying specific cases. The focus is on the present, but historical background will also be important to understanding the current situation. 

SE5223 History of Sexuality in Asia

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-1-6
Pre-requisite(s)/Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil

This module examines sexual behaviours, ideologies, institutions, and regulation in a variety of different contexts, from the medieval Japanese court to colonies such as British India and the Dutch East Indies. It introduces students to key concepts, texts, and historiographical and theoretical approaches used to study sexuality, and looks comparatively at historical episodes in which sexuality intersected with other categories of identity such as gender, race, and class. Although the module gives students foundational knowledge about historical sexuality in Asia it also raises questions about how to “do” the history of sexuality and explores the benefits offered by interdisciplinary methods. 

SE5224 Religion and Society in Southeast Asia

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-1-6
Pre-requisite(s)/Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil

Southeast Asia is located at the historical cross-roads of world religious traditions. From its pre-modern and modern colonial pasts to postcolonial and 'globalisation' times, various religions have continued to shape the region's cultural, economic, and political outlooks. The module explores religion - especially major world religions such as Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism and Islam - as a major venue to understand past and present of Southeast Asian societies. Its coverage deals with how and why religious traditions have persisted and continued to interact with changing societies across the region. It will focus on major religious traditions or a combination of many religions or common religious characteristics found across Southeast Asian countries.

SE5226 Race and Ethnicity in Southeast Asia

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-1-6
Pre-requisite(s)/Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil

This module deals with specialised topics reflecting the teaching expertise available. The aim is to study in detail one major ethnic group in Southeast Asia or a set of related ethnic groups. The emphasis will be placed on cultural values and the module may address how these are expressed in institutions, the way of life, and the mode of interaction with other ethnic groups in host societies.

SE5229 Anthropological Approaches to SE Asia 

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-1-6
Pre-requisite(s)/Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil

This course looks at the relationship between culture, society and politics in Southeast Asia from an anthropological perspective. It highlights the main shifts in anthropological approaches to culture and society that have emerged with the newer understandings about power and history in social sciences. In particular, it examines changes within the interpretive perspective - a perspective most closely associated with Clifford Geertz, a celebratory figure in Southeast Asian anthropology - to bring out the problems in the anthropological construction, interpretation and representation of culture to enable a more critical conceptualization of culture and society in Southeast Asia.

SE5232 Southeast Asia and Regionalism

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-1-6
Pre-requisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s) : IZ5211
Cross-listing(s) : Nil

The world has seen an emergence of regional economic groupings including, among others, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the European Union (EU), and Australia-New Zealand Closer Economic Relations (CER). The module will examine the nature, determinants, challenges and prospects of intra-ASEAN regional economic integration particularly on trade, investments, agriculture and banking. It will also analyse the nature, determinants, challenges and prospects in the economic relations between ASEAN and other regional groups or countries; namely, the EU, the United States, Japan, China, and the CER. The module will also include an analysis of the significance and relevance to ASEAN of various regional and international groupings like the World Trade Organisation, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM).

SE5233 Economies of Southeast Asia 

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-1-6
Pre-requisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s) : IZ5103, SE6233
Cross-listing(s) : Nil

This module reviews the economic development experiences of Southeast Asian economies in the post-second World War years in order to provide a broad picture of the transformation that have characterised these economies from low-income to medium- and high-income levels, and from agricultural, agrarian-based societies to manufacturing- and/ or services-oriented economies. This module focuses on three aspects; namely, (a) the growth and development of Southeast Asian economies including their determinants, (b) an analysis of the different models of development including their relevance to Southeast Asian economies, with special attention paid to the importance of policy reforms, and (c) the various economic crises that have affected the Southeast Asian economies including their causes, consequences, policy responses and implications.

SE5234 The Political Economy of Southeast Asia

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-1-6
Pre-requisite(s)/Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil

This module examines the issues of development in Southeast Asia in terms of the interplay of economic and political factors. There will be a focus on the various types of roles that the state plays in the process of economic development. Seen against the diversity of Southeast Asia, such a focus will enrich the student’s understanding through relevant comparative case studies.

SE5241 Country Studies: Mainland SE Asia 

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-1-6
Pre-requisite(s)/Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil

This module provides detailed studies of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and/ or Vietnam, including their societies, history, politics, relations with each other and the rest of the world. The focus will vary, depending on staff expertise, student interest and contemporary developments. 

SE5242 Country Studies: Thailand 

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-1-6
Pre-requisite(s)/Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil

This module aims to study contemporary and recent economic, social and political trends in Thailand. In doing so, it will draw upon models and interpretations of Thai socio-economic and power structures which have been developed by political scientists and anthropologists. Topics for study will include the role of key institutions and interest groups - the monarchy, Buddhist Sangha, bureaucracy and military, political parties and the new middle class. 

SE5243 Country Studies: Indonesia 

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-1-6
Pre-requisite(s)/Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil

This module aims to study contemporary and recent economic, social and political trends in Indonesia. In doing so, it will draw upon models and interpretations of Indonesia socio-economic and power structures which have been developed by political scientists and anthropologists. Topics for study will include the role of key institutions and interest groups - monarchy, bureaucracy, military, political parties and the new middle class. 

SE5244 Country Studies: The Philippines 

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-1-6
Pre-requisite(s)/Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil

This module provides graduate students at the M.A. level with the foundations and tools to understand the problems and challenges the Philippines faces today. At the core of the study will be a history of the Philippines since independence in 1946, focussing on the effects of colonial rule, nationalism, political crises, and the economic underpinnings of the nation-state. Topics for study will vary depending on staff expertise.

SE5245 Country Studies: Malaysia 

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-4-3 
Pre-requisite(s)/Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil

This module provides a multi-stranded approach to understand major political, economic and socio-cultural transformations in contemporary Malaysia. The module will investigate into issues relevant to Malaysian societal transformations such as ethno-religious politicization, consociational politics, developmentalism, money-politics, Islamism, cultural fragmentation, political feminism, “captured” civil society, and so on. Each them will be explored with the aim of developing integrated and comprehensive understanding of modern Malaysia.

SE5246 Country Studies: Myanmar 

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-1-6 
Pre-requisite(s)/Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil

This module offers an in-depth and focused study of the socio-economic, political and cultural life of Burma-Myanmar. It will facilitate understanding of how historical, political and socio-cultural transformations in Myanmar, normally studied in disciplinary terms, are interconnected. Issues will be explored with the aim of developing integrated and critical perspectives on the various problems faced by the Myanmar state and its people.

SE5247 Country Studies: Vietnam

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-3-4 
Pre-requisite(s)/Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil

Vietnam is a country of apparent contradictions, where a ruling Communist party espouses freemarket economics, a young and optimistic population traces its origins back more than 4000 years, and a sustained engagement with China coexists with a fierce commitment to national independence. This module makes sense of some of these contradictions by exploring key issues in Vietnam’s past and present such as imperialism, nationalism, regionalism, Confucianism, colonial rule, war, Communism, economic reform, and the environment.

SE5263 Cultural Resource Management in SE Asia 

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-1-6
Pre-requisite(s)/Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil

Rapidly changing political and economic factors are creating a number of different sets of problems and opportunities for the preservation and protection of cultural resources in Southeast Asia. In this module, students will compare the policies of different Southeast Asian countries as well as relevant neighbouring regions. The varying emphases placed on different components of the policy mix (museums, historic preservation, development and marketing) in different countries will be compared. Students will be required to devise suggested strategic plans for integrating heritage tourism into long-term preservation policies. 

SE5264 Archaeology and Art of Ancient Southeast Asia 

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-0-7 
Pre-requisite(s)/Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil

New techniques of research and analysis regularly yield important new insights on the forebears of modern Southeast Asia. Research projects currently in progress focus on such topics as prehistoric human demography, relationships between humans and the environment, early urbanization, the development of monumental architecture, and maritime trade with neighbouring regions. This module surveys the most important recent discoveries of sites and artefacts, and the new perspectives on Southeast Asian cultures and societies which these finds have already revealed or are likely to open up in the near future.

SE5294 The Politics of Environment in SE Asia 

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-1-6
Pre-requisite(s): Nil
Preclusion(s) : GE5215
Cross-listing(s) : GE5215

The growth and development that has taken place not only in the Southeast Asian region but also in the rest of the world is commonly viewed to have a negative impact on the environment in the region. Is it necessarily true? Are there positive effects as well? This module will evaluate the link between the developmental process and the environment including an analysis of the problems, the proposed solutions, and the actual policies implemented. 

SE5660 Independent Study 

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 0-0-0-0-10 
Preclusion(s): SE5201

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 Southeast Asian Studies in depth. The student should approach a lecturer to work out an agreed topic, readings, and assignments for the module. Head's and/ or Graduate Coordinator's approval is required. Regular meetings and reports are expected. Evaluation is based on 100% Continuous Assessment and must be worked out between the student and the lecturer prior to seeking departmental approval.

SE5880 TOPICS IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN STUDIES 

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-3-4
Pre-requisite(s)/Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil

This module is designed to cover specialized topics in Southeast Asian Studies. The topic(s) to be covered will depend on the interest and expertise of regular or visiting staff members.

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