Module Information

Level 6000

SE6214 Studies In Southeast Asian Politics 

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

This module offers theoretical and comparative perspectives on contemporary Southeast Asian politics. It explores the specificities as well as transformations of government institutions, political parties, military institutions, electoral systems, interest groups, and civil society in Southeast Asia in the light of domestic, regional, and international forces and examines some of the theoretical and comparative challenges in analysing contemporary political dynamics and configurations in the region.

SE6219 Varieties of the State in Southeast Asia

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

What forms has the state taken in the Southeast Asian region? The module considers pre-colonial states and their ideological and material bases, the construction of colonial-style states in the nineteenth century, and the reshaping of those states during the late colonial era. It addresses efforts at “nation-building” and post-independence regime types in their Southeast variants. It introduces students to major works on Southeast Asian politics in critical perspective. The approach of the module is comparative rather than chronological.

SE6220 Approaches to Southeast Asian Arts

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

In Southeast Asia, visual images and performance events lead us to rethink dominant ideas about art and require new ways of studying art. In this module, students will study particular artistic phenomena (artistic media, monuments, events, etc.) with special attention on the methodological issues involved. This will involve a critical reading of selected studies of Southeast Asian arts, close study of the artistic phenomena in their world, and search for possible new approaches that would allow us to understand Southeast Asian arts in the ways they are experienced in their worlds.

SE6221 Gender and Sexuality in Southeast Asia

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

The module examines issues of gender and sexuality in historical and contemporary Southeast Asia, and considers how key texts and theories in the field of gender and sexuality studies might be applied in the Southeast Asian context. It shows that categories of gender and sexuality have long been implicated in the formation of such dichotomous cultural paradigms as ‘East’ and ‘West,’ modern and traditional, and religious and secular that continues to serve as constitutive sources of power, identity, and knowledge.

SE6227 Postcolonialism in Southeast Asia 

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

This module explores ways of understanding the specificities and social realities of thought, action, and cultural subjectivities in Southeast Asia and how postcolonial approaches offer some answers but also pose further questions to the project of understanding local difference in Southeast Asia. It offers an introduction to major controversies in the study of local difference in Southeast Asia and explores their linkages as well as challenges to postcolonial premises, analytical concepts, and critical procedures. 

SE6251 Special Readings in a SE Asian Language  

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 0-2-0-8-0 
Pre-requisite(s): Students must be enroled in the MA or Ph.D Research programmes
Preclusion(s): SE6660
Cross-listing(s)
: Nil

This Independent Study Module offers an opportunity for students to develop and design their own special topics/contents pertinent to Southeast Asia’s history, politics, economics, and culture. The emphasis is on critical reading and discussion of scholarship written and published in Southeast Asia’s vernacular languages, e.g., Bahasa Indonesia, Burmese, Khmer, Laos, Malay, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese. It encourages students with advanced training or fieldwork experience to further engage critical and comparative scholarship from different perspectives.. 

SE6233 Economic Development Issues in SE Asia  

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

This module is designed for Ph.D. students who seek to understand the similarities and differences between the economies of the Southeast Asian states. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of their growth and development experiences. The various domestic and external factors affecting the growth and development performances of these economies, non-economic factors included, are also covered. The module also examines the contemporary political and social issues affecting the economies of the region. An interdisciplinary attitude towards the study of economic development issues is encouraged.

SE6265 Studies on Early Southeast Asia

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

To understand the origin of Southeast Asian traditions requires a multidisciplinary approach including history, art history, and archaeology. This module will equip students to transcend gaps between various fields which share the goal of understanding the origins of modern Southeast Asian cultures and to make use of data from all of these fields in order to solve specific problems. Major topics covered include research priorities and methods of these fields, and exploration of methods to combine various kinds of data to create a holistic image of this region.

SE6660 Independent Study

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 0-0-0-0-10 
Pre-requisite(s)/Preclusion(s)/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 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.

SE6770 Graduate Research Seminar 

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

This is a required module for all research Masters and Ph.D. 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 "Satisfactory/ Unsatisfactory" on the basis of student presentation and participation.

SE6880 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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