Module Information

Level 3000

Level 3000 Modules

SE3210 Studies in Southeast Asian Arts

Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 2-1-0-4-3
Pre-requisite(s)/Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil

The module explores in depth a particular Southeast Asian art (visual or performing arts, music, or literature). The specific focus of the module varies (to be announced). Students are introduced to theoretical approaches relevant to the topic, in the context of larger theoretical frameworks (historical, anthropological, etc.) of the study of Southeast Asian arts; and they have a chance to experience the art directly by studying the basics of the artistic practice (e.g., learning to paint, play music, dance). The module emphasizes both an in-depth study of the art and the relevance of such study for broader understanding of Southeast Asia.


SE3211 Religion, Society & Politics in SE Asia

Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 2-1-0-4-3
Pre-requisite(s)/Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil

Religion is a field of meanings that informs individual people's lives and also underpins social and political identities. While religions in Southeast Asia can be harnessed towards state construction or consolidation, they can also be embraced in ways that escape official control. In the past, religion has enabled people, through their local cults, religious schools, or social movements, to cope with daily existence or even voice their discontent. This module takes a comparative perspective and highlights the theoretical and practical problems related to this field of study.


SE3214 HERITAGE AND HERITAGESCAPES IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 2-1-0-4-3
Pre-requisite(s)/Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil

This module provides critical knowledge of the historical, natural, political and socio-cultural ‘work’ underlying the making, management and marketing of heritage(scapes) in Southeast Asia. It begins by focusing on relevant concepts, before considering the contemporary material, symbolic and social uses and impacts of heritage(scapes) within the region. It offers a broad overview of how (spatial) practices, ideas, policies and technologies have been mobilised for multiple purposes, and discusses issues that emerge when planning for, and promoting, this heritage for diverse populations. Ultimately, heritage(scapes) here are also conceptualised as veritable lens to understand and further enhance Southeast Asian societies today.


SE3216 Migration and Diaspora in Southeast Asia

Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 2-1-0-4-3
Pre-requisite(s)/Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil

The module focuses on migrants in Southeast Asian countries from historical-anthropological perspectives. Discussions include the concepts and patterns of migration in the region, the factors that give rise to migrations, for example, economic hardship and poverty, ethnic conflict, colonialism, political independence and the formation of modern nation-states, and the impact on both the home and host countries.


SE3217 Knowing Southeast Asia: Lives and Texts

Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 2-1-0-4-3
Pre-requisite(s)/Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil

The study of Southeast Asia often focuses on well-known figures whose biographies dominate most accounts of the region. This knowledge, however, is shaped beforehand by scholars and journalists who produce the texts we use for study. This module looks into lives and texts at two levels: critically evaluating the biographies of 1) select individuals who have shaped the course of Southeast Asian events, and 2) the knowledge-producers themselves, probing the relationship between their backgrounds and their writings. Selected texts are situated in the times in which they were produced: the prevailing academic discourses and debates, the influence of local and global politics, and the institutions that nurture scholarship and disseminate information. The choice of lives and texts to be studied will vary in accordance with the expertise of the instructor.


SE3218 Industrialising Singapore and Southeast Asia

Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 2-1-0-4-3
Pre-requisite(s)/Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): SE2215

Industrialising involves the promotion and development of the industrial sector. Why have some countries industrialised faster than others? In particular, the manufacturing industries in some countires have remained backward and depended heavily on the use of labour while in other countries, they have become more advanced and relied more on the use of capital. This module discusses the theory and concepts that relate to industrialisation. It also investigates the industrial experiences of other countries and the lessons from them. Focus will be on Singapore, and how it compares with other SE Asian countries.


SE3219 Country Studies: Island Southeast Asia

Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 2-1-0-4-3 
Pre-requisite(s)/Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil

The main countries of island Southeast Asia are Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore. This module examines one or two of these countries for in-depth study, providing a multi-stranded approach to different facets of contemporary life in that country. The module will investigate a variety of themes, such as local democracy, military power, religion, ethnic identities and conflicts, justice and reconciliation, popular culture, music and food. Each theme is integrated, with the aim of developing a more comprehensive understanding of the country in question.


SE3220 Country Studies: Mainland Southeast Asia

Modular Credits:
Workload: 2-1-0-4-3 
Pre-requisite(s)/Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil

The countries of Mainland Southeast Asia are Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. This module examines one or a group of these countries for an in-depth study, providing a multi-disciplinary approach to different facets of contemporary life in these countries. The module will place emphasis on a variety of themes, such as history of decolonization and the Cold War, military power, political change, peasantry, environment, economic reforms, ethnicity and nationalism, historiography, gender and religion. Each theme is integrated, with the aim of developing a more comprehensive understanding of these countries.


SE3221 Traditional Music In a Southeast Asian Country

Modular Credits:
Workload: 2-1-0-4-3 
Pre-requisite(s)/Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil 

This module will give you a chance to learn to play traditional music from one Southeast Asian country, to understand how the music works, and how music functions in society and reflects cultural values, specifically in the one country. While the first-hand experience of playing ensemble music is an important part of this module, no musical background is required – all you need is a positive attitude. Discussions (with audiovisual illustrations) and readings will help you to understand the workings of the music and the historical, cultural and social setting, with an emphasis on understanding music in and as culture.


SE3222 Gender in Southeast Asia

Modular Credits:
Workload: 2-1-0-4-3 
Pre-requisite(s)/Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil 

What are women’s experiences during the pre-colonial, colonial and contemporary eras in Southeast Asia? How are gender identities and roles constructed? How do the interplays between local cultures, class, ethnicity, economy, politics and religion affect power relations between men and women in both the private and public spheres? Using interdisciplinary approaches, this module will examine these questions via recent literature, ethnographic studies, life histories, films and other audio-visual documentaries concerning women in different parts of the Southeast Asian region.


SE3224 Thai Drawing and Painting

Modular Credits:
Workload: 2-2-0-5-1 
Pre-requisite(s): As the emphasis of the class is on practical approaches to art as a way of appreciating and understanding Southeast Asian Studies, students should ideally have genuine interests in drawing, painting, and the creative arts.

This module introduces students to the art of Thai painting and drawing through an analysis of both scholarly texts and hands-on sessions. The module takes students on a visual journey through all the major periods of Thai classical art. Emphasis will also be placed on regional and folk styles of painting as well as with new forms of traditional art. The module focuses primarily on the Rama 3 style of Thai painting as developed in nineteenth century Bangkok and which has become the most common form of Thai classical art seen in the country today. Students enrolled in the class will be taught not only how to appreciate traditional Thai painting but also how to draw, create compositions and critique art works.


SE3226 HARD AT WORK: The Changing Face of LABOUR in SEA

Modular Credits:
Workload: 2-1-0-3-4 
Pre-requisite(s)/Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil.

In this class, students are introduced to the history and ethnography of work in Southeast Asia. The class focuses on a particular country in the region depending on the instructor. Students read texts that explore the social, political, economic, cultural, and technological forces that have shaped work in the region since the 1800s. At the same time, students are introduced to the practices of ethnographic fieldwork, including observing, interviewing, writing, and editing. Students also read critically ethnographies of work from the region and the world. Students then apply these practices and insights through field research projects.


SE3227 MARITIME HISTORY AND CULTURE OF SOUTHEAST ASIA

Modular Credits:
Workload: 2-1-0-3-4 
Pre-requisite(s)/Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil.

For 2000 years, Southeast Asia has been an important crossroad of world maritime trade, but the study of maritime history and culture have not been well developed on a regional level. The study of maritime culture in Southeast Asia required integration of data from numerous disciplines including archaeology, history, economics, engineering, and ecology, to name some of the most significant. Singapore's prosperity depends to a major extent on its port, yet students do not appreciate its importance. This module will explore commercial and cultural links between the Arab-Persian region, India, Southeast Asia, and China over the past two millenia.


SE3228 THE UNIVERSE UNRAVELING: NARRATIVES OF WAR IN INDOCHINA

Modular Credits:
Workload: 2-1-0-3-4 
Pre-requisite(s)/Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil.

The module takes students from the origins of revolutionary anticolonial movements in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos in the 1920s, through the years of war in the 1940s, 50s, 60s and 70s to their legacies in today’s diasporic communities. In addition to a core text, students will read a variety of first-person accounts written by anyone from revolutionary leaders to foot soldiers to children to doctors to Buddhist monks. The objective is to see the wars from multiple perspectives and to investigate how first-person accounts may complement, complicate, or even contest orthodox narratives of revolution and war.


SE3230 SEEN AND UNSEEN: EXPLORATIONS IN BALINESE THEATRE

Modular Credits:
Workload: 2-1-0-3-4 
Pre-requisite(s)/Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil.

This class introduces students to classical theatre in Bali, Indonesia. Bali is an island well-known for its varied theatrical genres from sacred trance séances to masked dances that tell stories from Balinese history. In this class, students will learn not only the various theatrical forms on the island but also their history, ritual and social roles and transformations. Emphasis is placed on the classical genres of gambuh and topeng and students will learn how to stage a performance as Balinese actors do.


SE3231 COLONIAL SOUTHEAST ASIA THROUGH EUROPEAN LITERATURE

Modular Credits:
Workload: 2-1-0-1-6 
Pre-requisite(s)/Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil.

Through a critical reading of European fiction set in Southeast Asia, students will gain a richer understanding of the region in the colonial period, as well as European experiences and images of Southeast Asia. The module will also reflect on the medium of fiction – is there something that one can express better through fiction than through academic writing? How do the conventions of academic writing limit what is thought and said? As part of the assessment, students will write short stories. In addition to fiction, we will examine paintings, photographs and watch movies.


SE3232 DEATH AND DYING IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

Modular Credits:
Workload: 2-1-0-4-3 
Pre-requisite(s)/Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil.

Southeast Asians have been fascinated with the idea of death and dying for centuries. In fact, almost all Southeast Asian cultures and communities have developed highly intricate and complex ideas, ceremonies and rituals for all activities associated with death and dying. This module enables students to understand and demystify the topic of death and dying in Southeast Asia from a multidisciplinary perspective. It looks into how various communities, medical institutions, commercial enterprises and religious groups in the region cope and understand death and dying in order to further understand Southeast Asia, one of the most complex regions in the world.


SE3233 MARTIAL ARTS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

Modular Credits:
Workload: 2-2-0-4-2 
Preclusion(s): SE3880B

This module introduces students to the study of martial arts in Southeast Asia from an academic and experiential perspective. Students analyse journal articles, books and materials from the social media in order to understand how various social, political, economic and historical forces impacted on the production and performance of martial arts in the region. Student’s learning will be complemented with hands-on sessions that further their understanding of complex historical, sociological and cultural dimensions of various combat genres. Student assignments such as essays and group video projects will reveal new ways in how Southeast Asia can be understood from multi-disciplinary perspectives.


SE3550 Southeast Asian Studies Internship/ISE3550 Extended Internship

Modular Credits: 4 / 4
Workload: Nil
Prerequisite(s): Students should have completed a minimum of 24 MC in Southeast Asian Studies and have declared Southeast Asian Studies as their major.
Preclusion(s): Any other XX3550 module (Note: Students who change major may not do a second internship in their new major)
Cross-listing(s): Nil

Internships vary in length and take place within organisations or companies located in Singapore or Southeast Asian countries. Internships with organisations or companies in Southeast Asian countries will occur during the semester-in-SEA programme at the SEAD. All internships are vetted and approved by the SEAD, have relevance to the major in Southeast Asian 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. Internships proposed by students will require the approval of the department.


SE3880 Topics in Southeast Asian Studies

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

This module is designed to cover selected topics in Southeast Asian Studies. The topic to be covered will depend on the interest and expertise of regular or visiting staff member in the department.


SE3880B MARTIAL ARTS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

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

This module introduces the student to the study of martial arts in Southeast Asia. Southeast Asian martial arts are products of hundreds of years of cultural exchange and historical interaction with various civilizations. This module offers students an exciting opportunity to experience and learn a variety of forms of Southeast Asian martial arts. Students enrolled in the module will also experience the exciting physical and cultural practices that are essential in the learning of the martial arts through hands on sessions.

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