Module Information

Modules for FASSTrack Summer School 2016

SE2211 Southeast Asian Social History

Modular credit: 4
Workload: 10-0-0-0-10 
Pre-requisite(s)/Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil

This module addresses the social and economic history of the Southeast Asian region. It introduces the study of social and economic change over 2,000 years, the academic perspectives useful in that study, and the value of that study in understanding modern Southeast Asia. It examines precolonial society and its relationship to art, political, and economic activity; Southeast Asians' responses to the challenges and opportunities of the region’s exposure to external influences, including China, India, Islam and Europe; heritage preservation and archaeological research; and current developments, particularly the growth of tourism as a major industry.

SE2222 Southeast Asia in Context

Modular credit: 4
Workload: 0-40-0-50-40 over 5-week summer school
Pre-requisite(s)/Co-requisites:: Admission to the FASSTrack Summer School: "Southeast Asia in Context"

This module introduces students to the transformations of ethnic, religious, national and regional identities in Southeast Asia across time as seen from a variety of perspectives. Students will have the opportunity to learn about: the region's archaeology, seafaring trade and the meanings of its ancient monuments; the major religions of Buddhism, Islam, Christianity and "Animism" and how they figured in movements for change since the 19th century; the modern management of cultural resources and the impact of tourism; and recent anthropological studies with attention on new themes and the ways Southeast Asian societies are understood from the region itself.

SE2880A Southeast Asia's Cultural Mosaic

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

Southeast Asia is characterised by great ethnolinguistic and cultural variation. How can we make sense of and appreciate this diversity? What is an insiders and outsiders perspective? This course will introduce students to the region from an anthropological perspective. Students will be equipped with the analytical tools for the comparative study of society and culture. Ethnographic materials will be used to discuss themes that include ethnicity, identity, family and kinship systems, gender, economy, and social change. The challenge is for students to explore, conceptualise, and understand differences and similarities between social systems and human relationships, and to ask, Why?


Modular Credits: 4
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.


For more information on FASSTrack Asia, please visit the programme's website.