Asian Studies

Southeast Asian Studies

Administration

Division 
Division of Asian Studies 

Department/Programme 
Department of Southeast Asian Studies

Programmes


Undergraduate

Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Southeast Asian Studies

Minor in Southeast Asian Studies (with effect from AY2007-08)


Graduate

Master of Arts (Southeast Asian Studies) by coursework 
Australian National University-NUS Joint Masters of Arts (Southeast Asian Studies) by coursework
Master of Arts by research
Ph.D. by research


What is it about

The Department of Southeast Asian Studies is a department under the Asian Studies Division of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. As a department located in a university which has some of the best expertise and resources in the field of Southeast Asian Studies, we offer unique advantages to those who are interested in studying the region. Our location within the region also enables us to develop distinctive programmes that maximise our proximity to other Southeast Asian countries for our undergraduate and graduate research and curricula.

Our department aims to offer a truly inter-disciplinary approach which draws on different disciplinary perspectives and methodologies from the humanities and social sciences. We emphasise inter-disciplinary learning that is thoroughly informed by local experience and knowledge; this is accompanied by a fluency in a Southeast Asian language (currently, Bahasa Indonesia, Malay, Thai and Vietnamese). We offer BA, BA (Hons), MA by coursework, MA by research and PhD degrees. The Department of Southeast Asian Studies offers an ideal alternative to students who find conventional approaches unsatisfactory or who prefer a more subject-oriented curriculum.

We welcome you to explore the many facets of student life, faculty expertise, and the various exciting programmes on offer at our department.

 

Unique Programmes

Javanese Gamelan & Classical Thai Music

As part of our inter-disciplinary approach, the Department of Southeast Asian Studies has incorporated the study of Javanese gamelan and classical Thai music in several of its modules. Students learn Javanese gamelan music and classical Thai music not only for their musical value but in the larger context of a broad-based learning of Southeast Asia and its cultures, societies, politics and economies. It is in this context that the study of Javanese gamelan and classical Thai music in Singapore can best benefit and educate students.

In some of these modules, students also have the opportunity to learn to play the Javanese gamelan and Thai musical instruments. Playing the instruments bring students beyond books and lectures and into the experience of Southeast Asian arts, making learning at Southeast Asian Studies a truly enjoyable and memorable experience.

 

Southeast Asia in Context Summer School

Hosted by the Department of Southeast Asian Studies at NUS in cooperation with the International Alliance of Research Universities Global Summer Program (IARU GSP), this International Residential Summer School on Southeast Asia which is also offered under the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences FASSTrack Asia Summer School is designed to provide students with the opportunity to live, study, and travel together, making it a valuable learning experience that extends beyond normal classroom-related activities.

Southeast Asia in Context is a five-week exploration of Southeast Asia’s geographical, historical and cultural diversity. This course takes advantage of Singapore’s strategic position in offering a unique blend of classroom instruction at NUS campus with hands-on fieldwork in Cambodia and Thailand or Indonesia. The lecturers are experienced teachers and researchers of Southeast Asia, who will explore themes such as Southeast Asian religion, archaeology, rural development, politics and regional integration.

The highlight of this course is the 10-day field trip to Cambodia and Thailand, or Indonesia where students will be exposed to local cultures and will be engaged in on-site lectures by both the course instructors and local experts. The field trip includes visits to magnificent ancient temples, rural agricultural communities, war memorials and a fair sampling of local village life that is well off the usual tourist track.

Career Prospects

Graduates of the department are employed in a wide variety of jobs in the private and public sectors. They have an advantage in cases where a job requires familiarity with Southeast Asia, and in particular, an ability to communicate in a Southeast Asian language. Local and multinational corporations based in Singapore with interests in Southeast Asia find that the department’s graduates are able to function effectively in the region.

Southeast Asian Studies graduates have built successful and exciting careers in a wide range of areas including statutory boards and government ministries, business and tourism, journalism and other media, teaching, research, and academia, public relations, finances and market research, museums, cultural centres, arts festivals, arts councils, diplomatic work, and international organizations (e.g. aid agencies, NGOs and philanthropic foundations).

South Asian Studies

Administration

Division 
Division of Asian Studies 

Department/Programme 
South Asian Studies Programme

Programmes


Undergraduate

Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in South Asian Studies (with effect from AY2006-07)

Minor in South Asian Studies (with effect from AY2007-08)


Graduate

Master of Arts by research
Ph.D. by research


What is it about

South Asian Studies, as offered by the South Asian Studies Programme (SASP), focuses on the region comprising India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives. The curriculum reflects the multidisciplinary nature of the programme. At the undergraduate level, students are offered a range of modules in economics, religious and cultural studies, history, international relations, philosophy, politics and gender studies. The aim is to provide graduates of the programme with a broad understanding of the region from different points of view - knowledge that will be useful in dealing with this changing region in the 21st century.

The SASP also offers a range of opportunities for research at the graduate level. At present, a number of graduate students are engaged in research on a variety of topics from the fields of economics, cultural studies, history, sociology and philology. SASP provides a unique environment for research projects examining the social, cultural, economic exchanges between Southeast and South Asia in both their historical and contemporary aspects.


Unique Programmes

Twice during the last few years, small groups of students have gone on study trips through South India, guided by faculty members of SASP. The purpose of these trips is to give students a first-hand experience of the South Asian region and a deep insight and understanding of the basics of Tamil culture and history. The experience and the students’ feedback on these trips have encouraged the Programme to work on possibilities to make such trips - also to other parts of South Asia - a regular feature of South Asian studies at NUS.


Career Prospects

The economic and political importance of individual South Asian nation states, and the entire region, has grown tremendously. India especially, has become an important member of the global trade community. Great demographic and political problems still prevail in the South Asian region. Overpopulation, poverty, a widening divide between "rich" and "poor", natural calamities and national as well as international conflicts in the region will have to be addressed.

Given this background, a combination of economic, political, historical, and sociological studies as they relate to the South Asian world will open great career opportunities in the future. Moreover, these opportunities are likely to grow with the development of the region and its international relations.

The South Asian Studies Programme is designed to be supportive of graduates who want to be administrators, educationists, analysts, policy-makers, consultants or representatives of Singaporean and international corporations and agencies with interests and operations in South Asian states.

Malay Studies

Administration

Division
Division of Asian Studies 

Department/Programme 
Department of Malay Studies

Programmes


Undergraduate

Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Malay Studies (with effect from AY2006-07)

Minor in Malay Studies (with effect from AY2007-08)


Graduate

Master of Arts by research
Ph.D. by research


What is it about

Malay Studies enables students to cultivate scholarly knowledge and understanding of the Malays, in particular their history and cultural identity within the context of the modern world and its challenges. 

The Department offers a broad range of multidisciplinary modules that deepen the students' understanding and appreciation of important areas in Malay life. These modules cover the broad topics of Malay cultural values, religious life, Malay politics and political economy, issues on development/modernization, Malay literature, myths and folklore, issues of leadership and the elite, Malay feudalism, the Malays and colonialism and other significant interests.

In the context of the department, Malay Studies simply means the academic and the scientific study of the Malays and major aspects of their lives. Hence the department focuses on their culture, religion, literature, language, development, politics and so on. To deepen our understanding of the Malays and their place in the modern world, we apply theoretical knowledge from the various disciplines and branches of the humanities and the social sciences.


Unique Programmes

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Career Prospects

Malay Studies adopts a multidisciplinary and comparative approach covering broad issues of Malay society and Southeast Asia in general. Graduates of Malay Studies are well equipped to avail themselves of the various career opportunities open to graduates from other disciplines of the social sciences and humanities.

Students of Malay Studies enjoy particular advantage in careers requiring an intimate and in-depth understanding of the Malay/Muslim world of Southeast Asia, covering Indonesia , Malaysia , Brunei and Singapore , be it in the private or public sector. They are also equipped with the knowledge to appreciate the dynamics of Muslim societies beyond the region.

Graduates of Malay Studies are to be noted among the present leaders of the Malay community, in government, public service, as well as in the private sector. They are significantly represented in the mass media industry and the education service.

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