Admission to the MA Asian Studies or MA International Relations programme. Other interested students may be admitted if there are places left and at the discretion of the coordinator, David Henley. Please contact him if you are interested in taking this course but are not enrolled in one of the abovementioned programmes.
This course is offered in the form of a literature seminar surveying, in global context, current discourses on the history of Southeast Asia. Attention is paid to a variety of important historiographic debates, including controversies over the prehistoric origins of the region's population, the economic impact of colonialism, and the historical roots of Southeast Asia's authoritarian ideologies. Students learn to situate Southeast Asia in relation to global forces such as imperialism, the Cold War, Islam, and mass communications, and in relation to international literature on those topics. The course makes use of comparisons among the Southeast Asian countries, and also highlights their historical relations with China, India, and the Middle East.
Participants will gain a thorough understanding of key current discourses on the history of Southeast Asia, and are trained in critically examining key texts. Both oral and written presentations are required.
The timetables are available through My Timetable.
Mode of instruction
Attendance and active participation are obligatory for seminars. Students are required to prepare for and attend all sessions. The convenor needs to be informed without delay of any classes missed for a good reason (i.e. due to unforeseen circumstances such as illness, family issues, problems with residence permits, the Dutch railways in winter, etc.). In these cases it is up to the discretion of the convener(s) of the course whether or not the missed class will have to be made up with an extra assignment. The maximum of such absences during a semester is two. Being absent without notification and/or more than two times can result in exclusion from the term end exams and a failing grade for the course.
Assessment and weighing
|Short weekly assignments (10 x 400 words) on the set literature
|Essay work-in-progress presentation
|Participation in discussions
|Written assignment (4,000 words not including bibliography)
The written assignment is written in two stages: a first version which will be commented on and a final version. Students who do not meet the deadline for the first version will lose the right to get comments and will only be graded based on their final version.
The final mark for this course is formed by the weighted average.
In order to pass the course, students must obtain an overall mark of 5.50 (=6) or higher.
The course is an integrated whole. All assessment parts must be completed in the same academic year. No partial marks can be carried over into following years
Only if the total weighted average is insufficient (5.49 or lower) and the insufficient grade is the result of an insufficient written assignment, a resit of the written assignment is possible (60%). In that case the convener of the course may assign a (new) topic and/or give a new deadline.
A resit of the other partial assessments is not possible.
Students may request an oral elucidation of the assessment within 30 days after publication of the grade.
Course textbook: Antony Reid, A history of Southeast Asia: critical crossroads. (Chichester: Wiley Blackwell, 2015).
Other literature will be specified in the syllabus.
Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website.
For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.
For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office de Vrieshof.