This course aims to give students a concise knowledge of the modern histories of South and Southeast Asia from the nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century, and to make them familiar with current debates on key issues with relation to those histories. These include for South and Southeast Asia: the character and institutions of the colonial state, the colonial economy, colonial instruments of knowledge, the late-colonial economic structure, the emergence of nationalism, decolonization, including the partition of the British Raj.
Part of this course involves for students in the BA in South and Southeast Asian Studies compulsory meetings on Academic Skills (tutorials about study skills and research skills) offered by the program.
At the end of this course the student should be able to:
formulate a research question,
evaluate secondary sources
write a short essay following scholarly protocols
Objectives specific to the course
A student following the course will acquire
a basic knowledge of the modern histories of the South and Southeast Asia region
an understanding of the historical debates relating to South and Southeast Asia in the modern age
critical insights into the ideology and practices of colonial states
The timetables are available through My Timetable.
Mode of instruction
Written examination: 60 %
Brief essay: 40 %
The final mark is made up of the essay (40%) and the written examination (60%). In order to pass the course, students must obtain an overall mark of 5.50 (=6) or higher.
There is a re-sit for the examination only (60%). The course is an integrated whole. The written examination and the brief essay must be completed in the same academic year. No partial marks can be carried over into following years.
Inspection and feedback
How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.
A selection of chapters from:
Crispin Bates, Subalterns and Raj, South Asia since 1600. (London: Routledge, 2007).
Norman Owen at al eds, The Emergence of Southeast Asia: A New History. (Hawaii Univ Press 2005).
Registration À la carte education, Contract teaching and Exchange
Information for those interested in taking this course in context of À la carte education (without taking examinations), eg. about costs, registration and conditions.
Information for those interested in taking this course in context of Contract teaching (with taking examinations), eg. about costs, registration and conditions.
For the registration of exchange students contact Humanities International Office.
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.