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Modern Media in SSEA


Admission requirements

Knowledge of South and Southeast Asian history and society on second year BA level.


The seminar (werkcollege) Modern Media in South and Southeast Asia gives an introduction to the study of electronic media and communication technologies (television, film, radio, video, sound carriers, telephony, internet, and more) in South and Southeast Asia, with a focus on Indonesia and India. We attend especially to the cultural, social, and political dimensions of these media. The focus lies on the present, but with awareness of recent history.

Course objectives

  • Knowledge of and insight into the recent history, in social and political context, of media and communication technologies in South and Southeast Asia.

  • Knowledge of and insight into the cultural functions of media and communication technologies in modern South and Southeast Asia.

  • Knowledge of and insight into the main themes and approaches of media studies in general and particularly with regard to South and Southeast Asia.

Time table

See website

Mode of instruction

Seminar (werkcollege)

Assessment method

  • weekly assignments about the reading matter (40% of the overall mark)

  • concluding written examination with essay questions (60% of the overall mark)


Blackboard is used for:

  • table of contents of the course

  • course materials

  • making available of assignments

  • webpostings by students

  • announcements

Blackboard serves as the primary means of communication about the course between instructors and students outside class meetings. Registration for the course on Blackboard is essential.

Reading list

  • B. Arps, J. Mrázek et al., Being with media in Indonesia. Leiden 2010. [c. 167 pp.; can be obtained from the instructors]

  • Articles, websites, and other study materials, to be announced later.
    The readings must be studied prior to the class in question.


Registration via uSis is obligatory.
Registration for Contractonderwijs
Registration in Blackboard is obligatory.

Contact information

The coordinator: Prof. Dr. B. Arps