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Histories of Modern South and Southeast Asia


Admission requirements



This course offers a comprehensive historical survey of South and Southeast Asia from the nineteenth century to the twentieth century. Key themes include: the character and dynamics of colonialism, colonial development of knowledge, the late-colonial economic structure, the emergence of nationalism, decolonization, including the partition of the British Raj.

Course objectives

This course offers participants a good survey of the facts and the historical debates concerning modern South and Southeast Asia. Participants are also trained in essay writing.



Mode of instruction

  • Lecture

Course load

Lectures: 26 hs
Preparation for lectures: 26 hs
Preparation for exam: 44 hs
Essay: 44 hs

Assessment method

  • 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 resit for the examination and an opportunity to submit a revised essay but only if the final mark is fail (i.e. if the overall mark for the course ois “5.49” or lower).

The course is an integrated whole. The final examination and the assignments must be completed in the same academic year. No partial marks can be carried over into following years.


Blackboard is used as the main means for communication and for distribution of additional course materials.
Students are requested to register on Blackboard for this course.

Reading list

A selection of chapters from:

  • Crispin Bates, Subalterns and Raj, South Asia since 1600 (London: Routledge, 2007).

  • M.C. Ricklefs and others, A New History of Southeast Asia (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.


Students are requested to register through uSis.
To avoid mistakes and problems, students are strongly advised to register in uSis through the activity number which can be found in the Timetable in the column under the heading “Act.nbr.”.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

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Prof.Dr. N.K. Wickramasinghe