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Modern Media in SSEA


Admission requirements

Having successfully finished Propaedeutics SSEAS or equivalent knowledge of South and Southeast Asian history and society. Please, contact the student advisor, Nicole A.N.M. van Os or Prof. Dr. B. Arps, if you are interested in taking this course, but do NOT fulfill the abovementioned requirement.


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.



Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

Attendance and active participation are mandatory.

Course Load

  • Total course load for the course: 140 hours.

  • Hours spent on attending lectures and seminars: 24 hours.

  • Approximate time for studying the compulsory literature: 80 hours

  • Approximate time for writing the web-postings and preparing for presentations: 36 hours

Assessment method

  1. active participation: weekly web-postings, presentations, discussion (40% of the overall mark)
    1. concluding written examination with essay-type questions (60% of the overall mark)

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

In order to pass the course, students must obtain an an overall mark of “5.50” (=6) or higher.

An exam resit is possible only for element (2), and only if the student participated in the first written exam and received an overall mark for the course of 5.49 (=5) or lower.


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

To be announced later. The readings must be studied prior to the class in question.


Students are required 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

(Studeren à la carte is not possible for this course.)

Contact information

The coordinator: Prof. Dr. B. Arps