Lecturer: Michael H. Lee
Lecture Time: 10.30 am íV 12.15 pm, Thursdays
Lecture Venue: LSK 304
Tutor: LO Chi Kei
Tutorial Time: To be Arranged
Tutorial Venue: To be Arranged

This course focuses on the historical development of Southeast Asia since the coming of European powers with special reference from the nineteenth century. It examines and discusses how the historical development of the Southeast Asian region had been affected by colonialism, nationalism, communism, and regionalism. Certain specific themes like modernization, the legacy of Japanese occupation, and the process of nation-building in Southeast Asia will also be discussed.


Learning Outcome

The expected learning outcomes include:

  1. The students can trace the historical development of Southeast Asia and explain the factors that shaping the modern history of Southeast Asia since the nineteenth century when it marked the rise of colonialism.
  2. The students will be able to identify major characteristics of the historical development of modern Southeast Asia, with special reference to the impacts of colonialism, nationalism, communism and regionalism on the modern history of Southeast Asia.
  3. The students should be able to get more familiar with and review critically the literature on history of modern Southeast Asia in order to conduct independent research studies in this area.

Class schedule:

Lecture Date Theme
1 09/01/2014 Southeast Asia as a Concept
2 16/01/2014 Coming of Colonial Powers
3 23/01/2014 Colonial Rule and Communities
4 06/02/2014 Modernization as Response to Colonialism
5 13/02/2014 Anti-colonial Movements
6 20/02/2014 Rise of Nationalism
7 27/02/2014 Japanese Occupation and Nationalism
8 06/03/2014 Independence Movements
9 13/03/2014 Communism in Southeast Asia
10 20/03/2014 War and Peace in Southeast Asia
11 27/03/2014 Regional Cooperation: From SEATO to ASEAN
12 03/04/2014 Nations-Building

Tutorial: 25%
Book Review (Based on Assigned Tutorial Readings): 25%
Take-Home Exam Essay: 50%

To be Announced in the First Lecture
Last updated on 11 Jul 2013