Lecturer: Michael H. Lee
Lecture Time: 2.30-4.15 pm, Wednesday
Lecture Venue: SC L5
Tutorial Time: 4:30-6:15 pm, 11 Oct, 18 Oct, 25 Oct, 1 Nov (Wednesday)
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 06/09/2017 Introduction: Understanding Southeast Asian History
2 13/09/2017 Coming of Colonial Powers
3 20/09/2017 Colonial Intrusion
4 27/09/2017 Impacts of Colonialism
5 04/10/2017 Changes of Southeast Asian Societies and Economies
6 11/10/2017 Rise of Nationalism
7 18/10/2017 Pacific War: Southeast Asia and Japan
8 25/11/2017 Towards Independence
9 01/11/2017 The Cold War and Southeast Asia
10 08/11/2017 Regional Conflicts in Southeast Asia
11 15/11/2017 Regional Cooperation and ASEAN 50
12 22/11/2017 The Rise of Southeast Asian Developmental States
13 29/11/2017 Conclusion: Past, Present and Future of Southeast Asia

*This schedule is adopted from the course offered in 2016-17 and for preliminary reference only. It is subject to change. For the finalized schedule, please refer to the course outline to be available by early September 2017 in the elearn blackboard.

Tutorials (25%)
Mid-Term Assignment (25%)
Take-Home Examination (50%)
*Assessment is tentative and subject to change.
Please refer to the course outline to be available by early September 2017 in the elearn blackboard.
Last updated on 29 JUL 2017