Lecturer: Michael H. Lee
Lecture Time: 2.30-4.15 pm, Wednesday
Lecture Venue: To be Confirmed
Tutorial Time: 4:30-6:15 pm, 3 Oct, 10 Oct, 24 Oct, 31 Oct (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 05/09/2018 Introduction: Understanding Southeast Asian History
2 12/09/2018 Coming of Colonial Powers
3 19/09/2018 Colonial Intrusion
4 26/09/2018 Impacts of Colonialism
5 03/10/2018 Changes of Southeast Asian Societies and Economies
6 10/10/2018 Rise of Nationalism
7 24/10/2018 Pacific War: Southeast Asia and Japan
8 31/10/2018 Towards Independence
9 07/11/2018 The Cold War and Southeast Asia
10 14/11/2018 Regional Conflicts in Southeast Asia
11 21/11/2018 Regional Cooperation and ASEAN 50
12 28/11/2018 The Rise of Southeast Asian Developmental States

*This schedule is adopted from the course offered in 2017-18 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 2018 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 2018 in the elearn blackboard.
Last updated on 20 JUL 2018