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HIST3372 History of Modern Southeast Asia

Semester 1 (2019-2020)

Lecture TimeMonday 2:30pm-4:15pm

VenueLSK 304


Lecturer LEE Hiu Hong Michael ((852) 3943 7122 /

Course Description

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:

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.
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.
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.

Lecture Date Theme
1 2 Sep Introduction: Understanding Southeast Asian History
2 9 Sep Coming of Colonial Powers
3 16 Sep Colonial Intrusion
4 23 Sep Impacts of Colonialism
5 30 Sep Changes of Southeast Asian Societies and Economies
6 14 Oct Rise of Nationalism
7 21 Oct Pacific War: Southeast Asia and Japan
8 28 Oct Towards Independence
9 4 Nov The Cold War and Southeast Asia
10 11 Nov Regional Conflicts in Southeast Asia
11 18 Nov Regional Cooperation and ASEAN 50
12 25 Nov The Rise of Southeast Asian Developmental States
Assessment & Assignments

Tutorials (25%)
Tutorial Review Essay (25%)
Take-Home Examination (50%)


Please refer to the course outline to be available by late August 2019 in this website and elearn blackboard.

Honesty in Academic Work

Attention is drawn to University policy and regulations on honesty in academic work, and to the disciplinary guidelines and procedures applicable to breaches of such policy and regulations. Details may be found at

With each assignment, students will be required to submit a signed declaration that they are aware of these policies, regulations, guidelines and procedures.

  • In the case of group projects, all members of the group should be asked to sign the declaration, each of whom is responsible and liable to disciplinary actions, irrespective of whether he/she has signed the declaration and whether he/she has contributed, directly or indirectly, to the problematic contents.
  • For assignments in the form of a computer-generated document that is principally text-based and submitted via VeriGuide, the statement, in the form of a receipt, will be issued by the system upon students’ uploading of the soft copy of the assignment.

Assignments without the properly signed declaration will not be graded by teachers.

Only the final version of the assignment should be submitted via VeriGuide.

The submission of a piece of work, or a part of a piece of work, for more than one purpose (e.g. to satisfy the requirements in two different courses) without declaration to this effect shall be regarded as having committed undeclared multiple submissions. It is common and acceptable to reuse a turn of phrase or a sentence or two from one’s own work; but wholesale reuse is problematic. In any case, agreement from the course teacher(s) concerned should be obtained prior to the submission of the piece of work.

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