Lecturer: Michael H. Lee
Lecture Time: 2.30-4.15 pm, Monday
Lecture Venue: LSK 304
Tutorial Time: 4:30-6:15 pm, 14 Oct, 21 Oct, 28 Oct, 4 Nov (Monday)
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 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
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.
Last updated on 27 JUL 2019