Southeast Asian Studies Program
Graduate School
Chulalongkorn University

Course DescriptionS

Compulsory Courses

2015 704
Southeast Asian Civilization
SEA CIV
Southeast Asian civilization as a product of the creative cultural life of several different races and peoples in Southeast Asia; the formation of various centers of early civilization in Southeast Asia resulting from geographical conditions, inter-regional and intra-regional contacts, cultural integration, and the rise of urban communities; the conditions that maintained the existence of each civilization center; the evolution of Southeast Asian civilization. 3(3-0-9)
2015 706
Modern Southeast Asia: Colonialism, Nationalism, and Democratization
MOD SEA COL NA DEM
The unique character of modern Southeast Asia; creative processes by which Southeast Asians have been adapting their cultures to the world in change; factors influencing the emergence and development of Southeast Asia, including climate and ecology, science and technology, and intra-regional and international contacts; the arrival of Western colonialism and its impact on Southeast Asian economic, political and social, systems; the rise of nationalism; the democratization process in Southeast Asia. 3(3-0-9)
2015 708
ASEAN in Regional and Global Context
ASEAN REG GLO CONT
The emergence of ASEAN in Southeast Asia; ASEAN and its connections to Southeast Asian and world politics during and after the Cold War period; ASEAN and the problems of disunity and national interests among the individual members; external influences and internal resistances linked to the current status and future of ASEAN in world politics. 3(3-0-9)
2015 710
Research Methodology in Southeast Asian Studies
RES METHOD SEA
Forms, methods, and direction of Southeast Asian studies structured and developed by colonial scholars; concept and ideology underlying noted works produced under the context of nationalism during the anti-colonial era; form, substance, and new direction of academic works on Southeast Asia created by American scholars during the cold war period; significant academic products of indigenous scholars after the cold war period and the methodology which emphasizes internal dimension. 3(3-0-9)

Elective Couses

2015 712
State and Society in Mainland Southeast Asia
STA SOC MAIN SEA
Interrelationships between the state and civil society in mainland Southeast Asia from the monarchic period to after World War II; the struggle of local autonomy against state authority with regard to the problems of self-governance, the allocation of resources, and people's fundamental rights. 3(3-0-9)
2015 714
Local Autonomy in Southeast Asia
LOC AUTO SEA
The growth and development of local autonomy in Southeast Asia; self-sufficiency and the emergence of local autonomy; villages and towns in Southeast Asia as bodies of local autonomy; various characteristics and dimensions of local autonomy - both legal and illegal; local autonomy and centralization; the impact of globalization on local autonomy and identity in Southeast Asia. 3(3-0-9)
2015 715
Southeast Asian Arts and Culture
SEA ART CUL
An overview of the arts of Southeast Asia; Southeast Asian arts in a socio-cultural context; underlying concepts of Southeast Asian arts; major movements in Southeast Asian arts from the 19th century to the present. 3(3-0-9)
2015 716
Ethnic Politics in Southeast Asia
ETHN POL SEA
Diverse ethnic groups in Southeast Asia; the extent of the integration of these ethnic groups in the context of a traditional state; the change of status and roles of some ethnic groups in the colonial period ; nation states after World War II and the political roles of the ethnic groups in Southeast Asia. 3(3-0-9)
2015 718
Regionalism and Regional Organizations in Southeast Asia
REG ORG SEA
The rise and development of regionalism in Southeast Asia from concept to practice; the geopolitical factors inducing political groupings in Southeast Asia from the Pan-Malayan irredentist movement of the 1930s to SEATO, Maphilindo, ASA and ASEAN. 3(3-0-9)
2015 720
Ecology and Nature in Mainland Southeast Asia
ECO NAT MAIN SEA
Persisting and changing views on nature ; representations of nature in the world of Buddhism and animism in Southeast Asia; the extent to which some animistic views have shaped particular discourses on ecology and have influenced regional movement environmental conservation. 3(3-0-9)
2015 721
Urbanization in Southeast Asia
URBAN SEA
The emergence and development of urban communities in Southeast Asia; urban -rural connections; colonialism and urban forms; urbanization as part of modernization and industrialization; urban and regional developments; expansion of metropolitan regions; urban regimes and urban governance; slums and substandard housing; urban infrastructure provision. 3(3-0-9)
2015 722
Southeast Asian Values and Worldview
SEA VAL WORLD
Folk and court explanations of the world order; cosmologies and social hierarchy; values and taboos in Southeast Asian society; ideas on man and social order in Southeast Asian life. 3(3-0-9)
2015 724
Gender in Southeast Asia
GENDER SEA
Gender relations and economic development in Southeast Asia focusing on issues of industrialization, tourism, the environment and sustainable development; sexuality and gender relations including violence against women, and trafficking in women; women's participation in and accessibility to politics and law; women and health including reproductive rights, sexually transmitted diseases and occupational health; women and socialization. 3(3-0-9)
2015 726
Globalization and Local Identity in Southeast Asia
GLO LOC IDENT SEA
The theory of globalization and modernity, colonialism and orientalism; post-colonialism and the rise of the "third world" as international political forces; developmentalism; nationalism; the nation state and bureaucracy, communist movements and other counter state movements; religious movements as counter monopolized modernity; gender and class in Southeast Asia; popular culture in Southeast Asia. 3(3-0-9)
2015 727
Human Rights in the Southeast Asian Context
HUM RIGHT SEA CONT
Human rights in the Southeast Asian context; development of the ideas on human rights in connection with the adoption of western culture; the role of writers and journalists in the campaign for human rights; student movements and the spread of the ideas of human rights; the awareness of social and legal problems concerning human rights. 3(3-0-9)
2015 728
Multilingualism in Southeast Asia
MULTILING SEA
The significance of multi-languages used in Southeast Asia, including standard languages; regional languages, dialects, minority languages, and foreign languages; the attitudes of the Southeast Asian people towards other languages; language changes in Southeast Asia as a result of social and cultural changes. 3(3-0-9)
2015 730
Southeast Asian Landscape and Society
SEA LAND SOC
Physical geography and its effect on politics, the economy and society of each country and the region as a whole; human and cultural geography of Southeast Asia; peasant society; the spatial dimension related to various types of conflicts and cooperation in the region; ASEAN border conflicts. 3(3-0-9)
2015 731
Literature and Society in Southeast Asia
LIT SOC SEA
An analysis of Southeast Asian literature in relation to social, political and cultural aspects; historical and social contexts of authors and the reading public; the use of concepts of literary criticism, history, politics, sociology and other related disciplines. 3(3-0-9)
2015 732
Folklore in Southeast Asia
FOLKLORE SEA
Various kinds of folklore, including folk songs, folk performances, riddles, proverbs, folk art, folk beliefs and rituals in Southeast Asia; the use of folklore data as a means of understanding Southeast Asian thoughts, values and cultures. 3(3-0-9)
2015 734
Southeast Asian Theatre and Film
SEA THEATRE FILM
Development of theatre and films in Southeast Asia; the relationship between traditional culture and local theatre and film production; western influence on Southeast Asian theatre and films; the interrelationship between theatre and films and politics and society. 3(3-0-9)
2015 735
The Politics of the Narcotics Trade in Southeast Asia
POL NARCO TRAD SEA
Narcotic plants in Southeast Asia; opium and opium trading from the colonial period to World War II; the narcotics trade and its network, including production bases and trading routes in various areas, especially in the Golden Triangle; the narcotics trade and political conflicts in Southeast Asia after World War II. 3(3-0-9)
2015 736
Islam in Southeast Asia
ISLAM SEA
The spread of Islam in Southeast Asia and its impact upon local societies; the politicization of Islam; Islam and conflicts in Southeast Asian politics and societies. 3(3-0-9)
2015 738
Vietnam from the Colonial Period to the Present
VIET COL PRESENT
Different aspects of Vietnamese history from the second half of the 19th century up to the present, with emphasis on French colonial rule and its repercussions on Vietnamese society; the rise of Vietnamese nationalism; communism in Vietnamese society; Vietnam during World War II; post-war Vietnam and the division of the country; Vietnam and the Indochinese wars; the socialist transformation of South Vietnam after the unification of the country in 1975; the reform of the country in the 1980s and its impacts. 3(3-0-9)
2015 739
Vietnamese Communism
VIET COM
Acceptance and implementation of communism into different aspects of Vietnamese society, with emphasis on the history of communism in Vietnam; the transformation of Vietnamese society into a socialist/communist society; the transformation processes and problems in some particular aspects, including arts, literature, social organizations, education and historical explanations. 3(3-0-9)
2015 740
Traditionalism, Revolution, and Consolidation in Cambodia
TRAD REV CONSO CAM
Conflicts between traditionalism and modernity in Cambodian internal politics; politics during the Cold War and its aftermath; revolution and government under the Khmer Rouge; Vietnamese politics within Cambodia; revolution and development of independence movements. 3(3-0-9)
2015 742
Myanmar as a Militaristic State
MYANMAR MILITAR
Bases of Myanmar politics; the military and struggle for independence; monarchicism and militarism; the military and the Myanmar way to socialism; the military, religion and politics in Myanmar; the Myanmar militaristic state in the age of globalization and the New World Order. 3(3-0-9)
2015 743
Buddhism and Spiritualism in Myanmar
BUD SPIRIT MYANMAR
Buddhism and spiritualism as the core of the Myanmar worldview; connection of Buddhism and spiritualism to the Myanmar way of life; the spheres of Buddhism and spiritualism in Myanmar society; current changes within Myanmar Buddhism and spiritualism. 3(3-0-9)
2015 744
External Impact and Cultural Integration in the Making of the Laotian State
IMP CUL INTE LAO
The Laotian State in regional politics; the inteference of external powers and the internal conflicts among the Lao elites of Luang Pra Bang, Vientiane and Champasak; Laos under French-colonial rule; the external impact duing the Cold War period; identity in diversity and the impact of interference from Thailand, Vietnam and the world powers both before and after World War II. 3(3-0-9)
2015 746
Islamic Tradition, Modernization and Race Relations in Malaysia
ISLAM MOD MALAY
Impacts of Islam on Malay cultural beliefs and society; the roles of Islam in modernization; alienation in social relationships in Malaysian society. 3(3-0-9)
2015 747
Current Research on Southeast Asia
CURRENT RES SEA
Interesting issues in current research on Southeast Asia. 3(3-0-9)
2015 748
Seminar on Southeast Asia
SEM SEA
Selected issues on Southeast Asia. 3(3-0-9)
2015 750
Individual Study
INDIV STUD
A specific topic of research according to each student's interest. 3(0-0-12)
2015 751
Directed Reading on Southeast Asia
DIR READ SEA
Supervised reading of assigned works in Southeast Asian Studies. 3(3-0-9)
2015 752
Special Topics on Southeast Asia
SPEC TOP SEA
Special topics on Southeast Asia 3(3-0-9)
2015 811
Thesis 12 credits
 
2015 755
Labor and Industrial Relations in Southeast Asia
LABOR IND REL SEA
The formation, development and current situation of trade union movements in relation to development of capitalism in Southeast Asia; socio-economic and cultural influences shape the direction and form of trade union struggle; comparative studies of trade union movements in this regions. 3(3-0-9)