SEAS 215 - Contemporary Social Issues in Southeast Asia
Section: 001
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Southeast Asian Studies (SEAS)
Department: LSA II: SE Asian Studies
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Southeast Asia ranks among the most highly diverse regions of the world. Situated between South Asia and East Asia, traversed by Chinese, Arab, and other maritime traders, colonized by five European colonial powers, mostly occupied by Japan during World War II, then caught up often violently in the conflicts of the cold war, Southeast Asia’s ethnic, cultural, religious, geographic, and political complexity draws scholars from wide-ranging fields. The eleven countries of contemporary Southeast Asia provide ample opportunity to study: ethnic and religious conflict; nationalism and the postcolonial nation-state; military rule, communist rebellions, secessionist movements, post-socialism, democratization, and religious revivalism including Islamist terrorism; rapid urbanization, globalization, and economic and technological change and their human and environmental costs and a variety of artistic, cultural, and political responses to them; human, women’s and children’s rights; and public health issues such as AIDS. This course provides both a general introduction to Southeast Asia and an opportunity to introduce students to the multifaceted interests and current research of U-M faculty working in the region. After several introductory historical lectures by the coordinating instructor, the remainder of the course will consist of a series of guest lectures by U-M social science, humanities, and professional school faculty, graduate students, and visiting scholars on a range of topics such as those mentioned above. Presentations, readings and class assignments are designed to form a cohesive whole. The lectures will be interactive, with sufficient time for discussion and in-class projects.

Intended audience: Lower-level undergraduates from across the University: LSA, School of Business, Ford School, School of Natural Resources, etc.

Course Requirements: Three in-class tests, a final paper, in-class projects, participation in discussion, attendance in class, short reading assignments with reflections and questions.

SEAS 215 - Contemporary Social Issues in Southeast Asia
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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