ASIAN 348 - Humanities Topics in Southeast Asian Studies
Fall 2021, Section 001 - Living Socialism: Vietnamese History and Society through Literature and Films
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
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Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
At least one prior course on Southeast Asia. Students are not permitted to elect the same topic twice.
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This course explores the historically diverse meanings of socialism by introducing you to a socialist system in practice. By looking specifically at Vietnam, it trains you to think critically about socialism in one of its historical contexts. The key questions we ask throughout this course include how Vietnam ended up becoming a socialist country, and to what extent socialism (and communism) defines Vietnamese society and culture today. We will look at the deep history of the emergence of the Vietnamese nation, touching upon themes of state expansion, ethnic oppression, and environmental extraction. Course materials specifically make use of literature and films, arguing that these means of communication better reveal social changes in Vietnam, a country rich in tradition, yet open to change.

Class Format:

One 3-hour meeting weekly


ASIAN 348 - Humanities Topics in Southeast Asian Studies
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001 (SEM)
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