nl en

Histories of Southeast Asia


Admission requirements

Admission to the MA Asian Studies or the MA International Relations. Other interested students may be admitted at the discretion of the co-ordinator, Prof.dr.David Henley. Please contact him if you are interested in taking this course, but are NOT a student of the MA Asian Studies or MA International Relations.


This course is offered in the form of a literature seminar surveying the current discourse on the history of Southeast Asia. A variety of approaches is covered by discussing authoritative texts concerning the pre-modern, colonial and post-colonial periods. Particular attention is given to the historiography of nation-building in Indonesia. Students take turns in briefly introducing the texts in class and choose a specific topic for individual research resulting in an essay of about 6,000 words.

Course objectives

Participants will gain a thorough understanding of the current discourse on history in Southeast Asia and are trained in critically examining key texts. Both oral and written presentations are required.


See time tables Asian Studies.

Mode of instruction


Attendance and active participation is mandatory.

Assessment method

  • Performance in class (1/3)

  • Final essay (2/3)

The final paper is written in two stages: a first version which will be commented on and a final version. Students who do not meet the deadline for the first version will loose the right to get comments and will only be graded based on their final version.

In order to pass the course, students must obtain an overall mark of 5.50 (=6) or higher.

The course is an integrated whole. The final examination and the assignments must be completed in the same academic year. No partial marks can be carried over into following years.



Reading list

Reading assignments will be announced at the first meeting.


Students are required to register through uSis. To avoid mistakes and problems, students are strongly advised to register in uSis through the activity number which can be found in the timetable in the column under the heading “Act.nbr.”.


Further information can be obtained from the lecturers:“Prof.dr. David Henley” and Dr. J.Thomas Lindblad.