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History: South and South-East Asia

Vak 2018-2019

Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies programme.
Limited places are also open for exchange students.
Please note: this course takes place in The Hague. Traveling between University buildings from Leiden to The Hague may take about 45 minutes.

Description

This course provides a broad overview of the histories of South and Southeast Asia, with an emphasis on the period since 1945. It sketches the shared precolonial heritage and the effects of European domination and Western capitalism, exploring how peoples and communities both resisted and accommodated these forces. The partition of India, and the decolonization of Indonesia and Indochina, are analyzed as foundational moments for the new political orders emerging in the mid-twentieth century. The course addresses the dynamics of economic development in South and Southeast Asia during the subsequent decades, together with the myriad social and political problems - ranging from governmental abuse of human rights, to violent anti-government insurgencies - that have accompanied the growing prosperity enjoyed in many countries. We conclude by assessing how ideals of democracy, plurality and secularism are currently being reinterpreted and renegotiated in South and Southeast Asia.

Course objectives

The student has:

  • Acquired knowledge and understanding of history, its processes, structure, actors, factors, and events, and has familiarised him- / herself with the academic understanding of history and the history specific to the chosen area, with an emphasis on the last two centuries.
    Furthermore, the student has acquired a basic understanding of the theories used in the field of History and those with specific relevance to the Area History.
    Finally the student has acquired basic research skills, which he/she has put into practice for the first time in the shape of a small individual research project.
  • Acquired knowledge and understanding of the concepts and conceptual structures relevant for the study of history from an area perspective, i.e. local, national, regional but also transnational and from a comparative, international, and global perspective.
  • A basic understanding of the methodologies used in the field of History. Both the methods and theories will be explained and activated through exercises based on the handbook common to all Area History courses and used for the overall History track in the programme. Robert Williams, The Historian's Toolbox; A Student's Guide to the Theory and Craft of History will be the common frame of reference. The student will make a first attempt to put into practice one relevant method in an individual research project.

Timetable

The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website.

Mode of instruction

Lectures

Lectures are held every week, with the exception of the midterm exam week. Weekly lectures will cover issues both inside and outside the readings.

Tutorials

Tutorials are held once every two weeks, with the exception of the midterm exam week. Attending all tutorial sessions is compulsory. If you are unable to attend a session, please inform your tutor in advance. Being absent at more than two of the tutorial sessions will result in a lowering of your tutorial grade (30% of the end grade) with 1 point for each session missed after the first two sessions. Please note that being absent at any tutorial session may have a negative impact on the grade of the assignment due for that particular tutorial session. This is at the discretion of the tutor.

Course Load

Total course load for this course is 5 EC (1 EC = 28 hours), which equals 140 hours, broken down by:

  • Attending lectures: 24 hours
  • Attending tutorials: 12 hours
  • Assessment hours (exams): 4 hours
  • Study of compulsory literature (approximately 7 pages / hour): 64 hours
  • Completing assignments, preparing for classes and exams: 36 hours

Assessment method

Assessment

  • Midterm Exam:
    Written examination with 6 short essay questions
  • Final Exam:
    Written examination with 6 short essay questions

Weighing

Partial grade Weighing
Tutorials 30%
Midterm Exam 30%
Final Exam 40%

End Grade

To successfully complete the course, please take note of the following:

  • The end grade of the course is established by determining the weighted average of Tutorial grade, Midterm Exam grade, and Final Exam grade.
  • The weighted average of the Midterm Exam grade and the Final Exam grade needs to be 5.5 or higher.
  • This means that failing Exam grades cannot be compensated with a high Tutorial grade.

Resit

If the end grade is insufficient (lower than a 6.0), or the weighted average of Midterm- and Final Exams is lower than 5.5, there is a possibility of retaking the full 70% of the exam material, replacing both the earlier Midterm- and Final Exam grades. No resit for the tutorial is possible.
Please note that if the Resit Exam grade is lower than 5.5, you will not pass the course, regardless of the tutorial grade.

Retaking a passing grade

Please consult the Course and Examination Regulations 2018 – 2019.

Exam review

How and when an exam review takes place will be determined by the examiner. This review will be within 30 days after official publication of exam results.

Blackboard

Blackboard will be used for tutorial groups. Students are requested to enroll on Blackboard, but only after correct enrolment in uSis.

Reading list

  • Crispin Bates, Subalterns and Raj: South Asia since 1600. London: Routledge, 2007.
  • Anthony Reid, A History of Southeast Asia. Critical Crossroads, Wiley Blackwell 2015.
  • Additional course reading material will be indicated by the lecturers, and will be posted on Blackboard in .pdf format.

Registration

  • Enrolment through uSis for Tutorials and Lectures is mandatory.
  • Students will be enrolled for Exams by the Administration Office, as long as they have a valid Tutorial enrolment.

  • General information about uSis is available here.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.

Contact

Prof.dr. N.K. Wickramasinghe
Prof.dr. D.E.F. Henley

When contacting lecturers or tutors, please include your full name, student number, and tutorial group number.