Culture and Society of South East Asia
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A critical examination of ethnographic representations of South East Asia with reference to such topics as:
- ‘traditional’ and ‘modern’ villages and states,
- domination and resistance;
- religious practices,
- indigenous historical and biographical writings.
This course is available to students on degrees in MA Area Studies as a minor only.
Objectives and learning outcomes of the course
On successful completion of the course, a student will:
- Have acquired a basic knowledge of the anthropology of Southeast Asia and of the complexities and diversity that characterise the societies and cultures of this region.
- Be able to identify and evaluate critically key approaches/theories related to the production of anthropological knowledge related to this region.
- Have acquired a deeper knowledge of selected themes and topics such as power, gender, violence, syncretism, etc.
- Be able to reflect critically on and account for the advantages and disadvantages of the regionalisation of anthropological knowledge as applied to this particular area.
- Be able to compare across different societies and cultures belonging to this region.
Method of assessment
The written exam will count for 60%. 2 pieces of coursework will count for 40% (20% each) towards the final mark.