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Department of the Languages and Cultures of South East Asia

Jawi and the Malay Manuscript Tradition (Masters)

Course Code:
15PSEH006
Status:
Course Not Running 2014/2015
Unit value:
0.5
Taught in:
Term 1
This course is an introduction the reading of Malay texts in the Jawi script both printed and handwritten.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

By the end of the course students will be able to read simple manuscript texts. Students will develop an awareness of the various philological issues involved in the study and editing of manuscripts. They will also develop an understanding of the various writing systems in Indonesia, and the various writing materials used across the archipelago. Students will develop an awareness of the key genres found in the various manuscript traditions of the archipelago, and the development and transformation of these genres with the emergence of lithograph and typographical production. The course aims to continue to develop students' written and oral skills of presentation. In particular they will learn to use primary textual examples to backup arguments and hypotheses. Students will develop experience and knowledge of the various Indonesian/Malay bibliographic and other library resources. Students will have gained introductory knowledge about the issues of illumination and other decorative arts in the manuscript traditions of the archipelago.

Workload

A total of 11 weeks teaching with 3 hours classroom contact per week.

Method of assessment

One two hour examination taken in May/June (60%); one essay of 4,000 words to be submitted on day 1, week 1 of the following term.

Suggested reading

A comprehensive reading list for this course will be supplied by the convenor at the beginning of the course.