SEA-RELATED COURSES - 2019-2020

SEA-RELATED COURSES - 2019-2020

Although Yale does not offer a degree in Southeast Asia Studies, for those students interested in this area of specialization, the courses below are fully, substantially, or partially Southeast Asian in content.

Course numbers: 001-499 undergrad *; 500-800 graduate; a/b - fall/spring


 
ANTHROPOLOGY
 
 

ANTH 244a, Social Change in Contemporary Southeast Asia
Eve Zucker
This course examines a number of significant forms of social change occurring in Southeast Asia in recent years. Fueled by new digital technologies; environmental change; globalized economies, politics, human rights, and religion—Southeast Asia is experiencing a rapid transformation. Some of these changes are visible such as the ubiquitous use of mobile phones, transformed city skylines, rampant deforestation, and changing infrastructure. However, some are less visible such as the forced evacuations of the poor from urban centers, increasing state surveillance, and new forms of relationships between people and places enabled through digital communications. Topics include migration, politics and political activism, urban development, environmentalism, labor, violence, religion, popular culture, gender, and relationships. Principle readings include key works from a range of disciplines and represent a number of Southeast Asian nations. The course includes a visual component through a number of in class film screenings.

ANTH 388/588a, The Politics of Culture in Southeast Asia
Eve Zucker
The promotion of national culture as part of political and economic agendas in Southeast Asia.  Cultural and political diversity as a method for maintaining a country’s cultural difference in a global world.

ANTH 406a, Rivers: Nature and Politics (see also EVST 424 / PLSC 420)
James Scott
(Some/partial Southeast Asian content)
The natural history of rivers and river systems and the politcs surrounding the efforts of states to manages and engineer them.  (permission of instructor required)

ANTH 409a - Climate and Society from Past to Present (See also EVST 422; ER&M 392; F&ES 422)
Michael R. Dove
(some/partial Southeast Asian content)
Discussion of the major currents of thought—both historic and contemporary—regarding climate, climate change, and society; focusing on the politics of knowledge and belief vs disbelief; and drawing on the social sciences and anthropology in particular.

ANTH 539b Urban Ethnography of Asia
Erik Harms
(Substantial Southeast Asian content)
Introduction to the anthropological study of contemporary Asian cities. Focus on new ethnographies about cities in East, Southeast, and South Asia. Topics include rural-urban migration, redevelopment, evictions, social movements, land grabbing, master-planned developments, heritage preservation, utopian aspirations, social housing, slums and precariousness, and spatial cleansing.

ANTH 541a, Agrarian Societies: Culture, Society, History, and Development (See also F&ES 753a /HIST 965a / PLSC 779a
James Scott, Elisabeth Wood, Peter Purdue
(Some/partial Southeast Asian content)
An interdisciplinary examination of agrarian societies, contemporary and historical, Western and non-Western. Major analytical perspectives from anthropology, economics, history, political science, and environmental studies are used to develop a meaning-centered and historically-grounded account of the transformation of rural societies. Four-hour lecture-plus-discussion. (open to undergraduates with special permission)

ANTH 581a, Society and Environment: Introduction to Theory and Method (See also F&ES 520)
Michael R. Dove
(Substantial Southeast Asian content)
An introductory graduate core course on the scope of social scientific contributions to environmental and natural resource issues. Section I presents an overview of the field and course. Section II deals with the way that environmental problems are initially framed. Case studies focus on placing problems in their wider political context, new approaches to uncertainty and failure, and the importance of how the analytical boundaries to resource systems are drawn. Section III focuses on questions of method, including the dynamics of working within development projects, and the art of rapid appraisal and short-term consultancies. Section IV is concerned with local peoples and the environment, with case studies addressing myths of tropical forest use and abuse development discourse, and with the question of indigenous peoples and knowledge.

ANTH ____b Human-Animal Relations: New Anthropological Approaches to the Nonhuman (See also F&ES 796b)
Michael R. Dove
(some/partial Southeast Asian content)
Advanced seminar on the “post-humanist” turn toward multispecies ethnography. Section I, introduction to the course; and “sacred cows.” Section II, theory and practice of multispecies ethnography; the question of human consciousness; and the tradition of natural history studies. Section III, current work on human-animal relations: wildlife conflict; biopower/biopolitics; hunting and mimesis; colonial/postcolonial politics. Section IV, presentations by the students and teaching fellow. One other class is devoted to student selections of influential current literature; and there are two guest lectures by prominent scholars in the field. Enrollment capped.
Prerequisite: F&ES 520/ANTH 581, F&ES 838/ANTH 517, or F&ES 839/ANTH 597.

951a or b Directed Research in Ethnology & Social Anthropology
952a or b Directed Research in Linguistics

 
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
 

EVST 422a, Climate and Society from Past to Present (See ANTH 409a)
Michael R. Dove
(Some/partial Southeast Asian content)
 

EVST 424a, Rivers: Nature and Politics (See ANTH 406a)
James Scott
(Some/partial Southeast Asian content)

 
 
FORESTRY AND ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
 

F&ES 422a, Climate and Society from Past to Present (See ANTH 409a)
Michael R. Dove
(Some/partial Southeast Asian content)

F&ES 520a, Society and Environment: Introduction to Theory and Method (See ANTH 581a)
Michael R. Dove
(Substantial Southeast Asian content)

F&ES 753a, Agrarian Societies: Culture, Society, History, and Development (see See ANTH 541a)
James Scott, Elisabeth Wood, Peter Purdue
(Some/partial Southeast Asian content)
 

F&ES 796b Human-Animal Relations: New Anthropological Approaches to the Nonhuman (See ANTH ___)
Michael R. Dove
(some/partial Southeast Asian content)
 

 

 
HISTORY
 

HIST 382J,  Vietnamese History from Earliest Times to 1920
Ben Kiernan,
Evolution of a Vietnamese national identity, from Chinese colonization to medieval statehood, to French conquest and capitalist development. The roles of Confucianism, Buddhism, gender, and ethnicity in the Southeast Asian context.

HIST 980a, Genocide in History and Theory
Ben Kiernan
(Some/partial Southeast Asian content - Cambodia; East Timor)
Comparative research and analysis of genocidal occurrences around the world from ancient times to the present; theories and case studies; an interregional, interdisciplinary perspective. Readings and discussion, guest speakers, research paper.

HIST 965a Agrarian Societies: Culture, Society, History, and Development
James Scott,  Elisabeth Wood
(Some/partial Southeast Asian content)
See ANTH 541a for course description

 
 
HISTORY OF ART
 

HSAR 143a, Introduction to the History of Art: Buddhist Art and Architecture, 900 to 1600
Mimi Yiengpruksawan
(Substantial Southeast Asian content)
Buddhist art adn architecture of East Asia, Southeast Asia, and Tibet from the tenth century to the early modern period.  Emphasis on cross-regional engagements including the impact of Islam. (This course can be applied towards the Humanities and Arts Yale College distributional requirement)

 

 

MUSIC
 

MUSI 232a/b, Central Javanese Gamelan Ensemble.  Maho Ishiguro
An introduction to performing the orchestral music of central Java and to the theoretical, cultural and aesthetic discourses of the gamelan tradition.  Student form the nucleus of a gamelan ensemble that consists primarily of tuned gongs and metallophones.  The course culminates in a public performance by the ensemble at the end of the semester.  No previous musical experience required. This class also requires students to explore cultural background of gamelan tradition through reading articles and watching films and discussions in class. (permission of instructor required; meets during reading period)
See also, Yale Gamelan Suprabanggo

MUSI 275a  Music Cultures of Asia
Maho Ishiguro
(Substantial Southeast Asian content)
This course explores various music cultures and practices from four regions of Asia—South Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia and Central Asia. Music cultures of each region are examined through regionally specific concepts related to music and sound, such as rhythm and movements, religion and rituals, nature of notation and environmental soundscape, in addition to the general studies of traditional and contemporary practices of music making and related performing arts. Engaging with a range of theoretical perspectives and case studies of music-making cultures, the class reflects on the corporeal and sensory aspects of music performance and perception, the nature of learning and transmission, the intersection of music making practice with the environment and technologies, and the ways in which the music cultures are entangled with the physical, social, spiritual and political forces that shape our lives. This course includes lectures, active class discussion, hands-on practice of music making, and occasional performance demonstration by guest lecturers. This course aims to equip students with skills in informed listening of various musical languages, raise awareness of cultural processes constructed through music, and provide students with aural and analytical means to recognize and appreciate a wide variety of sonic repertoires and practices of music making cultures in Asia.

MUSI 233b, Cultures and Performing Arts of Central Java

Maho Ishiguro
This course explores how music and theatre traditions engage with culture, history, and tradition of performing arts in central Java with a particular focus on the role of the gamelan ensemble. Students gain first-hand experience in Javanese Wayang theater, a traditional shadow puppet performance in which the gamelan serves as a musical accompanist. This course is designed to not only give performative and practical experience of central Javanese gamelan in the traditional style, but also presents opportunities for students to examine cultural and historical aspects of the shadow puppetry tradition and gamelan music in central Java. We focus specifically on 1) the musical language and structure of central Javanese gamelan music in the context of shadow puppetry performance, 2) the historical tradition and practice of shadow puppetry, and 3) livelihood of traditional performing arts in contemporary sociocultural and religious contexts. (Prerequisite: MUSI 232 or permission of the instructor)

 

 
PHILOSOPHY
 

*PHIL 210(summer) Eastern Philosophy. Quang Phu Van
(Substantial Southeast Asian content)
An Introduction to Eastern philosophy through the study of philosophical and religious texts. Topics include reality and illusion, knowledge, self, right and wrong, nonattachment, meditation, aesthetics, meaning of life, and death. (summer 2017 offering)

 
POLITICAL SCIENCE
 

PLSC 420, Rivers: Nature and Politics (See ANTH 406a for description)
James Scott
(some/partial Southeast Asian content)

PLSC 779a Agarian Societies: Culture, Society, History, and Development. See ANTH 541a for description.
James Scott, Elizabeth Wood, Peter Purdue
(some/partial Southeast Asian content)

 


SOUTHEAST ASIAN LANGUAGE STUDIES

 
BURMESE
 

BURM 110a and 120bElementary Burmese I and II   (Yu Yu Khaing, Cornell University)
SCI Class - taught via videoconference.  These courses aim to train students to achieve basic skills in Burmese. Students will learn basic spoken Burmese, and will also develop competency in reading and writing Burmese script.

 
INDONESIAN
 

(Click on -> Indonesian Language Studies at Yale)
Courses at the elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels (110-180) are open to both graduate and undergraduate students. Graduate students should consult with their home departments regarding course credit.

INDN 110a and 120b, Elementary Indonesian I and II. Indriyo Sukmono
An introductory course in standard Indonesian with emphasis on developing communicative skills through systematic survey of grammar and graded exercises. Introduction to reading in the second term, leading to mastery of language patterns, essential vocabulary, and basic cultural competence. 1.5 Course cr

INDN 130a and 140b, Intermediate Indonesian I and II. Dinny Risri Aletheiani
Continued practice in colloquial Indonesian conversation and reading and discussion of texts. (After INDN 120 or equivalent) 1.5 Course cr

INDN 150a or 150b, Advanced Indonesian I. Indriyo Sukmono, Dinny Risri Aletheiani
Development of speaking, listening, writing, and grammar skills to an advanced level. A semi-directed study in which the focus of the course depends on the research interests of the students.
Prerequisite: INDN 140 or equivalent.

INDN 160b, Advanced Indonesian II. Indriyo Sukmono
Continued development of advanced level fluency. Prerequisite: INDN 150 or equivalent and permission of the instructor.

INDN 170a Advanced Indonesian: Special Topics. Dinny Risri Aletheiani
Continuation of INDN 160. Students advance their communicative competence in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Use of Indonesian book chapters, Web pages, printed and electronic articles, social networking posts, newsgroups, and letters.

INDN 180b, Research and Creative Project on Indonesia. Dinny Risri Aletheiani
Continuation of INDN 170. Expansion of communicative competence through completion of research projects: weekly oral and written presentations, journal, and final research paper.

INDN 470a/471b, Independent Tutorial. Dinny Risri Aletheiani
For undergraduate students with advanced Indonesian language skills who wish to engage in concentrated reading and research on material not otherwise offered in courses. The work must be supervised by an adviser and must terminate in a term paper or its equivalent. (Pre-requisites: completion of Advanced Indonesian, Permission of instructor/submission of project proposal)

INDN 560 a/b, Readings in Indonesian. Indriyo Sukmono
For graduate students with advanced Indonesian language skills preparing for academic performance and/or research purposes. (Prerequisite: INDN 560 or equivalent; permission of the instructor)

 
KHMER
 

KHMR 110a and 120bElementary Khmer I and II (Hannah Phan, Cornell University)
SCI Class - taught via videoconference. Basic structures of modern standard Cambodian introduced through the integration of communicative practice, reading, writing, and listening comprehension. Introduction to Khmer society and culture. Course taught through distance learning using videoconferencing technology from Cornell University. Enrollment limited; interested students should e-mail minjin.hashbat@yale.edu for more information.

KHMR 130a and 140b, Intermediate Khmer I and II  (Hannah Phan, Cornell University)
SCI Class - taught via videoconference.  Students communicate in day-to-day conversation using complex questions and answers. The course focuses on reading, writing, speaking, and listening to Khmer words, long sentences, and texts. The course also emphasizes grammar, sentence structure and using words correctly. Course taught through distance learning using videoconferencing technology from Cornell University. Enrollment limited; interested students should e-mail minjin.hashbat@yale.edu for more information. Prerequisites: KHMR 120/130 or equivalent.

 
VIETNAMESE LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE
 

(Click on -> Vietnamese Studies at Yale)
Courses at the elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels (110-180) are open to both graduate and undergraduate students. Graduate students should consult with their home departments regarding course credit.

VIET 110a and 120b, Elementary Vietnamese I and II. Quang Phu Van
Students acquire basic working ability in Vietnamese including sociocultural knowledge. Attention paid to integrated skills such as speaking, listening, writing (Roman script), and reading. No previous knowledge of or experience with Vietnamese language required.

VIET 132a and 142b: Accelerated Vietnamese I and II Quang Phu Van
Courses follow a community-based language model designed for heritage students or speakers who comprehend and speak informal Vietnamese on topics related to everyday situations but do not read or write Vietnamese. Study of interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communicative modes, as well as standard foreign language education (communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities). Students will engage with Vietnamese American communities in New Haven and beyond.
(Permission of instructor required)

VIET 150a, Advanced Vietnamese. Quang Phu Van
Aims to enable students to achieve greater fluency and accuracy in the language beyond the intermediate level and to solidify reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Topics will include social, economic, and cultural practices, gender issues, notions of power, taboo, etc. Prerequisite: VIET 140 or equivalent.

VIET 470a / 471b, Independent Tutorial Quang Phu Van
For undergraduate students with advanced Vietnamese language skills who wish to engage in concentrated reading and research on material not otherwise offered in courses. The work must be supervised by an adviser and must terminate in a term paper or its equivalent. (Permission of instructor/submission of project proposal)

VIET 570b Readings in Vietnamese Quang Phu Van
For graduate students with advanced Vietnamese language skills who wish to engage in concentrated reading and research.

 


STUDY ABROAD OPPORTUNITIES
 

  *Yale undergraduates seeking CREDIT for approved non-Yale summer or term abroad courses must apply through the Yale Center for International Experience (CIPE) - see CIPE website for list of currently approved programs. Applications to receive credit for non-listed summer programs can also be submitted - > CLICK HERE for information.  All applications must be submitted prior to enrollment, and by the required application deadline.  See also, Yale credit transfer terms and requirements.


Programs below are Coordinated by Yale Study Abroad, Yale Center for International Experience. Approved for Yale College credit.

 

ACADEMIC YEAR

CET Vietnam: Development Studies
Wide-lens perspective on development in Southeast Asia by exploring topics that are relevant to all developing nations—environmental degradation, public health infrastructure, economic inequality, the effects of war.

International Sustainable Development Studies Institute (ISDSI)
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Academically challenging and intensely experiential, ISDSI courses are expeditions into the cultures and ecology of Thailand. Each course is focused on understanding sustainable development and is designed in collaboration with local communities.

SIT Indonesia: Arts, Religion, and Social Change
Bedulu, Indonesia
Examine the important roles played by Indonesia’s six officially recognized religions and the arts in shaping sociocultural discourses in Bali and Java. This program, based in Bali, blends contemporary culture and politics with rich cultural traditions in the arts and religion.

SIT Vietnam: Culture, Social Change and Development (academic year - University of Economics, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam).
Academic studies followed by service learning field project - examine Vietnam’s traditional culture and value systems as well as the country’s more recent economic, social, and environmental change.
Apply through >Yale Center for International Experience.

 

SUMMER

CET Vietnam: Development Studies Summer
Wide-lens perspective on development in Southeast Asia by exploring topics that are relevant to all developing nations—environmental degradation, public health infrastructure, economic inequality, the effects of war.

 

See also Summer Language Study Abroad >>