SEA-RELATED COURSES - 2020-2021

SEA-RELATED COURSES - 2020-2021

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
Erik Harms
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 378a Postwar Vietnam
Erik Harms
An introduction to the study of Vietnamese society since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975, with a focus on how economic and political changes intersect with cultural and social life. The historical challenges of postwar socialism, economic renovation, and the intersection of “market-oriented socialism” with class dynamics, urbanization, gender, health care, and ritual life.

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 371b Modern Indonesia
J. Joseph Errington
Political and cultural dynamics in contemporary Indonesia explored from historical and anthropological perspectives. Major ethnic groups, key historical dynamics, political culture, and interaction between modernization and traditional lifeways. Issues of ethnicity, gender, religion, and economy in situations of rapid social change.

ANTH 388/588b Politics of Culture in Southeast Asia
Erik Harms
An introduction to the study of Vietnamese society since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975, with a focus on how economic and political changes intersect with cultural and social life. The historical challenges of postwar socialism, economic renovation, and the intersection of “market-oriented socialism” with class dynamics, urbanization, gender, health care, and ritual life.

ANTH 541a, Agrarian Societies: Culture, Society, History, and Development (See also F&ES 753a /HIST 965a / PLSC 779a
Kalyanakrishnan Sivaramakrishnan, Marcela Echeverri Munoz, Elisabeth Wood
(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 561a Anthropology of th eGlobal Economy for Conservation and Development
Carol Carpenter
(some/partial Southeast Asian content)
This seminar explores topics in the anthropology of the global economy that are relevant to development and conservation policy and practice. The anthropological perspective on the global economy is unique and important. This course examines the topics that make up this perspective, including: using a single commodity to study the global economy, theorizing the transition to capitalism, the moral relation between economy and society, models for thinking about power in the global economy, articulations between rural households and the global economy, rural-urban relations in the global economy, the process of becoming a commodity, the commons debate, credit and debt, contracting and flexible accumulation, and the metrics and mobiles of globalization.

ANTH 597a   Social Science of Conservation and Development
Carol Carpenter
(some/partial Southeast Asian content)
This course is intended to provide a fundamental understanding of the social aspects involved in implementing conservation and sustainable development projects.  The course teaches you theory to improve practice.  Social science has two sorts of things to contribute to the practice of conservation and development.  First, it provides ways of thinking about, researching, and working with social relations, especially the role of politics and power in these relations.  Second, social science tackles the analysis of the knowledge systems that implicitly shape conservation and development policy and impinge on practice. The stance throughout will be on how these things shape the practice of conservation and sustainable development.  You will be reading my new book, Power in Conservation: Environmental Anthropology Beyond Political Ecology, alongside some of the readings that book analyzes.  The book covers the anthropology of conservation literature on politics and power outside political ecology.

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)

 
 
ETHNICITY, RACE & MIGRATION

ER&M 324/ WGSS 325 Asian Diasaporas
Quan Tran
(some/partial Southeast Asian content)
Examination of the diverse historical and contemporary experiences of people from East, South, and Southeast Asian ancestry living in the Americas, Australia, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. Organized thematically and comparative in scope, topics include labor migrations, community formations, chain migrations, transnational connections, intergenerational dynamics, interracial and ethnic relations, popular cultures, and return migrations.

 
 
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, Power, Knowledge, and the Environment: Social Science 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)
Kalyanakrishnan Sivaramakrishnan, Marcela Echeverri Munoz, Elisabeth Wood
(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
Kalyanakrishnan Sivaramakrishnan, Marcela Echeverri Munoz, Elisabeth Wood
(Some/partial Southeast Asian content)
See ANTH 541a for course description

 
 
HISTORY OF ART
 
HSAR 144 Arts of the Silk Road

Mimi Yiengpruksawan
(minor Southeast Asian content - Myanmar trade routes)
Introduction to the art history of the Silk Road regions, 200 BCE – 1200 CE, with emphasis on the intersection of local and global in visual practices from Kashgar to Nara and beyond. Emphasis on examples of Buddhist, Manichaean, Zoroastrian, Christian, and Islamic art in the context of transaction and exchange along the Silk Road network.

 

 

MUSIC
 

MUSI 232a/b, Central Javanese Gamelan Ensemble. 
Darsono
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 233b, Cultures and Performing Arts of Central Java
Darsono
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)

MUSI 237 / THST 288,  Dances from Indonesia
Maho Ishiguro
This interdisciplinary course combines intellectual engagement with the physical and sensational experience of moving our bodies and using subtle gestures in accordance with cultural practices particular to these two geographic and cultural areas, Central Java and Aceh, Indonesia. Students use the practice of traditional and contemporary dance repertoire from Indonesia as a way to experience cultures, history, politics, religions and aesthetics. Further, students engage with literature from the fields of dance studies, anthropology and ethnomusicology in order to contextualize their practice of subtle movements and gestures, and analyze the cultures, history, religions, and politics that surround their practices. By utilizing these two learning methods, we take a holistic approach to understanding dance as a way of carrying cultural knowledge. Topics explored include the history and localization of religions, concepts of “sacred,” aesthetics of royal courts in Java, gender and politics of bodies in regional dances, impacts of political history and cultural policy on arts, and dance and popular cultures in Muslim contexts. Javanese court dance repertoires examined and practiced in this courses contain subtle, delicate, deliberate and highly technical movements with a mostly stationary position. As for Acehnese dance repertoires, we focus on sitting dance forms where most of the movements are embodied through choreography using upper body, arms, hands and head. There will be a final virtual/hybrid performance, together with Yale Gamelan Ensemble at our end of semester concert.

 
 
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 offering tbd)

 
POLITICAL SCIENCE
 

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 130a and 140bIntermediate 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 220b  Introduction to Vietnamese Culture, Values, and Literature Quang Phu Van
Introduction to Vietnamese culture and values. Topics include cultural and national identity, aesthetics, the meaning of life, war, and death. Selected readings from Zen poems, folklore, autobiographies, and religious and philosophical writings. Course is taught in English and is an alternative to Western perspectives. Readings in translation. No previous knowledge of Vietnamese required. (This course can be applied towards the Humanities and Arts Yale College distributional requirement).

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 >>