SEA-RELATED COURSES - 2021-2022

SEA-RELATED COURSES - 2021-2022

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  Modern Southeast Asia
Erik Harms
This course offers a comprehensive introduction to the extraordinary diversity of Southeast Asian peoples, cultures, and political economy. Broadly focused on the nation-states that have emerged since the end of World War II (Brunei, Burma [Myanmar], Cambodia, Indonesia, East Timor, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam), the course explores the benefits and limits to a regional perspective. Crossing both national and disciplinary boundaries, the course introduces students to key elements of Southeast Asian geography, history, language and literature, belief systems, marriage and family, music, art, agriculture, industrialization and urbanization, politics and government, ecological challenges, and economic change. In addition to providing a broad and comparative survey of “traditional” Southeast Asia, the course places special emphasis on the intellectual and practical challenges associated with modernization and development, highlighting the ways different Southeast Asian nations contend with the forces of globalization. The principle readings include key works from a multidisciplinary range of fields covering anthropology, art, economics, geography, history, literature, music, and political science. No prior knowledge of Southeast Asia is expected.

ANTH 388/588b Politics of Culture in Southeast Asia
Erik Harms
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 371/571a 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 409a - Climate and Society from Past to Present (See also EVST 422; ER&M 392; ENV 422)
Michael R. Dove
(some/partial Southeast Asian content)
Seminar on the major traditions of thought regarding climate, climate change, and society, drawing largely on the social sciences and humanities. Section I, introduction to the course. Section II, disaster: the social origins of disaster; and the attribution of societal “collapse” to extreme climatic events. Section III, causality: climatic perturbation as revelatory; the politics of weather/climate control; and 19th-20th century theories of environmental determinism. Section IV, history and culture: explaining differences among people in terms of differences in climate; and western vs non-western views of climate. Section V, knowledge: folk knowledge of climate; and local views of climatic perturbation and change. Section VI, politics: climatic change and perturbation in national politics; and contesting global views of climate change. The goal of the course is to clarify the historical, cultural, and political drivers of climate.

ANTH 541a, Agrarian Societies: Culture, Society, History, and Development (See also ENV 753a /HIST 965a / PLSC 779a
Kalyanakrishnan Sivaramakrishnan, Marcela Echeverri Munoz
(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, Power, Knowledge and the Environment (See also ENV 520a
Michael R. Dove
(Substantial Southeast Asian content)
Course on the social scientific contributions to environmental and natural resource issues, emphasizing equity, politics, and knowledge. Section I, introduction to the course. Section II, disaster and environmental perturbation: the social science of emerging diseases; and the social origins of disaster.  Section III, boundaries: cost and benefit in the Green Revolution; riverine restoration; and aspirational infrastructure.  Section IV, methods: working within development projects, and rapid appraisal and consultancies.  Section V, local communities, resources, and (under)development: representing the poor, development discourse, and indigenous peoples and knowledge. This is a core M.E.M. specialization course in YSE, and a core course in the combined YSE/Anthropology doctoral degree program.  Enrollment capped.

ANTH 796b, Biopolitics of Human-Nonhuman Relations. Seminar on post-humanism and multi-species ethnography.  (See also ENV 796b)
Michael R. Dove
(Substantial Southeast Asian content)
Seminar on the “post-humanist” turn toward multispecies ethnography. Section I, introduction to the course.  Section II, the ontological turn: multispecies ethnography; and ecology and human consciousness; Section III, fauna: human-animal conflict?; hunting and politics; and the bushmeat ‘crisis’.  Section IV, flora: ‘weedy/invasive/pest’ species; and ethnobotany.  Section V, the long and broad view: the history of natural history; and the classics.  Section VI, class contributions: student-selected readings; student presentations of seminar papers; and lecture by teaching fellow.  Enrollment capped.

 

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

 
 
SCHOOL OF THE ENVIRONMENT
 

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

ENV 520a, Power, Knowledge, and the Environment: Social Science Theory and Method (See ANTH 581a)
Michael R. Dove
(Substantial Southeast Asian content)

ENV 753a, Agrarian Societies: Culture, Society, History, and Development (see See ANTH 541a)
Kalyanakrishnan Sivaramakrishnan, Marcela Echeverri Munoz, Elisabeth Wood
(Some/partial Southeast Asian content)

ENV 796b Biopolitics of Human-Nonhuman Relations. Seminar on post-humanism and multi-species ethnography.
(See ANTH 796b)
Michael R. Dove
(Substantial Southeast Asian content)

 
 
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 351b, Southeast Asian Refugee Histories and Experiences
Quan Tran
This multi-disciplinary seminar explores the historical and contemporary experiences of Southeast Asian refugees living in the United States. The course examines the historical contexts that created Southeast Asian refugee diasporas and community formations in the US as well as contemporary social, political, cultural, and economic issues concerning these communities. Organized thematically, this course is comparative in scope as it addresses topics such as: colonialism, imperialism, war, nation-building, global capitalism, migration experiences, resettlement, intergenerational dynamics, interracial/ethnic relations, and knowledge and cultural production.

 

 
FILM AND MEDIA STUDIES
 

FILM 352b, Southeast Asia Cinema
Qui Ha Nguyen
This course introduces lesser‐known cinemas from Southeast Asian countries such as Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. Course materials and class discussions will examine how Southeast Asian cinema emphasizes the historical complexity of the region, its ethnic and cultural diversity, and the rapid social changes. Major intersecting themes include identity, gender, ethnicity, colonialism, postcolonialism, memory and trauma, labor migration, and globalization. The course will examine two interrelated dimensions of cinema as an aesthetic medium (the visual‐sound and narrative styles of each film) and as an industrial practice (the local and global context of film productions). By examining these dimensions, it will help students understand Southeast Asian film traditions as integral parts of global film culture and in doing so redefine the concept of national cinemas in the context of transnationalism and globalization.

 
 
HISTORY
 

HIST 965a Agrarian Societies: Culture, Society, History, and Development
Kalyanakrishnan Sivaramakrishnan, Marcela Echeverri Munoz
(Some/partial Southeast Asian content)
See ANTH 541a for course description

 
 

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)

 
 
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.
Kalyanakrishnan Sivaramakrishnan, Marcela Echeverri Munoz
(some/partial Southeast Asian content)

 


SOUTHEAST ASIAN LANGUAGE STUDIES

 
BURMESE
 

BURM 110a and 120bElementary Burmese I and II   (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 180b Advanced Indonesian: Research and Creative Project on Indonesia. Dinny Risri Aletheiani
Continuation of INDN 170. 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 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.  Dinny Risri Aletheiani, 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

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.

 

See also Summer Language Study Abroad >