South East Asian Societies - SE547

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
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6 15 (7.5)


SE301: Introduction to Social Anthropology or equivalent I level course





Over the course of twelve weeks this module provides students with a working knowledge of the ethnography of the countries of Southeast Asia and gives them the opportunity to discuss contemporary issues affecting the region. After being introduced to the places and peoples of the countries of Southeast Asia, students are directed to a study of agricultural and industrial developments, the political systems which exist at local and national levels, the importance of religious belief in everyday life, and issues of gender and power in the region.
Students should note that although this is an area course it is also an anthropological one and consequently students are urged to bring into their discussions in seminars and essays comparative material from other regions of the world to provide a dimension of cross-cultural analysis.
The emphasis of the module will be largely on Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand though the other countries of the region will receive frequent mention. Students are encouraged to introduce into discussions and essays reference to ethnographic examples from countries in the region in which they have an interest but which may not have received much attention in the lectures.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

There will be 12 weekly one-hour lectures and at least 8 two hour seminars. In addition students will be given a one-hour multiple choice test in the penultimate week of term.


This module contributes:
BA: Social Anthropology; Joint Honours; with a Language; with a Year Abroad

Method of assessment

Assessment is as follows: 100% coursework.

Indicative reading

Brenner, S.A. (1998) The Domestication of Desire: Women, Wealth and Modernity in Java. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press.

Cannell, F. (1999) Power and Intimacy in the Christian Philippines. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Leo Howe (2002) Hinduism and Hierarchy in Bali

V. King and W. Wilder (2003) The Modern Anthropology of South-East Asia

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

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