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SEA-RELATED COURSES 2015-2016

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 - spring/fall
 *Summer Abroad in Singapore is a Yale Summer Session course open to both graduate and undergraduate students.


ANTHROPOLOGY

ANTH 201b Postwar Vietnam
Erik Harms
Vietnamese society since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. Focus on the effect of economic and political changes on cultural and social life. The challenges of postwar socialism; economic renovation; the intersection of market-oriented socialism with class dynamics, urbanization, gender, health care, and ritual life.

ANTH 382a Envirnomental ANthropology: From Historic Origins to Current Debates
(also F&ES 384a / EVST 345a)
Michael R. Dove
(Some/partial Southeast Asian content)
Seminar on the history of the anthropological study of the environment. Readings pair historic with contemporary studies, and special attention is paid to current debates regarding human environmental relations. Although designed for undergraduates, graduate students are welcome with the instructor's permission. Two-hour lecture/seminar (3 credits).

ANTH 388b/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 406a, Rivers: Nature and Politics (also EVST 424a / PLSC 420a)
James Scott
(Some / partial Southeast Asian content)
The natural history of rivers and river systems and the politics surrounding the efforts of states to manage and engineer them. (permission of instructor required)

ANTH 541a, Agrarian Societies: Culture, Society, History, and Development (See also F&ES 753a /HIST 965a / PLSC 779a)
James Scott, Kalyanakrishnan Sivaramakrishnan, 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 520a
Michael R. Dove
(Some/partial Southeast Asian content)
This is an introductory course on the scope of social scientific contributions to environmental and natural resource issues. There will be two guest lectures and one combined lecture by the teaching fellows, all of whom are exciting young scholars. No prerequisites. This is a 'Foundation' course in F&ES, a 'Core' course in the joint F&ES/Anthropology doctoral degree program, and a prerequisite for F&ES 869b/ANTH572b. Three-hour lecture/seminar.

ANTH 572b, Disaster, Degradation, Dystopia: Social Science Approaches to Environmental Perturbation and Change (See also F&ES 869b)
Michael R. Dove
(Substantial Southeast Asian content)
This is an advanced seminar on the long tradition of social science scholarship on environmental perception, perturbation, and disaster, the relevance of which has been heightened by the current global attention to climate change. (Prerequisite: F&ES 520a/ANTH 581a, F&ES 838a/ANTH517a, or F&ES 839a/ANTH597a) Enrollment is capped.

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



ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

EVST 384a, Environmental ANthropology: From Historic Origins to Current Debates
(See ANTH 382a for description)
Michael R. Dove
(Some/partial Southeast Asian content)

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




FORESTRY AND ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

FES 384a Environmental Anthropology: From Historic Origins to Current Debates
Michael R. Dove
See ANTH 409a for course description
(Some/partial Southeast Asian content)

F&ES 753a, Agrarian Societies: Culture, Society, History, and Development
James Scott, Kalyanakrishnan Sivaramakrishnan, Peter Purdue
(Some/partial Southeast Asian content)
See ANTH 541a for course description

F&ES 520a, Society and Environment: Introduction to Theory and Method
See ANTH 581a for course description
Michael R. Dove
(Some/partial Southeast Asian content)

F&ES 869b, Disaster Degradation, Dystopia: Social Science Approaches to Environmental Perturbation and Change (See ANTH 572b for description)
Michael R. Dove
(Substantial Southeast Asian content)

HISTORY

HIST 382a, Vietnamese History form Earliest Times 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. Permission of instructor required.

HIST 323b, Southeast Asia since 1900 Ben Kiernan
Comparative colonialism, nationalism, revolution, and independence in modern
Southeast Asia. Topics include Indonesia and the Dutch, Indochina under French rule,
the United States in the Philippines and Vietnam, Buddhism in Burma and Thailand,
communist and peasant movements, and the Cambodian revolution and its regional
repercussions.

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

HIST 895b, Twentieth-Century Vietnam (graduate seminar)
Ben Kiernan
French colonial rule, cultural change, Japanese occupation, and the origins, course, and aftermath of the Vietnamese-American conflict. War and society from the formation of a modern national identity to the rise of communism, the resurgence of Buddhism, independence and division, the U.S. intervention, escalation and defeat, the postwar Cambodian conflict and the 1979 Chinese invasion, regional integration, and economic reform. Readings, discussion, and research.

HIST 980a, Genocide in History and Theory (graduate seminar)
Ben Kiernan
(Partial Southeast Asian content - Cambodia and East Timor)


HISTORY OF ART

* NEW COURSE PLANNED ON Southeast Asian Temple Complexes (HSAR # tba)
Mimi Yiengpruksawan


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, Advanced Indonesian.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. Dinny Risri Aletheiani
Continued development of advanced level fluency. Prerequeisite: 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. Indriyo Sukmono
For 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 students with advanced Indonesian language skills preparing for academic performance and/or research purposes. (Prerequeisite: INDN 560 or equivalent; permission of the instructor)

KHMER

KHMR 110a and 120b, Elementary Khmer I and II. Hannah Phan, Cornell University
This course focuses on learning Khmer (the national language of Cambodia) for beginners.  Students will be able to communicate in every day conversation using simple questions/answers.  The course focuses on reading, writing, speaking, and listening, learning the Khmer alphabet/sounds, words and reading and writing short/long sentences, and texts. (Shared Course / Distance Learning with Cornell University via videoconferencing).


MUSIC
MUSI 232, Central Javanese Gamelan Ensemble.
Sumarsam
An introduction to performing the orchestral music of central Java and to the theoretical and aesthetic discourses of the gamelan tradition. Students form the nucleus of a gamelan ensemble that consists primarily of tuned gongs and metallophones; interested students may arrange for additional private instruction on more challenging instruments. The course culminates in a public performance by the ensemble. No previous musical experience required. (no regular final exam; permission of instructor required).
See Yale Gamelan Suprabanggo


PHILOSOPHY

*PHIL 210, 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)


POLITICAL SCIENCE

PLSC 420a, 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. Kalyanakrishnan Sivaramakrishnan et al
(some/partial Southeast Asian content)


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.

VIET110a
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 130a and 140b, Intermediate Vietnamese I and II. Quang Phu Van
An integrated approach to language learning aimed at strengthening students' listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in Vietnamese. Students are thoroughly grounded in communicative activities such as conversations, performance simulation, drills, role playing, and games. Discussion of aspects of Vietnamese society and culture. Prerequisite: VIET 120 or equivalent.

VIET 132: Accelerated Vietnamese Quang Phu Van
An accelerated entry-level course designed for heritage students or speakers of Vietnamese language who can comprehend and speak informal Vietnamese on topics related to everyday situations, but have not learned to read or write. The course aims to develop grammatical accuracy and overall competence in speaking, reading and writing skills. (Permission of instructor; Serves as a pre-requisite to VIET 140/540)

VIET 220b, Introduction to Vietnamese Culture, Values, and Literature Quang Phu Van
A brief introduction to Vietnamese culture and values. Topics include cultural and national identity, aesthetics, meaning of life, war, and death. Selected readings from Zen poems, folklore, autobiographies, and religious and philosophical writings.* All readings in translation. No previous knowledge of Vietnamese required.
(NOT OFFERED IN 2015-16 - OFFERED ALTERNATE YEARS ONLY)

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/b, Independent Tutorial Quang Phu Van
For 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 byan adviser and must terminate in a term paper or its equivalent. (Permission of instructor/submission of project proposal)

VIET 560 a/b Readings in Vietnamese Quang Phu Van
For students with advanced Vietnamese language skills who wish to engage in concentrated reading and research.

STUDY ABROAD OPPORTUNITIES - Academic Year

*Yale undergraduates seeking CREDIT for 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. Petitions for approval of non-listed summer programs must be submitted by MARCH 1. Click here>> for information.


STUDY ABROAD OPPORTUNITIES

*Yale undergraduates seeking CREDIT for 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. Petitions for approval of non-listed summer programs must be submitted by MARCH 1. Click here>> for information.

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

SUMMER

Southeast Asia in Context (National University of Singapore)
A five week exploration of Southeast Asia's cultural and historical diversity. Much of the learning takes place outside the classroom, in parks, archaeological sites, cities, villages, markets, and restaurants. Students dance, learn the art of self-defense, and practise other arts including batik and lacquer. (ANTHS230)

ACADEMIC YEAR

CET Vietnam Immersion
(academic year - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam).
An intensive program designed for all students with an interest in Vietnam, its language and culture. The program offers a unique combination of service-learning, area studies courses, concentrated Vietnamese language and immersion in contemporary Vietnamese society. Apply through >Yale Center for International Experience.

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
.

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