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SEA-RELATED COURSES 2013-2014

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 588a, Politics of Culture in Southeast Asia
Erik Harms
Course analyzes how Southeast Asian nations promote national culture as part of political and economic agendas. Also explores Southeast Asian cultural and political diversity to rescue the possibility for cultural difference within a global world.

ANTH 339b, Urban Ethnographies of Asia
Erik Harms
(Substantial Southeast Asian content)
The study of contemporary Cities in East, Southeast, and South Asia through anthropological writings, with a special focus on ethnographies. Students write in-depth research papers on an anthropological aspect of a city of their choosing, or, if appropriate, on interconnections between cities.

ANTH 378/578b, 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. PWVN seminar.

Joseph Errington, Dept Anthropology on leave Spring 2014 - ANTH 371/571b, Modern Indonesia will not be taught this year.

ANTH 406a, Rivers: Nature and Politics (also EVST 424a/ PLSC 420a)
James C. Scott
(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.

ANTH 382aEnvironmental Anthropology: From Historic Origins to Current Debates
(also F&ES 384a / EVST 345a)
Michael R. Dove
(Some/partial Southeast Asian content)
This is an upper-division undergraduate seminar on the history of the anthropological study of the environment. It is organized around a number of key themes in the field, including the Nature-Culture Dichotomy, Ecology and Social Organization, Methodological Debates, the Politics of the Environment, and Knowing the Environment. Each theme is examined through writings that are timely and theoretically important. No prerequisites. Two-hour lecture/seminar. Enrollment will be capped.

ANTH 541a, Agrarian Societies: Culture, Society, History, and Development (See also F&ES 753a /HIST 965a / PLSC 779a
Peter Perdue, James C. Scott, Kalyanakrishnan Sivaramakrishnan,
(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 alsoF&ES 520a
Michael R. Dove
(Substantial 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 (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 perturbation and natural disasters, the relevance of which has been heightened by the current global attention to climate change. Prerequisite: ANTH581a/FES520a or F&ES 882b. Three-hour lecture/seminar. Enrollment limited to twenty.

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



ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

EVST 345a Environmental Anthropology: From Historic Origins to Current Debates
(also ANTH 382 / F&ES 384) Michael R. Dove
See ANTH 382a for course description (Some/partial Southeast Asian content)

EVST 422a, Anthropology of Climate: Past to Present (See ANTH 409a for description)
Michael R. Dove
(Some/partial Southeast Asian content)

EVST 424a, Rivers: Nature and Politics James C. Scott
(also ANTH 406a/ PLSC 420a)
(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.


FORESTRY AND ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

FES 384a Environmental Anthropology: From Historic Origins to Current Debates
(also ANTH 382 / EVST 345) Michael R. Dove
See ANTH 382a for course description (Some/partial Southeast Asian content)

F&ES 753a, Agrarian Societies: Culture, Society, History, and Development
Michael McGovern, Kalyanakrishnan Sivaramakrishnan, James C. Scott
(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 adn Change (See ANTH 572b for description) Michael R. Dove
(Substantial Southeast Asian content)



HISTORY

Ben Kiernan, Department of History-SEAS Faculty - on leave 2013-1014
See Course Archives for previous year offerings on Vietnamese History


HISTORY OF ART

HSAR 142A/RLST 187, Introduction to the History of Art: The Classical Buddhist World
Mimi Yiengpruksawan
(Partial Southeast Asian content; ~4 weeks)
Buddhist art and architecture of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia from earliest beginnings to the tenth century, and including Greco-Roman, Persian, and Islamic contac. (Includes close examination of Borobudur, Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and some Cham materials).

HSAR 143B/RLST 188 Introduction to the History of Art: Buddhist Art and Architecture, 900 to 1600

Mimi Yiengpruksawan
(Partial Southeast Asian content; ~4 weeks)
Buddhist art and 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. Includes focus on Myanmar, Thailand, and some Javanese material.

** 2014-2015 - NEW COURSE PLANNED ON Southeast Asian Temple Complexes (HSAR # tba)
Mimi Yiengpruksawan


INDONESIAN
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INDN 110/510a and 120/530b, 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 130/530a and 140/540b, 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 150/550a, Advanced Indonesian. 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 160/560b, Advanced Indonesian II. Indriyo Sukmono, Dinny Risri Aletheiani
Continued development of advanced level fluency. Prerequeisite: INDN 153/553 or equivalent and permission of the instructor.

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 110/510a and 120/530b, 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
Sarah Weiss, Department of Music on leave 2013-2014
See Course Archives for previous year offerings in Music and Javanese Gamelan Performance;
See also, Yale Gamelan Suprabanggo



PHILOSOPHY

*PHIL 210a 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. (Limited enrollment)
*[OFFERED SUMMER SESSION ONLY]


POLITICAL SCIENCE

PLSC 420a,
Rivers: Nature and Politics. James C. Scott
See EVST 424 for course descsription
(Partial Southeast Asian content)


PLSC 779a Agarian Societies: Culture, Society, History, and Development. See ANTH 541a for description.
(Partial Southeast Asian content)
Michael McGovern, Kalyanakrishnan Sivaramakrishnan, James C. Scott
(some/partial Southeast Asian content)


RELIGIOUS STUDIES

RLST 300b,  Ritual and Performance  Patricia Hardwick
(Substantial Southeast Asian content)
Anthropologists, ethnomusicologists, and folklorists acknowledge the importance of the study of the performing arts for the understanding of traditional systems of healing, alternative histories, cultural memories, gender relations, ethnic identities, political movements, regional conflicts, and religious revival. Drawing on a varied source of ethnographic studies of the performing arts from North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, South Asia, and Southeast Asia, this course will focus on how performers embody cultural knowledge, interpret their experiences, construct their realities, offer cultural critique, resist cultural norms, and even facilitate healing through their performances.  Throughout the course we will investigate what these embodied ways of knowing can tell us about the individuals that perform them and their relevance within particular cultures.  We will examine the importance of the context of performance, and study what effects rapid cultural change, colonialism, tourism, nationalist movements, and religious revival can have on particular performance forms and traditions. We will also evaluate how issues such as mental and physical health, piety, gender, class, ethnicity, social status, and nationalism can be interpreted, mediated and expressed through performance and the performing arts.  A series of demonstrations and workshops will be arranged with local performance groups as part of the class in order to allow students to experience and document how cultural knowledge can be embodied through the learning of particular performance forms. Note: Although this is classified as an undergraduate course, graduate students may enroll and will be provided with additional assignments by the instructor.


VIETNAMESE LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE
(Click on -> Vietnamese Studies at Yale)

VIET110/510a
and 120/520b, 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 130/530a and 140/540b, 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 120/520 or equivalent.

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. (OFFERED ALTERNATE YEARS)

VIET 150/550a, 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 140/540 or equivalent.

VIET 470a/471b, 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 - 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.

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

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.

CIEE Ho Chi Minh City (academic year - Vietnam National University and Phnom Penh University, Cambodia).
Gain meaningful insight into Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos through studies in language (Vietnamese and Khmer), history, culture, literature, development, economics, and society. All courses provide a deeper understanding of the region while encouraging interaction with local scholars, students, and citizens.
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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