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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

Erik Harms, Department of Anthropology-SEAS Faculty - on leave 2014-1015
See Course Archives for Professor Harms' previous years offerings in Anthropology

ANTH 409a Climate and Society: Past to Present
(also F&ES 422a / EVST 422a)
Michael R. Dove
(Some/partial Southeast Asian content)
This is an upper-division undergraduate seminar on the history of the anthropological study of the climate and climate change. The core text for the course is The Anthropology of Climate Change: An Historical Reader (Dove ed. 2014, Wiley-Blackwell) written especially for this course. Two-hour lecture/seminar.

ANTH 541a, Agrarian Societies: Culture, Society, History, and Development (See also F&ES 753a /HIST 965a / PLSC 779a
Kalyanakrishnan Sivaramakrishnan, et al
(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
(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.

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



ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

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



FORESTRY AND ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

FES 422a Climate and Society: Past to Present
(also ANTH 409a / EVST 345) Michael R. Dove
See ANTH 409a for course description (Some/partial Southeast Asian content)

F&ES 753a, Agrarian Societies: Culture, Society, History, and Development
Kalyanakrishnan Sivaramakrishnan, et al
(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)


HISTORY

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. HU

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

HIST 851b, Twentieth-Century Vietnam: Colonialism, War, and Society (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

Mimi Yiengpruksawan, Department of Art History -SEAS Faculty - on leave Fall 2014.
See Course Archives for Professor Yiengpruksawan's previous year offerings in Art History

* 2015-2016 - 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
MUSI 232, Central Javanese Gamelan Ensemble.
Maho Ishiguru
This course nurtures musicianship in performing Javanese gamelan music at a basic to intermediate level, as well as engaging the theoretical and aesthetic discourse on the gamelan tradition. Students will learn essential techniques for the various instruments of their choice, and this will help them to comprehend how the musical language of gamelan and the ensemble are put together as a whole. Students willing to take up the challenge of learning the techniques for some of the more difficult instruments have the option to request private instruction and lessons outside of the regularly scheduled class time. Assigned reading will provide students the cultural and historical context of the Javanese gamelan tradition and introduce them to the current theoretical and aesthetic discourses among ethnomusicologists. This course aims to provide bridges to Southeast Asian culture and to an alternative way to think about human organization of sound and musical expression. It creates a performing opportunity for students of all levels of musical competence. The end-of-semester concert constitutes the final exam of the course.
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)


POLITICAL SCIENCE

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
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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 132/532: 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 2014-15 - OFFERED ALTERNATE YEARS ONLY)

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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