SEAS Related Courses 2006-07

ANTHROPOLOGY

ANTH 372a Political Violence and Human Rights
Christophe Robert
(Substantial Southeast Asian content)
This course deals with the grounds, meanings, and effects of violence as a political instrument. It considers the reasons and methods behind violent actions by states against their own citizens, and the means by which they are redressed. In this way the course centers on violence and its political consequences in an anthropological and broadly comparative framework.

ANTH 435b/635b Vietnam: War, Memory, Forgetting
Christophe Robert
This course deals with the “Vietnamese Conflict” (1960-1975) not just from an historical but also a comparative anthropological viewpoint. We examine it first as one among the series of anti-colonial wars of Indochina, together with the cultural formations within which war emerged as a privileged mode of opposition in Southeast Asia against imperialism, colonialism, and communism, as well as the United States in particular. In this way a context will be developed to deal with broader questions about the character of war and its after-effects: dimensions of nationalism and revolution; trauma and forgetting in nationalist historiography; the relationship between violence, war, and the idea of law; and the work of fiction in both culture and its analysis.

ANTH 541a Agrarian Societies: Culture, Society, History, and Development See also F&ES 753a/HIST 965a/PLSC 779a
James C. Scott, Michael R. Dove and other Yale Faculty
(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.

ANTH 581a Society and Environment: Introduction to Theory and Method See also F&ES 747a Michael R. Dove
(Substantial Southeast Asian content)
An introductory course on the social scientific contributions to the study of the environment and natural resources, designed as the first course for students who specialize in the social sciences as well as the only course for students who take just one course in this field.The approach taken is inductive, problem-oriented, and case study-based. Subjects covered include the framing of environmental "problems," social science field methods, re-thinking environmental perturbatin and change, and the environmental relations of local communities. It offers students an opportunity to develop analytic frameworks for past or proposed research projects. 3 hr lecture plus discussion sections. Enrollment limited to thirty.

ANTH 610b Society and Environment: Advanced Readings. See also F&ES 752b
Michael R. Dove and Carol Carpenter
*(Substantial Southeast Asian content)
An advanced seminar on the social science theory of the relationship between society and environment, intended for students interested in research design, and policy planning in this field. The course examines key theoretical developments and current issues in social/political/historical ecology and ecological anthropology. Topics vary from year to year in response to ongoing debates in the field and global events b ut in the past have included environmental conflict, the concepts of local agency and governmentality, re-thinking extractive reserves, converging theory in agriculture and medicine, the natural history of the Amazon, conservation in Papua New guinea, ethnographic approaches to human-animal relations, and comparative method. Students are expected to use the course to develop and present in class, their own research and writing. Prerequisite: F&ES 747a, F&ES 756b, or F&ES 757a. Limited enrollment. Three hour lecture/seminar. Taught alternate years.

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

*(Graduate seminars in anthropology are open to qualified undergraduates. Permission of the instructor and of the director of graduate studies is required.)

ECONOMICS

ECON 329b/735b Economics of Agriculture
Robert Evenson
(Substantial Southeast Asian content.)

ECON 899a or b Individual Reading and Research
By arrangement with faculty.

(Graduate courses in Economics are open to qualified undergraduates. Permission of the instructor and of the DGS is required)

FORESTRY & ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

F&ES 747a Society and Environment: Introduction to Theory and Method. See ANTH 581a
Michael R. Dove
(Substantial Southeast Asian content.)
The course is a prerequisite for F&ES 752b and F&ES 759b.

F&ES 753a Agrarian Societies: Culture, Society, History, and Development. See ANTH 541a for description
James C. Scott, Michael R. Dove and other Yale Faculty
(partial Southeast Asian content)

752b Society and Environment: Advanced Readings. See ANTH 610b for description
Michael Dove and Carol Carpenter
(Substantial Southeast Asian content)

HISTORY

HIST 965a Agrarian Societies: Culture, Society, History, and Development. See ANTH 541a for description
James C. Scott, Michael R. Dove and other Yale Faculty
(partial Southeast Asian content)

998a/b Directed Readings
999a/b Directed Research
Offered by arrangement with instructor and permission of Director of Graduate Studies

(Some graduate and professional school courses are open to qualified undergraduates with permission of the instructor and the DGS)

INDONESIAN
(Click on -> Indonesian Studies at Yale)

INDN 115 / 520a/b Elementary Indonesian. 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.

INDN 130 / 527a/b Intermediate Indonesian. Indriyo Sukmono
Continued practice in colloquial Indonesian conversation and reading and discussion of texts. (After INDN 115 or equivalent)

INDN 470 a/b 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 ina term paper or its equivalent. (Permission of instructor/submission of project proposal)

INDN 560 a/b Readings in Indonesian. Indriyo Sukmono
For students with advanced Indonesian language skills working on modern Indonesian literature.

MUSIC

MUSI 150a Music Cultures of the World. Sarah Weiss
(partial Southeast Asian content)
An introductory survey of selected musical traditions from around the world. Structure, content, materials, and performance contexts of local musics, as well as the broader role music plays in society.

MUSI 225b Javanese Gamelan Performance. Sarah Weiss
A study of Javanese musical genres from the eighteenth century to the twenty-first. Introduction to the playing techniques of multiple instruments. Survey of theoretical and aesthetic discourses on gamelan and other Indonesian performance. Members of the class form the nucleus of the Yale Javanese Gamelan Ensemble. (No previous experience in gamelan performance required. May be repeated for course credit, but not for distributional credit.) See Yale Gamelan Suprabanggo

MUSI 376a World Music Theories: Practice and Aesthetics. Sarah Weiss
(substantial Southeast Asian content)
Survey of the musical processes of various mode-based musical systems, selected from the Indian raga, Arabic maqam, Irish tune-family, Javanese pathet, Persian dastgah, and Vietnamese Dieu. Readings about eh musical cultures are combined with notation and analysis of the music as well as discussion about the related aesthetics systems. (prerequisite: MUSI 211a or b or equivalent)

MUSI 420b Gendering Musical Performance. Sarah Weiss
(Partial - 1/4 Southeast Asian content.)
A critical examination of the discourse on gender, sexuality and music. Grounded in the cross-cultural detail of specific musical genres and performers, we will examine the ways in which issues of race, class, ethnicity, spirituality, and embodiment intersect with gender in the shaping of musical cultures and aesthetics.

PHILOSOPHY

PHIL 210a Eastern Philosophy. Quang Phu Van
An Introduction to Eastern philosophy through the study of philosophical and religious texts. Topics include reality adn illusion,m knowledge, self, right and wrong, nonattachment, meditation, aesthetics, meaning of life, and death.

POLITICAL SCIENCE

PLSC 449b Southeast Asian Politics
Timothy Pachirat
An introduction to Southeast Asian politics. Topics include thepolitics and societies of each country in the region, and socio-political issues such as nationalism and nation-building, ethnic and religious pluralism, developmentalism and the recent economic crisis, reformist movements, and regional initiatives. Prior knowledge of one or more countries in the region helpful but not required.

PLSC 779a Agrarian Societies: Culture, Society, History, and Development. See ANTH 541a for description
James C. Scott, Michael R. Dove and other Yale Faculty
(partial Southeast Asian content)

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

VIET 115 / 515 a/b Elementary Vietnamese. 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 / 530 a/b Intermediate Vietnamese. 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. Prior knowledge of Vietnamese required.

VIET 470 a/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.