The Ethnography of Southeast Asia (ANTH2601)


Southeast Asia is a region of great geographic and cultural diversity, a meeting point for civilisational influences from India and China including the religions of Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism. It is also the laboratory for much anthropological inquiry, attracting the attention of prominent anthropologists and social scientists, like Geertz and Anderson. This unit will examine Southeast Asia in historical and contemporary context, and give grounded ethnographic illustration to such issues as nationalism, cities, migration, political violence, environment and agriculture.

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1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x1500wd Essay (30%), 1x2500wd Essay (45%), 1x350wd Seminar presentation (10%), 1x150wd map exercise (5%), Tutorial participation (10%)

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Unit of study rules


(12 Junior credit points from Anthropology) or (12 Junior credit points from Asian Studies)

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Cross-institutional study

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