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									                         Geography of Southeast Asia
                                           GEOG 484

                                            Fall 2011
                                   Wednesday 2:00-5:00 PM
                                        Geography 130
                                        Credit Hours: 3
                   Course website:

                                         Jim Glassman
                                   Office: Geography 140B
                                    Phone: (604)822-1892

                                          Office Hours:
                                         M 2:00-4:00 PM
                                        or by appointment



The region called Southeast Asia has for many centuries been deeply interconnected with
peoples and places throughout the world. Yet attention to Southeast Asia by most people in the
West has been sporadic, and has tended to partition events such as the Vietnam War, the Asian
economic crisis, or political upheavals in Indonesia and the Philippines from events in the rest of
the world. This senior seminar attempts to give a deeper sense of Southeast Asia’s complex
relationships to the rest of the world by providing a geographical, sociological, and political
economic survey of Southeast Asia, focusing especially on development from the 19th century
colonial period to the present. Topics to be covered include: historical patterns of trade,
migration, and regional integration; the impact of colonialism; nationalism and revolution; the
impact of the Cold War, the Vietnam War, and US intervention; the rise of the Southeast Asian
newly industrializing countries; communism and the transitional economies in the post-Soviet
era; contemporary patterns of agrarian change, urbanization, and industrialization; changing
gender relations; contemporary environmental challenges; political struggle and democratization;
regional conflicts and cooperation; the impact of the Asian economic crisis; and the “war on
terrorism” in Southeast Asia.


There are no prerequisites for this course, but either Geography 352 (Urbanization in the Global
South), Geography 380 (Human Geography of Asia), or previous coursework on development
issues, Asia, and/or the Global South are recommended.

Course Requirements

Students are expected to attend class sessions, listen to lectures and presentations, participate in
discussions, read the assigned readings, and participate in a discussion presentation and a
presentation on the Vietnam War. Grades will be based on the following assignments:

Discussion Presentation                                                               10%
Course Participation                                                                  20%
Vietnam War Presentation and Image Rationale                                          30%
Term Paper                                                                            40%

Expectations for the Discussion Presentation and Course Participation will be explained in class
during week 1. Specific expectations determining the scoring of the Vietnam War Presentation
and the Term Paper will be discussed at the time these are handed out.

Final Grades

Final grades will be determined according to the following point system:

80 points or more      A
68-79 points           B
55-67 points           C
50-54 points           D
49 points or less      F

Improvement will also be counted in determining the final course grade. Students whose grade
is on a borderline will be given a higher grade if they have shown improvement over the course
of the term. Students who plagiarize once will be given a failing grade on the assignment.
Those who plagiarize twice will be given a failing grade for the course.

Due Dates

Wednesday, October 12: Vietnam War presentations.
Monday, December 12: Final Paper due.

A late Final Paper will be docked 10 percent for each day it is late. There will be no
exceptions to this except for cases of serious health problems or other documented
emergencies that prevent completion of the assignment on time.


All readings for the course are available in a packet, which includes the pieces that are the basis
for the weekly discussion, as well as all other required readings. This packet is available in the
UBC Bookstore. Journal articles included in the packet may also be downloaded directly via the
UBC Library’s journal access system, but most readings are book chapters and are easiest to
obtain by purchasing the packet.

Lecture, Discussion, and Reading Schedule

Week 1 (September 7)
      Lecture topics: Overview; physical geography
      Discussion topic: How did Southeast Asia come into being?

Week 2 (September 14)
      Lecture topics: Demography; culture; ancient history
      Discussion topic: Were women in ancient Southeast Asia empowered?
      Required readings: Reid, Errington

Week 3 (September 21)
      Lecture topics: Colonial history; anti-colonial struggles
      Discussion topic: Were pre-colonial Southeast Asian economies self-sufficient?
      Required readings: Nartsupha, Bowie

Week 4 (September 28)
      Lecture topics: Vietnam wars
      Discussion topic: Were colonial peasants safety-oriented or entrepreneurial?
      Required readings: Popkin, Scott

Week 5 (October 5)
      Lecture topics: Vietnam wars, Laos, Cambodia, and the aftermath
      Discussion topic: What was the relationship between Communism, Nationalism, and
      class struggle in the Vietnamese revolutionary struggle?
      Required readings: Neil, Bello

Week 6 (October 12)
      In-class assignment: Presentations on the Vietnam Wars

Week 7 (October 19)
      Lecture topics: the Southeast Asian NICs; theories of development
      Discussion topic: Does industrialization improve women’s prospects?
      Required reading: Pangsapa, Baghwati

Week 8 (October 26)
      Lecture topics: Trade and development in the Southeast Asian NICs; regional integration
      Discussion topic: What should states do to foster development?
      Required reading: World Bank, Wade

Week 9 (November 2)
      Lecture topics: “Asian values”; the transitional economies
      Discussion topic: What are “Asian values”?
      Required readings: Barr (2), Beng Huat

Week 10 (November 9)
      Lecture topics: the transitional economies; democracy in Southeast Asia
      Discussion topic: What becomes of democracy in the post-Cold War era?
      Required readings: Kasian, Thongchai

Week 11 (November 16)
      Lecture topics: Economic crisis and political restructuring in Indonesia
      Discussion topic: What is “political Islam”?
      Required readings: Huntington, Raheim

Week 12 (November 23)
      Lecture topics: the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and the “war on terror”; Timor Leste
      Video: “The Diplomat”
      Discussion topic: What are the best paths to development in Timor Leste?
      Required readings: Tanter, Nevins

Week 13 (November 30)
      Lecture topic: Southeast Asia, China, and the world; political crisis in Thailand
      Discussion topic: Southeast Asia between Japan, the US, and China

Final Paper due Monday 12 December in room 217 Geography


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