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HIST19035 - Modern History of South East Asia

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This course will present a general overview of the major themes in modern Southeast Asian history. It presents the history and politics of these countries by first looking at the religious, cultural and philosophical underpinnings of political culture, traditional concepts of kingship and power, and the characteristics of pre- colonial states. The rest of the course will investigate: the classical states of Southeast Asia (Angkor, Pagan, Madjapahit, Sri Vijaya), the western intrusion and the colonial transformation, the development of nationalism, the Japanese Occupation, and finally, contemporary Southeast Asian politics.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: Minimum of 18 Units of Credit

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Presentation and Written Assessment 50%
2. Written Assessment 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 42.11% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Have Your Say
There were no criticisms of the unit.
The recommendation is to maintain quality in content and assessment feedback.
Action Taken
Quality in content and assessment feedback was maintained, and this was again reflected in the general satisfaction scores.
Source: Have Your Say
To update the core reading list with more recently published readings.
It is recommended that the Reading List for this unit is revised and more recent publications be used where available.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Have the skills to interpret historical events, movements, and ideas which have decisively shaped the political landscape of modern Southeast Asia
  2. Have an unprejudiced understanding of the differing Southeast Asian regions and an acceptance of others' informed opinions
  3. Have an understanding of key historical problems of the period and evidence-backed solutions to these problems.
  4. Have the ability to explain the significance of historical events and processes in world history, including alternative worlds, and longitudinal and intergenerational studies.
  5. Have the ability to critique historical interpretations and their applications to contemporary global issues.
  6. Have the ability to understand and use the principle that ethical action and social responsibility are inherent in the study of history and its interpretations.
  7. Have the ability to locate, retrieve, sort, test and deploy evidence, data and information (from both primary and secondary sources).
  8. Have the ability to communicate cogent historical argument and/or research results in appropriate formats and media.
  9. Have the ability to be self-directed and self-disciplined, and to show initiative.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Presentation and Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Presentation and Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment