Southeast Asia Studies

Chair: Michael R. Dove, Kroon 134, 432-3463; assistant director: Kristine Mooseker, 311 LUCE, 432-3431; cseas.yale.edu/

The Council on Southeast Asia Studies offers an interdisciplinary program that brings together faculty and students sharing an interest in Southeast Asia and contributes to the curriculum with language courses, a weekly seminar series, periodic conferences, cultural events, and special lectures. Yale maintains extensive library and research collections on Southeast Asia, including online archives of periodicals and newspapers from all parts of the region.
                 
Yale does not offer a degree in Southeast Asia studies, but majors in any department may consult with Council faculty regarding a senior essay on a Southeast Asian topic, and in certain circumstances students who have a special interest in the region may consider a Special Divisional Major. Students interested in pursuing field research or language study in Southeast Asia may apply to the Council for summer fellowship support.

Courses featuring Southeast Asian content are offered each year within a variety of departments, including Anthropology, Environmental Studies, History, History of Art, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, and at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. A list of courses for the current year can be obtained through the Council office or the Southeast Asia Studies website.

Language instruction at all levels is offered in two Southeast Asian languages, Indonesian and Vietnamese. Other Southeast Asian languages may be available in any given year via video conference through the Yale Shared Course Initiative. Check the Southeast Asia Studies language studies page for updated information. The Council on Southeast Asia Studies supports language tables and independent study in other Southeast Asian languages through the Directed Independent Language Study program.

The Council on Southeast Asia Studies offers an interdisciplinary program that contributes to the curriculum with language studies, an annual seminar series, periodic conferences, cultural events, and special lectures. Current Council faculty members are affiliated with a wide range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, as well as professional schools such as the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Yale holds one of the most extensive Southeast Asia library collections in the United States.

Although Yale does not offer a degree in Southeast Asia Studies, majors in any department may consult with Council faculty regarding a senior essay on a Southeast Asian topic. In certain circumstances, students who have a special interest in the region may explore the possibility of a Special Divisional Major. Students interested in pursuing summer research projects or language study in Southeast Asia may apply to the Council for summer fellowship support.

Courses featuring Southeast Asian content are offered by several departments and professional schools. A course list for each academic year is available on the Southeast Asia Studies website. Yale offers language instruction iIndonesian and Vietnamese. The Council on Southeast Asia Studies also supports independent study in other Southeast Asian languages through the Directed Independent Language Study programSee the Southeast Asia Studies website for details.

FACULTY ASSOCIATED WITH THE COUNCIL ON SOUTHEAST ASIA STUDIES

Professors Michael R. Dove (Forestry & Environmental Studies), J. Joseph Errington (Anthropology), Benedict Kiernan (History), James Scott (Political Science), Mimi Yiengpruksawan (History of Art)

Associate Professor Erik Harms (Anthropology)

Senior Lecturers Carol Carpenter (Forestry & Environmental Studies, Anthropology), Amity Doolittle (Forestry & Environmental Studies)

Lecturer  Quan T. Tran (American Studies)

Curator Ruth Barnes (Art Gallery)

Senior Lector II Quang Phu Van (Vietnamese)

Senior Lectors  Dinny Risri Aletheiana (Indonesian), Indriyo Sukmono (Indonesian)

Burmese Courses

BURM 110a, Elementary Burmese IStaff

This course aims to train students to achieve basic skills in Burmese. The students develop competency in reading and writing Burmese script and also learn basic spoken Burmese. This course is taught through distance learning from Cornell University using videoconferencing technology. Interested students may e-mail minjin.hashbat@yale.edu for information.  L1RP1½ Course cr
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BURM 120b, Elementary Burmese IIStaff

This course aims to give the students a confident and enjoyable start in speaking Burmese, focusing on what they are most likely to need when visiting the country. It covers the basics of pronunciation and grammar. Prerequisite: BURM 110 or equivalent. This course is taught through distance learning from Cornell University using videoconferencing technology. Interested students may e-mail minjin.hashbat@yale.edu for information.  L2RP1½ Course cr
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Indonesian Courses

* INDN 110a, Elementary Indonesian IIndriyo Sukmono

An introductory course in standard Indonesian with emphasis on developing communicative skills through a systematic survey of grammar and graded exercises. Enrollment limited to 15 per section.  L11½ Course cr
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* INDN 120b, Elementary Indonesian IIIndriyo Sukmono

Continuation of INDN 110. Introduction to reading, leading to mastery of language patterns, essential vocabulary, and basic cultural competence. After INDN 110 or equivalent. Enrollment limited to 15 per section.  L21½ Course cr
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* INDN 130a, Intermediate Indonesian IDinny Risri Aletheiani

Continued practice in colloquial Indonesian conversation and reading and discussion of texts. After INDN 120 or equivalent. Limited enrollment.  L31½ Course cr
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* INDN 140b, Intermediate Indonesian IIDinny Risri Aletheiani

Continuation of INDN 130. After INDN 130 or equivalent. Limited enrollment.  L41½ Course cr
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* INDN 150a, Advanced Indonesian IIndriyo Sukmono

Development of advanced fluency through discussion of original Indonesian sociohistorical, political, and literary texts and audiovisual sources. Extension of cultural understanding of Indonesia. Prerequisite: INDN 140 or equivalent. May not be taken after INDN 153.  L5
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* INDN 160b, Advanced Indonesian IIIndriyo Sukmono

Continuation of INDN 150. Prerequisite: INDN 150 or equivalent.  L5
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* INDN 170a, Advanced Indonesian: Special TopicsDinny Risri Aletheiani

Continuation of INDN 160. Students advance their communicative competence in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Use of Indonesian book chapters, Web pages, printed and electronic articles, social networking posts, newsgroups, and letters. Prerequisite: INDN 160.
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* INDN 180b, Research and Creative Project on IndonesiaDinny Risri Aletheiani

Continuation of INDN 170. Advancement in students' competence in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Reading materials include book chapters, Web sites, print and electronic articles, e-mail messages, blogs, and social networking posts. Prerequisite: INDN 170.
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* INDN 470a and INDN 471b, Independent TutorialDinny Risri Aletheiani

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. After INDN 160. Permission to enroll requires submission of a detailed project proposal and its approval by the program adviser.
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Khmer Courses

* KHMR 110a, Elementary Khmer IStaff

Basic structures of modern standard Cambodian introduced through the integration of communicative practice, reading, writing, and listening comprehension. Introduction to Khmer society and culture. Course taught through distance learning using videoconferencing technology from Cornell University. Enrollment limited; interested students should e-mail minjin.hashbat@yale.edu for more information.   L11½ Course cr
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* KHMR 120b, Elementary Khmer IIStaff

Basic structures of modern standard Cambodian introduced through the integration of communicative practice, reading, writing, and listening comprehension. Introduction to Khmer society and culture. Prerequisite: KHMR 110. Course taught through distance learning using videoconferencing technology from Cornell University. Enrollment limited; interested students should e-mail minjin.hashbat@yale.edu for more information.  L21½ Course cr
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KHMR 130a, Intermediate Khmer IStaff

This course focuses on learning Khmer (the national language of Cambodia). Students communicate in day-to-day conversation using complex questions and answers. The course focuses on reading, writing, speaking, and listening to Khmer words, long sentences, and texts. The course also emphasizes grammar, sentence structure and using words correctly.  Course taught through distance learning using videoconferencing technology from Cornell University. Enrollment limited; interested students should e-mail minjin.hashbat@yale.edu for more information. Prerequisite: KHMR 120 or equivalent.  L3RP1½ Course cr
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KHMR 140b, Intermediate Khmer IIStaff

This course focuses on learning Khmer (the national language of Cambodia). Students communicate in every day conversation using complex questions/answers. The course focuses on reading, writing, speaking, and listening to Khmer words, long sentences, and texts. The course also emphasizes grammar, sentence structure and using words correctly.  Course taught through distance learning using videoconferencing technology from Cornell University. Enrollment limited; interested students should e-mail minjin.hashbat@yale.edu for more information. Prerequisite: KHMR 130 or equivalent.  L4RP1½ Course cr
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Vietnamese Courses

VIET 110a, Elementary Vietnamese IQuang Phu Van

Students acquire basic working ability in Vietnamese, developing skills in speaking, listening, writing (Roman script), and reading. Discussion of aspects of Vietnamese society and culture. Intended for students with no previous knowledge of Vietnamese.  L11½ Course cr
MTWThF 9:25am-10:15am

VIET 120b, Elementary Vietnamese IIQuang Phu Van

Continuation of VIET 110.  L21½ Course cr
MTWThF 9:25am-10:15am

* VIET 132a, Accelerated VietnameseQuang Phu Van

This course follows a community-based language model designed for heritage students or speakers who comprehend and speak informal Vietnamese on topics related to everyday situations but do not read or write Vietnamese. Study of interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communicative modes, as well as standard foreign language education (communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities). Students will engage with Vietnamese American communities in New Haven and beyond.  Admits to VIET 140.  L3
MWF 10:30am-11:20am

* VIET 142b, Accelerated Vietnamese IIQuang Phu Van

An accelerated course designed for heritage students who wish to build a higher level of proficiency and develop sociocultural competence in speaking, reading, and writing. Topics include health care, rituals, community, linguistic landscape, education, mass communication, literature, history, values, and traditional and pop cultures. VIET 132 or equivalent.  L4
MWF 10:30am-11:20am

VIET 150a, Advanced VietnameseQuang Phu Van

Students improve their fluency and accuracy in Vietnamese and solidify their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Topics include social, economic, and cultural practices, gender issues, notions of power, and taboo. Prerequisite: VIET 140 or equivalent.  L5
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* VIET 470a or b, Independent TutorialQuang 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 by an adviser and must terminate in a term paper or its equivalent. Permission to enroll requires submission of a detailed project proposal and its approval by the program adviser.
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