Minor in Southeast Asian Studies

Academic Contributors

Rommel Curaming (Coordinator)
Mikio Oish
Saharin bin Hj Mohd Tamit


Southeast Asia has emerged as one of the world’s most economically dynamic and politically significant regions. Its deep history, diverse cultural traditions, geo-strategic importance, rising economy, varied political systems, exciting tourism and, one may say, promising future make its study an exciting and fruitful undertaking for students of the social sciences and humanities.

The minor in Southeast Asian Studies is a multi- and interdisciplinary programme that complements very well any major programme in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. It aims to develop the students’ understanding and appreciation of the similarities and differences in the patterns or features of socio-economic, political, historical and cultural developments among countries in the region (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, Timor Lorosae, Singapore and Vietnam). It is suitable for students who to wish prepare themselves for postgraduate studies or careers in government service, journalism, teaching, research, foreign affairs and development.

To pursue a minor in Southeast Asian Studies, a student needs to complete 24 modular credits drawn from a range of modules with significant Southeast Asia content. A non-exhaustive list of module includes the following:

Level 1000
AF-XXXX Introduction to Southeast Asian Studies


Level 2000
AH-2401 Islam di Asia Tenggara
AH-2204 Islam in a Changing Southeast Asia
AH-2302 'History and Memory Wars' in Asia Pacific
AT-2405 Tourism in Southeast Asia


Level 3000
AA-3301 People & Cultures of SE Asia I
AA-3305 Asian Anthropology and Asian Anthropologists
AD-3301 Southeast Asia and the World
AH-3301 History and/as Popular Culture in Southeast Asia