This course is an interdisciplinary introduction course to the countries and societies of Southeast Asia. It explores regional patterns and uniquely local features of the societies. Southeast Asia was for centuries a crossroad between India and China, and then between Europe and the Orient. Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Confucianism, and Christianity have all gained large followings, and the region's patchwork of cultures reflects an evolving blend of these diverse historical and religious influences and the indigenous ideas and institutions that they encountered. This course provides a sense of the geography and history of the region while exploring some local social, cultural, political, and economic issues.
Triad: Social Science or Language/Global Issues