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INR3002 Nationalism and Revolution in Southeast Asia

Semester 1, 2013 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities and Communication
Version produced : 21 July 2014

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Examiner: Richard Gehrmann
Moderator: Libby Connors


This course has been designed to enhance student understanding of the development of modern South-east Asian societies.


In order to develop an empathetic understanding of the complex issues which confront the Southeast Asian region today, it is necessary to recognise the persistence of tradition into the present, and the way in which contemporary behaviour may reflect long- established patterns of living and beliefs. This course focuses upon the development of modern South-east Asian countries in the period from 1800 to the present day.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrated an informed and critical awareness of major developments in the South-east Asian region;
  2. direct acquaintance with the major classical belief and value-systems of the region, and their influence on human behaviour over time;
  3. studied in depth the recent historical experience of at least ONE distinct society in the region.
  4. demonstrated cultural literacy through examination of South-East Asia through contemporary issues,
  5. demonstrated written communication skills appropriate to the discipline by preparing and submitting two assignments.
  6. demonstrated ethical research and enquiry skills by finding appropriate sources and adhering to norms of academic integrity.
  7. demonstrated management, planning and organisation skills by using feedback received on the first assignment to improve their performance in the second.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Approaches to modern South-east Asia 10.00
2. Traditional societies and cultural impacts 25.00
3. Case studies of Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia since 1800 60.00
4. Some contemporary international issues 5.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Knight, N & Heazle, M 2011, Understanding Australia's neighbours; An introduction to East and Southeast Asia, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne.
  • SarDesai, D R 2010, Southeast Asia: past and present, 4th edn, Westview Press, Boulder, CO.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Kingsbury, D 2001, Southeast Asia: political profiles, OUP, Melbourne.
  • Tarling, N 1998, Nations and states in Southeast Asia, Cambridge UP, New York.
  • Turnbull, C M 1989, A history of Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei, Allen & Unwin, Sydney.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 40.00
Examinations 2.00
Private Study 123.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 (1000 WORDS) 100 20 22 Mar 2013
ASSIGNMENT 2 (2000 WORDS Max) 100 40 17 May 2013
2 HOUR FINAL EXAMINATION 100 40 End S1 (see note 1)

  1. Exam dates will be advised when the timetable has been finalised.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this external course. However, it is the student's responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To successfully complete an individual assessment item, a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without extenuating circumstances and without prior approval, then a penalty of a maximum of 5% of the assigned mark may apply for each working day late, up to a maximum of 10 working days, at which time a mark of zero can be recorded for that assignment.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade, a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    The exam for this course is a RESTRICTED examination, and the only materials that candidates may use are writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination.) Students whose first language is not English may take an appropriate unmarked non-electronic translation dictionary (but not technical dictionary) into the examination. Dictionaries with any handwritten notes will not be permitted. Translation dictionaries will be subject to perusal and may be removed from the candidate's possession until appropriate disciplinary action is completed if found to contain material that could give the candidate an unfair advantage.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any deferred or supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. (a) The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner. (b) Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if requested by the Examiner. (c) In accordance with University's Assignment Extension Policy (Regulation 5.6.1), the examiner of a course may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances such as documented ill-health. (d) In the event that a due date for an assignment falls on a local public holiday in their area, such as a Show holiday, the due date for the assignment will be the next day. Students are to note on the assignment cover the date of the public holiday for the examiner's convenience. (e) Students who do not have regular access to postal services or who are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements. (f) Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in the course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of the course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded the temporary grade: IM (Incomplete-Makeup). An IM grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non-directed personal study. (g) Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or sit for an examination at the scheduled time, may apply to defer an assessment in the course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded: IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  2. Students will require access to email and have internet access to UConnect for this course.

  3. Students may be assigned an "Incomplete" grade to signify that all the requirements of the course have not yet been met. Students who are graded "I" can pass the course by successfully completing such additional work as prescribed by the examiner by a given date. Students who have been awarded an IM, ISM, IDM or IDB grade must access information regarding further work to be completed, in the Student Centre of U Connect. The Grades Page in the Student Centre contains information about further work to be completed. Students who have not completed the additional work to the satisfaction of the examiner by the given date will receive the appropriate Failing grade.