Introduction


The doctoral program in Southeast Asian Studies is offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences, which is proud of its originality. Our program is the first, the one and only, of its kind in Thailand. How does Southeast Asia differ from other regions in the world? For one thing, it is the hub of AEC (ASEAN Economic Cooperation) which will be actualized fully in 2015. The program examines the emergence of the ASEAN community and recent patterns derived from the integration of historical, economic, social, and cultural evolution. The main purpose is to identify roots of the current citizens-the gateway to factual understanding of the peoples of Southeast Asia. Adequately sorting out the factors that shape ASEAN idiosyncrasies can best be accomplished via comparative research drawing on both qualitative and quantitative methodologies prevalent in our doctoral students’ endeavors.

Objectives

The program focuses on the interdisciplinary approach, targeting the Southeast Asian region as the “object of analysis.” The curriculum is aimed at graduate students from diverse disciplines who want to explore Southeast Asia in all dimensions possible as researchers. The area of study covers mentalities or thinking systems, philosophies, civilizations, histories, economics, politics, societies, cultures, ethnographies, religions, languages, and the environs. Practice-led research overcomes divisions between social theory and action research, and between creative practice and evidence-based research. Students are, therefore, encouraged to examine a range of undertakings, understood integratively and enabling students to carry out studies on their own at an advanced level. Graduates will be endowed with expertise in the most up-to-date knowledge of Southeast Asia and ASEAN Studies, especially, current issues in development and possible solutions. Expansion of the body of knowledge in ASEAN including systematic knowledge is one distinctive advantage of this program.

Special Admission Requirements

(See also general university graduate school requirements.)

Applicants for

  • Options 1.1 and 1.2 are expected to have a master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning in multidisciplinary programs, such as social sciences, humanities, Asian Studies, Southeast Asian Studies and other related area studies. For option 1.1, additional requirements are sponsored research at the national level or publications in professional journals or by reputable publishers. Other considerations are under the committee’s discretion.
  • Option 2.2 is designed for applicants with a bachelor’s degree of at least a 3.5 G.P.A., assessed to possess research potential. At the committee’s discretion, some applicants might be required to take additional courses relevant to the dissertation topics.

Medium of Instruction

  • Thai and English

Research Focus

  • Identity and Roots of Ethnic Groups and Cultures
  • Multidisciplinary Approach in the Evolution Histories
  • Idiosyncrasies of economics and social systems unique in Southeast Asia.
  • Systematic KM of ASEAN

Requirements for Graduation

In accordance with the Graduate School Rules and Regulations.

Credit Requirements*

Requirements Option 1.1 Option 2.1 Option 2.2
Coursework - 12 24
Core Courses - 6 15
Electives - 6 9
Required Non-credit Courses 3 3 6
Dissertation 48 36 48
Total 48 48 72

* Minimum credits requirements

Core Courses

Requirements Option 1.1 Option 2.1 Option 2.2
Course No. Credits Course No. Credits Course No. Credits
Area Studies and the Disciplines: A Theoretical Exploration - - 834611 3 834611 3
Key Contemporary Thinkers: From Structuralism to Postcolonialism - - 834612 3 834612 3
The State of Southeast Asian Studies - - - - 834511 3
Theories and Concepts in Pre-modern Southeast Asia - - - - 834512 3
Theories and Concepts in Modern Southeast Asia - - - - 834513 3
Total 0 0 2 6 5 15

Electives

Requirements Option 1.1 Option 2.1 Option 2.2
Course No. Credits Course No. Credits Course No. Credits
Cultural and Social History in Southeast Asia - - - - 834521 3
Economic Geography in Southeast Asia - - - - 834522 3
Contemporary Politics in Southeast Asia - - - - 834523 3
Religious Movements in Southeast Asia - - - - 834524 3
World Heritage and Museum in Southeast Asia - - - - 834525 3
Creative Tourism in Southeast Asia - - - - 834526 3
Popular Culture in Southeast Asia - - - - 834527 3
Contemporary Literature in Southeast Asia - - - - 834528 3
Historiography and Subjectivity in Southeast Asia - - 834621 3 834621 3
Cultural Commodification and Creative Economy in Southeast Asia - - 834622 3 834622 3
Bodies and Border in Southeast Asia - - 834623 3 834623 3
Human Ecology and Landscape in Southeast Asia - - 834624 3 834624 3
Disease and Medicine in Southeast Asia - - 834625 3 834625 3
Sexuality and Gender in Southeast Asia - - 834626 3 834626 3
Buddhism in Contemporary Southeast Asia - - 834627 3 834627 3
Special Topic in Southeast Asian Studies - - 834628 3 834628 3
Total - - 8 >=6 16 >=9

Required Non-credit Courses

Requirements Option 1.1 Option 2.1 Option 2.2
Course No. Credits Course No. Credits Course No. Credits
Research Methodology in Social Sciences - - - - 834501 3
Seminar in Southeast Asian Studies 1 834601 1 834601 1 834601 1
Seminar in Southeast Asian Studies 2 834602 1 834602 1 834602 1
Seminar in Southeast Asian Studies 3 834603 1 834603 1 834603 1
Total 3 3 3 3 4 6

Dissertation Credit Requirements

Requirements Option 1.1 Option 2.1 Option 2.2
Course No. Credits Course No. Credits Course No. Credits
Dissertation 1 834661 9 834671 9 834681 8
Dissertation 2 834662 9 834672 9 834682 10
Dissertation 3 834663 9 834673 9 834683 10
Dissertation 4 834664 9 834674 9 834684 10
Dissertation 5 834665 9 - - 834685 10
Dissertation 6 834666 3 - - - -
Total 6 48 4 36 5 48

Course Descriptions

834501 Research Methodology in Social Sciences 3(3-0-6)
In-depth study of research definitions, characteristics, goals, and types of research process, research problems, variables, hypothesis, data collection and analysis, proposal and research report writing, research evaluation, research application, ethics in research, and research techniques in social sciences.
834511 The State of Southeast Asian Studies 3(2-2-5)
Comprehensive inquiry on the development of Southeast Asian Studies from the writings of native and foreign scholars during the pre-colonial period of Western scholars and the colonial era, the writings of nationalists in the late colonial period, the emergence of Southeast Asian Studies in the US after decolonization, the trend of not adhering to the US models towards the indigenization of Southeast Asian Studies, and the establishment of Southeast Asian Studies within the region.
834512 Theories and Concepts in Pre-modern Southeast Asia 3(2-2-5)
Theories and concepts in understanding pre-modern Southeast Asia including its mode of production, economic and socio-political structure, traditional state, and cultural patterns.
834513 Theories and Concepts in Modern Southeast Asia 3(2-2-5)
Theories and concepts in understanding modern Southeast Asia including topics, such as nationalism and nation state, modernity and modernization, Orientalism and post-colonial society, socialism, liberal democracy, authoritarianism, feminism, sexuality, ethnicity, and identity.
834521 Cultural and Social History in Southeast Asia 3(2-2-5)
Examination of the cultural and social history in traditional and modern Southeast Asia; discussion of topics emphasizing daily life, work, family, leisure, gender, and other areas of social experiences.
834522 Economic Geography in Southeast Asia 3(2-2-5)
The dynamics and development of economic space in Southeast Asia; discussion on topics of the geography of trade and trade-routes in pre-colonial Southeast Asia, the colonial economic system and the transformation of the economic structure in the region, the capitalist economy and economic nationalism (capitalist model and socialist model), foreign investment and economic liberalization, and economic regionalization.
834523 Contemporary Politics in Southeast Asia 3(2-2-5)
A scrutiny on political and economic liberalism in Southeast Asia; discussion on the topics of adaptation of dominant political institutions to liberal trends; political and ideological resistance to liberalism from both traditional and modern institutions including significant responses by the armed forces, religious organizations, student movements, non-governmental organizations, mass media, and academia.
834524 Religious Movements in Southeast Asia 3(2-2-5)
Diversity of religious beliefs in Southeast Asia; in-depth analysis on topics of adaptation and co-existence between different religious groups, negotiation between faith and reason in modernizing Southeast Asia, secularization in Southeast Asia’s social and political domain, the rise of fundamentalist movements and the role of traditional religious institutions, popular religious movements, religious hybridity in the borderless era, the transformation of religious institutions and practices to capitalist society, and the relationship between church and state in Southeast Asia.
834525 World Heritage and Museums in Southeast Asia 3(2-2-5)
The composition of world heritage and the national identity and tourism industry in Southeast Asia; inquiry on topics dealing with commodification of cultural heritage sites, the evolution of new traditions, museums and archeological sites as cultural resources in Southeast Asia.
834526 Creative Tourism in Southeast Asia 3(2-2-5)
Concepts and theories of innovative thinking and creative tourism, potential of Southeast Asian governments, role of private and public sectors in creative tourism, paradigms of sustainable development in creative tourism, forms and trends of creative tourism in Southeast Asia, and a student field-trip in one of the Southeast Asian countries.
834527 Popular Culture in Southeast Asia 3(2-2-5)
Mass media in the age of media revolution; a synthesis of topics of the press, cinema, radio, television and fashion in Southeast Asia including network media, the Internet, individualism in the post mass-culture era, and the influence of media on Southeast Asian society, culture, politics, and morality.
834528 Contemporary Literature in Southeast Asia 3(2-2-5)
Overview of Southeast Asian literature and trends of critical literary studies; selected contemporary literary cannons in Southeast Asia and will privileges on literary criticism theories with emphasis on modes of thought, structures of feeling, consciousness, and the changing conditions of the socio-economic, political, and cultural structure.
834601 Seminar in Southeast Asian Studies 1 1(0-2-1)
Seminar on significant and current issues in Southeast Asian studies.
834602 Seminar in Southeast Asian Studies 2 1(0-2-1)
Seminar on significant and current issues in Southeast Asian studies.
834603 Seminar in Southeast Asian Studies 3 1(0-2-1)
Focus on the progress of a candidate’s dissertation through discussion and seminar.
834611 Area Studies and Disciplines: A Theoretical Exploration 3(2-2-5)
Overview of the development of area studies after WWII, tensions between discipline-based and area-focused studies, area-based theories and transcendental theories, provincializing European theories and area-focused concepts, area studies and globalization theory.
834612 Key Contemporary Thinkers: from Structuralism to Post-colonialism 3(2-2-5)
Influential contemporary thinkers in social sciences and humanities; student synthesis and discussion of selected major texts written by philosophers in structuralism, Marxism, critical theory, deconstruction, post-structuralism, postmodernism, semiotics, literary theory, gender studies, identity, and post-colonialism.
834621 Historiography and Subjectivity in Southeast Asia 3(2-2-5)
Conflict in Southeast Asian historiography and its subjectivity to articulate repressed voices, memories, and experiences of the colonized and the marginalized people in Southeast Asia; exploration of topics on historiography of politics, evolution of historical knowledge, and contesting historical discourses in Southeast Asia.
834622 Cultural Commodification and Creative Economy in Southeast Asia 3(2-2-5)
Concepts and theories of cultural management and creative economy, culture in different economic dimensions, contemporary issue on the creation of value added culture and cultural resources including its impact in Southeast Asian political, economic, and social context; student presentation of an individual study of the cultural management of one of the states in Southeast Asia.
834623 Bodies and Borders in Southeast Asia 3(2-2-5)
An inquiry of borders in Southeast Asia, theoretical insights; investigation on topics dealing with nation-state, ethnicity, gender, labor, hybridity, violence, and transitions that decisively affect the concept and function of borders in Southeast Asia.
834624 Human Ecology and Landscape in Southeast Asia 3(2-2-5)
Concepts of the relationship between human beings and ecology in traditional societies of Southeast Asia; discussion on topics of changes in the pattern of natural resource usage and how these changes are linked to the cultural domain, population, expansion, birth of the nation-state, and economy; emphasis on topics of social and political changes that lead to environmental crisis and the rise of the environmental movement in Southeast Asia.
834625 Disease and Medicine in Southeast Asia 3(2-2-5)
Diseases and medical practices in Southeast Asia, the globalization of diseases after the discovery of the New World in 1492, the birth of modern scientific medicine and its influence, medical discourse and the health of the population, and public health and medicine in postcolonial Southeast Asia.
834626 Sexuality and Gender in Southeast Asia 3(2-2-5)
Gender, sexuality, and its movement in contemporary Southeast Asia; analysis of topics on knowledge formations and the repositions of sexual knowledge, feminist epistemology, and feminist stance in knowledge formation about diversity in sexuality.
834627 Buddhism in Contemporary Southeast Asia 3(2-2-5)
Traditions and commentary of the Buddhist cannons, schools of thought and sects in Southeast Asia, Buddhist lives and everyday practices of the society, popularity of Buddhism and the material world, traditional religious institutions, such as the Sangha organization and the politics in Southeast Asia.
834628 Special Topic in Southeast Asian Studies 3(2-2-5)
Seminar on significant and current issues in Southeast Asian studies.
834661 Dissertation 1, Option 1.1 9 Credits
Proposal of a research topic, and literature review as assigned by the dissertation advisor.
834662 Dissertation 2, Option 1.1 9 Credits
Writing a draft of a research proposal including research topic, description of the problems and purposes of the study, and research methodologies in brief supported with extensive review of related literature.
834663 Dissertation 3, Option 1.1 9 Credits
Writing a complete research proposal comprising the details of research components, nomination of a prospective dissertation advisor to the Graduate school, and application for a dissertation proposal defense.
834664 Dissertation 4, Option 1.1 9 Credits
Collection and analysis of the data, and report of the research progress to a dissertation advisor.
834665 Dissertation 5, Option 1.1 9 Credits
Collection and analysis of additional data, and report of research progress to a dissertation advisor.
834666 Dissertation 6, Option 1.1 3 Credits
Writing a dissertation, application for a final dissertation defense, revision of the dissertation according to the major or minor amendments recommended by the examination committee, and submission of the dissertation to the Graduate School.
834671 Dissertation 1, Option 2.1 9 Credits
Writing a draft of a research proposal including research topic, description of the problems and purposes of the study, and research methodologies in brief supported with extensive review of related literature.
834672 Dissertation 2, Option 2.1 9 Credits
Writing a complete research proposal comprising details of research components, nomination of a prospective dissertation advisor to the Graduate School, and application for a dissertation proposal defense.
834673 Dissertation 3, Option 2.1 9 Credits
Collection and analysis of the data, and report of the research progress to a dissertation advisor.
834674 Dissertation 4, Option 2.1 9 Credits
Writing a dissertation, application for final dissertation defense, revision of the dissertation according to the major or minor amendments recommended by the examination committee, and submission the dissertation to the Graduate School.
834681 Dissertation 1, Option 2.2 8 Credits
Proposing a research topic and conducting a literature review as assigned by a dissertation advisor.
834682 Dissertation 2, Option 2.2 10 Credits
Writing a draft of a research proposal including research topic, description of the problems and purposes of the study, and research methodologies in brief supported with extensive review of related literature.
834683 Dissertation 3, Option 2.2 10 Credits
Writing a complete research proposal comprising the details of research components, nomination of a prospective dissertation advisor to the Graduate School, and application for a dissertation proposal defense.
834684 Dissertation 4, Option 2.2 10 Credits
Collection and analysis of the data, and report of the research progress to a dissertation advisor.
834682 Dissertation 5, Option 2.2 10 Credits
Writing a dissertation, application for a final dissertation defense, revision of the dissertation according to the major or minor amendments recommended by the examination committee, and submission of the dissertation to the Graduate School.

Course Organisers

Dean Noparak, Panyupa (Assoc. Prof.)
Program Director Puaksom, Davisakd (Ph.D., Asst. Prof.)
Graduate Faculty Full Members Aneksuk, Boonyasarit (Ph.D. Asst. Prof.)

Panyavuttrakul, Wasin (D.A.)

Satapanawatana, Jiraphon (Ph.D., Assoc. Prof.)

Teeraviriyakul, Udomporn (Ph.D.)