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070309 UE Guided Reading Political History - Narratives in Conflict (2020S)

Nationalisms and Nation-building in Burma/Myanmar

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 7 - Geschichte
Continuous assessment of course work

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Details

max. 25 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 05.03. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Thursday 19.03. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Thursday 26.03. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Thursday 02.04. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Thursday 23.04. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Thursday 30.04. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Thursday 07.05. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Thursday 14.05. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Thursday 28.05. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Thursday 04.06. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Thursday 18.06. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Thursday 25.06. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Content: The history, society, politics and conflicts of Burma, with a focus on the 19th and especially the 20th century, up until today’s “transition to democracy” and (mass) atrocities in the conflicts. We will also look at underlying aspects, e.g. Theravada Buddhism, colonialism, nationalism(s) etc. More specifically, we will examine the connection between (unfinished) nation building and the many (violent) conflicts raging in the country until today. We will focus on the different historical narratives and collective memories prevalent amongst the various ethnic groups and on the central state’s narrative, how they stand in conflict with each other, and how these narratives impact said nation building and violent conflicts.

Goals: The course has several aims:
a) It aims to give students a basic understanding of the above mentioned content.
b) It aims to give students an understanding of how theories on nationalism and collective memory can be helpful in understanding these aspects, with a focus on Benedict Anderson’s concept of “Imagined Communities”.
c) It aims to help students develop a critical approach towards writing and researching history, especially an awareness of retrospective national reading and writing of history and how this impacts politics around the world today.
d) It aims to help students develop an understanding of the changing nature of human collective identities through time and space, with a focus on the emergence of the “nation” as the pre-eminent such identity in modern times.
e) It aims to help students develop an awareness of being precise in their academic work.

In all of this, Burma will serve as the main example, but not as the only one. We will compare Burma to other countries, especially looking at the differences between the emergence and development of nationalism in Burma and Europe. Students are highly encouraged to reflect their own countries’ background in this regard and add their thoughts into the discussion.

Methods: The course is a guided reading, meaning we will read both original sources, as well as academic texts every week. Students are expected to thoroughly read the texts and write short assignments (1-2 pages) along guiding questions for every session, so as to be able to properly discuss the texts in class. Debate is an essential ingredient for good academic work, so students are expected to actively participate in class.

Assessment and permitted materials

Weekly assignments (1-2 pages) on the readings (70% of final grade), active participation in class (30%).

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Each assignment and class participation will be graded 0-100.
<51 points = 5 (fail)
52-62 = 4
63-74 = 3
75-87 = 2
88-100 = 1

You will need to be positive in both parts (written and participation) to pass!
Please remember not to take too many classes with weekly assignments per semester. For a Guided Reading, an estimated 5.5 hours per week are assumed for reading and assignment writing in addition to the time spent at the class itself!

Examination topics

No exam, no final essay or similar.

Reading list

Will be published in due time.

Association in the course directory

Vertiefung zu: VO Politikgeschichte

BA Geschichte (2012): Neuzeit, Zeitgeschichte (4 ECTS)
BA Geschichte (2019): Politikgeschichte (5 ECTS)
BEd UF Geschichte: Globalgeschichte, Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte (4 ECTS)

Interdisziplinäres MA Zeitgeschichte und Medien (Version 2016): M4b Wahlbereich - Spezialthemen zu Zeitgeschichte und Medien II (5 ECTS).
Interdisziplinäres MA Zeitgeschichte und Medien (Version 2019): M4b Wahlbereich - Spezialthemen zu Zeitgeschichte und Medien II, Bereich Zeitgeschichte (5 ECTS).

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