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

Nationalisms and Nation-building in the Union of Burma/Myanmar

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

Registration/Deregistration

Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first serve).

Details

max. 25 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Depending on the final number of participants and the restrictions of the room, we will either have normal classes or a hybrid version, using Collaborate via Moodle with live/synchronized participation. In case of a major change of the pandemic situation, the course might be shifted to online-only. As all of this very much depends on the final number of participants, we will have a preliminary online meeting to set out the details at the beginning of the semester. Should you, out of personal, covid-19-related reasons, not be able to attend any potential in-person classes, please let me know and we will find a solution.

Thursday 08.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Thursday 15.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Thursday 22.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Thursday 29.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Thursday 05.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Thursday 12.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Thursday 19.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Thursday 26.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Thursday 03.12. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Thursday 10.12. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Thursday 17.12. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Thursday 07.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Thursday 14.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Thursday 21.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Thursday 28.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
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. Given that the Union of Myanmar will hold general elections on 8 November this year, we will follow the process closely and connect it with the topics dealt with in class.

We will also look at underlying aspects, e.g. Theravada Buddhism, colonialism, nationalism(s) etc. More specifically, we will look at the connection between (unfinished) state 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 state 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, and how such theories can be essential for understanding history in general (e.g. B. Anderson, A. D. Smith, W. Connor)
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 both scholarship and 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, the 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. Every student is also expected to hold one short presentation during the semester. The presentation should be related to the week’s respective topic and is rather aimed at reflecting the student’s own experience and thoughts and will not require extensive additional research.

Assessment and permitted materials

Weekly assignments (1-2 pages) on the readings (65% of final grade), active participation in class (35%), including a short presentation.

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

Don’t be afraid of English! You will not be downgraded due to grammar or other linguistic mistakes. Improving your academic English skills will improve your academic skills and outlook as a whole.
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.

Reading list

Will be put on moodle.

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)
Diplom UF Geschichte: Globalgeschichte, Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte

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).

Last modified: Mo 05.10.2020 09:48