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240122 VO+UE VM6 / VM3 - Space, Mobility and Inequality in Southeast Asia (2021S)

Continuous assessment of course work


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


max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

The course will start online. If covid regulations allow, it will be switched to in-person.

Monday 15.03. 11:30 - 14:45 Digital
Monday 12.04. 11:30 - 14:45 Digital
Monday 26.04. 11:30 - 14:45 Digital
Monday 10.05. 11:30 - 14:45 Digital
Seminarraum 6, Kolingasse 14-16, EG00
Monday 31.05. 11:30 - 14:45 Digital
Seminarraum 6, Kolingasse 14-16, EG00
Monday 14.06. 11:30 - 14:45 Digital
Seminarraum 6, Kolingasse 14-16, EG00
Monday 28.06. 11:30 - 14:45 Digital
Seminarraum 6, Kolingasse 14-16, EG00


Aims, contents and method of the course

The course addresses various spatial dimensions of current social phenomena in Southeast Asia, a region characterized by striking inequalities, economic diversity and cultural plurality. A number of societal dynamics and transformation processes, often subsumed under development, will be discussed and analysed throughout the course, trying to understand development, and development research, from different disciplinary perspectives as well as from different regional angles. Development studies are primarily concerned with the study of regional differences leading to global inequalities, with geographical distribution of chances and freedoms, with movement and mobility of people, goods and ideas, with restructuring of scales as expressions of changing hierarchies of power. We will discuss how the spatial turn makes us turn to relationality, interdependence and simultaneity in social science research. We will see how space, place and locality can be valuable methodological and analytical lenses to study complex and dynamic societal phenomena. We will discuss how areas, regions and territories are constructed and how their historicity is ingrained in their symbolic and political meaning. We will further identify distinct politics of scale and the changing hierarchies of power, particularly in the related process of centralised and peripheralized locations. And we will try to understand how scientists and researchers, particularly in development and area studies, can navigate the structures of time and space as useful perspectives in grasping and understanding structural inequalities. The following topics will be covered:
1. Geography of Development in Southeast Asia
2. “The Urban-Rural nexus”
3. Food Security and Agrarian Change
4. Dispossession, Displacement and Land Conflicts
5. Transnational Migration
6. Gender, Care and Labour Division
7. Environmental Transborder Justice

Assessment and permitted materials

For a successful completion of the course the following accomplishments have to be achieved:
• Regular participation in class and active involvement in discussion
• Reading of papers and reading notes
• Literature search and review
• Presentation in class
• final essay

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

• Active participation (discussion of literature, participation during sessions and in online forum, including groups presentation)
• Reading responses, in writing
• Reflection, final essay

Examination topics

The examination will encompass the work items as outlined in the course requirements

Reading list

All texts for compulsory readings can be downloaded in the Moodle course.

Association in the course directory

VM6 / VM3;

Last modified: We 21.04.2021 11:26