Summer 2022 - HIST 200 D100

Making History: Introduction to Historical Research (3)

Class Number: 2293

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 10 – Aug 8, 2022: Mon, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.



Learning history by doing history. Introduction to a historical problem, and learning how to build and defend a historical interpretation through the analysis of primary and secondary sources. Small seminar format will allow hands-on experience developing research, writing, and presentation skills applicable to other history courses. Breadth-Humanities/Social Sciences.


Southeast Asia in Global History 

Southeast Asia is the elephant in the history profession. Despite its size and importance--its population larger than Latin America's, its economy larger than Africa's, its surface area larger than Europe's--it has been, by far, the major region least studied by historians. Overlooked between South and East Aisa, it's precisely that strategic geography that makes Southeast Asia so interesting to world historians. No region has been so globalized for so long. Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, industrialization, westernization, colonization, post-colonization, and modernity more generally have all added to the complexity already present among the many Indigenous societies here. For example, Malacca was founded in 1396 as a trading entrepot at the nearby straits, and soon became arguably the most diverse and globally connected city on the planet: Soon its parrots were impressing visitors with their multilingualism, and one resident, a pharmacist from Portugal, marvelled that "Whoever is lord of Malacca has his hand on the throat of Venice." 

We'll spend this semester in the history of Southeast Asia while we help reverse this professional neglect by conducting our own research projects. While the course will focus on the mainland, your project can look at any aspect of Southeast Asia, at any time through its history. Global projects (the history of Thai restaurants in Vancouver?) are especially welcome. Each week we'll look at one aspect of the region's history, with topics collectively chosen, and take one step forward on our research projects.


  • Attendance and participation 20%
  • Two oral presentations on your research 5%
  • Short assignments developing components of the research paper (e.g. drafts, bibliography, statement of topic) 55%
  • Final research paper (8 pages) 20%


Although this is an in-person course, there will be an alternative asynchronous and remote pathway towards successfully completing the course



  • Craig Lockhart, Southeast Asia in World History (2009)
  • Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Eighth Edition (2013)

 Other readings will be made available online

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