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2009/10 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

EAST3705 Tourism and Development in South East Asia

20 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Prof VT King

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2009/10

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

Understand development in South East Asia from an anthropological and historical perspective including development planning: cultural and heritage tourism: sex and eco-tourism; environmental change; urban and rural resettlement; indigenous knowledge and healthcare. For further details see Department of East Asian Studies website


At the end of the module students will be expected to have achieved the following learning outcomes:
- broadened and refined their understanding of various dimensions of development in Southeast Asia from an anthropological and historical perspective including the ethics and methods of applied research; national development planning as an institution; cultural and heritage tourism, sex tourism and eco-tourism; environmental change; urban and rural resettlement; and indigenous knowledge and health care;
- deepened their knowledge and understanding of local level development processes and responses, and their relationship to national development agendas and global political and economic processes;
- developed their understanding of the nature of the interaction between local communities and development practices in Southeast Asia, and of anthropological approaches to enquiry and analysis;
- extended their skills of critical analysis of the principles and processes of local level development and the relationships between development theory, policy and practice from an anthropological perspective;
- demonstrated an advanced ability to gather, assimilate, sift, present (in written and oral forms) and debate the theoretical and empirical literature on anthropology and development in Southeast Asia;
- demonstrated enhanced skills of written exposition, exploration and expression of local level development issues in Southeast Asia from an anthropological perspective;
- completed at least one workshop exercise which is directed to developing skills of planning, teamwork, negotiation and presentation in the context of case-material on practical community development interventions in Southeast Asia.


The module examines anthropological perspectives on development in Southeast Asia. It focuses on the problems and prospects of undertaking applied research in the social sciences, and the particular ethical and methodological issues faced by anthropologists, given the complex and difficult relationships between anthropology, its work for governments and sponsoring bodies, and its commitment to local communities. Some attention is devoted to locating development work at the local level in the context of national development planning and global processes of change. Theories and concepts of development are related to 'real-world' issues through the examination of a range of substantive case-material. There is a particular focus on tourism development which presents challenges to anthropologists in the fields of social, cultural and environmental change. There is also consideration of a range of other development interventions for which we have substantial anthropological commentary and analysis; these include environmental change and deforestation, urban and rural resettlement, and indigenous knowledge and health care.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours180.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Preparation for lectures: 30 hours;
Reading after lectures: 42 hours;
Preparation for seminars: 12 hours;
Preparation for workshops: 24 hours;
Research & writing essay: 52 hours;
Preparation for exam: 20 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Seminar presentation.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Written WorkEITHER 1 x 3,000 word assessed essay (due by the end of week 8) OR 2 x 1,500 word workshop exercise write-ups (due 2 weeks after each workshop)50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 07/07/2010


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