Fourth Year

CURRICULUM FOR B.A. DEGREE
Semester I

Foundation Courses
Eng 4001 (3) English

Core Courses
Hist 4101 (4) Myanmar Historiography I
Hist 4102 (4) Myanmar Historical Literature I
Hist 4103 (4) Contemporary Southeast Asia I
Hist 4104 (4) Modern Middle East I
Hist 4105 (4) International Relations since 1945 I

Semester II

Foundation Courses
Eng 4002 (3) English

Core Courses
Hist 4106 (4) Myanmar Historiography II
Hist 4107 (4) Myanmar Historical Literature II
Hist 4108 (4) Contemporary Southeast Asia II
Hist 4109 (4) Modern Middle East II
Hist 4110 (4) International Relations since 1945 II

 

Myanmar Historiography II

Fourth Year (Semester-II)

Core course for History Specialization (Hist -4106)

 

I. Introduction
  1. Locating the content of the course within the discipline
  2. Locating the course within the curriculum

 

a. Locating the content of the course within the disciplined

This course focuses on the study the Myanmar chronicles of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and their influence upon historical writing. This course covers wide range of topics; how modern historical writing in Myanmar emerged, the Records of Royal Exploits in Myanmar mentioned in chronicle, the records of important events in Myanmar and the importance of Ayedawbon treatises in Myanmar historical writing.

 

b. Locating the course within the curriculum

The course is a part of B.A Degree for Fourth Year, B.A (History Specialization) students of University of Yangon.

 

II-III. Aims and Learning outcomes
  1. Academic Aims, Goals
  2. Learning Outcomes (objectives)

 

a. Academic Aims:

The course aims are as follows:

  • To study of the chronicles of Myanmar in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and analyse their influence upon historical writing
  • To discuss how Myanmar historical writing were develope

 

b. Learning Outcomes:

After participation in class discussions and assignments, students should be able to:

  • gain knowledge about Myanmar chronicles compiled in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and comprehend how Myanmar historiographical documents are important for the study of Myanmar historiography.

By the end of the semester students would be able to:

  • realize how to use Myanmar historiographical documents for their further historical study and research.

 

IV. Structure of the course

The course is structured in three chapters; Modern Historical Writing in Myanmar 1724-1974, Records of Royal Exploits, and Records of Important Events in Myanmar historiography.

The course has five main parts: Students will be introduced how modern historical writing in Myanmar was developed. For a better understanding of the Modern Historical Writing in Myanmar, the students will learn the chronicles in the fifteenth century and the end of the seventeenth century, U Kala’s method and style of composition, and Merits and demerits in the First and the Second Mahayazawin, the Konbaungset Mahayazawin as a continuation to the second Mahazawingyi, a gradual change in the method of historical writing, and about the Burma Research Society. In the second part, the story of Minyin Naratheinkha, the story of Narathihapate and the venerable monk envoy of Bagan will be learned for a better understanding of the Records of Royal Exploits in Myanmar. The importance of Ayedawbon treaties in Myanmar history and the Bayintnaung’s Bell Inscription will be studied to know how Myanmar historical events can be revealed from historical document in the third part.

 

Myanmar Historical Literature II

Fourth Year (Semester-II)

Core course for History Specialization (Hist -4107)

 

I. Introduction
  1. Locating the content of the course within the discipline
  2. Locating the course within the curriculum

 

a. Locating the content of the course within the disciplined

Study is made to know about the types of historical sources:  its value and limitation. Discussions are made on different forms of Myanmar historical sources: stone inscriptions, wall-painting, painting on parabike manuscript, royal orders, inquests, governmental reports, censuses, gazetteers, newspapers and periodicals and etc.

b. Locating the course within the curriculum

The course is a part of B.A. Degree for Fourth year (History Specialization) students of University of Yangon.

 

II-III. Aims and Learning outcomes
  1. Academic Aims, Goals
  2. Learning Outcomes (objectives)

 

a. Aims:

The course aims are as follows:

  • To know about historical sources in Myanmar literature,
  • To be easy for searching for sources when the students do research paper or thesis.

 

b. Learning Outcomes:

After participation in class discussions and assignments, students should be able to:

  • identify what are the historical sources of a certain period and how to use the sources of Myanmar History.

By the end of the semester students would be able to:

  • analyze the historical sources which one belongs to ancient, medieval or modern period,
  • identify what source is primary or secondary one , and
  • apply the needs for references to a certain field of area which belongs to political, social or economic sector.
IV. Structure of the course

The course is composed of historical sources for Ancient History of Myanmar; that of Medieval History of Myanmar and Modern History of Myanmar. The course contains four parts: in the first part, students study on stone inscriptions in Pali, Sanskrit, Pyu, Mon, and Myanmar which are found in Myanmar, in the second part, study is made on historical sources and interpretation on the sources how to use for doing political, economic or social history. In the third part, students learn poetic literature in Myanmar: pyo (epic of Jataka) of the Inwa Period, egyins (historical ballads) of the Taunggu Period, and Mawgun (Royal Eulogy) and use as historical sources. It belongs to the Medieval Myanmar. In the fourth part, students do study on sources dealing with Modern Myanmar: newspapers, periodicals, governmental reports, memoirs, and statements.

 

Cultural History of Myanmar (Post Independence Period)

Fourth Year (Semester II)

Core Course for Myanmar Studies Specialization (MS-4108)

 

I. Introduction
  1. Locating the content of the course within the discipline
  2. Locating the course within the curriculum

 

a. Locating the content of the course within the disciplined

The intention of the course is to illustrate the literature, art and architecture, film and  music of Myanmar (1948 – 1974). The course covers the political conditions, and the changes and development of performing arts in Myanmar. This course discusses how the changes and development of Myanmar art and architecture,  music , films and literature .

b. Locating the course within the curriculum

The course is a part of B. A Degree for fourth year (Myanmar Studies Specialization) students of University of Yangon.

 

II-III. Aims and Learning outcomes
  1. Academic Aims, Goals
  2. Learning Outcomes (objectives)

 

a. Aims:

The course aims are as follows:

  1. To give students to contrast the political conditions of Myanmar after independence period.
  2. To know about the Myanmar’s literature and performing arts.

 

b. Learning Outcomes:

After participation in class discussion and class work, students should be able to:

  • appraise the situation of the country during the different administrations of the 7 different governments, and
  • assess the standard of Myanmar’s literature and culture under the administration of the Myanmar Socialist Programme party.

By the end of the semester students would be able to:

  • know the political situation of Myanmar after the Myanmar independence period, and
  • classify the standard of Myanmar Literature and Culture.

 

IV. Structure of the course

The course is structured in three sections. The first part covers background history of Myanmar after independence period. The second part of the course contains the Culture of Post-Independence Period (1948-1962) and the third part of the course includes the Culture of Post-Independence Period (1962-1974).

 

Modern Middle East II

Fourth Year (History) (Semester-II)

Core course for History Specialization (Hist-4109)

 

I. Introduction
  1. Locating the content of the course within the discipline
  2. Locating the course within the curriculum

 

a. Locating the content of the course within the disciplined

The course focuses on the historical events of Middle East over the period from the end of World War II until the present. This course examines the Israel and the Arab-Israeli conflict, the involvement of the Great Powers in that region, the creation of Israel and the wars of Arab-Israeli conflict, Cold War on the Arab-Israeli conflict and the significant Yom Kippur war. It concludes with the discussion and analyze on the PLO, the West Bank and the Lebanon Wars in 1982.

 

b. Locating the course within the curriculum

The course is a part of B.A. Degree for Fourth year (History Specialization) students of University of Yangon.

 

II-III. Aims and Learning outcomes
  1. Academic Aims, Goals
  2. Learning Outcomes (objectives)

 

a. Aims:

The course aims are as follows:

  • To introduce students to the major political, social and economic challenges in Middle East.
  • To provide students with a systematic review for the emergence of the modern states in the Middle East from the fall of the Ottoman Empire, at the end of the First World War to the 1980s.

 

b. Learning Outcomes:

After participation in class discussions and assignments, students should be able to:

  • Criticize the solid overview of the main events, developments and trends in the history of the Middle East in the 20th century
  • Identify the cycles of the conflict through the wars of 1948, 1956, 1967.

By the end of the semester students would be able to:

  • Discuss the history of the Middle East in the 20th century

 

IV. Structure of the course

The course is structured in five broad sections. The first part illustrate the Israel and the Arab-Israeli Conflict. The second part of the course covers the Great Powers and the Middle East. The third part of the course includes Cold War Polarization of the Arab-Israeli Conflict (1957-1966).  The fourth part of the course covers The Yam Kipur War (1973) and it’s Antecedents. The last part of the course is The PLO, the West Bank and the Lebanon Wars (1982).

The course has five main parts:

 

International Relations Since 1945 II

Fourth Year (Semester-II)

Core course for History Specialization (Hist -4110)

 

I. Introduction
  1. Locating the content of the course within the discipline
  2. Locating the course within the curriculum

 

a. Locating the content of the course within the disciplined

This course focuses on the study of the changes of international system, the conditions of US-Soviet relations, the exploitation of the US to approach due to the Sino-Soviet split, the powers involved in the Middle Eastern regions, the problem of Northern and Southern Korea. In addition the spread of nuclear testing, the agreement of partial nuclear test ban, the achievements of the UNO, the Third World emerged as a power in the UNO.

 

b. Locating the course within the curriculum

The course is a part of B.A Degree for Fourth Year, B.A (History Specialization) students of University of Yangon.

 

II-III. Aims and Learning outcomes
  1. Academic Aims, Goals
  2. Learning Outcomes (objectives)

 

a. Academic Aims:

The course aims are as follows:

  • To study the changes of international system and US-Soviet Relations and conditions of world superpowers and international situations and effort of disarmament after 1945
  • To comprehend how these changes and conditions in international relations shaped the world’s politics after 1945.

 

b. Learning Outcomes:

After participation in class discussions and assignments, students should be able to:

  • gain knowledge about the international relations after World War II and the emergence of world superpowers and conflicts among them and effort of disarmament, and the role of UNO in international relations after 1945.

By the end of the semester students would be able to:

comprehend how the international relations after World War II (after 1945) shaped and how the world’s superpower struggled to influence in international relations and the conditions of world’s politics and effort of disarmament after 1945.

 

IV. Structure of the course

The course is structured in four chapters; Changes in International Relations, The Powers and the Third World, Effort at Disarmament, and Changing Role of the United Nations. The course covers understanding of the Changes in International Relations, the powers involved in the Middle East and involvement of the Powers in Africa and Latin America affairs and the agreement of partial nuclear test ban, the knowledge of SALT, the role of the United Nations after 1945. Students will be learned the changes of international system, U.S Soviet Relations and the gradual deterioration of Sino-Soviet split in the first chapter. The powers involved in the Middle East and the problem of Northern and Southern Korea will be studied by the students in the second chapter. Students will study the spread of nuclear testing and agreement of SALT in the third chapter. The achievement of UNO and the implementation of UNO will be learned in the fourth chapter.