The Department of History was founded in 1920 as the Department of Chronicle (Yazawin) when the University of Yangon (formerly Rangoon) was first established. When Myanmar gained independence in 1948, the name of the department changed to Political Science and Far East History. When a new education system was started in 1964 the department was designated the Department of History; this name remains.
The Department of History offers courses in Ancient, Modern and Contemporary Myanmar History, Ancient and Modern South East Asian History, Nation Building of South East Asia, the Middle East, Far Eastern History (Japan, Korea and China), American and Russian History, World History, Myanmar History and Culture, Myanmar Studies, Environmental History, Political Science, International Relations, History of Science and Technology, Research Methodology.

DEGREES OFFERED ARE:

  • B.A. History (4 years)
  • B.A. Hons, History (5 years)
  • M.A History (2 years)
  • M.Res History (1 year)
  • Ph.D History (5 years)
  • Diploma in Myanmar History and Culture (1 year)

Most research is related to Myanmar History with a special focus on the Political, Economic and Social History of Myanmar. The Ancient History of Myanmar based on stone Inscriptions is a popular subject.  The Cultural History and Religions of Myanmar are less well researched.

We realise that we should do research on Contemporary Myanmar History, Women’s History, Nuns’ history, the History of modern Non-government Organisations (NGOs) and International NGOs History,  Myanmar Democracy and Human Rights etc.  We need to reconsider our fields of study, how and why our research on Myanmar should be produced. We are investigating what fields, disciplines or activities have most shaped our understanding on the study of history.

1. Medieval Myanmar
2. Modern Myanmar
3. Contemporary Myanmar
a. Social History
b. Political History
c. Economic History
4. Contemporary China and India
5. Gender Studies
6. Contemporary Southeast Asia

Memoranda of Understanding (MoU)
An MoU signed in 2012 outlines a relationship between the History Department of the University of Yangon with the University of Passau in Germany. Two Professors from the Department of History gave lectures at the University of Passau in 2014 and 2015. One Professor participated in a conference on Myanmar in Passau in 2015.

Curriculum

Curriculum for B.A Degree (History Specialization)

*A student can choose any one elective course

Foundation Courses

Ma 1001 Myanmar

Eng 1001 English
Myan 1001 (3) Myanmar
Eng 1001 (3) English
 

Core Courses

Hist 1101 (4) Political Theories I
Hist 1102 (4) World History (1500-1900) I

 

Elective Courses (for History specialization)

Phil 1001 (3) – Logic in Practice I
Geog 1003 (3) – Geography of Southeast Asian Countries
OS 1003 (3) – Buddhist Culture
Psy 1001 (3) – Psychology of Adolescence I
Myan 1003 (3) – MyanmarZarTiMarnSarPay

 
Elective courses (for other specialization)
Hist 1001 (3) Introduction to Myanmar Civilization I
Hist 1002 (3) Renaissance Italy (14th Century to 15th Century)
Hist 1003 (3) World History to 1500 I
Hist 1004 (3) World History 1500 – 1900 I

Political Science (Political Theories) I

Module No. Hist-1101

1st Semester

Course Description

This Course explores the changing process of political thoughts and institutions from ancient time to medieval period from the point of view of political science. It explains firstly the basic concepts of political science and related disciplines; then the origin of political thoughts and institutions; Oriental and Occidental thoughts of ancient time; weaknesses and strengths of Roman political thoughts; conflict of interests between religion and state in Europe in medieval period; and finally the occurrence of Reformation in European countries.

Theme Area: Changing Process of Political Thoughts and Institutions before the Christian Era up to 15th Century AD

 

Learning Outcomes
Specific Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

At the end of the semester, the learner would be able to

  • interpret basic concepts of political science;
  • differentiate ways of thinking between Orient and Occident; and
  • examine spontaneous modification of political thoughts and institutions and their effects on society.
Generic Learning Outcomes (GLOs)

At the end of the semester, the learner would be able to

  • inspect fundamental ideas of a discipline and related subjects;
  • distinguish different ideas of different people who live in different areas; and
  • analyze interconnection between ideas and practices and their consequences.

 

World History (1500 – 1900) I

Module No. Hist-1102

1st Semester

Course Description

This Course introduces most significant and influential events that happened in the world from sixteenth to nineteenth centuries. It covers the controversial conflicts that happened between religious and political orders of European countries in the Middle Age; religious and commercial conflicts that occurred between European and Middle Eastern countries in the name of Crusades; emergence of great intellectuals in Europe under the name of Renaissance; changing States’ structures together with the religious reformations in Europe; and oversea expansions that conducted by European countries after these events.

Theme Area: Changing Global Order from 16th to 19th century

 

Learning Outcomes
Specific Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

At the end of the semester, the learner would be able to

  • examine causes and consequences of great historical events,
  • distinguish pros and cons of the historical episodes of the world, and
  • interpret connections between great historical events of the world that happened in the second half of last millennium.
Generic Learning Outcomes (GLOs)

At the end of the semester, the learner would be able to

  • analyze genesis and repercussions of the events,
  • differentiate advantages and disadvantages of the events, and
  • clarify interrelations among the phenomena.

*A student can choose any one elective course

Foundation Courses
Myan 1002 (3) Myanmar
Eng 1002 (3) English

Core Courses

Hist 1103 (4) Political Theories II
Hist 1104 (4) World History (1500-1900) II

Elective Courses(for History specialization)
Phil 1003 (3)– Logic in Practice II
Geog 1004 (3)– Geography of Myanmar
OS 1008 (3)– History of Buddhism
Psy 1003 (3)– Psychology of Adolescence II
Myan 1004 (3)– MyanmarZarTiMarnSarPay

Elective courses (for other specialization)
Hist 1005 (3) Introduction to Myanmar Civilization II
Hist 1006 (3) Reformation Europe (1450-1650)
Hist 1007 (3) World History to 1500 II
Hist 1008 (3) World History 1500 – 1900 II

 

World History (1500 – 1900) II

Module No. Hist-1104

2nd Semester

Course Description

This Course explores great historical events which transformed the World from Medieval Period to Modern Time. It covers the evolution of political thoughts and ideologies which led to the collapse of feudalism and emergence of constitutional monarchies in Europe under the name of Bourgeoisie Revolution; technological innovations that helped to the development of factory system and its consequences under the name of Industrial Revolution; and conflict of interests between Industrialized Europe and Agro-based Asia with special references to early nationalist movements of India and China.

Theme Area: Changing Global Order from 16th to 19th century

 

Learning Outcomes
Specific Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

At the end of the semester, the learner would be able to

  • examine ideological evolution of the West which led to the changes of world order,
  • analyze advantages and disadvantages of industrialization in the West, and
  • estimate worldwide impacts of industrialization of the West.
Generic Learning Outcomes (GLOs)

At the end of the semester, the learner would be able to

  • assess rationale of the events,
  • clarify interrelations among the phenomena, and
  • identify main points of issues. .

 

 

 

CURRICULUM FOR B.A. DEGREE
strong>Semester I

Fundamental Courses
Eng 2001 (3) English

Core Courses
Hist 2101 (4) Ancient Myanmar I
Hist 2102 (4) Ancient Southeast Asia
Hist 2103 (4) World History 1900 to Present I

Elective courses (for History specialization) (*)
Hist 2104 (3) – Political Organization I (Major Elective)
Hist 2105 (3) – History of Science and Technology I
Geog 2005 (3) – Political Geography I
Phil 2001 (3) – History of Western Intellectual Development I
OS 2005 (3) – Pali Philology

Elective courses (for other specialization) (*)
Hist 2001 (3) History of Science and Technology I
Hist 2002 (3) World History 1900 to Present I
Elective course (for English Specialization) (*)
Hist 2003 (3) Social History of England I

Semester II

Fundamental Courses
Eng 2001 (3) English

Core Courses
Hist 2101 (4) Ancient Myanmar I
Hist 2102 (4) Ancient Southeast Asia
Hist 2103 (4) World History 1900 to Present I

Elective courses (for History specialization) (*)
Hist 2104 (3) – Political Organization I (Major Elective)
Hist 2105 (3) – History of Science and Technology I
Geog 2005 (3) – Political Geography I
Phil 2001 (3) – History of Western Intellectual Development I
OS 2005 (3) – Pali Philology

Elective courses (for other specialization) (*)
Hist 2001 (3) History of Science and Technology I
Hist 2002 (3) World History 1900 to Present I
Elective course (for English Specialization) (*)
Hist 2003 (3) Social History of England I

World History (1900 to Present) II

Module No. Hist. 2108/2005

2nd Semester

Course Description

This course explores international relations, conflicts and issues that happened during the period 1919 to 1990. The course is formed with four components: International Relations from 1919 to 1930; International Relations from 1931 to 1939; World War II, and the Cold War. The first component will explore the emergence of the League of Nations and its efforts to maintain international peace and security. The second component will inspect the aggressions of Nazi, Fascist, and Militarist nations. The third component will look over the causes, outbreak and effects of World War II. The last component will analyze changing global order in postwar era under the name of Cold War.

Changing Global Order after World War I until the end of Cold War.

 

Learning Outcomes
Specific Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

At the end of the semester, the learner would be able to

  • examine the historical events that changed global order of twentieth century from various perspectives,
  • analyze the pros and corns of historical phenomena, and
  • articulate the causes, events and effects of the historical matters.
Generic Learning Outcomes (GLOs)

At the end of the semester, the learner would be able to

  • analyze the issues from multi-dimensional approach,
  • differentiate advantages and disadvantages of events, and
  • interpret the genesis, occurrence and consequences of occasions.

CURRICULUM FOR B.A. DEGREE
Semester I


Fundamental Courses
Eng 3001 (3) English

Core Courses
Hist 3101 (4) Modern Myanmar I
Hist 3102 (4) Modern Southeast Asia I
Hist 3103 (4) Modern China
Hist 3104 (4) Modern Russia

Elective courses (*)
Hist 3105 (3) Modern India I
Hist 3106 (3) Economic and Social History of Modern Southeast Asia I
Hist 3107 (3) Foreign Relations in the Konbaung Period I

Semester II

Fundamental Courses
Eng 2001 (3) English

Core Courses
Hist 3108 (4) Modern Myanmar II
Hist 3109 (4) Modern Southeast Asia II
Hist 3110 (4) Modern Japan
Hist 3111 (4) Modern USA

Elective courses (*)
Hist 3112 (3) Modern India II
Hist 3113 (3) Economic and Social History of Modern Southeast Asia II
Hist 3114 (3) Foreign Relations in the Konbaung Period II

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