AMU2685 Malaysian Studies

Credit Points6 credit points
CoordinatorAssociate Professor Dr Yeoh Seng-Guan

1-20 July, 2019

Applications Open

Monday, 1 October 2018

Applications Close

Monday, 3 December 2018; 1700 GMT (Malaysian Time)

Application Result

Monday, 31 December, 2018

Application Process

See here for application form

Program Details


This team-taught intensive unit provides an overview of the salient features constituting contemporary Malaysian society. It also provides a critical understanding of some of the significant innovations, dilemmas, and challenges unfolding in Malaysia in relation to regional and global trends.

Topics covered include domestic politics, economics, social policy & development, literature & the arts, and international relations & security.


On successful completion of the unit, students should be able to:

  1. Articulate the salient socio-cultural, economic and political features of contemporary Malaysian society;
  2. Analyse some of the significant innovations, dilemmas and challenges unfolding in Malaysia;
  3. Situate the above issues and debates in the context of regional and global trends.

Teaching activity

This intensive unit is team-taught. It is delivered through lectures (Week 1), seminars (Week 2), and a field trip (Week 3).

In lectures, students are introduced to key concepts and arguments based on the prescribed readings. In some cases, the lectures comprise talks provided by experts.

In seminars, students deliver group presentations based on the set readings and discussion questions. These presentations (power-point and/or videos) are also posted online for peer review.

A field trip is conducted to consolidate a grounded understanding of some of the issues discussed in lectures and seminars.

Assessment regime

  1. Online quiz valued at 20% (Week 1)
  2. Seminar group presentations valued at 20% (Week 2)
  3. One essay (max 3,000 words) valued at 40% (Due 9 August 2019)
  4. Field trip report (max 2,000 words) valued 20% (Due 9 August 2019)

Students are expected to attend lectures and seminars. Attendance follows the Faculty requirement of at least 75% in lieu of which a penalty of 20% deduction of the final mark will be exercised.

Attendance for the field trip is compulsory. In addition to tuition fees, students are required to pay an additional program fee (direct costs).


Program Fee

Total Program Fee : RM 2,000

Included in Program Fee

  • Return flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu (Sabah), and associated transfers at destination
  • Travel insurance
  • Accommodation
  • Local transport whilst on tour
  • Some meals
  • Site entrance fees

Not included in Program Fee

  • Tuition Fees
  • Visa (if needed)

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How to apply

Download and submit your expression of interest and application form to: by GMT 1700 (Malaysian time), Monday, 3 December, 2018.

Due to limited places, there will be a selection process, If selected, you will be invited to follow through the rest of the application. You will know no later than 31 December, 2018.

Important notes

*Please read the following School Refund Procedure before applying.

**Program fee is subject to change at any time.

School of Arts and Social Sciences Refund Procedure for Study Tours Program Fees

The refund procedure outlined in the table below is only applicable to program fees (excluding tuition fees) paid to the University (1) for units involving fieldtrips enrolled with the School of Arts and Social Sciences:

CircumstanceDateRefund of Program Fee
Withdrawal 120+ days prior to program start date(2)17 February 2019 and priorYes (100%)
Withdrawal 90 - 119 days prior to program start date(2)18 February 2019 to 19 March 2019Yes (50%)
Withdrawal 0 - 89 days prior to program start date(2)20 March 2019 to 17 June 2019No
Program cancelled by the School Yes (100%)


(1) Where program fees are paid to an external travel service provider, the cancellation and refund policy of the travel service provider will be applied instead of the School’s Refund Procedure.

(2) The Program Start Date is defined as the ‘Teaching Period Start Date’ for the unit as indicated on the Census Dates and Teaching Periods webpage.