Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Image Wars in Southeast Asia: Studying 20th Century Propaganda
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 10 x 2 hour sessions
Seminars / Tutorials Individual 10-minute 'feedback tutorial' per written assignment submitted


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 x oral assessment  20%
Semester Assessment 1 x 5,000 word project  60%
Semester Assessment 1 x 1,500 word essay  20%
Supplementary Assessment 1 x supplementary (resit) oral assessment  20%
Supplementary Assessment 1 x 5,000 word supplementary (resit) project  60%
Supplementary Assessment 1 x 1,500 word supplementary (resit) essay  20%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Demonstrate familiarity with the ways in which propaganda has been produced and utilised

Explore how propaganda can be used as a historical source to develop an understanding both about the powers exploiting it, and the people they are targeting.

Brief description

This module allows students to take a novel look at the modern history of Southeast Asia through the propaganda that different powers employed during the twentieth century. Exploiting a range of sources, the module will require students to engage with a range of historiographical approaches. Many of the sources will be image based, such as photographs, posters, magazines or adverts, but students will also be asked to perform textual analysis on sources such as poems, speeches and articles as well as film. In engaging with this material, students will gain close insight into the narratives that shaped Southeast Asian society and how these were both constructed and exploited by national leaders and foreign powers. This direct engagement with the source material will also provide insight into the thinking of propagandists, supporting a broader understanding of propaganda as a craft.


1. Studying Propaganda
2. Japanese Imperial Propaganda and World War II
3. Thai nationalist ideology and the propaganda machine
4. The United States and post-war Southeast Asia: The power of 'people to people' diplomacy
5. The King and I as propaganda?
6. The USIA and Thailand's development ideology
7. The War in South Vietnam: A Battle for Hearts and Minds
8. The Anti-War movement in America and the depiction of Southeast Asia
9. Ideology and genocide: The Khmer Rouge
10. A New Evil?: Burma post-1988


This module is at CQFW Level 6