AMU2685 Malaysian Studies (Winter, 2019)

Credit Points6 credit points 
PrerequisitesTwelve credit points of first-year Arts units (by 1 July 2019)
CoordinatorAssociate Professor Dr Yeoh Seng-Guan

1-20 July, 2019

Applications Open

Monday, 1 October 2018

Applications Close

Extended to Friday, 29 March 2019; 1700 GMT (Malaysian Time)

Application Result

Friday, 5 April, 2019

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. evaluate the above issues and debates in the context of regional and global trends;
  4. communicate research findings conducted in collaboration with peers via a variety of formats (oral, video, pictures, etc.).

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

This unit has a program fee to cover the direct costs of student travel. However, all successful applicants will be eligible for full travel grant from the School of Arts and Social Sciences. Terms and condition apply.

Included in Program Fee

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

Not included in Program Fee

  • Tuition Fees
  • Visa (if needed)

Health, Wellbeing and Vaccinations

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How to apply

Download and submit your expression of interest and application form to: by GMT 1700 (Malaysian time), Friday, 29 March, 2019 (extended).

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 Friday, 5 April, 2019.

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 60+ days prior to program start date(2)30 April 2019 and priorYes (100%)
Withdrawal 30 - 59 days prior to program start date(2)29 April 2019 to 1 June 2019Yes (50%)
Withdrawal 0 - 29 days prior to program start date(2)2 June 2019 to 31 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.

Enrolment Process:

For Monash University Malaysia Students
1) Ensure that you meet the Winter unit prerequisite requirements by 1 July 2019.
2) Request for course progression/course map check with your course managing school at least 2 weeks before application due date.
3) Fill out the Enrolment Amendment Form, obtain the approval from your course managing school and submit the enrolment form to the Course Management Office (Arts) located at Building 2, Level 6 latest by Friday, 29 March 2019 (5.00pm Malaysian time).
4) You will receive an email from the School of Arts and Social Sciences informing you the outcome of your application latest by Friday, 5 April 2019.
5) If your application is successful then you may proceed to enroll. Please generate invoice from the fee calculator , make payment at the Finance counter and submit the receipt as proof of tuition fee payment to the Course Management Office (Arts). Enrolment is done manually by CMO (Arts) and the process will begin from 5 - 19 April 2019.
6) The unit will be added to your enrolment within 2 working days after the tuition fee payment receipt is received. Thereafter please login WES to check your enrolment.

For Monash University Australia and South Africa Campuses Students
1) Ensure that you meet the Winter unit prerequisite requirements by 1 July 2019.
2) Arrange an appointment for a course progression check with your Faculty course adviser to confirm your eligibility to apply for the program. Each Faculty has its own internal approval process, so be sure to read the details on the faculty contacts page before booking an appointment.
3) If your Faculty confirms your eligibility and provides you with the approval then complete the Winter at Monash Application Form. Forward a copy of your Faculty approval documentation (i.e. approved course progression check), Winter at Monash Malaysia 5) Application Form and a copy of your Malaysian Identity card or passport information page (for Non-Malaysian) to by Friday, 29 March 2019.
4) If your application is successful, Monash University Malaysia campus will issue an offer letter to you via email with details on tuition fees and you must be accept the offer by the stipulated deadline, failing which the offer will be invalidated.
5) After you have accepted the offer you will receive an email to confirm your enrolment.

Important Note: Non-Malaysian students will require a Student Pass to study in Malaysia. You are required to submit documents stated on this link here to facilitate the application for a student pass.

Unit Cancellation

Every effort will be made to ensure that the unit offered will be run; however the unit may be cancelled up to one week prior to the commencement of the Winter Semester if the enrolment is low or due to unforeseen circumstances.  If a unit is cancelled, all students enrolled will be advised in writing prior to the commencement of the Winter Semester. In addition, all students will be automatically withdrawn from that unit.

Census dates for Winter Semester 2019

Unit code

Teaching Period


Teaching dates

‘Withdrawn early’ ends

‘Withdrawn late’ starts

‘Withdrawn fail’ starts

Last day to discontinue units (fail grade)

Academic & financial penalties apply




01/07/2019 to 20/07/2019






Census date: Last day to discontinue unit without ‘Withdrawn’ showing on academic transcript and without incurring fees.

Withdrawn Late: Unit discontinued within this period will have ‘Withdrawn Late’ appear on academic transcript and will incur fees.

Withdrawn Fail: Unit discontinued within this period will have ‘Withdrawn Fail’ appear on academic transcript and will incur fees.