Exploration of how individuals and communities, across Southeast Asia contend with the dynamics of, development, globalization, and social change., Rather than a broad survey, the course considers a, small number of specific "encounters" in detail,, asking what specific moments of social change, might tell us about cultures and societies in the, region, as well as their relationships to broader, socioeconomic dynamics. Topics may include, industrialization, agrarian change, cross-border, migration, urbanization, protests and, counter-movements, the rise of authoritarianism,, inequality, environmental politics, and shifting, norms related to gender and sexuality. No prior, knowledge or experience with the region necessary.