Lecture Modules


4th AEI-ASEM Summer School 2018
Theme : “Cultural Diversity In Asia And Europe”
Date : 30 July – 10 August 2018

1. Malaysia: The Past, Present and Future

History, colonialism, European encounters, Immigration from China/India, Ethnic diversity, Modern Malaysia, Aspiration to be an international hub and high-income society.


2. Malaysia: The Road to Nationhood

While pre-modern Malaysia shaped by multiple classical narratives, such as The Malaccan Sultanate and the Hindu-Buddha cultural expansion, modern road to nationhood faces increasing challenge especially in the post-war eras (Second World War). Malaysia and The Federation of Malaya undergo massive nation building that including governance, political institutions, electoral systems, identity and cultural institutions, foreign policies, among others. This module, hosted by experts or Malaysian modern history, aimed at build understanding modern Malaysia and the challenging journey to Malaysian nationhood.


3. Peranakans in Malaysia and Singapore: Multiculturalism in Asia

Asia is a unique continent as it celebrates the diversity of cultures grounded within a unique living patterns that is steeped in traditions yet able to accommodate and withstand the winds of change without losing one’s local cultural balance.


4. Multiculturalism in Europe: Identity, Ethnic, and Diversity.

Europe is a unique continent as it celebrates the diversity of cultures grounded within a unique living patterns that is steeped in modernity yet able to accommodate and withstand the winds of change without losing one’s local cultural balance.


5. Religious Pluralism in Asia: Southeast Asia and Beyond

Comparative Religion are fundamental knowledge of Islam, languages (Arabic and English), learning other religions from the Islamic stand point, contemporary issues affecting the Muslim society and human sciences relevant to the study of Islam and other religions in Malaysia. It offers course emphasizing unity among the races, religious harmony, and moderation in contemporary religious discourse. In addition, it meets the needs of global importance by providing proper understanding of the worldview of Islam.

Explore religious diversity/tolerance/relativism and the dynamic process through which people engage with one another in and through their deepest differences, as a history of plural systems of religions in Asia and Europe.


6. Music and Movements: Dances Through Heritage

Traditions, customs, festivals, arts and heritage. Let’s joget!


7. Cultural Diversity in Asia and Europe

Cultural and migration is closely linked together, and the Asia-Europe faces increasing culture and identity challenge, whether by local community or state and governance. Culture and identity thus influence public and even national and foreign relation policies. Both Asia and Europe faces cultural diversity rooted in history, migration, identity, and cultural expressions. This module helps to understand how culture and identity originated and interacted especially in 21st century, both in Asia and Europe.


8. Culture and Heritage Tourism.

Field trips – Merdeka Square, Batu Caves, etc.
In another aspect of the rise of cultural diversity and interactions, tourism and culture are closely linked. This exciting module hosted by PERZIM and AEI team takes participants to multiple sites in Malaysia that focuses on tourism on culture and diversity. These sites played a diverse narratives and tell their own stories, whether history, religion, political and administrative, and even home-staying. It aims the participants to further understand and experience Malaysia’s rich cultural and diversity heritage.


9. Crisis Migration in Asia and Europe: Challenges and Reactions

Refugee, dispora, identity crisis, crisis management, case studies: Rohingya/Syrian issues


10. The World of Cinema: Through the Lenses of Asia and Europe.

Each countries and nations embraces film as part of culture and building a sense of identity in the modern age. Cinema and films in both Asia and Europe are important either as cultural and artistic expression, an establishing economic industries, even as a tool for political message and propaganda. This module showcases sample films from both region that uses the medium to tell stories, and how the participants understand the history, criticism and the social context of films from these regions.


11. Special Dialogue with the Ministry of Higher Education

The Ministry of Higher Education plays a major role on a national level, in highlighting Malaysia’s higher education. Approaching the year 2020, Malaysia’s aimed at achieving a higher education hub in the region and recognize internationally. This special event invites the participant to interact with the Ministry, and building better understanding between the public and the Ministry of Higher Education.


12. Roundtable: The Challenges of Pluralism and the Future of Cultural Diversity

The closing module of the AEI-ASEM Summer School 2018 aims to gather opinions and experiences from the participants throughout the program. Each participant carry different stories and different expectations before, during and towards the end of the summer school. With this roundtable, AEI hopes to understand and address the challenges of pluralism and the future of cultural diversity, from the eyes of the younger generation.