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Dennis C Oneill

Title: McMicken Professor
Office: 728B Old Chemistry Building
Tel: 513-556-9313

This academic year was spent teaching the full complement of courses, directing the Asian Studies Program,  serving on and chairing committees and groups for the College and University and researching mulitple disciplines as related to Southeast Asia for the development of a new course.  There was also considerable time spent on semester conversion, including program and course development and review and advising students (including the preparatrion of IAPs).  All of these are covered separately below.

Next academic year, I plan to write a proposal for a BA in Japanese, a proposal for department status for Asian Studies, continue all the service work performed this year and develop ans offer a new course for Political Science (Globalization, offered spring, 2013).  More importantly, I plan to continue my research on Southeast Asia which should result in publications.


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This academic year was devoted to preparing a new course and investigating and applying interdisciplinarity.  The course, Seminar on Southeast Asia, is a classic area study with a twist.  Rather than the typical multi-disciplinary approach used in an area study, I created an interdisciplinary social science curriculum, centered around topics (such as Colonial, people and society, urban areas, rural areas, etc).  The course also contains country studies/lectures for each of the eleven countries in the region.  The course will be offered for the first time in Fall, 2012.

Preparing the course required reading a large number of books and articles.  To become truly inteerdisciplinary, it is necessary to integrate the various disciplines (combine major theories, etc.).  In order to do this, I needed to learn about the various disciplines including Anthropology, Geography (physical and human), Political Sciencs and Sociology.  I am familiar with the disciplines of Economics and History as well as Political Economy and Economic Geography.  This added to the number of books I needed to read.

In addition to writing lectures, data mining and presentation was extensive, including many maps and statistical analysis.

The result of this effort included becomming an "expert" on Southeast Asia and a better interdisciplinarian.  More importantly, as I moved through the information, many questions arose for which I found no answers.  This will lead to firther research on the region and publishable papers.  I've begun one project which involves integrating the model of demographic transition with economic development.  I've begun to collect data and build a bibliography.  Most likely, this project will require data on more countries than just Southeast Asia, but most of the data is available in United Nations Data banks.  After this, I plan to attempt to develop an index of ethnic group differences and test the hypothesis that development (social, political and economic) is impacted bt differences in ethinc groups combined with in one state.

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