Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject provides a systematic comparative analysis of processes of political change in Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines. In particular, we study to what extent democratic rules and procedures have emerged in these countries since they were formed as modern nation-states. Key issues that will be examined in this subject include constitutional and electoral change, party and party system institutionalization, the role of the military in politics, separatist and communal conflicts, the nexus between religion and politics as well as various forms of political participation.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDirk Tomsa

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 15 credit points of any first year Politics subject and 15 credit points of any Humanities and Social Sciences subject, or subject coordinator's approval.


Incompatible subjects POL2SEA

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsContemporary Southeast AsiaRecommendedBeeson, MarkPALGRAVE, 2008
ReadingsHandbook of Southeast Asian PoliticsRecommendedRobison, RichardROUTLEDGE 2013
ReadingsPolitical Change in Southeast AsiaRecommendedBertrand, JacquCAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS 2013

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDirk Tomsa

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
one 2000-word essay50
one take-home examination (equivalent to 1200 words)30
weekly tutorial-based task (equivalent to 800 words)20