pol3sea southeast asian politics



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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.

SchoolSchool 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

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. To construct a comprehensively researched and convincingly argued essay

Essay writing

02. To contextualize differences and commonalities between the political systems and developments in a range of Southeast Asian countries

Lectures, tutorial discussions, group class presentations, online debates, essays and exams

03. To employ comparative and case study methodologies in order to analyze political developments in Southeast Asia

Group class presentations, online debates, essays and exams

04. To lead critical discussions and debates about different political systems, institutions and ideas in a range of Southeast Asian countries

Tutorial discussions, group class presentations, online debates, essays and exams

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