SOUTHEAST ASIAN POLITICS: CHANGE AND CONFLICT

POL3SEA

2020

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

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects POL2SEA

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsHandbook of Southeast Asian PoliticsRecommendedRobison, RichardROUTLEDGE 2013
ReadingsPolitical Change in Southeast AsiaRecommendedBertrand, JacquCAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS 2013
ReadingsContemporary Southeast AsiaRecommendedAlice D. Ba and Mark Beeson (eds), 2018, 3rd editionPalgrave-Macmillan

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Construct a comprehensively researched and convincingly argued essay

Activities:
Research Essay OR Take-home exam
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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

Activities:
Lectures, tutorial discussions, group class presentations, online debates, online activities, tutorial-based activities, research essay OR take-home exam
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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

Activities:
Group class presentations, online debates, tutorial-based activities, reseach essay OR take-home exam
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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

Activities:
Tutorial discussions, group class presentations, online debates, tutorial-based activities, research essay OR exam
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2020, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDirk Tomsa

Class requirements

Lecture/Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture/seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Online activity (equivalent 1000 words)Homework in the form of online quizzes to be completed weekly between weeks 3 and 12.25 02
Class-based activity (equivalent 1000 words)Group presentations to be delivered in class throughout the semester. This assignment will test the students' analytical capabilities, their oral presentation skills and their ability to work collaboratively in a group.25 02, 03, 04
Research Essay OR Take-home exam (2000 words)Students can choose between an in-depth research essay focusing on one specific question or a take-home exam to be completed over four days, which assesses their broader understanding of key trends and events in Southeast Asian politics through two or three questions.50 01, 02, 03