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- Introduction to the unit
- Indonesia: colonialism, nationalism, personalised authoritarianism
- Indonesia: the trials of new-old democracy
- People Power in Burma
- The 'semi-democracies' of Southeast Asia
- Authoritarianism v. democracy in Japan
- Indian nationalism, British democracy
- Threats to democracy in India
- China: media freedoms & constraints
- Authoritarian regimes in Asia
- The Future of Democracy in Asia
- Concluding themes
- Discussion forum/Discussion Board
- Online assignment submission
- Standard Media
- Web links
In order to enrol in this subject, you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:
No special requirements
This subject explores the forces that have shaped modern history of Asia, the Middle East and Europe, and examines the evolution of specific nations, such as Italy, Germany, Saudi Arabia, India, Indonesia, China or Japan. Why do some states have strong civil societies and others do not? Is there a long-term trend towards democracy? Students will explore such questions by looking at the different paths of political development taken by individual states. The question of which form of government best serves the needs of modern nations is important both for the states themselves and for the international community, especially Australia.
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- Presentation (30%)
- Critical Analysis (25%)
- Major Research Essay (45%)
Textbooks are not required.