Subject details

  • Topics
    • 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
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. explain the different paths of political development that Asian nations have taken
  2. assess the appropriateness of various social and political explanations for these different historical experiences
  3. synthesise relevant information to develop an argument about processes of historical change
  4. collaboratively or individually present a reasoned argument.
  • Assignment 1 - Reflective Journal (30%)
  • Assignment 2 - Assignment (30%)
  • Assignment 3 - Major Research Essay (40%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

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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