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Undergraduate | LTU-POL3SEA-2023

Southeast Asian Politics: Change and Conflict

Study method

100% online


100% online

Entry requirements

Prior study needed


12 weeks

Start dates

  • 27 Feb 2023

HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP available

About this subject

What you'll learn

  1. Construct a comprehensively researched and convincingly argued essay.
  2. Contextualise differences and commonalities between the political systems and developments in a range of Southeast Asian countries.
  3. Employ comparative and case study methodologies in order to analyse political developments in Southeast Asia.
  4. Lead critical discussions and debates about different political systems, institutions and ideas in a range of Southeast Asian countries.
    • • Politics of Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar and the Philippines.
    • • Colonial and post-colonial history of Southeast Asia.
    • • Contemporary political systems of Southeast Asia.
    • • Ethnic and religious conflict.
    • • ASEAN and regionalism.
  • This subject provides a systematic comparative analysis of processes of political change in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand and Myanmar. 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 policy challenges including environmental and public health issues.

    • Weekly multiple-choice quizzes (equivalent 800 words). (20%)
    • Three 400-word assignments to be completed at the conclusion of thematic modules during the semester. (30%)
    • Students can choose between a 2,000 word research essay and an assignment that combines a 1,500 word policy brief with a short class presentation (50%)
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Entry requirements


Pre-requisite: Students must have completed 60 credit points of Level two subjects.

Additional requirements

No additional requirements

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