• Offered by Department of Political and Social Change
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Political Sciences
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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This course provides students with the conceptual and analytical tools they need to develop a deeper understanding of politics in contemporary Asia. Through the framework of comparative politics, it will take on several major themes including democratization, identity politics, corruption, and development. In ordinary language, comparisons are often implicit, and arguments are based on weak evidence or poor logic. In this course, students will master not just facts and figures, but a sophisticated approach to analysis that can be used in the study of politics not just of countries in Asia but around the world. The twin thrusts of this course will be learning how to evaluate key concepts in political science (e.g. democracy), and learning how to draw valid causal inferences from comparative political analysis. Students will thus develop the skills to critically evaluate causal claims made in academic, policy, and journalistic writing. The course will be structured by first introducing students to key theoretical and comparative works on selected themes and then applying the approaches comparatively across and within countries in Asia. At the end of the course, students will have a  greater understanding of political events in Asia and have better understood why it matters for us to think about the region comparatively. 

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students should be able to:

1. Possess a broad picture of contemporary political dynamics in six major Asian and Pacific nations.

2. Possess knowledge of conceptual foundations for analysing core issues of comparative politics. This will include understanding definitions of key concepts including state, regime, nation, and democracy and analysing different patterns of state-society relations, varieties of authoritarianism, the nature of ethnic cleavages and relationships between states and markets.

3. Apply these concepts in analysing political phenomena within and betweeen states.

4. Understand the foundations and implications of comparative method in political science research.

5. Express themselves clearly in verbal and written formats.

Indicative Assessment

Class activities (10%)
Group project and presentation (10%)
Opinion-editorial - 800 words (15%)
Essay plan - 500 words (10%)
Research essay - 2,500 words (35%)
Oral exam (20%)

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Workload

3 contact hours and 6 hours private study per week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed 24 units of university courses. This course is incompatible with ASIA6074.

Prescribed Texts

All reading materials will be made available online prior to commencement of the course.

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
8438 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person

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