• Total units 48 Units
  • Major code SEAS-MAJ
Southeast Asian Studies Major


Southeast Asia is known for its role as an economic hub, as well as its political and cultural diversity. Students in the Southeast Asian Studies major at ANU have access to a wide range of scholars and courses on language, history, cultures, and politics in the region. By completing coursework as prescribed by the major, students will gain a deeper understanding of regional issues, such as power, globalization, ethnicity and gender, as well as processes and issues specific to their country or area of interest. These can include religious systems, economic networks and cross-cultural contact. Current major strengths are in Burmese, Indonesian, Thai and Vietnamese studies, and some of our staff also support work relating to other ethnic nationality and trans-border issues. In addition to developing a critical, analytical understanding of Southeast Asia, past and present, students gain significant knowledge and skills which will boost their qualifications for finding employment, or alternatively, further study for a higher degree program.
The Southeast Asian studies major is designed to complement the Indonesian, Thai and Vietnamese language majors, and the Burmese and Tetum language minors, though knowledge of these languages is not required for courses in the Southeast Asian studies major.

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Advice to Students
Students may take up to two courses outside of this list with advanced permission from the Undergraduate Convenor. The College of Asia & the Pacific encourages students to consider taking a Vice Chancellor's undergraduate course (VCUG) as part of this major.
Please Note: To see the pre-2012 rules for this major, students can navigate to the 2011 version of Study@.
Major Requirements

This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

24 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ASIA1025 Asia and the Pacific: Power, diversity and change 6
ASIA1030 Asia and the Pacific in Motion 6
  ASIA 2082: SEA Landscapes of Power
  ASIA 2085: Southeast Asian History
ASIA2039 Burma/Myanmar - a Country in Crisis 6
ASIA2070 Democracy in Southeast Asia 6

24 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ANTH3014 Indonesia Field School: Contemporary Change in Indonesia 6
ARCH2050 Archaeology of Southeast Asia 6
ARTH2056 Art and Architecture of Southeast Asia: Tradition and Transformation 6
ASIA2001 Language in Asia and the Pacific 6
ASIA2016 The Mongol Empire in World History 6
ASIA3021 Engaging Asia: Australia and the Asian Century 6
  ASIA 2027: Future of East Timor
ASIA2041 Mainland Southeast Asia: Colonial and Postcolonial Predicaments 6
ASIA2045 Lies, Conspiracy and Propaganda 6
ASIA2060 Southeast Asian Security 6
  ASIA 2076: Thailand Study
  ASIA 2089: SEA Religions in Practice
ASIA2165 Islam in Southeast Asia 6
  ASIA 2174: Mysticism
  ASIA 2251: Buddhist Thought
ASIA2301 Human Migration and Expansion in the Rise of the Asia-Pacific 6
  ASIA 2413: Vietnam: Hist & Soc
  ASIA 2517: Indonesia: Language, Media
  ASIA 3006: Prac Assign in Asia Pacific
ASIA3012 Readings in Asian Societies and Histories 6
ASIA3014 Study Tour: Southeast Asian Frontiers – Thailand and Burma/Myanmar 12
  ASIA 3026: Special Topics in Asia and Pac
ASIA3030 History of the State System in Southeast Asia 6
ECON3009 Southeast Asian Economic Policy and Development(P) 6
ENVS2017 Vietnam Field School 6-12
INTR2047 Human Security: Conflict, Displacement and Peace Building 6
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