• Offered by Sch of International Political & Strategic Studies
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Marcus Mietzner
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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This course discusses the current state of democracy in Southeast Asia, using elections as a hermeneutical instrument to evaluate the political character of the region's nation states. By analysing the role elections play in selected Southeast Asian states, the course provides a comprehensive overview of the various types of political systems that exist in the region. In addition, the course assesses the quality of civil, political and human rights in each country, highlighting the interplay between sociopolitical citizen rights and the competitiveness, freedom and fairness of elections. With this, the course adds to the comparative debate on the quality of democracy and electoral systems around the world.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Students completing ASIA2070 are expected to have acquired (and will be assessed against) the ability to:

  • assess a country’s quality of democracy by applying key criteria, including the competitiveness, freedom and fairness of its elections
  • demonstrate a deep understanding of the political diversity of Southeast Asia
  • explain the differences between electoral systems and how they impact on a country’s democratic quality
  • develop and improve their analytical, writing and presentational skills
  • engage effectively in class debates about substantive issues related to the course.

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial Attendance and Participation: 10 %

Tutorial Presentation: 15 %

Tutorial Paper (1000 words): 15 %

Research Paper (2000 words): 30 % 

Take-home Exam (2000 words) 30%

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Students taking this course are expected to attend one 2-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial, with an equivalent amount of reading and preparation time each week.

Prescribed Texts

Larry Diamond and Mark F. Plattner (eds) (2006). Electoral Systems and Democracy, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.



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Student Contribution Band:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1218
2014 $2808
2013 $2808
2012 $2808
2011 $2424
2010 $2424
2009 $2424
2008 $2424
2007 $2298
2006 $2190
2005 $2190
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3240
2014 $3246
2013 $3240
2012 $3240
2011 $3240
2010 $3240
2009 $3240
2008 $3240
2007 $3240
2006 $3240
2005 $3240
2004 $3240
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8914 21 Jul 2014 08 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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