• Offered by Sch of International Political & Strategic Studies
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course provides an introduction to key issues in contemporary Southeast Asia through the conceptual lens of power. It will introduce both Western and Southeast Asian ideas about power in a range of ecological, agricultural, cultural, social and political contexts.


The course is broken into three modules. In module one, titled ‘Domination and Resistance’, we look at power in the modern state – with a focus on less obvious, indirect forms of power and ways people resist, on a spectrum from everyday forms of resistance to armed struggle. In module two, ‘Power of Landscapes’, we look at the intersections of place, space and power in pre-colonial and contemporary Southeast Asia, with a focus on frontiers, hills and urban space. In module three, ‘Bodies and Souls’, we look at Southeast Asian bodies, as they intersect with religious power, local domains of spirits and social practices of gender and sexuality.


Online learning is a key part of this course. Each week, students are required to watch a conversation and participate in online activities in order to prepare for weekly interactive seminars on campus. Students will have the opportunity to engage in online public debate and publish their views, although this is optional.

Learning Outcomes

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

Having completed this course, students will be able to:

1. Explain and analyse core contemporary social and political issues in Southeast Asia.

2. Understand and apply key Western and Southeast Asian conceptions of power to their analyses.

3. Identify the main influences on the development of knowledge about Southeast Asia.

4. Engage critically and knowledgeably in online discussion about contemporary Southeast Asia.

Indicative Assessment

Online and classroom participation (20%), critical reading summary (25%), blog post (25%) and a 1500 word essay on a contested issue online (30%). Alternative formats for the essay will be considered.

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One two-hour seminar per week. It is expected that students will undertake approximately six hours of private study per week, including participation in online activities.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed 36 units of any courses.

Prescribed Texts

No prescribed text. All required reading and multi-media materials will be provided via Wattle.




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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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 $1164
2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2286
2008 $2286
2007 $2286
2006 $2190
2005 $2190
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2014 $3246
2013 $3240
2012 $3240
2011 $3240
2010 $3240
2009 $3240
2008 $3240
2007 $3240
2006 $3240
2005 $3234
2004 $2916
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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