• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Cultural Studies, History, Asian Studies, Security Studies More...
  • Major code SEAS-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate
Southeast Asian Studies Major


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. Current major strengths are in Burmese, East Timorese, 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 Thai and Vietnamese language majors, though knowledge of these languages is not required for courses in the Southeast Asian studies major.


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of a Bachelor degree with a major in Southeast Asian Studies, graduates will be able to:

  • Speak and write about theories, factual content and research approaches relevant to Southeast Asia Studies.
  • Identify relevant regional and international literature relevant to Southeast Asia Studies.
  • Determine the processes through which current knowledge about Southeast Asia Studies has been developed.


Course Lists

The course lists in the "Requirements" section below is a definitive list and includes all courses that can be counted towards the major, whether or not they are offered in the current year. For a list of courses that will be offered in the current year, please see the Summary of Courses page.

Areas of Interest

  • Anthropology
  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Asian Studies
  • Security Studies
  • Asia Pacific Studies
  • Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Politics
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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 Culture and Society in Asia and the Pacific 6
ASIA1030 The Modern Transformation of Asia and the Pacific 6
ASIA2082 Southeast Asian Landscapes of Power 6
ASIA2085 Southeast Asia in World History 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 6
ASIA2016 The Mongol Empire in World History 6
ASIA2020 Engaging Asia: Working with Government 6
ASIA2027 The Future of East Timor 6
ASIA2039 Burma/Myanmar - a Country in Crisis 6
ASIA2041 Mainland Southeast Asia: Colonial and Postcolonial Predicaments 6
ASIA2045 Lies, Conspiracy and Propaganda 6
ASIA2047 Human Security: Conflict, Displacement and Peace Building 6
ASIA2060 Southeast Asian Security 6
ASIA2069 Indonesia's Regions: Politics, Society, Economy 6
ASIA2070 Democracy in Southeast Asia 6
ASIA2076 Thailand: Contemporary Culture and Political Transformation in a Buddhist Kingdom 6
ASIA2108 Popular Cultures in Indonesia 6
ASIA2165 Islam in Southeast Asia 6
ASIA2167 Borders and their Transgressions in Mainland Southeast Asia 6
ASIA2174 Mysticism 6
ASIA2251 Buddhist Thought 6
ASIA2413 Vietnam: History And Contemporary Society 6
ASIA2517 Indonesia: Language, Media, and Arts in Social Change 6
ASIA3006 Practical Assignment in Asia and the Pacific 6-12
ASIA3012 Readings in Asian Societies and Histories 6
  ASIA 3013: Read Asian Soc & Hist_B
ASIA3014 Southeast Asian Frontiers: Thailand and Burma/Myanmar 12
ASIA3026 Special Topics in Asia and the Pacific 6-12
ASIA3028 Indonesia 1940-1950: War, revolution, diplomacy 6
ASIA3030 The Origins of the International Order in Southeast Asia 6
ASIA3050 From Angkor Wat to Rapa Nui: UNESCO World Heritage in SE Asia & the Pacific 6
ASIA3610 Globalising Southeast Asia: Capitalism, Media, and 21st Century Cultures 6
  ASIA 4016: Asian Diasporas
ECON3009 Southeast Asian Economic Policy and Development(P) 6
ENVS2017 Vietnam Field School 6-12
GEND2031 Cinema in Southeast Asia: Genre and Cultural Identities 6
  LANG 3023: Translation Workshop
LANG3040 Critical Readings for Translators 6
  LANG 4001: Translation in Asia
  MUSM 2265: World Music Ensemble
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