• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Non Language Asian Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

The course provides an introduction to the main political, economic, social and strategic issues that East Timor will face in the first decade of its independence. The first part of the course provides an overview of East Timor's past and present as an essential context for the study of its future. The major component of the course assesses the nation's future problems and prospects in diverse domains, concentrating on politics, the economy, community development and military/strategic issues.There is a special focus on the aftermath of East Timor's 2006 crisis, its second general election in 2007, and local elections held in late 2008 and early 2009.

Learning Outcomes

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

On satisfying the requirements for this course, students will acquire a comprehensive overview of contemporary East Timorese society. They will be able to analyse, critique and evaluate recent and current developments in East Timor in the context of the nation's economy, modern history, political system and traditions. They will also be able to describe and evaluate East Timor's relations with Australia and its place in regional security. The course is team-taught and draws upon expertise in the College of Asia and the Pacific in the fields of modern history, politics, economics, religious studies, linguistics, anthropology, sociology, security studies and law.

Other Information

The course will be team-taught with contributions from ANU academics (Faculty of Asian Studies and RSPAS) as well as experts from off-campus .In tutorial classes there will be round- table discussion of the issues raised in ectures, and in the first weeks of the course films and TV reports will be shown. Current events in East Timor will be discussed.

Delivery Mode:

On Campus

Indicative Assessment

Participation and attendance at lectures and tutorials (15%), two seminar presentations (40%), and a final essay (45%).

Graduate students undertake (i) extra reading, (ii) write a longer final essay, and (iii) are expected to undertake a more demanding topic in their final essay.

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There are 36 class contact hours over the duration of the course.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ASIA2027.

Prescribed Texts

An anthology of relevant and up to date readings compiled by the course convenor will be available via WebCT. No preliminary reading is required, but students may wish to consult:

(a) Damian Kingsbury and Michael Leach (Eds.), East Timor: Beyond Independence, Monash University Press, Clayton 2007 and

(b) James Fox and Dionisio Soares (Eds.), Out of the Ashes: Destruction and Reconstruction of East Timor, Crawford House, Bathurst 1999.


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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. 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
2015 $2958
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4350
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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