• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Asian Languages, Cultural Studies, History, Asia Pacific Studies More...
  • Minor code SEAS-MIN
  • Academic career Undergraduate


Students in the Southeast Asian Studies minor 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.


Learning Outcomes

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

  • Speak and write about theories, factual content and research approaches relevant to Southeast Asian Studies.
  • Identify relevant regional and international literature relevant to Southeast Asian Studies.
  • Determine the processes through which current knowledge about Southeast Asian 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
  • Asian Languages
  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Asia Pacific Studies
  • Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Politics
  • International Security
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This minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:

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

Code Title Units
ASIA2041 Mainland Southeast Asia: Colonial and Postcolonial Predicaments 6
ASIA2082 Southeast Asian Landscapes of Power 6

12 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
  ASIA 2020: Engaging Asia
ASIA2027 East Timor : Resistence Legacies and Development Challenges 6
ASIA2039 Burma/Myanmar - a Country in Crisis 6
ASIA2045 The Investigative Historian in Asia: reading between the lies 6
  ASIA 2047: Human Security
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
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
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 Asian Studies 6-12
ASIA3030 The Origins of the International Order in Southeast Asia 6
  ASIA 3050: Asia & Pacific World Heritage
  ASIA 3610: Globalising Southeast Asia
  ASIA 4016: Asian Diasporas
ECON3009 Southeast Asian Economic Policy and Development(P) 6
ENVS2017 Vietnam Field School 6-12
  GEND 2031: Cinema in Southeast Asia
  ASIA 2108: Popular Cultures in Indonesia
  MUSM 2265: World Music Ensemble
  LANG 3023: Translation Workshop
LANG3040 Critical Readings for Translators 6
  LANG 4001: Translation in Asia
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