This course provides a detailed investigation into the history, working and challenges/opportunities facing regional order and questions of human rights in Southeast Asia. The course is designed to examine the origins, contemporary relevance, nature and future of human rights promotion and protection in Southeast Asia from a regional and institutional perspective by juxtaposing the growing commitment to rights within ASEAN, the shifting fortunes of domestic and regional civil society, and the participation of regional states in extra-regional rights activities, most notably at the United Nations. In doing so it seeks to explain Southeast Asia's unique approach to institutionalising human rights, and to provide students the opportunity to critically assess the strengths and weaknesses of this approach. The course provides an opportunity to assess the multi-institutional nature of the Southeast Asian human rights space through considering the role of domestic, regional, transnational and global actors.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- identify the key concepts, issues and challenges that influence regional order and human rights in Southeast Asia;
- demonstrate an understanding of the sources of these concepts, issues and challenges and their historical development in the region;
- use these concepts in order to critically analyze and evaluate; and
- develop the writing, research, and analytical skills needed to effectively communicate, orally and in writing, their own perspectives on these issues
- Tutorial presentation 10% (10) [LO null]
- Review Piece 20% (20) [LO null]
- Research Essay 40% (40) [LO null]
- Final Examination 30% (30) [LO null]
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35 contact hours per semester
A 2-hour lecture session per week for 12 weeks and a 1-hour tutorial per week for 11 weeks of the semester
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Reading material provided via Wattle
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