• Class Number 9697
  • Term Code 2960
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Gregory Raymond
    • Gregory Raymond
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/07/2019
  • Class End Date 25/10/2019
  • Census Date 31/08/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 29/07/2019
SELT Survey Results

This graduate course examines defence and security in Southeast Asia, introducing students to the contemporary geopolitical importance and distinctive security dynamics of Southeast Asia. To do this, the course investigates how different historical, colonial, political, religious and economic legacies affect the dynamics of modern Southeast Asia, in addition to the more generic strategies adopted by small and medium powers.  It analyses the interplay between Great Power rivalry, multilateral architecture and Southeast Asian security outlooks. Students undertaking the course will be exposed to a range of  theoretical perspectives for interpreting and analysing developments in Southeast Asian security and Southeast Asian security postures, ranging from strategic culture to standard realist approaches.  They will develop a capacity for original, independent analysis of Southeast Asian defence strategy and security policy, in an era when Southeast Asia is of more geopolitical importance than at any time since the Vietnam War.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand the contemporary geopolitical importance and security dynamics of Southeast Asian states.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of how different historical, colonial, political, religious and economic legacies affect the dynamics of modern Southeast Asia.
  3. Critically analyse the interplay between Great Power rivalry, multilateral architecture and Southeast Asian security outlooks in determining security outcomes in the region.
  4. Possess a range of basic theoretical perspectives for interpreting and analysing developments in Southeast Asian security and Southeast Asian security postures, ranging from strategic culture to standard realist approaches.
  5. Develop capacity for original, independent analysis of Southeast Asian foreign and security policy.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Contemporary Geopolitics and Southeast Asia
2 Colonial and Cold War Legacies: the Diversity of Southeast Asia
3 Political, economic and religious cleavages- secuirty consequences
4 The United States in Southeast Asia: Old Allies, New Partners
5 The ASEAN Way in diplomacy and security
6 Southeast Asian defence strateg: implications of strategic culture and civil-military relations
7 Islam, terrorism and civil conflict in Southeast Asia
8 Beyond hedging and omni-ensmeshment: Strategies to deal with China
9 Economic integration, geoeconomics and security
10 Australia and Southeast Asia

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Short assignment 20 % 23/08/2019 06/09/2019 1, 2, 4
Research Essay 40 % 27/09/2019 11/10/2019 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Take-home Exam 40 % 09/11/2019 22/11/2019 1, 2, 3, 5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 23/08/2019
Return of Assessment: 06/09/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 4

Short assignment

Choose two countries from within Southeast Asia and in 1000 words compare their approaches to the South China Sea dispute, taking into account factors such as:

–        Claimant status;

–        Relative levels of development and prosperity;

–        Relative levels of stability and internal security;

–        Military traditions and capabilities;

–        Historical perceptions of friends and enemies.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 27/09/2019
Return of Assessment: 11/10/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Research Essay

You are required to write a 3000 word research essay that addresses one of the following questions:

1.    Describe a typical Southeast Asian state’s grand strategy with reference to at least five Southeast Asian states. What differences and similarities are there with a Western middle power?

2.    To what extent does ASEAN equate to Southeast Asia? Compare and contrast the differences between the security policies of ASEAN versus the security policy of either Indonesia, Thailand or the Philippines.

3.    Many commentators argue that ASEAN is under increasing strain. Why do they argue this? Compare the challenges of the South China Sea issue with previous challenges ASEAN has faced.

4.    Could religion become a factor undermining Southeast Asian unity, peace and security? Answer with reference to the growing strength of political Islam in Southeast Asia.

5.    Has the emergence of an ASEAN Way been important to the broader security dynamics of the Indo-Pacific region? Compare the impact of ASEAN on security with at least one other regional organisations such as the European Union, African Union or Council of Gulf States. 

6.    Is the case that Southeast Asia offers a non-Western approach to International Relations compelling?

7.    Does the ASEAN Way draw on pre-colonial patterns of co-existence in Southeast Asia and the broader region? Develop and argument considering the case for and against.

8.    Choose a Southeast Asian country and explain the origins and evolution of its military. What have been key formative experiences, and how has the military co-existed with civil authorities?

9.    Choose a pair of Southeast Asian countries that have experienced a territorial dispute and explain the origins of the dispute, what the consequences have been and how the dispute has been resolved (if it has,). What have been the broader implications for ASEAN and the region?

10. Control of armed force is often fragmented in Southeast Asia between regular militaries, paramilitaries and ethnic armies and other non –state group possess arms. Compare two Southeast Asian countries where this situations prevails and explain why. What are the differences and similarities?

11. Compare the strategic culture with one Southeast Asian state with the ASEAN Way. Where would these cultures reinforce one another and where might they be in tension?

Assessment Task 3

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 09/11/2019
Return of Assessment: 22/11/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 5

Take-home Exam

The examination will consist of five 250 word short answer questions to assess the students' understanding of the breadth of the course material.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Gregory Raymond
02 6125 9931

Research Interests

Southeast Asian politics and security, strategic culture, memory, Thailand, Indonesia, mainland Southeast Asia and southern China integration.

Gregory Raymond

Gregory Raymond
6125 9931

Research Interests

Gregory Raymond

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