• Offered by Department of Political and Social Change
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Asian Studies

This course discusses the current state of democracy in Southeast Asia, using elections as a hermeneutical instrument to evaluate the political character of the region's nation states. By analysing the role elections play in selected Southeast Asian states, the course provides a comprehensive overview of the various types of political systems that exist in the region. In addition, the course assesses the quality of civil, political and human rights in each country, highlighting the interplay between sociopolitical citizen rights and the competitiveness, freedom and fairness of elections. With this, the course adds to the comparative debate on the quality of democracy and electoral systems around the world.

Learning Outcomes

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

Students completing ASIA2070 are expected to have acquired (and will be assessed against) the ability to:

  • assess a country’s quality of democracy by applying key criteria, including the competitiveness, freedom and fairness of its elections
  • demonstrate a deep understanding of the political diversity of Southeast Asia
  • explain the differences between electoral systems and how they impact on a country’s democratic quality
  • develop and improve their analytical, writing and presentational skills
  • engage effectively in class debates about substantive issues related to the course.

Other Information

This is a co-taught course. Any cap on enrolments in one course applies to both courses combined.

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial Attendance and Participation: 10 %

Tutorial Presentation: 15 %

Tutorial Paper (1000 words): 15 %

Research Paper (2000 words): 30 % 

Take-home Exam (2000 words) 30%

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Students taking this course are expected to attend one 2-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial, with an equivalent amount of reading and preparation time each week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with AISA2070

Prescribed Texts

Larry Diamond and Mark F. Plattner (eds) (2006). Electoral Systems and Democracy, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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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
2019 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7723 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A

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