• Offered by Department of Political and Social Change
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Political Sciences
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Marcus Mietzner
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2020
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All activities that form part of this course will be delivered remotely in Sem 2 2020.

This course investigates the various types of democratic, semi-democratic and non-democratic governance in Southeast Asia, and pays particular attention to the electoral systems applied in each state. After introducing some key theoretical debates on democracy and elections, the course will examinine the state of democracy in the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Cambodia and Indonesia. In doing so, the course measures each country's level of electoral competitiveness, political rights and civil liberties. Subsequently, we will analyse non-democratic regimes in Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Burma and Singapore), and discuss how these states instrumentalise elections in order to gain popular legitimacy. In approaching its subject, the course also analyses the socio-political environment of democratic and authoritarian rule in Southeast Asian states, discussing in particular the role of the media, social inequality, and gender issues.

The primary objective of the course is to provide students with a solid understanding of the various types of political regimes that exist in Southeast Asia, and advance their knowledge about the complex relationship between democracy, elections and civil liberties, both in the Southeast Asian region and other parts of the world.



Learning Outcomes

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

For undergraduate students, the course generally aims to develop their skills in academic analysis, scholarly discussion and the writing of essays and papers. More specifically, students are expected to deepen their knowledge about the Southeast Asian region and its diverse political systems. At the end of the course, students should be able to continue their studies in this field with an improved methodological understanding of academic working and additional insights into the politics of Southeast Asia.

Other Information

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

Indicative Assessment

Undergraduate students:
Tutorial Attendance and Participation: 10 %
Tutorial Presentation: 15 %
Tutorial Paper (1000 words): 15 %
Main Essay (2000 words): 30 %
Take-home Exam: 30%

In response to COVID-19: Please note that Semester 2 Class Summary information (available under the classes tab) is as up to date as possible. Changes to Class Summaries not captured by this publication will be available to enrolled students via Wattle. 

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Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed 24 units of university courses. Incompatible with ASIA6070

Prescribed Texts

Aurel Croissant and Beate Martin, Between Crisis and Consolidation: Elections and Democracy in Five Nations in Southeast Asia, Münster: Lit Verlag, 2006

Preliminary Reading

Aurel Croissant and Beate Martin, Between Crisis and Consolidation: Elections and Democracy in Five Nations in Southeast Asia, Münster: Lit Verlag, 2006




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
2020 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5460
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9357 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A

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