- Class Number 9124
- Term Code 3060
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Greg Raymond
- Greg Raymond
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 27/07/2020
- Class End Date 30/10/2020
- Census Date 31/08/2020
- Last Date to Enrol 03/08/2020
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand the contemporary geopolitical importance and security dynamics of Southeast Asian states.
- Demonstrate knowledge of how different historical, colonial, political, religious and economic legacies affect the dynamics of modern Southeast Asia.
- Critically analyse the interplay between Great Power rivalry, multilateral architecture and Southeast Asian security outlooks in determining security outcomes in the region.
- 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.
- Develop capacity for original, independent analysis of Southeast Asian foreign and security policy.
The lecturer will bring insights from his research into the militaries and geoeconomics of Southeast Asia, which is built on extensive fieldwork and experience especially in mainland Southeast Asia. In recent times he has made a number of field trips to borderlands and Special Economic Zones. He will also bring his experience as former security policy practitioner working in the Australian government, including in Australia's embassy in Bangkok 2005-2008.
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- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Does SE Asia do strategy? SE Asia and non-Western IR.|
|2||Southeast Asian Grand strategy – hedging and balancing|
|3||Geoeconomics and the Southeast Asian Security Dilemma|
|4||Alliances in Southeast Asia|
|5||Total Defence Strategy|
|6||Internal control - civil-military relations and counterinsurgency|
|7||Khaki Capital - the economics of Southeast Asian militaries|
|8||Proxies, private armies and paramilitaries|
|9||Navies in Southeast Asia|
|10||Strategy, Australia, and Southeast Asia|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Short assignment||20 %||20/08/2019||28/08/2019||2, 4|
|Research Essay||40 %||17/09/2019||01/10/2019||1, 2, 3, 4, 5|
|Take-home Exam||40 %||05/11/2019||03/12/2019||1, 2, 3, 5|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 2, 4
Can we assume that Southeast Asian states “do strategy” like Western states? In your answer include realist and non-realist perspectives.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 5
The examination will consist of five 250 word short answer questions to assess the students' understanding of the breadth of the course material.
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