• Class Number 7259
  • Term Code 3260
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In-Person and Online
    • AsPr Mathew Davies
    • AsPr Mathew Davies
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/07/2022
  • Class End Date 28/10/2022
  • Census Date 31/08/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
SELT Survey Results

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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. identify the key concepts, issues and challenges that influence regional order and human rights in Southeast Asia;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the sources of these concepts, issues and challenges and their historical development in the region;
  3. use these concepts in order to critically analyze and evaluate; and
  4. develop the writing, research, and analytical skills needed to effectively communicate, orally and in writing, their own perspectives on these issues

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

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 Introducing ASEAN
2 Human rights in world politics
3 Theories of, and actors in, human rights diffusion
4 1967-1997. Human dignity not human rights
5 1997-2007. Crisis and reform
6 2007-2022. Change and continuity
9 The UN system
10 Rights in the margins, SOGIE rights
11 The role of rights in regional governance
12 The future of rights, regions and order in Southeast Asia

Tutorial Registration

Explanation of weekly structure

-       Lectures. These will be pre-recorded and released on echo360 at least a week in advance (ideally, I will release groups of them, so everything is ready well in advance). The lectures will cover the key facts, presentations, details, and other issues that I want to convey each week. The lecture slides will be made available through wattle. These lectures will give you an overview of the topic and support your reading and the discussions in seminars and tutorials. 

-       Seminars. Wednesday 12-1. These are guided sessions on a particular topic for that week. They introduce key documents, frameworks and ideas. They are live sessions and intended to be interactive, especially around explaining these things to you and answering your questions. You can expect to be asked questions, to be asking questions, and to engaging with me and your peers together collaboratively. 

Tutorial. Wednesday 1-2 (all students). These are student led sessions, where discussion will focus on answering/debating/discussing the three tutorial questions I have outlined above. The tutorials are thus student led activities (although obviously I will be present to pose the questions and discuss with you). 

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Podcast 20 % 15/08/2022 28/08/2022 1,2,3,4
Short Answer response #1. 30% (covering issues in weeks 4, 5, 6), Due Friday September 2nd 11.55pm. 30 % 02/09/2022 * 1,2,3,4
Short Answer response #2. 30% (covering issues in weeks 7, 8, 9, 10). Due Friday October 21st 11.55pm 30 % 21/10/2022 * 1,2,3,4
Course reflection exercise. 20%. Due Friday October 28th 11.55pm. 20 % 28/10/2022 * 1,2,3,4

* 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 Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

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: 15/08/2022
Return of Assessment: 28/08/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4


Item 1. Podcast. 20%. (covering issues in weeks 1, 2, 3). Due Monday 15th August 11.55pm.

Discuss the following prompt:

Human rights are indivisible and universal. There can be no ‘local variations’, only             ‘local violations’

You will be put into pairs (by me) to discuss this prompt. Here are some guidelines

-       Your podcast must be 10 minutes long. 

-       You are free to agree with the prompt, disagree with it, engage with it critically or in some other way respond to it. I have intentionally chosen strong wording to help you engage

-       You can agree with your podcast partner or disagree with them.

-       You should aim to speak for a broadly equal amount of time (ie you both need to present)

-       You are free to decide any format within the above. A discussion, a debate, interview style, something else. 

-       You can choose to use video or just audio

-       You can choose to meet and record in person or run everything online

-       You must engage with what you think are the key issues and concepts from the first three weeks of the class that support your arguments. You must raise authors names, concepts, key debates. 

-       You will need to upload your response to wattle directly through the relevant upload option. I will make sure you can upload all different sorts of files (but please keep it to the regular types of audio/video so I can play it back)

-       You only need to upload one file per group (so pick a person to upload for both of you). Please make sure the file you upload is clearly named with all participant names so I easily know who is who (and please make sure you introduce yourself in your podcast so I can track who is doing what!). 

-       You will be marked as followed

o   50% - Engagement with themes of the course

§  This component of the grade will be the same for both participants in each group. It reflects the research and engagement you have done with the themes of the course, the issues, theories.

o   50% - quality of your discussion 

§  This component of the grade will be individualised to each participant. It will reflect the clarity of your presentation, the accuracy of your claims, the way you engage in discussion and debate and the way you convey information to your partner and indeed to me. 

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 02/09/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Short Answer response #1. 30% (covering issues in weeks 4, 5, 6), Due Friday September 2nd 11.55pm.

Short Answer response #1. 30% (covering issues in weeks 4, 5, 6), Due Friday September 2nd 11.55pm.

You must answer 3 of the 4 questions set. Each answer must be no more than 400 words. You must submit through the relevant Turnitin option on wattle. You must reference documents/academic texts and reference appropriately.  You must provide one bibliography at the end for all sources used across the three answers.


1.     Why was ASEAN founded?

2.     Why did ASEAN avoid the language of human rights for so long?

3.     Why did ASEAN ‘turn to’ rights in the 2000s?

4.     ASEAN in 2022 is fundamentally the same as the ASEAN of 1976.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 21/10/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Short Answer response #2. 30% (covering issues in weeks 7, 8, 9, 10). Due Friday October 21st 11.55pm

Short Answer response #2. 30% (covering issues in weeks 7, 8, 9, 10). Due Friday October 21st11.55pm 

You must answer 3 of the 4 questions set. Each answer must be no more than 400 words. You must submit through the relevant Turnitin option on wattle. You must reference documents/academic texts and reference appropriately. You must provide one bibliography at the end for all sources used across the three answers. 


1.     Is AICHR a failure?

2.     Why is the ACWC separate to AICHR?

3.     Is the UPR a vital addition to human rights promotion and protection in Southeast Asia

4.     What role does ASEAN play in promoting SOGIE rights?

Assessment Task 4

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 28/10/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Course reflection exercise. 20%. Due Friday October 28th 11.55pm.

At the end of the course you should write a personal reflection of your learning journey over the course. What have you learnt, what has surprised you, where have you changed your mind about things or come away with a new understanding. You are free to make any associations you wish, with other areas of your study, your own thoughts and beliefs, with what is happening in the news. 

There is no need to reference but you are free to mention key ideas/names as you think appropriate and where you do this you should reference properly. 

There is no minimum word count, but there is a maximum word count of 1000.

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

The ANU uses 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. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

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

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

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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).
AsPr Mathew Davies
02 6125 3207

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