This course introduces students to the legal systems and legal traditions of South East Asia in the context of their plural societies, and considers the relationship between law, governance and development in the region over the span of modern history, with an emphasis on current issues in law and society.
The course will cover key literature and pressing issues concerning law, governance and development (and the development of law) in the region, including:
- pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial law, including customary and religious law, and the impact of these on law and society at the present time;
- the influence of legal transplants, state-building, and development initiatives;
- critical consideration of theoretical frameworks used to make sense of a diversity of social, economic and political conditions in the region;
- key issues relating to constitutionalism and nation-building, including representative democracy, and political movements;
- domestic challenges such as ethnic and sectarian conflict;
- the role of law in bringing socio-economic change in the developmental states of the region.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Analyse and explain the contemporary shape and historical evolution of the legal systems and constitutional structures of South East Asian states;
- Critically analyse South East Asian laws and explain the role of legal institutions in achieving justice and development in the region;
- Assess, distinguish and critically evaluate contemporary academic and policy debates about ‘legal pluralism’, ‘legal traditions’, ‘legal transplants’, ‘good governance’, ‘rule of law’, and ‘constitutionalism’; and
- Access South East Asian legal materials and employ a variety of tools and methodological approaches useful for legal research on the subject.
- Plan and execute complex legal research with independence in order to produce original scholarship on issues relating to law and society in South East Asia.
This is an intensive course with a compulsory on campus component (see LLM timetable for dates).
Approximately 6 weeks from the completion of the on campus component your final assessment will be due. Contact with fellow students and the convenor, both prior to the intensive and after, is conducted via the Wattle course site.
- Class participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Research Essay (90) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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- Classes offered in non-standard sessions will be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (approximately 26 hours of face to face teaching). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion of this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours.
- Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have three contact hours per week.
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