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.
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 InformationThis is a co-taught course. Any cap on enrolments in one course applies to both courses combined.
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
Larry Diamond and Mark F. Plattner (eds) (2006). Electoral Systems and Democracy, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
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