• Offered by Department of International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject International Relations
  • Areas of interest International Relations, Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Mathew Davies
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2025
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This course examines the global growth in regional governance, moving away from Eurocentricism in both history and concept to examine the case of Southeast Asia. The course investigates first why states are interested in regional governance, the different forms of regionalism that can come about and how we can think about what success and failure of regionalism looks like. From there it turns to the study of ASEAN in Southeast Asia, examining the reasons for its creation, how it has grown over time and how this growth can be understood theoretically. Each week pairs together conceptual arguments about how and why something happens with the empirical case of Southeast Asia, exemplifying the importance of the region for both applying and building our frameworks of analysis.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand the varieties of forms of regionalism in world politics, especially in comparative perspective.
  2. Critically evaluate leading theories of regionalism and international organisations, their design, creation, running and reform. 
  3. Appreciate the history of Southeast Asian regionalism, and the reasons for the decisions individuals past and present have made.
  4. Compare and contrast the effectiveness of Southeast Asian regionalism with alternate models of governance.
  5. Develop strong written and oral communication skills in order to analyse and discuss regionalism and Southeast Asia.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Resource collection task (1500 words) (30) [LO 1,3,5]
  2. Comparison activity (1500 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Argument activity (2000 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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This course comprises some 130 hours of activity over 12 weeks, both interactive/seminar based and independent research. The course comprises a maximum of 6000 words of assessment or the equivalent. Please note this is a general guide, averaged over the semester and the final hours ultimately depend on the individual's ability in reading and writing.

Prescribed Texts

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3409 17 Feb 2025 24 Feb 2025 31 Mar 2025 23 May 2025 In Person N/A
3527 17 Feb 2025 24 Feb 2025 31 Mar 2025 23 May 2025 Online N/A

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