• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Cultural Studies, History, Asian Studies, Security Studies More...
  • Major code SEAS-MAJ

Southeast Asia is known for its role as an economic hub, as well as its political and cultural diversity. Students in the Southeast Asian Studies Major at ANU have access to a wide range of scholars and courses on language, history, cultures, and politics in the region. By completing coursework as prescribed by the Major, students will gain a deeper understanding of regional issues, such as power, globalization, ethnicity and gender, as well as processes and issues specific to their country or area of interest. These can include religious systems, economic networks and cross-cultural contact. Current strengths are in Indonesian, Burmese and Thai studies, and some of our staff also support work relating to other ethnic nationality and trans-border issues. In addition to developing a critical, analytical understanding of Southeast Asia, past and present, students gain significant knowledge and skills which will boost their qualifications for finding employment, or alternatively, further study for a higher degree program. 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand and evaluate historical and current events and developments that have shaped Southeast Asia.
  2. Develop and apply critical thinking skills to contemporary socio-cultural and political systems of Southeast Asia, with detailed understanding of differing trajectories across Mainland and Island Southeast Asia.
  3. Analyse the global significance of events and developments across the Southeast Asian region.
  4. Understand the processes and disciplinary approaches through which current knowledge about Southeast Asian Studies has developed.  
  5. Effectively argue and communicate about issues of regional cooperation and unity in the context of tensions in and among Southeast Asia's diverse traditions. 

Areas of Interest

  • Anthropology
  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Asian Studies
  • Security Studies
  • Asia Pacific Studies
  • Politics
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The Southeast Asian Studies Major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

12 units from the following compulsory courses:

ASIA2041 Mainland Southeast Asia: Colonial and Postcolonial predicaments

ASIA3030 History of the State System in Southeast Asia


12 units from the following project, mobility, and internship courses:

ASIA3012 Readings in Asian Societies and Histories

ASIA3039 Research Project in Asian and Pacific Studies

ASIA3220 Asia-Pacific In-Country Learning (6-12 units)

24 units of courses from the following Area and discipline courses:

ARCH2050 Archaeology of Southeast Asia

ARTH2056 Art and Architecture of Southeast Asia: Tradition and Transformation

ASIA1035 Introduction to Asian Politics

ASIA1999 The Origins of the Political Order in Asia

ASIA2039 Burma/Myanmar - a Country in Crisis

ASIA2060 Southeast Asian Security

ASIA2067 Asian Economies

ASIA2088 Culture and Environment in Indonesia

ASIA2111 Indonesian Foreign and Security Policy

ASIA2120 Colonialism and the rule of Law

ASIA2167 Borders and their Transgressions in Mainland Southeast Asia

ASIA2275 The Pleasures and Power of Stories in South and Southeast Asia

ASIA2516 Indonesia: Politics, Society and Development

INDN3015 Advanced Indonesian: Translation into English

MEAS1002 Islam: History and Institutions

PHIL2012 Buddhist Philosophy

24 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ASIA1025 Asia and the Pacific: Power, diversity and change 6
ASIA1030 Asia and the Pacific in Motion 6
  ASIA 2082: SEA Landscapes of Power
  ASIA 2085: Southeast Asian History

24 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ANTH3014 Indonesia Field School: Contemporary Change in Indonesia 6
ARCH2050 Archaeology of Southeast Asia 6
  ARTH 2056: Art & Arch of SE Asia
ASIA2001 Language in Asia and the Pacific 6
ASIA2016 The Mongol Empire in World History 6
  ASIA 2020: Engaging Asia
  ASIA 2027: Future of East Timor
ASIA2039 Burma/Myanmar - a Country in Crisis 6
ASIA2041 Mainland Southeast Asia: Colonial and Postcolonial Predicaments 6
ASIA2045 Lies, Conspiracy and Propaganda 6
  ASIA 2047: Human Security
ASIA2060 Southeast Asian Security 6
  ASIA 2069: Indonesia's Regions
  ASIA 2070: Democracy in Southeast Asia
  ASIA 2076: Thailand Study
  ASIA 2108: Popular Cultures in Indonesia
  ASIA 2165: Islam in SE Asia
ASIA2167 Borders and their Transgressions in Mainland Southeast Asia 6
  ASIA 2174: Mysticism
  ASIA 2251: Buddhist Thought
  ASIA 2413: Vietnam: Hist & Soc
  ASIA 2517: Indonesia: Language, Media
  ASIA 3006: Prac Assign in Asia Pacific
ASIA3012 Readings in Asian Societies and Histories 6
  ASIA 3013: Read Asian Soc & Hist_B
  ASIA 3014: Southeast Asian Frontiers
  ASIA 3026: Special Topics in Asia and Pac
  ASIA 3028: Indonesia 1940-1950
ASIA3030 History of the State System in Southeast Asia 6
  ASIA 3050: Asia & Pacific World Heritage
  ASIA 3610: Globalising Southeast Asia
  ASIA 4016: Asian Diasporas
  ECON 3009: SE Asia Econ P & D (P)
ENVS2017 Vietnam Field School 6-12
  GEND 2031: Cinema in Southeast Asia
  LANG 3023: Translation Workshop
  LANG 3040: Critical Readings
  LANG 4001: Translation in Asia
  MUSM 2265: World Music Ensemble
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