This course investigates the various types of democratic, semi-democratic and non-democratic governance in Southeast Asia, and pays particular attention to the electoral systems applied in each state. After introducing some key theoretical debates on democracy and elections, the course will examinine the state of democracy in the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Cambodia and Indonesia. In doing so, the course measures each country's level of electoral competitiveness, political rights and civil liberties. Subsequently, we will analyse non-democratic regimes in Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Burma and Singapore), and discuss how these states instrumentalise elections in order to gain popular legitimacy. In approaching its subject, the course also analyses the socio-political environment of democratic and authoritarian rule in Southeast Asian states, discussing in particular the role of the media, social inequality, and gender issues.
The primary objective of the course is to provide students with a solid understanding of the various types of political regimes that exist in Southeast Asia, and advance their knowledge about the complex relationship between democracy, elections and civil liberties, both in the Southeast Asian region and other parts of the world.
For undergraduate students, the course generally aims to develop their skills in academic analysis, scholarly discussion and the writing of essays and papers. More specifically, students are expected to deepen their knowledge about the Southeast Asian region and its diverse political systems. At the end of the course, students should be able to continue their studies in this field with an improved methodological understanding of academic working and additional insights into the politics of Southeast Asia.
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 %
Main Essay (2000 words): 30 %
Take-home Exam: 30%
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Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsAurel Croissant and Beate Martin, Between Crisis and Consolidation: Elections and Democracy in Five Nations in Southeast Asia, Münster: Lit Verlag, 2006
Preliminary ReadingAurel Croissant and Beate Martin, Between Crisis and Consolidation: Elections and Democracy in Five Nations in Southeast Asia, Münster: Lit Verlag, 2006
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Band 1
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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