Political Change in Southeast Asia

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Political Change in Southeast Asia

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    History, Political Science, Southeast Asian Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course will examine constitutional issues and broader political change in a number of Southeast Asian states. Students have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of political institutions and wider political trends in countries with very diverse systems of government, including Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Burma, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei.

    Learning Objectives:
    Students who pass this course should be able to:
    1. demonstrate a good understanding of basic features of the governments and political systems
    of the eight Southeast Asian countries covered in the course
    2. describe aspects of regional cooperation in Southeast Asia
    3. summarise New Zealand?s interests in Southeast Asia and its relations with Southeast Asian countries and regional institutions covered in the course
    4. critique a scholarly publication on an aspect of Southeast Asian politics
    5. write a well-organised, well-written, well-researched essay on an aspect of Southeast Asian politics
    6. explain a feature of Southeast Asian politics by executing a well-organised, well-prepared oral presentation to a tutorial group.

    Essay 1- 30%
    First in-class test 20%
    Essay 2- 30%
    Second in-class test- 20%

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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