POLI 3007 International Relations of Southeast Asia

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 102190

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Description This subject focuses on the key international relations issues and challenges facing the Southeast Asian region in the 21st century. Commencing with the historical issues that have shaped the nations of Southeast Asia it will then consider the issues, such as the war on terrorism; the economic demands of globalism; maritime security; and social and political demands centred around issues such as democracy, human rights, the environment, and transnational crime. Finally, it will consider the shifting power structure within the Asian region and whether this will result in Southeast Asia gaining genuine autonomy and the impact this has on regionalism.

School Humanities & Comm Arts

Discipline Political Science

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject


Successful completion of 60 credit points of study in currently enrolled program.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. explain the legacy of colonisation in the Southeast Asian region
  2. analyse the impact of the Cold War on the states of Southeast Asia
  3. identify and critique the issues of tension and conflict within Southeast Asia and the attempts to have these resolved
  4. evaluate the effectiveness of regional and international economic cooperation
  5. compare and contrast human rights development in Southeast Asia with that of the broader international community
  6. describe the environmental issues confronting the states in Southeast Asia and explain the impact of these issues on Southeast Asian development and stability
  7. assess the effects of regionalism in Southeast Asia.

Subject Content

- Colonisation and decolonisation
- The Cold War
- Regional integration and its challenges
- Territorial Issues and disputes
- ethnic and religious Conflicts
- Terrorism and transnational Crime
- Regional and international economic Cooperation
- human rights
- environmental Issues
- relationships with external powers (China, Japan, The US, Australia, etc.)
- Separatist movements


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Short Answer 1,000 words 30 N Individual
Essay 2,000 words 40 N Individual
Portfolio 2 x 500 word written assignments, each worth 15%. 30 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Book of readings or online resources

Teaching Periods

Autumn (2024)

Bankstown City


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