ASEAN and Southeast Asian Regionalism

Subject POLS90044 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

November, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 09-Nov-2016 to 16-Nov-2016
Assessment Period End 09-Jan-2017
Last date to Self-Enrol 10-Nov-2016
Census Date 25-Nov-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 16-Dec-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Contact Hours: 25 hours, comprising seminars, smaller group workshops, and excursions, delivered as an intensive over the period of one week (Off Campus)
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


Please note:

An application process applies.

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Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Politics and International Studies at the undergraduate level

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Avery Poole


Subject Overview:

This subject focuses on Southeast Asian regionalism, with a particular focus on ASEAN. It will explore the dynamics of regionalism, asking questions such as: Why do states create regional organisations? How do those organisations shape the interaction of various actors (states, non-state actors, and actors outside the region)? How does ASEAN’s style of regionalism – ‘thinly’ institutionalised and emphasising informal norms rather than formal rules – challenge the European Union (EU) ‘model’? To what extent does ASEAN facilitate effective regional governance in the face of challenges such as economic crises, natural disasters, interstate and intrastate conflict, terrorism and food security? The ‘ASEAN Way’ may be a practical way of keeping a diverse group of states engaged in a regular forum, but to what extent does it need to evolve in order for ASEAN to avoid being dismissed as a ‘talk shop’? Does the ASEAN Community herald a new era for the Association?

This graduate subject will be taught intensively on location at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (FISIPOL), Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), Yogyakarta, Indonesia, over five days.
The subject will consist mainly of seminars held at FISIPOL, with some field visits in and/or near Yogyakarta.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this subject, students are expected to have developed:

  • A critical understanding of the main theories and debates in regionalism and regional organisations, with a particular focus on Southeast Asia;
  • An understanding of the norms, history, dynamics and contemporary developments of ASEAN;
  • An understanding of the roles of key states (including Indonesia and Australia) in the development of ASEAN, and the role of ASEAN in the broader Asia-Pacific region;
  • An ability to engage in comparative regional analysis;
  • A capacity to conduct research on topics in Southeast Asian regionalism; and
  • A capacity to engage in learning from fieldwork exercises in cross-cultural contexts.
  • Briefing paper 2,000 words for a key individual (e.g. minister in an ASEAN member state; official in the ASEAN Secretariat) on a particular key issue. Students would choose from a list of set topics. Due 2 weeks after end of subject (40%)
  • Research Essay 3,000 words on a set topic, develop their own topic with the approval of the Subject Coordinators. Due 6 weeks after end of subject (60%)

Hurdle requirement: As this is an Intensively-taught subject, Lecture/Seminar attendance is compulsory for all classes. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

A reading pack will be provided and all readings will be available online. The subject guide will list suggestions for those who wish to consult a text. A hard copy reading pack will be distributed to students at least three weeks before the commencement of the subject. Students would be required to complete all readings before the subject begins. Additional materials will be provided during the teaching week.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

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

  • apply research skills and critical methods to a field of inquiry;
  • develop persuasive arguments on a given topic;
  • communicate oral and written arguments and ideas effectively and articulately.
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Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of International Relations
200 Point Master of International Relations

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