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2011/12 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

PIED5450M Political Transitions in South East Asia

30 creditsClass Size: 15

Module manager: Dr Adam Tyson

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2011/12

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

The module will examine the nature of transitions (and attempted transitions) to more open political systems in the Asia-Pacific region. Case studies used may include: Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. We will investigate academic literature relating to political transitions, democratisation, and the emergence of civil societies. This will include both generic and area-specific literature.


On completion of this module students should be able to:
- apply a comparative perspective to processes of political change in the Asia-Pacific region;
- gather and analyse political data, and write and present political arguments;
- demonstrate a richer insight into different political cultures, and an enhanced awareness of the political importance of the Pacific Asia.


Concepts, Issues and Course Outline
Approaches to Transition
The Philippines - The Marcos Regime and its Demise
The Philippines - Consolidating Democracy
Indonesia - Suharto's New Order
Indonesia - After Suharto Indonesia - Opposition and Retrenchment
Filipino and Indonesian Democracy
Vietnam - Doi Moi and Vietnam in the 1990s
Vietnam - Prospects for Democratisation
Overview of module

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours278.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 6,000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 24/04/2012


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