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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 overseas 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, Indonesia.
Intended 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.
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.
Last updated: 4 September 2021