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Unit Overview

Description

With democracy on the slide globally, it is more pressing than ever to understand autocratic regimes not as anomalies but as sophisticated and sustainable systems in their own right. How do they work, how do they endure, how are they legitimated, and why do some ultimately collapse? With a focus on East and Southeast Asia, this unit explores not only varieties of authoritarianism but also the global and local factors which lead to democracy in some countries and authoritarianism or even dictatorship in others. Adopting a multi-disciplinary approach, it investigates political forms of rule, ideologies, leaders and leadership, state-society relations, and resistance movements. Students will learn to analyze similarities and differences between various regimes, explain the rise and fall of autocratic governments, and connect wider global trends to local manifestations in Asia, gaining an understanding of the persistence of authoritarianism in our own times.

The academic objectives of the unit are to (1) develop knowledge and understanding of key theories of political change; (2) evaluate theoretical debates about the causes, processes and prospects of autocracy and democracy in the Asian context; (3) develop an appreciation of the variety of political cultures in the Asian region; (4) develop knowledge of specific states and societies experiencing political transitions; (5) improve interpersonal and communication skills; and (6) develop the ability to conduct independent research utilising a variety of sources.

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2OnlineOnline timetabled
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Asian Studies; Human Rights major sequences
  • Level 3 elective
Outcomes

Students are able to (1) demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key theories of political change; (2) evaluate theoretical debates about the causes, processes and prospects of autocracy and democracy in the Asian context; (3) recognise the variety of political cultures in the Asian region; (4) demonstrate knowledge of specific states and societies experiencing political transitions; (5) use strong interpersonal and communication skills; and (6) conduct independent research utilising a variety of sources.

Assessment

Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial participation and presentation; (2) written assignments; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit rules
Prerequisites
any Level 2 ASIA unit, Level 2 ANTH unit
or Level 2 POLS unit
Incompatibility
Successful completion of
ASIA3005 Democratisation in Asia
Contact hours
22 hours consisting of 11 seminars x 2 hours. There are 2 x 40 minute lectures each week.
Texts

There is no textbook for this unit. Students will be advised of essential readings in the Unit Outline.

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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.