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Statebuilding & Political Transition in Southeast Asia - POL00008H

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  • Department: Politics
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Claire Smith
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2018-19

Module aims

The module addresses several critical political questions by exploring war to peace transitions in Southeast Asia, the site of several major wars in the twentieth century. By comparing three periods of war to peace transition in contemporary Southeast Asia, the module explores the theoretical and empirical merits of a range of state and peace-building models, including authoritarian, socialist, liberal democratic and genocidal postwar regimes.

Module learning outcomes

By completing this module, students will be able:

  • To introduce students to competing theoretical approaches to understanding political transition from war to peace and processes of state and peace building through applied analysis of regional case studies;
  • To allow students to gain a detailed empirical knowledge of the major periods of war and peace and significant political transitions in late-twentieth century Southeast Asia;
  • To enhance students' analytic and argumentative skills and their ability to clearly communicate complex information in written and verbal form.


Task Length % of module mark
Essay - 3000 words
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Essay - 3000 words
N/A 100

Module feedback

Students will receive written timely feedback on their formative assessment. They will also have the opportunity to discuss their feedback during the module tutor?s feedback and guidance hours.

Students will receive written feedback on their summative assessment no later than 20 working days after submission; and the module tutor will hold a specific session to discuss feedback, which students can also opt to attend. They will also have the opportunity to discuss their feedback during the module tutor?s regular feedback and guidance hours.

Indicative reading

C Bayly and T Harper (2004), Forgotten Armies: Britain's Asian Empire and the War with Japan ¸ London: Penguin.

C Bayly and T Harper (2007), Forgotten Wars: Freedom and Revolution in Southeast Asia ¸ London: Penguin.

R Paris and TD Sisk, Eds, (2009), The Dilemmas of Statebuilding: Confronting the Contradictions of Post-War Peace Operations, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.