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From War to Peace? 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: 2024-25

Module summary

To examine issues of contemporary war, peace and state-building in Southeast Asia, alongside major political transitions, through a range of perspectives.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 2 2024-25

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, and enduring conflicts in the twenty-first century. By comparing three major 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 international, authoritarian, socialist, liberal democratic and genocidal post-war regimes.

Module learning outcomes

By completing this module, students will be able:

  • To analyse competing theoretical approaches to political transition from war to peace, and processes of state and peace building, through the applied study of regional case studies;
  • To gain detailed empirical knowledge of the major periods of war and peace and significant political transitions in late-twentieth and early twenty-first century Southeast Asia;
  • To develop 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 25 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 (2007), Forgotten Wars: Freedom and Revolution in Southeast Asia, London: Penguin.

C Hughes (2009) Dependent Communities: Aid and Politics in Cambodia and East Timor, Southeast Asia Programme: Cornell

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

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