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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Spring 2010

GOV 314 • Big Power Politics in Southeast Asia

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38763 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Liu, X

Course Description

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, is a successful case of regional cooperation in Asia. It also has posed a puzzle for the study of regional integration in the volatile and fragmented Southeast Asia. Its member states signed the ASEAN Declaration in 1967and the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC) in 1976, containing the guiding principles for dealing with their relations with one another. Starting in the new century, the ASEAN is committed to establishing an ASEAN Community by 2015. The ASEAN Charter entered into force in 2008, serving as a foundation in achieving the ASEAN Community by providing legal status and institutional framework for ASEAN. This lower division undergraduate course is designed to introduce some basic themes of ASEAN's theory and origins, achievements and challenges in its development, and the so-called the ASEAN Way, codifying norms and values of the ASEAN institutionalization. This course also explores the ASEAN’s contributions to peace and development in the region by creating the ASEAN-centric dialogue mechanisms such as ASEAN plus One, ASEAN plus Three, ASEAN Regional Forum, and East Asian Summit.

Grading Policy

First midterm exam 30 % Second midterm exam 30 % Term essay on the ASEAN (5-7 pages) 30 % Class attendance 10%

We will adopt UT's new "plus& minus" grading system in this course. The following is a list of letter grades, their corresponding GPA values, and the percentage values that I plan to use for your assignments. Note that these percentage grades will be recorded on Blackboard for our purposes only, not be noted on your transcript.


1. Alice D. Ba, (Re) Negotiating East and Southeast Asia (Stanford: Stanford University press, 2009) ( Required and available at the University Co-op). 2. Amitav Acharya, Constructing a Security Community in Southeast Asia: ASEAN and the Problem of Regional Order (Hoboken: Taylor & Francis, 2009). (Electronic Resource) 3. Cillian Ryan, EU-ASEAN: Facing Economic Globalisation (Dordrecht: Springer, 2008). (Electronic Resource) 4. Ian Storey, The United States and ASEAN-China relations: All Quiet on the Southeast Asian Front (Carlisle, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College,2007). (Electronic Resource) 5. Selected Documents of the ASEAN ( Distributed in class)


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